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by Theresa Redula

Home away from home, it’s what a Montreal group called “Bahay Collective” hopes for as it strives to elevate creative voices from the city’s Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) community.

Launched in 2019, Bahay Collective started with a fundraising concert with some Montreal student organizations, for those affected by a 2018 typhoon in the Philippines.

A pandemic and three years later – Bahay collective has done more than just shows and events, they’ve also become a music studio and creative agency, for performers and musicians.

“I think we’re pretty early in Montreal. We’re making those vibes for younger generation to rally, I guess, Asians and BIPOC communities together,” said Chuong Trinh, co-founder and CEO of Bahay Collective. “We kept that Bahay name afterwards and kept doing shows.”

 

Mandy Tran, co-founder and COO of Bahay Collective adds, “Right now we’re a small team, we do lots of events and collabs with a bunch of people in Montreal. Shows in Toronto, we’ve also done shows in the U.S.”

With over 4 million people in the greater Montreal area, more than 500,000 identify themselves as Asian, according to Statistics Canada 2016 census. That’s one of the main reasons why the collective aims to amplify Asian representation in the province.

On top of that, the team’s dream for the collective’s future, is “world domination,” explained Chuong. “We have underdog energy, people that come from grassroots but we’re aiming for the top.”