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you’re not hardcore unless you’re hardcore for humanity

2012/11/07

Photo from the Edmonton Journal

There’s a lot of snow falling in Edmonton today. For most, it means snowball fights and visiting the ski hill, but for those without shelter and warm clothes, the weather puts their lives in danger. Every winter is life-threatening to folks on the street in our city, as they fight in a daily struggle against the cold.

Luckily, they’ve got help from people like Mattie Cuvilier. He’s an adult support worker at Bissell Centre, and the brains and muscle behind Clean Up Your Act Productions, an outfit that’s put on over 100 local shows since 2008. On Friday, November 9th, he’s organizing a great gig at DV8 called “Hardcore for Humanity.”

Cuvilier has teamed up with an awesome lineup of hardcore bands: TODOS CAERANDETROITBREAKBEATEXITS, and CONTENTION. It’s a United Way Fundraiser. Entry is by donation. Food bank and warm clothing donations are happily accepted.

And there’s a real need for these donations. As Cuvilier said in the St. Albert Gazette today:  “People not living in houses are vulnerable. They are easy targets for crime and assault. Women especially are victims to predators. There is the cold, but there is certainly a lot of violence too. And it’s especially difficult for those with diabetes, heart disease, AIDS, arthritis and cancer. If you’re not in housing, you can’t deal with a terrible physical illness and you can’t treat it when living on the streets.”

Helping those in need is important, but it’s not always easy. Going to a local show, with great bands, isn’t one of those times. The only thing hard is the music.

 

Down at the Crossroads

2010/10/21

Ian Stewart

Growing up in Red Deer Alberta you can be certain of 3 things:

1– Anywhere you stand in town you can see three liquor stores. 

2– Anywhere you stand in town you can see three huge trucks. 

3– Anywhere you stand in town you can see three people Ian Stewart taught how to play guitar.

An immensely important and influential musician and teacher in the Red Deer music milieu, Ian Stewart picked up his guitar and headed down to Michigan – the land of Motown, the MC5 and Iggy Pop and the Stooges. I sat down with Stewart in Internetland to discuss what it was like changing locations after being a regional fixture in Alberta for so long, and of course from there the conversation naturally goes from Eric Clapton to the heart of the economic recession.  

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