The Heart of Punk City!

Posted 2017/05/31 by the.past.is.unwritten
Categories: "Intellectual" Events, Edmonton Music Scene

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Heart of the City Music and Arts Festival is a free event held in Central Edmonton every June. 2017 is the 14th year of the festival, happening June 3rd and 4th in Giovanni Caboto Park (95 street and 109A avenue in McCauley).

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Ahead of the event celebrating grassroots creativity in Edmonton’s urban core, two acts at this year’s festival joined us on the show. Ben Freeland Writes is a historian and punk poet, and Quasar is a punk band formed in high school that’s participated in Edmonton’s punk scene ever since. This edition of The History of Punk covers punk culture far and wide, and why a grassroots festival in Edmonton is so important in a time of downtown gentrification.

Here’s the playlist!
Alien Boys (Vancouver) – “Gentrification”
Galaxy Express (Seoul) – “Jungle the Black”
Superman Is Dead 日本語 (Bali) – “Poppies Dog Anthem”
Quasar (Edmonton) – “Everybody”
Switches Band (Edmonton) – “Sauerkraut”
Propagandhi (Portage La Prairie) – “…And we thought that Nation States were a bad idea”
Quasar (Edmonton) – “Kydd”

Find out more about Heart of the City Music Festival:
www.heartcityfest.com

Ben Freeland:
www.benfreeland.ca

Quasar:
www.innerquasar.bandcamp.com

And here’s the show!

Everyone’s a Stupid Dickbag: Now in Technicolour!

Posted 2017/04/14 by the.past.is.unwritten
Categories: Edmonton Music Scene

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Edmonton’s favourite socialist workers collective, Latcho Drom, released a video for the song “Everyone’s a Stupid Dickbag”.

And the good news keeps coming! Rumor has it Latcho Drom will have a full length LP out before the end of the year!

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A Review of The Past is Unwritten!

Posted 2017/02/26 by the.past.is.unwritten
Categories: "Intellectual" Sources, noise from the underground

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The Past is Unwritten was given a very kind review by Dr. Paula Guerra, the founder of Portugal’s Punk Archive, Keep it Simple, Make it Fast, or KISMIF.

The review is published online in OpenEdition‘s Revisita Critica de Ciências Sociais. 

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Edmonton’s Contribution to 2017 Homelessness Marathon

Posted 2017/02/26 by the.past.is.unwritten
Categories: "Intellectual" Events, voices from the underground

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Every year, stations in communities across Canada share local homelessness issues for the rest of the country to hear. Edmonton’s CJSR 88.5FM broadcast the entire marathon over February 22rd and 23th 2017 from 4PM-5:30AM, with our local stories running from 6-8PM MST.

This year, Edmonton’s stories include interviews with Colin Mulholland and Les Danyluk, who talk about homelessness, education, and activism.

Homeward Trust’s Cindi Cunningham discusses the 2016 point in time Homeless Count.

The three other interviews focus on different communities in Edmonton. Kristy Lee talks about creating grassroots recreation and wellness activities for families in Central McDougall. Focusing on the McCauley community, Paula E. Kirman speaks about her new short film McCauley: A Caring Community examining affordable housing in Edmonton. Jan and Harry Kuperus, longtime residents of the Highlands, discuss the formation, goals, and accomplishments of the Highlands Homelessness Committee, also known as YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard).

Thanks to all the volunteers who worked on Edmonton’s contribution to the 15th NCRA Homelessness Marathon, including Joe Hartfeil, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, Maigan van der Giessen, and Rylan Kafara.

The 2017 Homelessness Marathon

Posted 2017/02/21 by the.past.is.unwritten
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Tune in to the 2017 Homelessness Marathon Wednesday 22 February starting at 4PM MST! Every year, stations in cities across Canada take turns sharing local homelessness issues for the rest of the country to hear. Edmonton’s CJSR 88.5FM will be broadcasting the entire marathon, with our local stories running from 6-8PM MST.

This year, Edmonton’s stories include interviews with Colin Mulholland and Les Danyluk, who will talk about homelessness, education, and activism. The three other interviews focus on different communities in Edmonton. Kristy Lee talks about creating grassroots recreation and wellness activities for families in Central McDougall. Focusing on the McCauley community, Paula E. Kirman speaks about her new short film McCauley: A Caring Community examining affordable housing in Edmonton. Jan and Harry Kuperus, longtime residents of the Highlands, discuss the formation, goals, and accomplishments of the Highlands Homelessness Committee, also known as YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard).

In between the stories, frontline worker and all-around good person Tamar Dinner will share thoughts on the interviews, homelessness, and poverty in Edmonton.

Tune in online at CJSR.com by clicking right…here.

(Or, if you’re a big fan of cutting and pasting: http://cjsr.streamon.fm)

And listen to past editions of the Homelessness Marathon:

Edmonton’s contribution to the 2016 Homelessness Marathon

Edmonton’s contribution to the 2015 Homelessness Marathon 

 

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The History of Punk! Volume III, Side B, Track I

Posted 2016/09/21 by the.past.is.unwritten
Categories: Edmonton Free School

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The History of Punk
Wednesday September 28 7:30PM
Location: Humanities 2-12, The University of Alberta
All-Ages, All-Welcome
*FREE*

“Punk and Indigenous Issues”

In this class, we are kicking off the fall term with a look at important contemporary Indigenous issues. In the past few years, the Idle No More movement has led to a resurgence of Indigenous culture and activism. Taken with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and voices like Gord Downie’s, Canadians are finally confronting the country’s legacy of oppression, and continued mistreatment of Indigenous peoples.

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Using punk as our starting point, or “lens,”  we will examine this history, and the challenges faced today. We will also discuss how education can help address both the past and its current consequences. Two guest speakers, Chris from Paroxysm, and Josh from A New Rhetoric, will share their perspectives on punk and Indigenous issues, and so can everyone else who attends.

Readings: 
“the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action
Dancing the World into Being: A Conversation with Idle No More’s Leanne Simpson
Gord Downie to play Secret Path shows to honour Chanie Wenjack
Dakota Access Pipeline Company Attacks Native American Protesters with Dogs & Pepper Spray

Playlist:
Paroxysm – “Open Wounds Demo
A New Rhetoric – “Decolonize Now” (Live on CJSR)
A New Rhetoric – “The Origin Spirit and Intent
A Tribe Called Red – “Woodcarver
Neil Young – “Indian Giver

The History of Punk Show 92: moreCORE

Posted 2016/08/22 by the.past.is.unwritten
Categories: Edmonton Free School, Edmonton Music Scene, Uncategorized

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We continued our exploration of punk “cores” on show 92! A little bit about what Steve Albini thinks about hardcore, some thrash, and even a pinch of positive hardcore too!

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Here’s the playlist:

  1. Big Black (Evanston) – “Steelworker”
  2. Slates (Edmonton) – “(I Got A) Catholic Block”
  3. Golden Years (Edmonton) – “Amp”
  4. These Estates (Regina) – “I Can’t Wait”
  5. Void (Columbia) – “Dehumanized”
  6. Subhumans (Vancouver) – “Refugee”
  7. Gang Green (Braintree) – “Kill a Commie”
  8. Bad Brains (DC) – “Big Take Over”
  9. Dead Kennedys (San Francisco) – “Buzzbomb”
  10. Misfits (Lodi) – “Mommy can I go out and Kill Tonight?”
  11. Slayer (Huntington Park) – “Raining Blood”
  12. Suicidal Tendencies (Venice) – “Institutionalized”
  13. Short Lease (East Michigan) – “Life is Suffering”
  14. Youth of Today (Connecticut) – “Positive Outlook”
  15. Unity (Orange County) – “You are One”

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And here’s the show!