Nomadic Massive Brings Unique Brand of Music and Message to Trent University


Montreal-based hip hop group to deliver free workshop and concert for Trent students September 24

Tuesday, September 21, 2010, Peterborough

Trent University will welcome progressive hip hop act, Nomadic Massive, to Champlain College on Friday, September 24 to deliver a free social change workshop and concert performance to students.

Hailing from Montreal and representing a host of cultures, Nomadic Massive is made up of 10 skilled musicians and artists. Forming a socially engaged hip-hop consortium like no other, the band combines smart, sensuous, militant poetry with live instrumentation on drums, bass, guitars, trumpet and trombone.

During their time at Trent, Nomadic Massive will not only be performing their award-winning music, but they will also be helping spread their message of social change during a daytime workshop: "Social Justice Through Hip Hop" World Affairs Colloquium. The band, which features members from Argentina, France, Algeria, Haiti, Chile, Barbados and Grenada, has a wealth of experience to draw upon, and will use this to help influence and empower participants in their workshop.

For Dr. Michael Allcott, head of Champlain College and director of the Trent International Program, the Nomadic Massive appearance marries the past and future of the College and the Great Hall. “It’s a venue that has a deep history of music and activism. It is a place where people have come to gather, to debate, and to dance. It is wonderful to have music and activism coursing though this space again,” he said.

Dr. Allcott, who organized the band’s visit, first saw and heard Nomadic Massive as they did benefits after the earthquake in Haiti. “When we contacted them to ask if they might do a concert at Champlain, they responded immediately, and said: ‘Sure, we like to perform at campuses. We'd also like to do a workshop with students on social justice and social change--would you guys be interested in that?’ Both my student leaders and I were thrilled. Music, entertainment and socially conscious learning -- how Trent is that?”

The afternoon workshop for students will begin at 3 p.m. in the Champlain College Council Chambers. The evening concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall. Both events are sponsored by Champlain College, Lady Eaton College, IMPACT Leadership Program, Trent Central Students Association, World Affairs Colloquium, Trent International Program, Office of Human Rights, and the Trent International Student Association.

Tickets are free with a donation for Pakistan Flood Relief (UNICEF). For ticket information, contact Champlain College at (705) 748-1011 ext.1237.


For more information, please contact:
Dr. Michael Allcott, director, Trent International Program and head of Champlain College, (705) 748-1280 or