William ‘X-WAM’ McMillian is the epitome of a modern day entertainer: Multi-talented, Unique and Community-centric. Born and raised in Montreal, QC, Canada, he has cultivated his talents around the city for more than 2 decades, performing as a host/MC, vocal artist, DJ, Step-dancer and of course the talent for which is most renown: BEATBOX’ing.
As a solo artist he has blazed a path from stage to stage, opening for artists such as K-OS, Kardinal Offishall, and Slum Village. Based in Montreal, he has repeatedly graced the stages of Montreal music industry archetypes such as Le Festival des Art Urbains, Les Francofolies Festival, The Under Pressure International Graffiti Convention and the notable Montreal International Jazz Festival. Still, as any nomadic artist he has also performed in many other cities including Halifax, Quebec, Sherbrooke, Toronto, Victoria, Vancouver and New York City. His talent has also made several television appearances staring as a competitor on POPSTARS ‘The One’, and continuing on with various performances on Musique Plus (Rap Cité and Bouge de là) and most recently a McDonalds’s McBistro commercial (2012). Over the years, to the enrichment of his musical vocabulary, he has collaborated with many artists from around the world among which his current residency with the well renowned live organic Improv music group, Kalmunity Vibe Collective can be highlighted.
In attempt to classify X-WAM, it has been said that he has a drop of a new age Bobby McFerrin in his flair but after experiencing him live you’ll understand that his talent and imagination are truly unparalleled. Just one show and he’ll have you converted to a dedicated fan showing your loyalty with a cross-armed X in the air.
List of shows:
2017 - July 8th @Quai des Brumes for END OF THE WEEK (MONK.E) - July 7th @Jazz Fest. Montreal x2 shows (Maduza: On My Way) - June 24th Saint-Jean Fest. On Saint Denis (MONK.E) - April 29th @Duffy’s Jamming with Steve Rowe - April 15th @Theatre Plaza MC JUNE Album Launch VERITES - April 8th CHAOS UNLEACHED - March 3rd @ Le Beury-Bar (Maduza: Empire Fall) - JAN-FEB. @Petit Cafe Campus Multipule mini shows with KALMUNITY - JAN 14TH @Realto Theater for The Couscous Comedy Show 2016 - Dec. 16th @Petit Cafe Campus with KALMUNITY - DEC 5th @Le Beury-Bar Jamming with Urban Science - Nov. 19th @Petit Cafe Campus with KALMUNITY - Nov. 14th @Phi Centre for DAYBREAKER’s - Sept. 15th @Le Beury-Bar opening act for #LECYPHER Jam Session - Aug, 30th @Petit Cafe Campus with KALMUNITY - Aug. 26-27 in OTTAWA for House of Paint – Urban Art Fest show & workshop with Sarh MK - Aug. 17th @Le Beury-Bar Jamming with Urban Science - Aug. 15th @FouFounes Electriques for Under Pressure XXI (opening for closesing act Urban Science) - Aug. 14th for Under Pressure XXI (multipule outdoors shows) - July 1st & 2nd @Montreal Jazz Fest. (Savoy du Metropoils) with KALMUNITY - Multipule mini shows with KALMUNITY @Petit Cafe Campus Show With Fredy varre Show with Wayne Tennant 2015 - Sept. 29th @Petit Cafe Campus shows with KALMUNITY - @Montreal Jazz Fest. With PONTO - June @Francofolies with PONTO - FEB. 23rd Lumiere Fest. Stage preformance with Ponto / Mystika Circus 2014 Francofolies with KOF & Drey Sax 2013 Francofolies with MC June - Mar. 30th @ Club Lambi for 30 Years of HIP HOP - Mar. 30th 10 @ YEAR ANI. KALMUNITY - March 2nd @ Le Piano Rouge (Jamming with Alan Prater) 2012 - July 5th, 6th & 7th @Montreal Jazz Fest. (Savoy du Metropoils) with KALMUNITY - 2007 - June ?? @Francofolies with Sir Pathetik et Mauvaize Frekentation (J’rap pour toi) -
Ottawa, ON – The good people at House of PainT have another great line-up in store for their annual festival under Ottawa’s Dunbar Bridge. Headlined by Montreal DJ, producer, and Fool’s Gold label owner, A-Trak, House of PainT 2017 will also feature performances by JUNO Award-winning rapper Adam Bomb (Naturally Born Strangers), French Canadian hip hop pioneers Dubmatique, Brooklyn legends Smif-N-Wessun, Hamilton’s own NiLLa who is performing with Ottawa-born Halifax rapper/producer Ghettosocks, Ottawa’s Cashtro Crosby & DJ Mes, Cody Coyote, Dopekiid, Majic Mike, Xwam & Lady Kat, JMKM, The Sorority, Rita Carter and even more. And that’s just one event. House of Paint is 4 days of pure hip-hop knowledge, entertainment and community building.
Information about the entire 4-day House of PainT Festival can be found below. Click here for the official website and to purchase tickets.
The festivities will start Wednesday August 9th and further continue until Sunday August 13th 2017. During the weekend, Saint-Catherine Est Street will be closed between Saint-Dominique and Saint-Elisabeth. All in all, over a hundred local, national and international artists will take part in the event. In the agenda, graffiti murals production on about ten different walls, musical performances, urban dancing competition, exhibitions, conferences, kids activities and guided visits, etc.
While presenting the theme of the 22nd edition, Melissa Proietti, general coordinator of the Festival, explains that \’The term underdogs symbolizes everyone hidden in the shadows with a hidden talent, unsuspected, whom have surprised many. The graffiti writers are the underdogs ow the art world and Hip Hop, in its origins the underdogs of the musical world… We are all underdogs, and it doesn\’t stop us to accomplish great things. We fight together and support each other to succeed in the name of the community that we are.\’
Graffiti writers Jimmy Baptiste and Haks 180 created the branding of this year’s festival. Faithful participants and members of the big Under Pressure family, these man drew their inspiration from the roots of Hip Hop and personified the dogs into key figures of this culture, such as Rakim, and graffiti artist Dondi to name only a few.
The 2017 edition of the Festival emphasizes the work of diverse underdogs and collaborates with numerous Montreal and Canadian community and cultural groups
This year, the festivities will start Wednesday August 9th at Foufounes Électriques for the 49th edition of the famous art competition Beaux Dégâts, combined withe the regional final of the 2017 Canadian DMC DJ competition. Beaux Dégâts tends to create a parallel with street art and Fine Arts. It puts forward what has been forgotten by many artistic institutions, the reality the artists from the street, the importance of community, sharing, accessibility, the unusual.
The special 2017 Under Pressure edition will gather, for over two hours, twelve teams of artists who will improvise 8\’ by 8\’ murals on themes given on the night of the event. Each team will research and appropriate visual references to conceptualize their creation in front of the public. All mediums are allowed except spray paint. During the night, the public votes for their favourite painting with their Pabst beer cans. The team that will have collected the most cans will win the right to paint over the other creations if they so wish.
On top of the djs part of the DMC competition, there will be a showcase by Montreal DJ Killa Jewel and djs Construct, Lentils, Stram, 2GZ and Mixologue. The artist X-WAM will do a beat box performance. The evening will be hosted by Ella Grave and Osti One. An event not to be missed by any music and art amateurs.
Let\’s highlight the Off The Record conference: Hip-Hop Cultural Workers in Canada which will happen August 10th and 11th from 9am until 5pm at the Notman House in Montreal. The purpose of the event is to extend, share and spread scientific and practical knowledge from the cultural work of Hip Hop in Canada. The goal is to create a new national communication network to support skills and sharing knowledge, leading to positive impacts on the community across the country.
A project initiated by representatives of McGill University, MacEwan University, University of Ottawa, University of Art and Design of Ontario and Revolution Per Minute, this conference will gather many actors and influencers of the scene. Amongst them Montrealers Miss Me (street artist), Monk.E (rapper and graffiti writer), Sterling Downey (co-founder of the Under Pressure Festival), Pierre-Michel Jean-Louis (bboy Afternoon), Darcy McDonald (Hip Hop writer), Vincent Stephen Ong (Urban Science), Dr.Mad (DJ and community worker), Sean Fawcett (graffiti writer), Kate Asterlund (bgirl Lynx), Melissa Proietti (general coordinator of Under Pressure Festival, McGill PhD and community worker).
An important part of the program will be focused on the work done by and with the native communities in Canada. The continuing participation of members of the Native community in the conference will be favoured through collaborators Jodi Stonehouse, Allan Vicaire and Jarrett Martineau and with conferences, workshops and panel presentations. The well-known Haida artist Corey Bulpitt will host a workshop combining graffiti and wood sculpture. Furthermore, the artist will as well be painting a wall during the weekend of Under Pressure.
The symposium will be passively bilingual; the principal lectures will be in English, but some of the presentations and discussion panels will be in French (with participants offering informal translation if needs be). This event is free and open to all.
Apart from the conference, during this 22nd edition a collaboration with the Orientalys Festival will bring the Tunisian calligraffiti artist Karim Jabbari to paint the wall of the Al-Omah Al- Islamiah, located next to the Under Pressure Festival area.
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The final day of Aboriginal culture festival Présence Autochtone features film screenings at two venues including Courts Critiques, a series of shorts documenting Indigenous resistance movements through film, words and performance at the Grande Bibliothèque (475 de Maisonneuve E., 7:30 p.m., free) plus award-winning documentary Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World about Native musicians in pop culture at Cinéma du Parc (3575 du Parc, 9 p.m., $11.50) and closing off with an outdoor dance party with performances from Micmac DJ XS7 and Algonquin two-spirit multi-instrumentalist Mich Cota (Atlantic and Durocher, 11 p.m., free). Note, there will be free shuttles from the Grande Bibliothèque and Cinéma du Parc to the closing party
Montreal’s community-led graffiti and hip-hop festival Under Pressure kicks off today with a special edition of live art battle Beaux Dégàts at Foufounes Électriques featuring twelve teams of artists creating original canvases live, with the audience voting for their faves with empty beer cans. Tonight’s opening festivities also include the regional championships of national DJ competition DMC Canada, with special performances from DJs Killa-Jewel, Construct, Lentils, Stram and Mixlog plus beatboxing from X-WAM. 87 Ste-Catherine E., 8 p.m., $8
Check out the classic pop stylings of Montreal’s Sunfields, who’ll be playing their first of three Wednesday residency nights at Divan Orange, this time with openers John Jacob Magistery. 4234 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., price unlisted
Cinéma sous les étoiles screens Un journaliste au front, the story of Canadian freelance journalist Jesse Rosenfeld’s recent travels across the Middle East. Parc Laurier (Mentana and Laurier), 8:40 p.m., free
Following the second Coldplay show in Montreal this week, opening act AlunaGeorge (who we prefer to the main act) DJs at the official afterparty at Newspeak. 1403 Ste-Elisabeth, 10 p.m., $15/$20
http://cultmontreal.com/2017/08/wednesday-aug-9/For more music events, see our Event Listings. Art Listings can be found here.
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Under Pressure 2016. Photo by Ryan Brady.
Every August, Montreal’s graffiti and hip hop communities join together to throw a weekend-long block party showcasing and celebrating the tight-knit scenes’ achievements in art, music and dance, and this year’s edition of Under Pressure from Aug. 9–13 promises to be the biggest one yet, focusing on the theme of Underdogs.
Now in its 22nd year, the festival has grown from its roots as an avenue to promote the artistic value of graffiti to the wider public to its current format highlighting all four pillars of hip hop culture: graffiti, b-boying and b-girling, DJ-ing and MC-ing. According to festival organizer Melissa Proietti, Under Pressure has become more inclusive over the years to give a platform to a wide variety of artistic styles and cultural creators.
up-2014-1334“Under Pressure is really about evolving along with the culture and along with the people who are involved in hip hop culture,” Proietti says. “We want to include as many people and different kinds of outlets within the urban context as possible. It’s very community oriented, and it’s like a family reunion every August!”
Montrealers will find plenty to see and do along the Under Pressure zone on Ste-Catherine from St-Dominique to St-Elisabeth. Annual crowd-pleasing events return, including b-boy and b-girl competitions, skateboarding showcases, bright new graffiti murals taking over the streets and alleyways, group exhibitions Queens Creation (moving from Verdun to the heart of the festival zone for the first time) and Out for Fame (both at 209 Ste-Catherine E., opening Aug. 11, 6–11 p.m.), plus a special opening night edition of live art contest Beaux Dégâts punctuated with the regional finals of the national DMC DJ competition with performances from DJs Killa Jewel, Construct, Lentils, Stram and Mixologue plus beatboxing from X-WAM (87 Ste-Catherine E., Aug. 9, 9 p.m., $8). A series of free outdoor hip hop concerts will take place every night in the heart of the festival zone, with Saturday’s show featuring headliners A-F-R-O and R.A. the Rugged Man.
UP 2016 81_credit photo Kris MurraySpecial highlights for this year include walls created by special guests, namely West Coast Haida artist Corey Bulpitt (who created the memorable visual identity for Under Pressure 2016) and Tunisian calligraphist Karim Jabbari (in a collaboration with the concurrent Orientalys Festival), plus an expanded Off the Record conference that will feature hip hop cultural workers and researchers from across Canada including Miss Me, Monk-E, Under Pressure founder Sterling Downey, Cult MTL’s own hip hop writer Darcy MacDonald, Pierre-Michel Jean-Louis (bboy Afternoon), Vincent Stephen Ong (Urban Science), Dr.Mad (DJ and community worker) and more in a joint-presentation from a number of Canadian universities including McGill. The conference is free and open to everyone, taking place at Notman House (51 Sherbrooke W.) from Aug 10–11, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
For Proietti, the Off the Record conference is a special highlight for this year’s programming. “The idea is to establish some dialogue between people who are doing cultural work, and sharing knowledge and ideas,” she explains. “We want to empower the people who are doing this work to give them different tools and connect with other people doing similar work. It’s a really exciting and unique opportunity to do an academic conference in the context of Under Pressure.”
As with last year, the 2017 edition of the fest will include a special focus on the work being done by Indigenous artists, including Bulpitt plus conference participants Jodi Stonehouse, Allan Vicaire and Jarrett Martineau, who will be hosting workshops and panel presentations.
“It’s also important to have a platform for Indigenous workers who are creating and experiencing hip hop culture in ways that are certainly different from a lot of what’s being talked about, so it’s important to focus on and highlight that.
“We chose the theme ‘Underdogs’ because a lot of us that are part of Under Pressure and part of hip hop culture really identify with the idea of the underdog,” says Proietti. “Graffiti writers are definitely the underdogs of the art world. Hip hop was the underdog of the music industry — obviously that’s changed quite a bit, but there are still a lot of negative perceptions. What does it mean to work with a lot of stereotypes and negative perceptions that exist against you, and to come out successful and stay true to who you are and the things that are important to you? I think it’s important for us to always be addressing and considering these questions. For the underdog, when something is important to you, you find a way.” ■
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