Julie Rémy
Julie Remy
Settling in Canada as a late teenager, Julie studied Journalism in Montreal and Quebec City before working in Toronto as a bilingual reporter and online editor for Reuters Thomson news agency. As a freelancer, she collaborated with several news outlets and radio stations, such as Le Devoir, Radio-Centre-Ville and RCI (The Link). Back at RCI after several years in the music and tourism industry in France and in Brazil, she is acting as a Webmaster for the English and French services. With her music column, she shares her musical discoveries from Canada and elsewhere, and is always happy to get some feedback from RCI’s readers and listeners. Don’t be shy!

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Montreal’s Indian summer is African this year. And it lasts 34 days

One Montreal festival I try not to miss each July is the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique (FINA). The festival re-invented itself this year to survive the pandemic and will be celebrating its 34th anniversary with live shows and a lineup »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

In Eastern Canada, Musique Nomade stands by Indigenous musicians

Since my first Safe&Sound column on throat singing, I meant to explore Canada’s Indigenous music scene. In Quebec, the most important stakeholder is undoubtedly Musique Nomade, a Montreal-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and producing up-and-coming Indigenous musicians.  Based on »

Arts & Entertainment, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Orientalys festival brings music to the virtual stage, ‘as if you were there’

Montreal, the city of 100 festivals, was to celebrate this August the 10th anniversary of one its most recent cultural events, Orientalys Festival. Although there won’t be any food stands nor big stages erected on the Old Port this year, »

Arts & Entertainment, Immigration & Refugees, International

US and Canadian festivals team up for a month of virtual world music shows

When festivals wish to bring in international artists, their task is facilitated and the tour costs are reduced if they can book the same artists, especially if the dates and locations of the shows are close enough. This collaborative practise, »

Arts & Entertainment, Internet, Science & Technology

Safe&Sound-Montreal’s Mural Estival closes the summer with street art and music

In a city where festivals are almost as numerous as churchtowers, a summer event that cannot go unnoticed is Montreal MURAL Festival. Usually happening over a dozen days in mid-June with a flurry of visual art, installations and music acts »

Arts & Entertainment, Immigration & Refugees, International

“Fait Vivir”, a road movie about Canadian music gypsies in Colombia

His given name is Manuk. Manuk Aukán. A name that was inspired by Chile’s Mapuche Indigenous tribe, a volcanic island in Indonesia, and an Armenian name meaning “child”. A camera follows him everywhere: on his mother’s back in chilly Montreal »

Arts & Entertainment, Immigration & Refugees, Indigenous, International

Music industry delegates meet online at a new global conference in Toronto

During the last week of July, hundreds of music professionals around the world connected to their computers to take part in a music conference out of Toronto, with online activities and discussions about current challenges and coming perspectives in a »

Arts & Entertainment, Immigration & Refugees

Brazilian artist Diogo Ramos sings his love for Quebec, diversity and freedom

Freedom, Liberté, Liberdade. Diogo Ramos now sings these words in three languages – English, French and Portuguese – as he released officially this month the videoclip for the single Liberté je t’aime (Freedom, I love you) during a impromptu show »

Arts & Entertainment, International

Canada’s diversity and mix of cultures reflected in top music prize – Part 2

Last week, we had a first peek at the shortlist of Canadian artists that were selected by the jurors of the Polaris Music Prize, which was announced last Wednesday on CBC. Among the 10 albums that were considered the best »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

Canada’s diversity and mix of cultures reflected in top music prize – Part 1

Two weeks ago, I was telling you about the 2020 digital edition of the Juno Awards, celebrating the most popular Canadian artists and singles of the year. This week, we are discovering another series of singers and songwriters that were »