VÉLO PARADISO MEETS RESIDENTS WHERE THEY LIVE
From May 12, 2017 to mid-October, Wapikoni Mobile, in collaboration with Musique Nomade, presents Vélo Paradiso, an official event of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary and its Grande Tournée (presented by Cirque Éloize). As key Indigenous players in Montreal, Wapikoni Mobile and Musique Nomade use music and culture to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Through this unifying project, projector bikes will meet residents where they live and screen Wapikoni's best short films and EXCLUSIVE music videos in alleys, parks, vacant lots and public places in the boroughs of Ville-Marie, Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie and Côte-des-neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. Vélo Paradiso showcases five original music videos inspired by these five Montreal boroughs. Musical partners: La Bronze and Esther Pennell, Random Recipe and Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, SoCalled and Shauit, Sunny Duval and Laura Niquay, Dramatik and Matiù created the songs that inspired Wapikoni mobile directors to transform into videos. These five music videos were custom-made to celebrate Montreal and will help you see five boroughs in a new light. Listen to these five songs on Nomade's Soundcloud.
On August 4, 2017, Vélo Paradiso’s projector bikes will join Musique Nomade musicians on the main stage of Montreal’s First Peoples’ Festival, Wapikoni’s longstanding partner, at the Place des Festivals for a major concert.
"The Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th anniversary supports a dozen projects that showcase the contributions of Indigenous nations to the past and future development of Montreal. Furthermore, we have made it our mission to find different ways to build bridges between Indigenous peoples and Montreal’s many cultural communities so that everyone can come together. Vélo Paradiso truly embodies this objective. We hope you will all take part in and discover how diverse creativity can be,” wrote Alain Gignac, General Manager of the Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th anniversary.
“Everyday, the presence of Indigenous peoples at the core of the celebrations of Montreal’s 375th anniversary grows stronger, giving a voice to our historical roots. Much to the delight of Montrealers, this presence will be felt throughout the city, in each borough, on the big stage as much as in everyone’s heart. Vélo Paradiso is a rallying project that celebrates Montreal, its origins, colours and youth. Long live Montreal, long live the diversity of its neighbourhoods and residents,” declared Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre.
“Everyone ought to learn just how rich Indigenous culture is in order for the future generations to receive a precious heritage. Quebec if full of artists, each more inspiring than the next, and this initiative to have projector bikes is simply amazing. Usually people must leave their neighbourhood to go to the movies or to a concert, but this time culture is coming to them in a dynamic and accessible fashion. I encourage Montrealers to take part in this unusual project that I am convinced will foster wonderful exchanges!” added the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Geoffrey Kelley.
“The 375th anniversary of Montréal, which coincides with Canada 150, is a great opportunity to bring people together to support local artists and artisans. Wapikoni mobile is an opportunity for Montréalers and visitors alike to engage with their communities, develop a deeper appreciation of Indigenous culture and strengthen the bonds that unite us. Let’s all celebrate 2017!”, stated the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
About Wapikoni Mobile
Wapikoni Mobile is a travelling audiovisual and musical creation studio dedicated to Indigenous youth. Since 2004, Wapikoni has visited over 20 communities and accompanied 4,300 participants who worked to direct close to 1,000 short films translated into several languages. These films have received 142 awards and honours at national and international festivals.
About Musique Nomade
Musique Nomade is a mobile recording studio that offers Indigenous musicians of Canada the opportunity to record tracks as well as music videos in a professional setting. By visiting various communities, the Musique Nomade team can help jump-start a budding musician’s career.
About the Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary
The Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the celebrations and socioeconomic contributions that will mark Montréal’s 375th anniversary in 2017. With a focus on promoting Montréal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for local forces in carrying out its mandate: to mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage public funds, develop quality programming and ensure the visibility of the celebrations.
The Society benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal, the Québec government, the Canada government and private funding from 12 Great Montrealers. For more information, see http://www.375mtl.com
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