Rhythms of the World Festival

Rhythms of the World Festival

August 17, 2005 10:39 ET

The Rhythms of the World Festival Announces its Program for the 2nd Annual Montreal Edition

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 17, 2005) - The Rhythms of the World Festival announces the program of its 2nd Montreal Edition which will take place in downtown Montreal and its surroundings from September 7th to the 11th, 2005. The Rhythms of the World Festival is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote 'Cultural Harmony' which is also its theme for the 2005 edition.

The program, in three parts - performing arts, visual arts and culinary arts - will comprise 5 days of events corresponding to 4 continents - Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas - plus a closing Family Day which honors cultural harmony.

Beginning with Asia on September 7th, the Alex Bellegarde Invitation Series will present an asian jazz trio inspired by tablas rhythms and an Indian flute, in the food court of Square Victoria beginning at noon. An opening cocktail will begin at 5 pm at Le Quartier Restaurant, featuring DJ Mahesh and his Buddha lounge beats as well as asian appetizers and an art exhibits showcasing artists Jean-Sebastien Robert, Nick Brown and Raymond Fong. In the evening, the House of Jazz presents Sara Franco and her world music followed by Beat in Fractions with its unique modern sounds.

It's Europe's turn on September 8th when the Alex Bellegarde Invitation Series presents an ensemble of European Jazz in the food court at Place Victoria as of noon. In the evening, the House of Jazz features Rude Beats and their funky greek groove music as well as the Arden Arapyan Trio who brings forth jazz music with an Armenian flavour. The Rhythms of the World Festival's Gala of Flavours takes place at 6 pm at the Centre Mont-Royal during which guests will taste a variety of foods and wines from all corners of the world, witness the presentation of the Velan Foundation award and admire the lively colourful dancers from the Arthur Murray Dance School who perform traditional Latin dances. There will also be art exhibitions from such renowned artists as Marc Seguin, Heidi Hollinger, Dana Velan and Michel Vermeulen.

Africa Day takes place on September 9th and opens with the Alex Bellegarde Invitation series this time showcasing an energetic, percussive African trio in the food court of the Place Victoria at noon. This is followed by a very festive Happy Hour from 5 to 7 pm at Le Quartier Restaurant. Here, Tranzit and its mix of musical genres - jazz, compa, gospel, African and West Indian - will entertain the crowd as they munch on African appetizers and admire the art works of "Tigus" Ralph Maingrette, Cheryl Daniel and Marie-Josee Primeau. In the evening, the House of Jazz presents Wesley and the African Project as well as the Harold Faustin Quintet and special guest, the very talented Samina.

From September 7th to 9th, restaurants Fourquet Fourchette, Les Continents and Le Quartier will offer tables d'hote and special thematic menus highlighting different flavours of the world. Throughout the same 3 days, an Art Fair & Exhibition will be held at the TELUS Tower, from 11 am to 6 pm, permitting young artists of ethnic origins to promote and sell their paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs.

From September 7th to 10th, Gallery Week features interesting exhibitions at some of the greatest galleries in the city including "Montreal - La Cosmopolite" at Studio 261 featuring artists such as Jean-Francois Andre, Marc J, Fortier, Stephanie Gervey, Jacques Leveille, Georges Maman, Andre Schirmer, Nicole Taillon, and Nicole Teuliere-Ratti. The Simon Blais Gallery will present works by Serge Clement and Denis Juneau. Art en Majuscule showcases artists Michael Kudish, Daniel Kudish and Esther Hageman. The Hollinger Collins Gallery presents works by Kyle Beal, Bill Brandt, Steven James Brown, David Burdeny, Katyuska Doleatto, Roy Hartling, Thaddeu Holownia, Amy Huestis, Colin McNair, D Bradley Muir, Rosemary Scanlon, Verona Sorensen and Patrice Stanley. Galerie 1225 also presents works by Tristan Tondino, Joseane Brulelle, Galen Cheney, Richard Roblin, Jean-Louis Emond, Helene Fleury and Remigio Valdes de Hoyos.

On the evening of the Americas Day on September 10th, the House of Jazz presents the Joe Armando Latin Jazz Ensemble as well as Los Tumbadores and their lively Cuban rhythms sure to get you on your feet.

Cultural Harmony Day, being held from 10 am to 6 pm at Place du Canada on Sunday, September 11th is the Festival's closing day. Parents and children from all over the island are invited to celebrate a day full of surprises involving cultural activities, musical entertainment, art workshops as well as cooking seminars. The date of September 11th is very appropriate for this event as it commemorates a historic day during which people from all over the world unite to fight terrorism and to promote global peace. The Afro-Brazilian percussion group Zuruba will entertain the crowd as of noon and at 3 pm the final show begins and introduces S.H.A.R.O.N. with 3 Shades of Soul featuring Tamara Brown and their hybrid rhythms of soul, hip hop, funk and Caribbean as well as Isangano, a very talented dance troupe from Rwanda.

On the evening of September 11th, the House of Jazz will celebrate cultural harmony and close the Festival with a Fusion Jazz Session presented by Alex Bellegarde and special guests.

The mission of the Rhythms of the World Festival is to foster understanding and harmony between cultures through socio-cultural activities permitting the development, promotion and diffusion of performing arts, visual arts and culinary arts.

Complete information on website at www.rhythms.tv

Contact Information

  • The Rhythms of the World Festival
    Tania Tassone
    Executive Director
    (514) 788-5161