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Odaya, Native women voices and the Folklore Ensemble Les Sortilèges to celebrate Canada Day
The Musical Sundays will be held exceptionally on Tuesday, July 1st, at 3 p.m at the Chalet du Mont-Royal. On Canada Day, the free concert will celebrate the rich heritage of musical traditions that exists on this site since centuries. The show will be inaugurated by Odaya, two Native women voices from Quebec honouring the First Nations cultures, and you will be invited to join the dance with the Folklore Ensemble Les Sortilèges.
Following the concert, Les amis de la montagne will provide a guided visit of the Chalet (in English and in French), relating its history, architecture and decorative paintings.
Produced by Les amis de la montagne in collaboration with the Ville de Montréal, the concert series is also made possible thanks to the support of the TD Bank, principal partner, and Journal Métro, media partner.
The Canada Day concert is also made possible thanks to the financial support of the Government of Canada through the department of Canadian Heritage.
Anik Sioui and Nahka Bertrand
Odaya was founded in 2006 by a group of young women from the Association of Indigenous Women of Quebec in Kahnawake. Their mandate is to create, sing and celebrate the richness of First Nations cultures while supporting various social and cultural projects aimed at promoting the rights of women and indigenous peoples.
Odaya has performed at the Festival Accès-Asie, Festival Multi-Montréal, the Montreal First Peoples Festival, and the 400th anniversary of Quebec City among many other events. The ensemble was also invited to participate in the International Conference on the Arts for Social Transformation that was held in the Philippines in July, 2011, and in the World Social Forum held in Tunis, Tunisia in March, 2013.
Founded in 1966, the Folklore Ensemble Les Sortilèges has performed traditional dances from many countries for over 35 years. They have been described as story tellers that use folk dance as a means of expression. The troupe is made up of around 12 members who have worn more than 2000 different costumes in more than 100 choreographies. They have undertaken major tours throughout Quebec, Canada, Europe and Asia. Their reputation precedes them and they are a pure delight for all audiences.
TUESDAY, July 1 (Canada Day)
TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE
Odaya, native traditional chanting
Les Sortilèges, traditional music and dance
Sunday, August 10
THE GREATEST OPERA SONGS
Small vocal ensembles around a piano
Institut Canadien d'Art Vocal in residence at the Université de Montréal
Sunday, September 7
PIANO FOR FOUR HANDS, OR THE ART OF GETTING ALONG
Faculté de musique de l’Université de Montréal
Sunday, October 12
JAZZ & SWING
McGill Jazz Orchestra 1
McGill University Schulich School of Music
Joe Sullivan, musical director
The complete calendar of activities is available at Les amis de la montagne's website: themountroyal.qc.ca