The year is almost up, and we get ready to turn our calendars on a year that has been marked around the world by rising sea levels, rising far-right movements, and rising repression. Luckily, there will always be social movements out there to confront these injustices, just as there will always be artists and musicians ready to put a deadly beat behind a righteous message.
As we get ready for 2018, here are some highlights of radical music and podcasts that we have enjoyed at The Rebel Beat throughout 2017. If you dig these artists, and if you have some cash to spare, do consider buying their music, as this is really the only way to support independent music in our digital age.
Also, if you enjoy The Rebel Beat, please consider throwing $1 per month (or more!) our way! You can sign up easily on our Patreon page today.
Oh, and we’re about to release the next episode of our podcast, which will feature an interview with Lido Pimienta! So if you don’t wanna miss that, subscribe today on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, or wherever you like to get your podcasts.
Fiver – “Audible Songs From Rockwood”
Fiver (aka. Simone Schmidt from Toronto) is a phenomenal singer-songwritter who crafted this amazing album based on the archives of a women’s prison that locked people up in southern Ontario from the 1850s-1870s. It’s hard-hitting, insightful, and the wild thing is that pretty much all the issues that Fiver sings about on the album can still be seen in the prison industrial complex today.
Here at the Rebel Beat HQ, we’re celebrating Mayday for the whole month of May! We have a super special offer for all of our listeners who show us a little bit of love in the form of a small monthly donation.
For everyone who signs up on our Patreon page during the month of May to support us for ONLY $2 PER MONTH, you’ll get a snazzy Rebel Beat enamel pin sent to you in the mail! Normally these pins are for the $7/month tier, but we’re doing this because we love you, we love Mayday, we love making this podcast, and we love the revolution.
Head on over to https://www.patreon.com/rebelbeatradio and do it today!
Hello Rebel Beat listeners!
Mayday (International Workers’ Day) is just around the corner, and we need you for our special May 1st Rebel Beat podcast episode!
Send us your Mayday greetings! Pick up your phone or laptop, and record yourself answering the question: “What does Mayday mean to you?”
Slap a song request on there, and send the recording by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via Facebook.
If you send your greeting by April 30th, we’ll play it on the podcast! So get yer working class asses into gear and help us celebrate MayDay!
Hi Rebel Beat listeners!
Hope this message finds you well, and the coming of spring is keeping your revolutionary spirits lifted!
Even though we’re just about to release our April edition of the podcast, I’m already looking ahead to our May episode. I’m doing a MayDay special for the Rebel Beat, and I want it to be filled with voices and greetings from our listeners. So I need your help!
I want you to send me a quick (1-2 minute) audio recording (you can do this on your phone or computer) of your MayDay greeting to other Rebel Beat listeners. The greeting can answer the question “What does MayDay mean to you?” You can also include a request for your favourite MayDay song! Anything that pumps you up while you’re heading out to a protest or picket line. And I guarantee we’ll play it on the show if you send us a greeting!
You can send me the audio files by April 30 at the latest to email@example.com, or through The Rebel Beat Facebook page:
Here’s one of our favourite Mayday tunes. Enjoy!
Hello dear friends, fans, and listeners of The Rebel Beat,
We recently launched a Patreon supporter page for our podcast!
If you’re not already familiar with Patreon, it’s a super easy and fun way to support creative workers such as myself with monthly donations (charged to your credit card or Paypal account so you don’t need to even worry about it!).
So if you like this podcast, please consider supporting us with $1, $5 or whatever you can afford per month! Go here and sign up today!
If you sign up before October 11th, you’ll get a special shout-out on our next episode, which drops on October 12th with bell’s roar
We have awesome rewards for everyone who signs up, including exclusive mix-tapes, pins, t-shirts, and advance downloads of each episode.
Love and solidarity,
Click here to download this podcast
Hi! We’re back with a quick update to say we haven’t gone anywhere! We’re taking a bit of time off before re-launching as an official Firebrand Records podcast in July. In the meantime, we’re planning some amazing interviews, including one we just did with the Montreal hip-hop supergroup Nomadic Massive (and we’ve got a little teaser of that interview here).
Soon, you’ll be able to subscribe to the Rebel Beat podcast via the TuneIn app, and of course you can still find us on Stitcher and iTunes.
And most importantly, we want to hear from YOU! Got some music suggestions or requests for us? Any artists out there we should interview? Hit us up on Twitter @rebelbeatradio, on Facebook, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer’s here, so turn up the heat! Smash the state! See you on the streets, and on the dance floors.
Aaron Maiden at the controls in studio at CKUT Radio, Montreal.
Kind of a teary-eyed announcement here, but after having done a weekly radio show at CKUT 90.3FM for more than 10 years, I’m retiring The Rebel Beat in its current format as a weekly show on May 11th. It’s been an amazing honour and privilege to be in the CKUT studio every Wednesday night for the last decade, playing the fiercest tunes, and getting to interview amazing artists. But alas, all good things must come to an end, and so will this on May 11th.
BUT, I’m gonna be continuing the show as a podcast! It will come out on a less regular basis, but will still be the same show! So be sure to subscribe to the podcast here and be sure to get all future episodes:
Other podcast platforms
Not only that, all the previous hundreds of hours of The Rebel Beat will be archived on our website, www.rebelbeatradio.com, so check it out if you have a long drive or a big spring cleaning coming up and need some good listening.
Big transitions in life are happening, meaning new projects in the works.
Thank you to everyone who has inspired and supported me along the way, either on Roots Rock Rebel or The Rebel Beat. Please keep making art, building community, educating the youth, inciting riots, or whatever it is you do best.
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
I’ve been busy over the last couple weeks getting ready to launch The Rebel Beat on February 4th. Huge things are coming your way! I’m really excited with how the show is taking shape.
First up, the podcast is ready to go, and you can subscribe to it via the iTunes store today by clicking here! You can also find our podcast RSS feed here to subscribe with other podcast clients. That way, when we launch in February, you can be sure to get your digital fill.
In terms of linking to us on social media, we’re on Twitter, and you can like our page on Fedbook.
For February, we’re gonna be doing a special series for Black History Month, looking at incredible movements like #BlackLivesMatter and the music that has sprung from them. We’ve already confirmed amazing guests such as former political prisoner and Black Panther Ashanti Alston, as well as DJ Andy Williams, who will be spinning records and talking about jazz and the Civil Rights Movement. Our very first guest we’re gonna have on the show on February 4 is so epic that I can’t even name them here, but SHIT IS GONNA BE OFF THE CHAIN!
We also have a monthly collaboration with Submedia, a wicked anarchist video collective, with an extensive knowledge of riotous beats and insurrection music. Tune in for our collaboration with Submedia’s Frank Lopez on February 11.
Last but not least, we’re also lining up interviews with Kevin “Sipreano” Howes on the phenomenal new compilation “Native North America vol. 1”, Simone Schmidt from Fiver (and formerly 100 Dollars), and southern Ontario’s rebel MC Lee Reed (formerly of Warsawpack).
So there you go. The Rebel Beat coming at you large starting February 4th on CKUT. This train is bound for glory!
To all the Roots Rock Rebel listeners, fans, supporters,
To all the rude boys, rude girls, punks, mods, and rockers,
I have some bittersweet news. After broadcasting for 9 years, Roots Rock Rebel will be no more after January 2015. It has been an incredible passion and honour for me to serve the local and international ska, punk, and reggae scenes with this show, interviewing bands from around the world, and giving space to promote underground artists.
I am going to carry on doing a radio show and podcast every Wednesday from 10pm-12am on CKUT, but the show is getting a total overhaul. So I’m very excited to introduce to all of you – The Rebel Beat.