KALMUNITY is Canada’s largest and longest running black arts & improv collective of multi-disciplined, linguistic & cultural creatives boasting a local membership of over 60 creatives that was founded in 2003 by Jahsun & directed by Preach Ankobia.
Best known for producing 2 weekly events which take place Sunday & Tuesday night in the city of Montreal. Kalmunity has released 2 live albums as well as a collection of literature entitled ‘The Talking Book’.
Named 1 of 5 best places to take out of towners, Kalmunity has inspired & collaborated with hundreds of creatives including members of Arcade Fire, Nomadic Massive, Bell Orchestre, D.bi Young, Gage, Meghan Patrick, Alan Prater, Malika Tirolien and have performed with & alongside legends such as Public Enemy, Toots and the Maytals, Iba Mahr, Sa-Roc, Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Brother Ali & many more.
Kalmunity has earned people’s choice awards from media outlets such as Cult MTL & The Mirror. They’ve been covered by The Fader, CTV News, Breakfast Television, The Montreal Gazette & Le Devoir and were named in The Top 10 Cool Things by Local Montreal Tours.
Kalmunity produces an annual Black History Month series, a summer series & Canada’s 1st black arts & music week.
They have been featured at famed events such as The Montreal Jazz Fest, Irie Music Fest, House of Paint, Art of Blend, Nuits D'Afrique & Under Pressure to name a few.
The collective offers & leads workshops for young creatives. They have been invited as faculty to institutions such as the Banff Center of the Arts & Windsor University as well as provinces such as Nova Scotia to conduct youth & community focused workshops in Africville. They are also deeply connected to their community and provide a variety of outreach programs & incentives to institutions and non profits alike.
Kalmunity was created as an outlet of free expression for artists who could not easily access viable venues. They have since been intricate in the protection & progression of Montreal’ black music & are considered a crucial component in Canada’s urban tapestry.