Three cool and fund worthy Montreal-based Indiegogo campaigns

Here are three local and cool Indiegogo campaigns that speak to me in different ways.

If you believe in supporting local artists and inventors, these projects need your help. You benefit too since donating can get you some fun perks.  Because these are flexible funding campaigns, any money pledged (after paying Indiegogo a share of the money raised) goes to the campaigns even if goals aren’t reached by deadline.

I’m listing them in the order of their funding deadline dates.

Business Is Risky

Studio XX, a media arts and multimedia resource centre for women, is currently holding Les HTMlles 10 – a feminist festival of media arts and digital culture and  Business is Risky is the theme for this 10th edition. The festival offers “an international platform dedicated to the presentation of women’s, trans, and gender non-conforming artists’ independent media artworks from all facets of contemporary technological creation.”

From Nov. 10-18 over 40 invited artists are showing their works at venues across Montreal and they’re using all sorts of platforms, including exhibitions, performances, interventions, workshops, along with a speedshow, a one-day conference and a hackathon.

The Why of this Indiegogo Campaign

  • Pay for childcare at events 
  •  “Guarantee appropriate support for participating artists”

Funding Goal: $500 by Nov. 18


Depending on the amount of your donation, you could get:

  • V.I.P. passes for festival events
  • a gorgeous wooden 2 GB USB key
  • handmade HTMlles 10 Mug
  • a package that includes the passes, the USB key and the mug


I’ve watched the RoboBrrd idea evolve a lot this year. I remember a different version at a Robotics Hackathons earlier this year. RoboBrrds are incredibly cute, they have big eyes and beaks and light up and move their heads. Once a teaching tool to help children learn math, now they offer a way to get people enthused about science and engineering by learning robotics. You can order a kit and build your own RoboBrrd, add on a “brain board,” accessorize it or even order up a pre-assembled brrd.

The Why of this Indiegogo Campaign

Helps cover manufacturing, development and packaging costs of creating kits and improving RoboBrrd.

Funding Goal: $10,668 by Dec. 5

Perks include:

  • A dollar gets you a thank you on the project’s Web page and an invite to an “exclusive  backers-only RoboBrrd hangout.”
  • A top hat for the brrd costs $25, you can get a basic kit for $114 but the $137 kit includes an assembled brain.
  • If building a RoboBrrd’s not your thing, ready-made RoboBrrds cost $170;  custom birds can be had for $259.

Notes on Montreal

Disclosure: Mike Rud is an amazing Montreal jazz guitarist but he’s also my brother-in-law. Still, I can safely say I would be wowed by this project even if he were not married to my sister.

Notes on Montreal is an interesting idea – a campaign to raise money to produce a professional CD featuring  jazz songs about novels set in Montreal, (plus a song celebrating Montreal diners). Mike loves Montreal, he’s probably one of this city’s biggest fans. It’s not just the history, culture and amazing food but the people and the sense of place in different neighbourhoods that captures his attention.  The seven books cover a wide range of viewpoints and observations about Montreal – there’s everything from the classic Tin Flute (Bonheur d’occasion) by Gabrielle Roy, Leonard Cohen’s Beautiful Losers, Heather O’Neill’s Lullabies for Little Criminals to Mordecai Richler’s Barney’s Version and Dany Laferrière’s How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired.

To get on an idea of how cool this project is, check out Mike’s videos on the campaign site (his updates especially). They show you what I mean about his talent and enthusiasm. He has plenty of experience and credibility but hearing his voice and listening to Mike say why this project is important speaks more to me than music degrees, CBC profiles, teaching experience, gigs at jazz festivals and at Montreal’s Upstairs club.

The Why of this Indiegogo Campaign

Helps cover professional recording session in studio with full band, music arrangements, production costs, CD packaging, artwork etc.

Funding Goal: $18,000 by Dec. 26

Perks include:

  • personal thank you notes, digital downloads of demos
  • the packaged CD or the digital download
  • digital pre-release copies of songs
  • song scores
  • brunch with Mike
  • personal music lesson
  • sponsorship/special mention on CD notes
  • a performance with the full band at your house

I think the perks alone make these campaigns worthwhile. The folks behind these campaigns are truly inspiring, it’s the kind of investment that puts a smile on your face.



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