F&M is heading EAST! (and then back west)

Posted 2014/11/12 by the.past.is.unwritten
Categories: Edmonton Music Scene

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Edmonton’s F&M is touring Canada!

Which means folks can hear the wonderful music from At Sunset We Sing

All the dates can be found here, but in case you’re averse to clicking, just take a gander below!

At Sunset in Edmonton

From the Edmonton release show at The Artery. Photo credit to Sheena Millar!

EAST:
11.12.2014 (aka TONIGHT): The Capitol Music Club, SASKATOON
11.13.2014 (aka TOMORROW): The Edge Gallery, WINNIPEG
11.15.2014: The Apollo, THUNDER BAY
11.19.2013: Tranzac, TORONTO
11.21.14: Burritoville, MONTREAL
11.22.14: Zaphood Beeblebrox, OTTAWA

WEST:
11.28.14: Bellevue Hall, EDMONTON
12.03.14: The Railway Club, VANCOUVER

And as an added bonus, F&M’s talented guitarist Brian is teaming up with his partner Tess on November 30th to release their album Autumn at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre!

Autumn

Thoughts on Remembering

Posted 2014/11/11 by the.past.is.unwritten
Categories: Matters of Debate

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Every year around 11 November, everyone knows the importance of remembering, but what does that even mean?

For me, in high school, it was memorizing names and dates just before an exam and then quickly forgetting them until the next test. When I went to university, I learned that asking questions like “how?” and “why” were much more important than rattling off “where” and “when.”

So I think, in order to truly remember, every 11 November, people should ask a question to place the sacrifice of so many in a wider context. It doesn’t have to be a big one – you could google “why did generals order the construction of trenches?” or “how did so many recruits sign up for war?”

Of course, thanks to the internet, you can just as easily tackle larger questions such as “how did the drive of nation-building impact the involvement of British colonies and dominions during WWI?” or “how did the leaders of countries participating in WWI remain in power and sustain the war effort with so many disasters and staggering losses?”

Then, if you’re really putting in an effort to remember, you could question the narratives pushed in our traditional education system, media, and government rhetoric.

You could look at questions like “why did the Allies target civilian areas of German cities rather than industrial centers during bombing campaigns in WWII?” or “how and why was the internment of Japanese-Canadians during WWII carried out in Canada?” It’s one thing knowing these things happened, but looking deeper into the issues and engaging with their consequences should be part of remembering too.

My grandfather, on the right: JONES. Evan, V-35210, A/L/Stk, RCNVR, MID~[5.1.46] “This rating has at all times displayed outstanding initiative, resourcefulness and efficiency in carrying out his duties. By his continual cheerfulness and exemplary character he has been an example to all with who he has served.”

My grandfather, on the right: JONES. Evan, V-35210, A/L/Stk, RCNVR, MID~[5.1.46] “This rating has at all times displayed outstanding initiative, resourcefulness and efficiency in carrying out his duties. By his continual cheerfulness and exemplary character he has been an example to all with who he has served.”

In order to understand the past you need to confront the grey area, instead of just assuming everything was in black and white, good and bad. This helps you gain a better sense of what people went through, and why they did what they did.

In my case, it puts the heroism, sacrifices, and humanity of all my family members who went overseas to fight in a larger story and helps me connect to it in a deeper way. The same goes for those at home who had loved ones come home fine, injured, with PTSD…or not at all.

This also helps makes issues of the present more clear, when asking questions like “why are soldiers and war mythologized in Canada but not in Japan? How could this be used for political ends in each country?” or “How can Canada’s role in past wars be compared to contemporary conflicts?”

This hopefully allows for a better understanding of what happened in Canada’s history, and frames events occurring now in a more nuanced way.

Here’s an example of engaging with a grey area, from an article in the Guardian from November 1999.

“We shall not remember them. We shall not remember Herbert Morrison, who was the youngest soldier in the West India Regiment when he was led in front of the firing squad and gunned down for desertion. A ‘coward’ at just 17.”

“Lest we forget: the 306 ‘cowards’ we executed in the first world war”

The “cowards” were finally pardoned in 2006. Another example deals with the racism and poverty First Nations soldiers faced at home when they returned to Canada after fighting valiantly for the country. Francis Pegahmagabow was a sniper credited with almost 400 kills, 300 captures, and dispatched messaged and resupplied positions under enemy fire.

“When he was in uniform he was considered an equal…by what he could do. When he came back, he just went back to being an Indian. Indians at that time were not even Canadian citizens. They were treated like children and the Indian agents wanted him to basically sit back and shut up and not say anything.”

“Legendary Ojibwa sniper unsung hero of WW I”

Pegahmagabow will finally be recognized with a statue in Parry Sound, Ontario, in 2016.

These examples highlight why we need to critically engage with these grey areas and their lasting impact. We can not forget so these things do not happen again.

If we do not engage critically, we get complicit in knee-jerk simplicity. And that’s no way to remember anything at all.

The History of Punk Radio Show #5

Posted 2014/11/03 by the.past.is.unwritten
Categories: Edmonton Free School, Playlists, Punk and Politics, Punk and Protest

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Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 20 October!

STATION ID – PROPAGANDI
1. Nomeansno (Victoria) – “Oh Canaduh”
2. Rude Norton (Vancouver) – “Sea Cruise”
3. The Shades (Vancouver) – “New Clientele”
4. Tim Ray and the Druts (Vancouver) – “Dying in Brooklyn”
5. Tim Ray and A.V. (Vancouver) – “Quarter to Eight”
6. Active Dog (Vancouver) – “Nothing Holding You”
7. Exxotone (Vancouver) – “Sideways”
8. The Modernettes (Vancouver) – “Rebel Kind”
9. The Modernettes (Vancouver) – “I can only give you Everything”
10. The Subhumans (Vancouver) – “The Scheme”
11. The Subhumans (Vancouver) – “Urban Guerillas”
12. DOA (Vancouver) – “Trial by Media”
13. Dead Kennedys (San Francisco) – “Kill the Poor” (live)
14. SNFU (Edmonton) – “Money Matters”
15. Systematik (Vancouver) – “Regrets”

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The History of Punk Radio Show #4

Posted 2014/10/14 by the.past.is.unwritten
Categories: Edmonton Free School, Playlists, Punk and Politics, Punk and Protest

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Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 13 October!

STATION ID – WESLEY WILLIS
1. Andrew W.K. (Palo Alto) – “Oh Canaduh”
2. The Evaporators (Vancouver) – “The Bomb’s in my Pants!”
3. K-Tels (Vancouver) – “Automan”
4. Pointed Sticks (Vancouver) – “The Marching Song”
5. The Dishrags (Vancouver/Victoria) – “Bullshit”
6. Exxotone (Vancouver) – “Big Shot”
7. Active Dog (Vancouver) – “Fun While it Lasts”
8. No Fun (Vancouver) – “Mindless Aggression”
9. Private School (Vancouver) – “Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio”
10. Wasted Lives (Vancouver) – “Wirehead”
11. The Modernettes (Vancouver) – “Barbra”
12. The Modernettes (Vancouver) – “Suicide Club”
13. DOA (Vancouver) – “DOA”
14. The Fartz (Seattle) – “Take a Stand Against the Klan”
15. The Subhumans (Vancouver) – “Slave to my Dick”
16. DOA (Vancouver) – “Smash the State”
17. Art Bergmann (Vancouver) – “Company Store”

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The History of Punk Radio Show #3

Posted 2014/10/12 by the.past.is.unwritten
Categories: Edmonton Music Scene, Playlists

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Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 6 October!

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STATION ID- MARKY RAMONE
1. The Minutemen (San Pedro) – “This Ain’t No Picnic”
2. The Cramps (NYC) – “Mean Machine”
3. Minor Threat (Washington DC) – “Guilty of Being White”
4. The Germs (Los Angeles) – “Lexicon Devil”
5. Black Flag (Los Angeles) – “Nervous Breakdown”
6. MDC (Austin) – “John Wayne was a Fascist”
7. Mission of Burma (Boston) – “That’s When I Reach for my Revolver”
8. Pixies (Boston) – “Wave of Mutilation”
9. The Misfits (Lodi) – “All Hell Breaks Loose”
10. The Replacements (Minneapolis–Saint Paul) – “I Will Dare”
11. Hüsker Dü (Minneapolis–Saint Paul) – “Don’t Wanna Know if you are Lonely”
12. SNFU (Edmonton) – “She’s not on the Menu”
13. The Smalls (Edmonton) – “Two Pigs in a Gunny Sack”
14. The Dishrags (Vancouver) – “I Don’t Love You”
STATION ID – NARDWUAR
15. DOA (Vancouver) – “Kill, Kill, This is Pop”
16. The Subhumans (Vancouver) – “Death to the Sickoids”

Different Ways of Mending

Posted 2014/10/12 by the.past.is.unwritten
Categories: Edmonton Music Scene

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Edmonton’s F&M just released a music video!

“And We Will Mend Our Broken Hearts,” off the upcoming album At Sunset We Sing, has it all. Inspiration from Andrei Tarkovsky‘s classic Soviet film Stalker? Check. Fancy clothes and cool haircuts? Double check! Wine? OF COURSE. And even a drone, being used for the power of good.

F&M worked with Highwire Films‘ Mike Robertson on the video, using the vivid settings to create a story with living pictures instead of acting. They also teamed up with Riley McElheran. At 14, he’s the youngest pilot in Edmonton’s Radio Control Society. Not to give away any spoilers, but Riley flies a drone for the spectacular end shot of the video. Oh, and there’s intrigue, revenge, and oh yeah, no spoilers.

Here’s the video!

Fall Fundraiser!

Posted 2014/10/08 by the.past.is.unwritten
Categories: Edmonton Music Scene

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Scenic Route to Alaska, Cayley Thomas, & Lucas Chaisson will be performing at Yellowhead Brewery tomorrow evening, Thursday October 9th.

They’re putting on a show & slient auction in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CHMA). All proceeds will be going straight to mental health in Edmonton!  You, good citizen, can help in ALL KINDS of ways! Such as…

$20 cover for three great bands? STRAIGHT TO THE CMHA!

Highest bids on Incredible auction items? STRAIGHT TO THE CMHA!

$2 from every beer? STRAIGHT TO THE CMHA!

AND – if you download Scenic Route to Alaska’s new tune, “Fall” – you guess it – the proceeds go STRAIGHT TO THE CMHA! Just go right here!

Speaking of links, get your tickets here!

Raising awareness and support for mental health in Edmonton has never been easier, more fun, or more important.

Mental Health Awareness


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