Posted tagged ‘Music is a Weapon’

Getting the Facts Together on the Collective West

2011/06/17

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but recently the mainstream media has really been lacking in the investigative news department. We used to have journalists like April O’Neil willing to go down in the sewers of New York City to get to the bottom of the whole mutant ninja turtle business – and now all we have is TMZ trying to find out which b-list celebrity has anchovies on their pizza.

A reporter from a bygone era

So when I heard rumblings of a new group forming in Edmonton called “the Collective West” – I thought this was my chance for a big scoop. Were they a new political organization like the Alberta Party or the Wild Rose Alliance Party? Were they an underground network of anarchists set to throw off the authority of the federal government? Or were they a group forming to protest the inability of Western Canadian hockey teams to win the Stanley Cup?

To find out, I used the investigative journalist’s secret weapon, Facebook, and asked members of the group some serious questions that would unravel the web of intrigue that surrounds the Collective West. And what I found out was more shocking, more important, and more banjo-filled than any story on tired old western alienation adages, far right-wing political parties, or Canadians that would take to the streets to violently protest the loss of a hockey game…

That’s right, I found a group of people that aren’t idiots. And not only that, but they are in a band. (more…)

The Short-Long-Short on the Sounds of Old Strathcona Festival!

2010/07/06

Anyone in Alberta not coaching a swim meet in Wainwright this weekend should be in Edmonton.

Why? Well other than it’s nice there this time of year and people care a little less about millionaires skating around on ice than usual, there’s a great music festival happening called Sounds of Old Strathcona, or SOS Fest. It’s pretty much the best thing happening in the world since whenever the last time something really great and special happened.

Musicians will be taking over the pubs, restaurants, parks and anywhere else they can fit all around Old Strathcona from 9-11 July. Over 140 performers are slated to play in more than 21 venues.  

Link to SOS Fest website

One big highlight of the festival will be the PEOPLE POWERED PARTY hosted by Music is a Weapon and United Cycle. There will be music from bands like the Frank. These bands will be on a stage. This stage will be run by people riding bicycles.

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