Boom! Welcome back to another weekly edition of The Rebel Beat! Just a reminder that in a few weeks, we sadly won’t be doing this on a weekly basis any more, so if you haven’t subscribed to the podcast yet, do it now on iTunes or Stitcher! And, no matter where you subscribe, be sure to leave us a review and rating!
This week on the program, we bring you an overview of the annual Howl Arts Festival in Montreal. If you’re not familiar with the Howl Arts collective, they are a grouping of radical activists and artists in Montreal, trying to bridge the divides between culture and social movements. Not only do they put on amazing concerts and release amazing music, but they also organize interventions where artists speak out against gentrification, austerity, and police brutality. All said, we have a lot affinity with them here at The Rebel Beat. Continue reading →
Welcome back to our weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! This week it was our Funding Drive special on the show. What does that mean? It means that for the rest of the year, this podcast is gonna be 100% free. But once a year, we turn to our listeners to support The Rebel Beat and CKUT Radio, our mothership. What this means is that it keeps community in the hands of the community, and not in the hands of corporations or the state. So by donating, you’re guaranteeing more class war on the dancefloor, in your ears, and in your mind.
On the show this week, we had the amazing privilege of having Montreal afro-futurist jazzy-funk ensemble dArk mAAt’r in studio with us for a live performance. Plus we also had Frank from Submedia.TV in the house with us for our monthly collaboration! Submedia are also holding a taco-sourcing fundraising campaign right now, so head on over here and throw some change in their taco fund!
After taking a week off from the show, we’re back with another podcast this week! On the menu: some highlights from Montreal’s Nuits d’Afrique festival, new music from political hardcore legends Refused and up-and-comers Downtown Boys, plus a HUGE queer music set to celebrate summer, gay marriage, and gay divorce.
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 →
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On the show this week, we are pleased to bring you an interview with Matana Roberts! Matana is an internationally renowned composer, band leader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist and mixed-media practitioner. She just put out her new album “Coin Coin Chapter 3: River Run Thee” on the ever-rad Constellation Records (the label of bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Silver Mount Zion).
Matana first caught our attention while she was spending lots of time in Montreal and recent years, and playing several benefit shows for Artists Against Apartheid and the Howl arts collective. She often is making powerful political statement through her music on many different issues, most notably recently with the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
We got to speak to Matana about her new album, identity, lineage, and more. Tune in this Wednesday, March 18 from 10pm-12am on CKUT radio to hear it!
And to make things even better, if you tune in live, we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to Matana’s album launch show in Montreal to one lucky listener!
In coming weeks, we have some amazing interviews coming your way with artists such as M-1 of Dead Prez, Simone Schmidt of Fiver and The Highest Order, Lee Reed, Blackbird Raum, and more.
In my humble opinion, Kevin Lo is one of the best radical graphic designers in North America these days. The man behind Loki Design also designed the logo and art for this show, The Rebel Beat. But people have been seeing his designs and art up around phone polls, at demos, in zines, and in galleries across Montreal for years. Check out this awesome interview with Kevin below, done by our friends at Free City Radio.