Exactly 10 years ago this June, Toronto was a battleground. The G20 had just invaded the city, with the leaders of the world’s largest economies meeting behind fortified fences to discuss pillaging the world. Outside were thousands of us, there to crash the meeting.
The massive demos, and some rioting that followed, gave way to the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. Two of those people arrested were our guests on the program today, Testament and Illogik of the long-standing anarchist hip-hop duo Test Their Logik. They join us to reflect on the history of their group, the 10 year anniversary of the G20, and their new album “See”.
What does it sound like if you take two dedicated activists with incredible rhythmic and vocal sensibilities, throw them into a loft studio, and keep them staunchly in the underground music scene for over 20 years? Well that is what LAL is all about. This electronic music duo of Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray, aka LAL, have been holding it down in Toronto for more than two decades, providing frontline support to groups like Black Lives Matter and No One Is Illegal, and pumping out inspiring music all along the way. They are our guests today on the show.
Welcome back to another weekly podcast of The Rebel Beat!
First off, yes, we know that there are a few glitchy errors with the podcast audio this week. There was a temporary problem with CKUT’s online archives, so you’ll hear a few blips here and there, but rest assured, it won’t ruin your enjoyment of this week’s show (and it’s only in the first 10 minutes).
On the show this week, we continue a series we started back in January, looking at radical record labels. The first in this series was a retrospective on G7 Welcoming Committee records (Episode 044). This time around, our focus is Rebel Time records, an amazing punk label out of Hamilton, ON. They’ve put out some of the most important Canadian and Quebecois political punk releases over the last decade, from bands like Broadcast Zero, Action Sédition, and The Class Assassins. And they’ve even started to look across the pond, bringing amazing bands over here from France, England, and Ireland. Continue reading →
In case you haven’t heard, Black Lives Matter-Toronto has been camped out outside the Toronto Police headquarters for more than 2 weeks now, to demand justice for several Black men who have been gunned down by killer cops.
Now, the movement has a mixtape, and it’s fierce! You can read a little more about it from Now Magazine here, or listen below. Also, check out the short report from our comrades at Submedia.TV!