The Embassy of Mongolia to Canada and Festival Accès Asie, in collaboration with the Association Mongolia Canada, are pleased to present the Mongolian folk music group
PREMIERE CANADA TOUR
Sunday March 5, 2017 – 2 pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts
Monday March 6, 2017 – 7 pm
Amphitéâtre du Gesù – centre de créativité
Khusugtun, formed in 2008, is a Mongolian folk music group descendant of the great epic singers and Mongolian nomadic culture. Because it is in danger of disappearing, Khusugtun aspires to promote Mongolian cultural heritage both at home and overseas.
In addition to the Mongolian traditional instruments, the group incorporates the breath taking throat-singing of their forefathers. Khöömei or throat-singing is an ancestral art registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Taught from generation to generation, it is only in the last fifteen years that this discipline has entered the conservatories.
Khusugtun have created original pieces that feature the remarkable sound of throat-singing in A Capella arrangement, while incorporating elements of classical music.
The band won gold in the A Capella category at the Delphic 3rd World Art Olympus in Jeju Island, South Korea, in 2009. In 2011, they performed at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK for the BBC Proms Human Planet concert. In 2012, at the festival Rain Forest World Music Festival (RWMF) in Malaysia, they were recognized as the most distinctive group. In 2015, they won second place at the Asia’s Got Talent show, organized in Malaysia and Singapore.
About Mongolia-Canada Bilateral Relations
Mongolia-Canada Bilateral Relations Mongolia and Canada established diplomatic relations on November 30, 1973 and celebrated the 40th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 2013. Mongolia first opened its General Consulate in Toronto in 1998. The Embassy of Mongolia to Canada was officially inaugurated in in Ottawa in December 2001. With similar climatic conditions, scarcity of population, abundance of natural and agricultural resources with a high role of these sectors in their economies, our two countries share a wealth of common experiences, enhancing Mongolia and Canada’s friendly cooperation in a number of key areas. There are approximately five thousand three hundred Mongolians living in Canada, including two hundred Mongolians in Montreal.
About Association Mongolia Canada
Association Mongolia Canada is a non-governmental-community organization, based in Montreal. It organizes activities for the promotion and discovery of Mongolian culture. In addition, the association provides services to members of the Mongolian community across Canada to assist them in their integration.