affiche contre la Charte des valeurs québécoises maintenant dans les rues de Montréal ! (conception de l’affiche par LOKi design en collaboration avec d’autres artistes / activistes)
posters against the Québec charter of values now on the streets of Montréal ! (poster concept by LOKi design in collaboration with other artists / activists)
tune-in Tuesdays 3-5pm on CKUT 90.3fm in Montreal
Howl arts collective will be hosting the Montreal sessions throughout March ! tune-in every Tuesday from 3-5pm for special programming that explores the intersections between the arts and activism on CKUT 90.3fm, people powered radio !
Howl’s programming will feature live concert recordings, in-studios performances, round table discussions and musical selections from across the world. Also this special programming takes place in the lead-up to the Howl arts festival taking place in late April here in Montreal.
Howl! arts collective presents
Launch for “Protest Against Police Brutality”
a woodcut print book by Chris Robertson (La Presse Du Chat Perdu)
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
5 à 7, le cagibi, 5490 St. Laurent
taking place within the week of actions coordinated by the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality (COBP), toward the annual protest against police brutality on March 15.
Artist and screen printer Chris Robertson (La Presse Du Chat Perdu), will be launching (facebook event) a recently created booklet of woodcuts describing experiences in a police kettle targeting participants of the annual protest against police brutality in Montréal in 2013.
This booklet launches as activists are building toward the annual mobilization against police brutality, that again this year will take place as municipal politicians (despite recent elections) and police forces maintain the P6 regulation, that unconstitutionally makes illegal unscripted protests, stifling the basic freedom to publicly assembly, obliging all protesters to seek state permission to demonstrate.
Created and printed by hand in a Montréal, Mile End studio on Van Horne avenue. The beautiful woodcut drawings in the booklet convey both the violence of police repression, specifically the kettling tactic, while illuminating determined spirit of people taking the streets.
Listen to an interview with poet / trumpet player Jason Blackbird Selman, broadcast on Jazz Euphorium, live on CKUT fm in Montreal on Feb. 19, 2014. In this interview Jason speaks about influences and inspiration for poetry writing, jazz poetics and participating in the Howl live project.
Listen to Sobh Gah, the opening track on Arghavan, an album by composer/musician Amir Amiri on santur (feat. cello by Jake Charkey).
Hundreds gathered on a snowy evening in Montreal for a beautiful protest to support the justice for missing and murdered indigenous women campaign.
Protests took place in cities across Canada on Valentine’s Day, building on an annual protest tradition, actions occuring within the context of a growing movement calling for decolonization and for an end to Canada’s violent colonialism against First Nations. (photos by Thien V.)
Read an interview with artist/activist Emrical, an important grassroots force in Montréal, actively exploring the intersections between art and social action. Emrical’s work addresses issues relating to community-driven social justice, struggles against police brutality and community mobilizations to confront racism.
Artists speak up! is an online interview series from the Howl! arts collective in Montreal, featuring engaged artists who speak to the issues of our time and the challenges that our society collectively faces. This interview series will highlight important cultural voices in Montréal and beyond, breaking down the barriers between activism and artistic practice.
Howl! : Wondering what you feel is a pressing issue today in Montreal that people should be paying attention to, something not getting enough popular attention?
Emrical: I feel like we need to question the mainstream media with urgency. What role are they playing in keeping us docile, predictable and ignorant? We’re exposed to so much while knowing so little.
We have a hard time connecting the dots between the Villanueva case and mining companies in Honduras. Mainstream medias don’t teach us how to do mental gymnastics. We copy paste news, opinions and trends. For example, mainstream media is responsible for the fact that too many Canadians have a hard time imagining the hand that Canada plays in displacing populations in Africa and Latin America for an economic agenda to which our Canadian privileges are tied.
What is stopping us from creating an alternate broadcasting entity that will unite our local and international struggles, instead of dividing us in another century-of-self ghettos?
Although there are already many great alternative media projects, such as CKUT Radio / Media Co-op / rabble.ca, we lack strong visible francophone and bilingual options that will resonate with people who rarely second guess what they’ve been accustomed to hear. Strong alternative media that will tackle issues of racialized people, from indigenous to migrants. What we have now is not enough and remains invisible to so many, unfortunately.
Howl! : Can you highlight an artist that has been inspiring you lately?
Emrical : 2pac
Illustrations from the Awan family benefit concert by Paloma Dawkins, performances took place at La Sala Rossa, concert included A Sacred Cloud // duet by Amir Amiri + Saeed Kamjoo // Prasun Lala // duet by Norman Nawrocki + Stefan Christoff.
The Awan family continues to struggle for justice and freedom, please support, visit: http://soutienfamilleawan.org/