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Edmonton’s Contribution to the 2018 Homelessness Marathon


Every year, stations in communities across Canada share local homelessness stories for the rest of the country to hear. CJSR 88.5FM broadcast the entire marathon on February 22rd 2018, with an hour focused on issues in Edmonton.

Edmonton’s hour included three interviews. First, Alex McKie and Rylan Kafara discussed ongoing ethnographic research conducted in downtown Edmonton. The research is centred upon the effects of gentrification caused by the opening of the new publicly-funded sports arena and entertainment district. The second interview, with Cynthia Puddu and Vicki-Lynn Moses, was on the Voices from the Streets photography project. The project features photos taken by Edmonton youth experiencing homelessness. The final interview was with facilitators and participants in Underground City Edmonton, who are together creating a compilation album featuring music focused on issues related to homelessness and urban poverty. The interviewees in the third piece are Brennen Steinhauer, Deejay Cardinal, Dakoda Sawan, Mike Siek, and Taro Hashimoto.

Thanks to all the CJSR volunteers who worked on Edmonton’s contribution to the 16th NCRA Homelessness Marathon, including Joe Hartfeil, Qasim Hirani, Alexander McKie, and Rylan Kafara. And a special thanks to everyone who make the Homelessness Marathon possible for a 16th year.

Edmonton’s Contribution to 2017 Homelessness Marathon


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 History of Punk Radio Show 59: The Mike Martin Show!


We kicked off 2016 right with guest host Mike Martin (Rhubarbs, Kroovy Ro0kers) playing contemporary punk from all over Canada!


Show 59 of the History of Punk originally aired on CJSR 88.5FM from 10-11AM MST on Monday 4 January 2016.

Here’s the playlist!

  1. Royal Red Brigade (Regina) – “Broken Swallow” from Seasides 10” (2014)
  2. Brass (Vancouver) – “Reading Faces” from No Soap Radio LP (2015)
  3. Xembryos (Saskatoon) – “Sarcan Celebrity” from Xembryos (2015)
  4. The Electric Revival (Calgary) – My Molly My” from Freaks (2015)
  5. Rhubarbs (Edmonton) – “Piss into the Abyss” from Take Me Down EP (2015)
  6. The Lindbergh Babies (Ottawa) – “Walk Away” from Ransom Notes (2015)
  7. The Nasties (Guelph) – “Education” from Discipline (2015)
  8.  Rebuild/Repair (Edmonton) – “Cheap Entertainment For Mature Audiences” from Damage Stories (2014)
  9.  River Jacks (Calgary) – “Of Friendships and Alcohol” from River Jacks LP (2014)
  10. Single Mothers (London) – “Winter Coats” from S/T EP (2011)
  11. Pseudo (Toronto) – “Why?” from Liuna EP (2015)
  12. The Jump Off (Regina) – “Too Many Widows” from The Jump Off (2013)
  13. Ripcordz (Montreal) – “Disarm All The Cops” from Made In Montreal (2014)
  14. Harrington Saints (Alameda/Bay Area) – “Let’s Go Rob A Bank” from Upright Citizen (2014)
  15. Kroovy Rookers (Edmonton) – “Jerk At Work” from Unreleased Demo (2015)
  16.  Real Sickies (Edmonton) – “Psycho Hop” from Real Sickies Cassette (2015)

And here’s the show!




The History of Punk Radio Show #29


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 27 April, when Professor David Mills visited the show!

“The Boomers



1. The Who (London) – “My Generation”
2. The Beatles (Liverpool) – “All My Loving”
3. The Beatles (Liverpool) – “She Loves You”
4. Chuck Berry (St. Louis) – “Roll Over Beethoven”
5. The Beatles (Liverpool) – “Roll Over Beethoven”
6. Buddy Holly (Lubbock) – “Words of Love”
7. The Beatles (Liverpool) – “Words of Love”
8. The Beatles (Liverpool) – “Got To Get You Into My Life”
9. The Stitch in Tyme (Toronto) – “Got To Get You Into My Life”
10. Spencer Davis Group (Birmingham) – “Somebody Help Me”
11. The British Modbeats (St Catharines) – “Somebody Help Me”
12. The King Beezz (Edmonton) – “Gloria”


“Transatlantic Blues”
“America meets the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show”

“You Stop Listening to New Music at 33”

“Buzzz a while with…The King Beezz”
“The Unfinished Business of the Modbeats”
“The Stitch in Tyme”
“The Beatles Were Punks”


Jon Savage, Teenage
Elijah Wild, How the Beatles Destroyed Rock ‘n’ Roll
John Blaney, Beatles for Sale
Bob Spitz, The Beatles
Marc Fisher, Something in the Air: Radio, Rock and the Revolution that Shaped a Generation


2015 Homelessness Marathon



The 2015 Homelessness Marathon takes place Wednesday February 25 from 2PM MST to Thursday February 26 at 5AM MST and airs across Canada. Hosted by CRFC 101.9FM in Kingston, 14 community and campus radio stations will produce 15 straight hours of programming all tackling homelessness issues.

For all you night owls, Edmonton’s CJSR is contributing stories from 1-2AM MST. The hour focuses on two major issues – the impact of gentrification in the downtown area on the inner-city community, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Edmonton and the rest of Canada. It will include interviews with the University of Alberta’s Jay Scherer, MacEwan University’s Michael MacDonald, as well as cultural support worker Gary Moostoos, and a number of inner-city community members.

Locally, you can tune into 88.5FM, and globally online at!


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.

Canadian history is written by the victors



“The [Canadian Museum of Civilization]’s 1990 mandate grandly directed it to “increase, throughout Canada and internationally, interest in, knowledge and critical understanding of and appreciation and respect for human cultural achievements and human behaviour.” [James] Moore’s new law changes that purpose to enhancing “Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of events, experiences, people and objects that reflect and have shaped Canada’s history and identity, and also to enhance their awareness of world history and cultures.” Among other complaints, Marshall red-flags the dropping of “critical understanding” as a signal that the job is now to popularize history, rather than probe the past.”

Full article from Maclean’s

The History of Punk, Class #14


The Edmonton Free School
Sunday January 27th  1:30PM
Location: Roast Coffeehouse (10359 104 Street NW)
All-Ages & All-Welcome

“Idle No More” 

Idle No More

Idle No More is bringing all kinds of  issues, opinions, and feelings to the surface in Canada.  In this seminar, we’ll discuss the movement’s  tactics, aims, and portrayal in the media. We’ll also debate its success in communicating grievances, and how its message is resonating with mainstream society.

And if we’re lucky, we’ll help dispel some myths, and place what’s happening now in the wider history of social movements.

UofA PhD Candidate Daniel Johnson will be there to speak and discuss the movement as well.

Please RSVP to if you plan on attending, so we know how many seats to save.

‎”The music strikes up as regularly as at a political meeting.” Edmonton Bulletin report on ceremony at the flats, 1882.
Martin Luther King on “The White Moderate”
Alcatraz is Not an Island”
You say you want a revolution: Soundtracks for Change in American Protest Movements”
“Idle No More is Not Just an ‘Indian Thing'”
Storify’d: Welcome to #Ottawapiskat
Justice minister’s blockade rhetoric risks inflaming public passions
Racism, hunger and laziness: A First Nations youth perspective on Idle No More media coverage
Red Deer Radio DJ Responds to Idle No More
“Daniel Johnson’s Twitter Feed”
“Idle No More – Priscilla Settee and Sheelah McLean”
Idle No More Art: Posters Promote A Revolution
Idle No More: Canadian musicians throw their support behind the movement
“Idle No More album unites Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists”
“How Idle No More Could Help Save Canadian Democracy”

Propagandi  – “Oka Everywhere”
“Idle No More – Round Dance Flash Mob at WEM in Edmonton”
“Idle No More – Songs for Life, Volume I”
“Idle No More Mix”
Drezus – “Red Winter”
Crystal Shawanda – “Not Without A Fight”
Boogey The Beat ft. Charlie Fettah, Wab Kinew, Young Kidd – “Idle No More”
Brother Ali – “Letter to my Countrymen”
Nathan Cunningham – “Warriors”
Blue Rodeo – “Fools Like You”
aul Kelly – “From Little Things Big Things Grow”
Shy-Anne – “The Awakening”

Feel free to add to the “Readings” and “Playlist” by leaving a comment below.

Idle No More

Idle No More Rally

Idle No More Sun

Idle No More B&W

disaffecting & seditious, were these the 1st punks?


First Punks

There’s No Tim in Team: A Modest Proposal for the Political Influence of Entertainers


While growing up in a country that relentlessly bombards youth with the social conditioning to be obsessed with ice hockey, it’s not surprising that I spent a large chunk of my allowance collecting hockey cards (the rest was spent, of course, on comic books and 5 cent candies). I had a lot of great ones – a card commemorating Wayne Gretzky’s “1000th point,” heck, I think I had the card of every Edmonton Oiler that was later sold off or traded for a profit at a loss to the community. Yep, I had a pretty big collection. Also, I think I have bitterness issues still resonating from the late 1980s and early 90s.

This card is tucked up under my 50 mission Cap