Atif Siddiqi

Atif Siddiqi studied fashion design in Los Angeles and video production/performance in Montreal where they live currently. Their work revolves around gender identity, ecology, justice, notions of personal transformation and metamorphosis by incorporating elements of symbolism and iconography. Their artistic body of work includes the long form experimental documentaries, Solo (winner best documentary) and M! Mom, Madonna and Me. Audio recordings of Amethyst’s Universe, Firefly, and Tranie Tronic. Various other short form videos like Unique Mythology, Erotic, Exotic, and performances of Alienation are also part of their portfolio.

Photo credit : Eisha Marjara


Diogo Ramos

Diogo Ramos is a singer-songwriter from Sao Paolo, Brazil. Ramos’ music is part of a long tradition of Brazilian folk singers. In 2010, Ramos left Brazil to settle in Montreal where he obtained a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of Quebec in Montreal. Ramos has been working professionally for 20 years as a music producer, having released 16 albums. In 2012, Ramos produced the album “Egológico Recycle,” dedicated to Rommel Ribeiro as part of the 2012-2013 Révélations Radio-Canada award in the world music category. In 2014, Ramos directed the album “O Momento Presente é Azul” by renowned artist Paulo Ramos.

2018 marks the release of Ramos’ album “Samba sans Frontières”, where he pays homage to his country of adoption through the interpretation of the works of Gilles Vigneault, Félix Leclerc, Pierre Perreault and his own compositions where Portuguese and French intertwine. As Ramos’ remarkable guitar playing and voice discovers the language of his new country – it’s Franco Bossa-nova. A recipient of a Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) research and creation grant in 2017, Ramos has also received the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s Coup de Coeur award and MAtv’s Coup de Coeur award at the 2017 MUZ Festival (Vision Diversity) –  a tribute to world music in Montreal.

Meryem Saci

Meryem Saci is a singer, songwriter, emcee and performer. Lead singer in the group Nomadic Massive since 2005, Meryem is currently focusing on her solo career after releasing her first solo project,  “On my way”, in summer 2017. Upbeat, fun, and moving, this mixtape bridges influences from both sides of the Atlantic. Over the years Meryem has collaborated with many international artists such as IAM, and been featured on movies and TV series such as Omerta, Derapage, Lance et Compte, and Art of More. In addition to performing over 40 shows a year, as well appearing at conferences,workshops, and voiceovers, she juggles her time between her solo project and Nomadic Massive with the aim of creating her own unique image and sound. In 2018 and 2019 Meryem will be following the rhythms of her upcoming European and Latin American tours and dedicating time to her upcoming singles and solo EP.

Trio Populaire

On a cold February night in 2010, three friends met for an unexpected musical evening in a small bar on Saint-Laurent boulevard in Montréal. Each brought along their good spirits and a few songs, and their will to play together led that night to the creation of Trio Populaire.

Born in Rome to Algerian parents, the self-taught Tacfarinas Kichou has developed a passion for multiple instruments such as derbouka, bendir, cajòn, riq, and bongos. Joey Mallat is a guitarist as well as an author, composer and interpreter for whom music serves as a way of reconciling his dual cultural influences, Arabic and Quebecois. The trio’s third member, Pierre Emmanuel Poizat, a professional clarinetist and sharp, inquisitive multi-instrumentalist, is involved in multiple popular, jazz and world music projects.

Drawing on diverse musical traditions, the trio’s repertoire includes original compositions inspired by Mediterranean, jazz, Gypsy and South American sounds. Simultaneously nostalgic, engaging, thoughtful, frenzied—their music doubles as an unforgettable voyage past the borders of nation and style.

Image: Christina Alonso

Ellise Barbara

Ellise Barbara is a Montreal-based avant-garde artist, singer-songwriter, and thinker. Rising from artist-run spaces such as La Brique and Drones Club at the turn of the current decade, their recent efforts are centered around LGBTQ community organizing (Taking What We Need, ASTTeQ, African Rainbow). With a band called Elle’s Black Space and a lineup solely made of musicians of Sub-Saharan African descent, Barbara aims to recenter contemporary blackness by rejecting current racialized tropes.