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Things were heating up in the streets of Quebec this spring with another mass movement against austerity and capitalism. Tens of thousands of students staged a strike to try to stop the provincial government’s cuts to education, but also to wider programs such as healthcare and daycare. This movement has been coined the Printemps 2015 movement (“Springtime 2015”), a reference to the massive Printemps Érable student strike of 2012 (for a great primer on that, check out the awesome documentary Street Politics 101 by our friends at Submedia.TV).
So to strike musically while the iron is hot, here is our special on Quebec resistance music! Our special guest in the first hour of the show is Caytee Lush, who wrote the anti-folk opera “What the fuck am I doing here?” about anarchists in the 2012 student strike. Caytee played a few of the songs from the opera live for us, and holy fuck did we ever get nostalgic about that student strike!
In the second hour of the program, we were joined by Stefan Christoff of the Howl Arts Collective. This will no doubt be the first of what will be many collaborations with Howl Arts, and it comes just at the right time, because their 2nd annual festival is coming up in Montreal April 20-26! Stefan brought in some brand new tunes from the new Howl project “Ne pas plier – Artists against austerity”. Check out and listen to those tracks here!
Hope you enjoy this week’s podcast! Lots of exciting stuff coming up in the next few weeks, including a Mayday special with Submedia, interviews with Blackbird Raum, Fiver, Don Letts, and more!
Also, if you’re in Montreal, don’t miss our launch show special concert May 2nd at L’Escogriffe!
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Playlist – April 15 2015
Samian – Plan Nord
Norman Nawrocki – Why am I an anarchist?
Nomadic Massive – Where I’m from
DJ Horg – Le remix du tintamarre
Caytee Lush – Beautiful/horrible
Interview with Caytee Lush
Caytee Lush – Ce n’est qu’un début
loosestrife – Popcorn
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Mladic
Richard Desjardins – Y va toujours avoir
Avec Pas d’Casque – Intuition #1
DJ Horg, Beeyoudee, Helmé, Murph, Jules & Dernier Bastion – Carrée rouge
Stefan Christoff and Nick Schofield – Illimité
Rebecca Foon – Ne pas plier
Tim Keen – Ne pas plier
Nick Kuepfer – Ne pas plier
Martin Orlando Alvarez – Ne pas plier
Bar Fight – Carrée rouge
Thee Silver Mount Zion – Fuck off get free (for the island of Montreal)