Archive for November 2014

Celebrating Inner City Talent


From 2-18 December, the visual art of inner-city community members will be on display at City Hall in Edmonton. This exhibit showcases the talent of folks who flourish creatively even while under difficult circumstances. It may also make some more privileged people question why they aren’t able to draw anything better than a stick-man.

Please stay tuned to the blog for posts on different artists while the exhibit is on! And on head down to our municipal center of governance to see the free exhibit firsthand for yourself!

Art in the heART of the City

The History of Punk Radio Show #7


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 3 November!

1. The Offspring (Huntington Beach) – “LAPD”
2. Dead Kennedys (San Francisco) – “Police Truck”
3. Sex Pistols (London) – “Anarchy in the UK”
4. Crass (Epping) – “Big A, little a”
5. Stiff Little Fingers (Belfast) – “Alternative Ulster”
6. The Ramones (NYC) – “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg”
7. The Minutemen (San Pedro) – “West Germany”
8. The Minutemen (San Pedro) – “Viet Nam”
9. DOA (Vancouver) – “WWIII”
10. The Clash (London) – “Washington Bullets”
11. The Avengers (San Francisco) – “The American in Me”
12. The Sonics (Tacoma) – “The Hustler”
13. The Subhumans (Vancouver) – “Slave to My Dick”
14. The Slits (London) – “Typical Girl”
15. Worst Days Down (Edmonton) – “How’d You Like a Putter to the Face?”

DKinAT Dec 84

Punk in the Winter City



The History of Punk Radio Show #6


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 27 October!

1. The Modern Lovers (Natick) – “Pablo Picasso”
2. The Sonics (Tacoma) – “Psycho”
3. Death (Detroit) – “Keep on Knocking”
4. Rocket from the Tombs (Cleveland) – “Ain’t it Fun”
5. The Clash (London) – “Clampdown” (Live)
6. The Ramones (NYC) – “Sheena is a Punk Rocker” (Live)
7. Sex Pistols (London) – “No Feelings” (Live)
8. The Replacements (Minneapolis–Saint Paul) –”Let it Be”
9. Mission of Burma (Boston) – “Academy Fight Song”
10. The Minutemen (San Pedro) – “Maybe Partying Will Help”
11. SS Decontrol (Boston) – “Boiling Point”
12. Fugazi (Washington DC) – “Waiting Room”
13. The Smalls (Edmonton) – “True Narcissist”
14. The Evaporators (Vancouver) – “What if I Care About the People Who Live in the Seas Around Me?”
15. DOA (Vancouver) – “Burn it Down”
16. The Offspring (Huntington Beach) – “Tehran”

offspring MRR

Clean Up Your Act 4 Humanity



Rallying with the Feenix



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


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!

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

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!


Thoughts on Remembering


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


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

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”