This short-film offers a real sense of celebration and shows that through intercultural exchanges we can strengthen the cultural ties between Canada and Morocco.
Toronto, Ontario, October 16, 2018 — Marchande d’idées interculturelles (MDI), with the support of the Embassy of Canada to Morocco, will present for the first time the premiere of the short film Résonance culturelle at the 5thedition of Visa For Music which will take place from November 21 to 24, 2018 in Rabat, Morocco.
The 13-minute short film produced by MDI will take the audience to the heart of the musical residency between RedTail Spirit Singers (Canada), Daraa Tribes (Official Selection of VFM 2017/Morocco) and Sacred Wolf Singers (Canada). The short film offers a real sense of celebration while constituting a visual legacy of the cultural richness of each group. This intercultural exchange is a living testimony of the benefits of these collaborations and contributes to the strengthening of cultural ties between Canada and Morocco.
The production also includes footage of Daraa Tribes’ visit to Montreal and the three groups performing at the Small World Music Festival at Toronto’s Harbourfront.
For the premiere of her short film, Nathalie Lévesque will be accompanied by Canadian musicians Wishe Tremblay, Akawui Riquelme-Catalan, Simon Denizart, Ivan Cloud (Tee Cloud) and dancer Jason Gallo. The presentation will be followed by a brief performance at the big drum and a question and answer session with the audience.
[Translation] “I am really proud to present the result of the collaboration between Canada and Morocco at the 5th edition of Visa for Music, a music market that brings together music professionals from Morocco, the Middle East and all over the world. It is thanks to the openness and the development of these exchanges that we can really enrich each other.” —Nathalie Lévesque
[Translation] “We are very happy to be able to support the premiere of the short film Résonance culturelle in Morocco, which will be screened as part of the Visa for Music festival. These successful intercultural meetings between Morocco and Canada reflect the growing dynamism of our exchanges in the cultural field, and we will strive to strengthen them even more.” —Bill McCrimmon, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of Canada to Morocco.
- The first edition of the intercultural project between Canada and Morocco “La terre n’a qu’un soleil” took place in Morocco in October 2017 and was made possible thanks to the support of the Canadian Embassy to Morocco and in collaboration with the Taragalte Festival under the stars.
- The second edition on Canadian soil was produced in partnership with le Festival des traditions du monde de Sherbrooke.
- The result of the FTMS residency was also presented at Harbourfront Center in Toronto, in collaboration with the 17th Annual Small World Music Festival.
- The presentation of the short film Résonance culturelle is made possible thanks to the collaboration of Visa for Music, the first professional platform bringing together artists and the music industry from Morocco, the Middle East and Africa.
- Daraa Tribes was part of the official selection of Visa for Music in 2017. Daraa Tribes’ music captures with one collective voice the cultural diversity of their region, celebrating and bringing to the foreground the peace and tolerance as cultivated by the many tribes living in the Drâa River Valley. It is pursuant to their showcase at VFM that they travelled to Russia.
- RedTail Spirit Singers is a drum group from Canada. The group has performed in several locations including Trinidad and Tobago, France and the Sahara desert in Morocco in 2017. The group is often called to perform at special events.
- Simon Denizart is a French pianist who is now calling Canada his home. He was nominated at the Festi Jazz international de Rimouski in Québec in 2014 and won the Audience Award. He was nominated in 2017 and again in 2018 for the Jazz album of the year at the Gala de l’ADISQ.
- Ivan Cloud (Tee Cloud) is part of the Mi’kmaq drumming group Sacred Wolf Singers who performs traditional and contemporary songs to honour the uniqueness of the Mi’kmaq language and its inherent cultural knowledge.
- Jason Gullo is a dancer, visual artist, fashion designer and educator.
- Canadian Embassy to Canada in Morocco
- Visa for Music
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- The lightning of the desert and the thunder of the woodlands (Roots Music Canada)
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