10/17/2014 01:42 EDT | Updated 12/17/2014 05:59 EST

Emmanuel Jal brings his many talents to Montreal Saturday

Emmanuel Jal's life has turned around through music.

"Music is the place I get to see heaven again. It's the place I get to release the pressure that is almost blowing me up," he said. 

The former "Lost Boy" of Sudan is now settled in Toronto and working with high-profile artists like Nelly Furtado and Niles Rodgers on his new album, The Key. 

Jal is in Montreal for a show Saturday night at the PHI Centre — an event that will showcase the many talents of the former child soldier. 

Jal now has a well-established music career. He also has a role in Quebec director Philippe Falardeau’s The Good Lie, which opens this weekend in Montreal.

The Good Lie is a story about young Sudanese refugees who fled civil war as orphaned children and are trying to adapt to life in the US.

This Falardeau’s first feature film since the Oscar-nominated Monsieur Lazhar.

On Oct. 18, Jal will be on hand at the PHI Centre for a free screening of the movie followed by a conversation with American journalist and culture critic Ferrari Sheppard and a performance of songs from The Key.

Tune in to Cinq à Six this Saturday at 5 p.m. to hear the full feature interview with Jal. Check out a clip from that interview below. 

On mobile? Listen to Jeanette's interview with Jal here


For more stories on Quebec's arts and culture scene check out CBC's ArtsQC page.