Art Threat: Daniel Higgs at Café Oto: A refuge of cultural integrity

In the mosh pit of global corporate excess that claims so much of London (UK) circa 2014, Café Oto is an oasis of cultural intelligence and inspiration. I popped in last night to check out Daniel Higgs and Michael Zerang, and I wasn’t disappointed. Daniel Higgs (formerly of Lungfish) is a compelling performer: part troubadour, ...

Art Threat: Oil makes for a slippery slope

Today marks the start of a five day hearing process about the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. About 330 speakers will have 10 minutes each to address the panel responsible for reviewing the $6-billion Enbridge project. A couple years ago Canadian musician City and Colour wrote the song “At The Bird’s Foot”, a beautiful song ...

Art Threat: Everyone Needs Their Heart – Vancouver’s Fugitives sing against Bill C-31

Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod aren’t known for writing music with a political slant. When he’s not writing gorgeous western-tinged melodic songs, Adrian joins Brendan in the Vancouver band, The Fugitives, a four-piece composed of musicians who double as slam poets, writers, actors and hilarious accordion players (ok, there’s only one of those). But Bill ...

Art Threat: Watching them watching us – Monday Music Pick: Our Protection by LAL

The deeply political, community-committed, and talented LAL from Toronto, sing about surveillance with images from the Toronto G20 manifestations from two summers ago. LAL was formed in 1998 and is comprised of poet, singer & Bengali-rooted Rosina Kazi, producer, sound designer, philosopher, aphorismist and Barbados-born king of chill, Murr, and last but not least bassist ...

Art Threat: Music Monday: Paper Doll by Stef Lang

Stef Lang takes the uprising of women internationally against the pressure that consumer culture creates for young women (and undoubtedly for young men as well) to the pop scene with this great, dancable song that could easily contend with the same hits that push the “look” she’s speaking out against. She gives the mainstream a ...

Art Threat: Rapping for Change in Senegal – Sister Fa takes the 2011 Freedom to Create Prize

Last November, Sister Fa took the Freedom to Create Main Prize in 2011 for her devoted work to raising awareness on the traumatic and harmful consequences of female genital mutilation. The Freedom to Create Prize celebrates the courage and creativity of artists, and the positive influence of their work to promote social justice and inspire ...

Art Threat: Pepper spray cop serenaded by Shearer – Monday Music: Ballad of the Pepper Spray Cop

Pepper Spray Cop infiltrates Georges Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Harry Shearer — yes, that Harry Shearer of Simpsons and Spinal Tap fame — has immortalized UC Davis’ infamous police officer in song. Entitled Ballad of the Pepper Spray Cop, the ditty debuted on Shearer’s radio program, Le Show. I ...

Art Threat: Music Monday: Factory Floor – Free download of new song by folk artist Chris Ronald

Listening to Chris Ronald’s “Factory Floor” makes me think of brown eyed girls working in clothing factories in third-world countries. The easy folk music reaches from a time when factory work was regular for north Americans to present day when such labour has been sent overseas, granting us the privilage to be an information economy ...

Art Threat: Billy Bragg takes on News Corp in new song – Musician offers free MP3 download of "Never Buy The Sun"

While Britain was reeling from the seemingly never-ending News International phone hacking scandal, Billy Bragg was sitting in his hotel room, writing a new tune that would offer his prescription for the problem. Entitled Never Buy The Sun, he immediately performed the song at the Garforth Festival, and received such an incredible response that he ...

Art Threat: Howl! live recording 2 – Monday Music Pick: Download two free tracks from experimental guitarist Nick Kuepfer

Art Threat presents two live recordings featuring musician Nick Kuepfer performing at Howl! in March 2011. For this performance at La Sala Rossa Kuepfer was joined on stage by innovative percussionist Eric Craven via the celebrated duo Hangedup and beautiful cello sounds via Kristina Koropecki. These recordings are offered for free download via the audio ...

Art Threat: Harps from Howl – Monday Music Pick: Harp Duet

Sarah Pagé Howl! performance by howlarts Celebrated harp player Sarah Pagé performs a harp duet set with harpist Robin Best. Pagé has performed as a soloist with both the McGill Orchestra and choir and has participated in many orchestral festivals including the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. In 2002, Pagé became interested in exploring the ...

Art Threat: Paint and piano reflect Mideast resistance – Uprising by Sundus Abdul Hadi & Stefan Christoff

Artists have been deeply involved in the grassroots uprising across the Middle East over the past months. In Cairo, where music and song built unity at Tahrir square as the Egyptian people challenged the dictatorial Mubarak regime, imagery of the revolutionary ideas that are driving the protests has been created, posted and remixed across the ...

Art Threat: Monday Music: Duet for Abdelrazik – MP3 features cellist Rebecca Foon and Stefan Christoff on piano

We invite you to download this exclusive duet performance featuring celebrated cellist Rebecca Foon and pianist, community activist and Art Threat contributor Stefan Christoff. The track was recorded one winter night at L’Envers, a loft performance space in Montreal’s Mile End. This live recording features a collaboration written for the upcoming album Duets for Abdelrazik, ...