Music Notes – September 2017

Waters defends BDS on “US-Them” tour English rock-star Roger Waters is a longtime supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against the government of Israel. His latest intervention was in mid-July, when he denounced the decision of U.K. band Radiohead to perform in Tel Aviv. Waters’s resolute pro-BDS stance has prompted some Israel […]

Music Notes – August 2017

Greece pays tribute to Theodorakis The irony of being feted as “the musical conscience of Greece” by a parliament, most of whose members have acquiesced to the austerity demands of foreign capital, must not have been lost on composer Mikis Theodorakis, as he took in the gigantic tribute to his life and work on June […]

Music Notes – July 2017

Indonesian women’s choir Dialita In Indonesia talking honestly about a crime against humanity committed in the mid-sixties has long been a taboo topic. In 1965, President Sukarno, a leading figure in the non-aligned movement, was overthrown in a military coup. The new regime, headed by General Suharto, banned the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI). Over […]

Music Notes – June 2017

Packingtown scores at Hogtown Mayworks Toronto’s 32nd Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts concluded on an artistic high note on May 7th with a performance of the video ballad Packingtown, a multi-media people’s history of the struggles of Edmonton meatpacking workers from 1908, through the epic 1986 Gainers strike, and beyond, to the […]

Music Notes – May 2017

Bill & Joel Plaskett: ‘Solidarity’ Joel Plaskett, the popular singer-songwriter and guitarist from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, has built a substantial Canada-wide following over the past 20 years. This year he’s sharing the spotlight with his father, the guitarist and singer-songwriter Bill Plaskett, co-founder of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. The two have released “Solidarity”, a […]

Music Notes – April 2017

Bragg fires up folk music convention British singer-songwriter Billy Bragg delivered a rousing keynote address on February 16 to several thousand folk musicians at the 29th annual Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City. Bragg’s plea for “compassion” and “solidarity” matched the conference theme, “to celebrate activism in art by exploring the past and present […]

Music Notes – March 2017

Honouring Buffy Sainte-Marie Renowned singer and activist, Buffy Sainte-Marie,¬†will be honoured with a special tribute at the JUNO Awards this year. She’ll receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award in recognition of her dedication to protecting indigenous communities and indigenous intellectual property, causes which have been at the epicenter of her lifelong activism. The award will […]