Music Notes – November 2017

  Celebrating the October Revolution While many readers of Peoples Voice will observe the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution at official commemorations across Canada this month (see listings in this issue), it’s also a good time to explore the cultural achievements of the revolution, including its music. Older readers may have treasured […]

Music Notes – October 2017

Dylan’s Nobel Prize Lecture Bob Dylan ruffled feathers in Oslo last October by skipping the Nobel Prize ceremony, sending a written statement instead. He left it to rock poet Patti Smith to deliver a memorable rendition of his song “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” to the assembled dignitaries. But his Nobel Prize Lecture, submitted on […]

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 […]