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! Continue reading →
Boom! We’re back with another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat from your people-powered station, CKUT in Montreal!
This week on the show, we are very happy to bring you an interview with M-1 of the legendary hip hop group Dead Prez. This is essentially Take 2 of our conversation, because as some of you may know, we were supposed to interview M-1 in Montreal back in January, when he was scheduled to perform for the Fro Foundation’s Black History Month series. But then, the racist colonial border guards refused his entry into Canada. And that was that. Although, M-1 still addressed the crowd in Montreal via skype, and we aired that address on Podcast #001 of The Rebel Beat. Continue reading →