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Once again downtown Moncton will be filled with the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the region’s premier celebration of international culture, the Mosaïq Multicultural Festival! With two days of packed activities, you should mark your calendars for July 21–22! Over the years we’ve seen the festival grow from being held on a street to the corner of a park and then to the front of Moncton City Hall. However, with more and more people from around the world choosing to call Greater Moncton home we’ve outgrown even that space, this year will see us hosting the event at Moncton’s Riverfront Park.

The Festival provides a stage for acts from across the country as well as from our own local ethno-cultural associations. “People are so surprised to come to the festival and view this sea of ethnicities from around the world,” says event Chair, Ajit Gautam. “They ask me where they’ve all come from, and I say, ‘Here!’. It’s such an amazing opportunity to showcase their culture and start adding it into the fabric of our community.”

This year, the festival organizers had the privilege of attending a world music showcase hosted in Montreal. Through this initiative, they had the opportunity to hand pick some high caliber performers who are eager to make their first appearance in Moncton this summer. The announcement of this year’s musical line up with headliners The Jerry Cans and Kobo Town is very exciting. The fast-rising northern stars, The Jerry Cans, create music inspired by their hometown of Iqaluit, Nunavut. With their unique mix of Inuktitut alt-country, throat singing, and reggae, The Jerry Cans are a distinctly northern, one-of-a-kind group. Audiences will be enthralled by their high-energy performance. Kobo Town’s Drew Gonzales hails from Trinidad. He is a 2014 Juno Award World Music Nominee. They have emerged in recent years as one of the most original artistic voices of the Caribbean diaspora and one of the grooviest touring bands anywhere with their calypso rock sounds.

In its 13th year, the Mosaïq Festival’s International stage will be showcasing many new sounds during these not-to-be missed performances. Other bands set to perform at the Mosaïq festival include music from all genres such as: ASHK – a project by Afghan-Canadian sisters from Nova-Scotia combines multi-part harmonies, with an impressive array of both Eastern and Western instruments and languages. Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music has linked bridges between musical genres, incorporating ancient instruments with new popular instruments of the turntables. Dub Kartel is Halifax’s own reggae band. They are the embodiment of positive vibrations, uplifting musical experiences that are broader than simplistic commercial labels. Melanie Morgan is an ECMA winner, aired on CMT, and seen on La Voix & Cover Me Canada. She’s a local country music sensation who will be joined on stage by Jean-Marc Cormier, former bandleader of Acadian favorite band Tradition. Turbo Street Funk was discovered busking on the streets of Toronto. They defy conventional with their infectious sounds of New Orleans sounding horns combining some top 40 hits with top notch originals in a show that gets people moving and dancing. Nomad’Stones are a fusion of music that transcends with the acoustic spirit and diffuses a cheerful and festive energy with clarinet, flute, saxophone and percussion such as the cajon, darbouka or the conga mixing some incredible rhythms.

Every year has a packed roster of the best of local and international performers, and this year is no exception. “We’re thrilled with the quality and energy of the performers,” says Sara Robinson, President of HOST Event Management. “As the festival has grown there are more and more musicians and dancers lining up to take part.” Today’s press conference will outline the schedule, and a full roster of this year’s performers and bios for the lead artists are attached.

“The amount of children we have taking part has just grown exponentially,” adds Gautam. “The Kids’ Pavilion is packed with children from local daycares and day camps creating crafts from around the world, and the Youth Olympïqs gets them out and moving as they take part in international sports.”

The pavilions will also contain a dizzying array of artisan vendors, multicultural exhibits and of course a mouth-watering variety of international foods. For more information or for an interview, please contact Danielle Leger, Event Coordinator for Mosaïq Multicultural Festival (info@mosaiqmoncton.ca or 506.857.8072).

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