The Rebel Beat podcast 033 – Revolution Fest III preview

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We’re back for another weekly edition of The Rebel Beat! No interviews on the show this week, just 2 hours of revolutionary music in your ears! We did a preview of Revolution Fest III in Montreal, played some wicked queer tunes from artists like Gay Panic and Femmepire, and also heard some nice new stuff from Firebrand Records artists Bell’s Roar and The Last Internationale. Continue reading

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The Rebel Beat podcast 030 – DJ Killjoy at the Controls

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Aaaand we’re back with another weekly Rebel Beat podcast! This week, we were blessed at the controls by our friend DJ Killjoy. She brought in a wicked set of mostly local MTL artists, and we chatted about the local scene, feminism and women in music, and more. Plus we also give a look at some of the winners and highlights from the recent Indigenous Music Awards that were held in Winnipeg. Enjoy! Continue reading

The Rebel Beat Podcast 025 – Indigenous Hip-Hop Artist Project Toombz & The Crafting of “Nomad”

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Shane Kelsey aka. Project Toombz

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Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat! After taking a week off, we’re back at it, refreshed as ever. Our special guest on the program this week is Shane Kelsey aka. Project Toombz. Shane is a Montreal-based Indigenous hip-hop artist, but also works as an activist and frontline worker at a homeless shelter. He started to make waves in MTL with his previous outfit, Northern Collection, but after parting ways with his bandmate, launched a solo project under Project Toombz. He’s already put out some amazing videos, and is now crowd-funding for his first full-length album, “Nomad”. Check it, pre-order your copy, and support the album by clicking here!

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The Rebel Beat Podcast 023 – #ItGetsLouder

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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.

Enjoy!

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Narcy’s New Album “World War Free” Drops, And It’s Amazing

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Iraqi-Montrealer artist Narcy’s new album “World War Free” just dropped on Tuesday, and it’s amazing. We’ve been loving this guy since his days as part of the Arab hip-hop ensemble Euphrates, and his craft is only getting better and better. The new album features contributions from Palestinian poet Suheir Hamad, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and beat production by Montreal’s very own Sandhill. Check out this short video on the making of the album!
And listen to the first single here!
Expect to be hearing lots from Narcy on The Rebel Beat in the coming months!

The Rebel Beat Podcast 015 – Festival of Anarchy

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The month of May is arguably the best month of the year. Especially in Montreal, when it’s the Festival of Anarchy! The Festival of Anarchy is a month of anarchist actions, film screenings, workshops, and concerts, all centred around the annual Montreal Anarchist Bookfair – one of the largest anarchist convergences on the continent.

In anticipation and celebration of the bookfair, we bring you 2 hours of anarchist rebel music on this podcast of The Rebel Beat, featuring songs spanning different decades, continents, and genres. Hope you enjoy! Continue reading

Meet the Graphic Designer Behind The Rebel Beat – Kevin Lo of Loki Design

Artist and graphic designer Kevin Lo

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.

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An interview with designer & community activist Kevin Lo, founder of LOKi design studios, recorded on a winter afternoon at Kevin’s parc avenue apartment in Montréal.
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The Rebel Beat Podcast #001 – M1, Emrical, Jahsun, #BlackLivesMatter

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Here it is! The very first podcast of The Rebel Beat. We’ll be coming at you live every Wednesday from 10pm-12am on CKUT radio! You can stream it live from anywhere in the world at http://www.ckut.ca, or tune in on the FM at 90.3 in Montreal. And be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (rate it! leave a review!), or click here for our RSS feed.

We were very blessed to be joined live in studio by Emrical and Jahsun of the mighty Kalmunity Vibes Collective. We talked about their work as artists, the Kalmunity Black History Month event series in Montreal, and the reverberations of the #BlackLivesMatter movement north of the colonial border.

We also heard a short address by the legendary M-1 of Dead Prez, who was supposed to perform in Montreal on January 31st, but was unjustly denied entry into Canada. Continue reading

M-1 of Dead Prez and Emrical launch The Rebel Beat – February 4

M-1 of the legendary hip-hop group Dead Prez

M-1 of the legendary hip-hop group Dead Prez

The Rebel Beat is blasting into this world on February 4th, with the hopes of bringing down borders, bosses, and banks through revolutionary beats, bass, and everything in between. It is class war on the dance floor, nothing less.

Be sure to tune in live on February 4th from 10pm-12am on CKUT (streaming online), or 90.3 FM in Montreal. To subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, CLICK HERE!

We begin The Rebel Beat with some sad news. M-1, the legendary revolutionary MC who comprises one half of Dead Prez, was set to give a talk and performance in Montreal for the opening of the Fro Foundation’s Black History Month festival on January 31st. But before even making it to Montreal, he was refused entry into Canada by the pigs that guard the imaginary colonial line that we call “the border”. M-1 says he was a victim of racial profiling. I suppose when you rap about real shit like destroying the Prison Industrial Complex, or fighting back against racist police, it’s gonna get you on some watch lists. Continue reading