Wire Tones ep : Montreal launch

Wire Tones ep cover

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
doors 8:30pm / 6$
Casa del Popolo, 4873 St. Laurent
Montreal, Quebec (facebook event)

featuring performances by :

Fire Moss

Fire Moss is a collaboration between David Parker (double-bass, electronics) and K.L. Sealegs (synthesizers, pedals). Formed in November, 2012, the band is based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada / traditional Haudenosaunee & Anishinaabe Lands. The duo performs live improvisational soundscapes, blending elements of synthetic drones, melodic dirges and freaked-out noise. To date, the band has performed alongside Steve Hauschildt, Le Révélateur, Drainolith, Aerosol Constellations, Holzkopf, Nick Kuepfer and many more.

David Parker (contrebasse) / Stefan Christoff (piano)

Wire Tones ep features David Parker on contrebasse and Stefan Christoff on piano, and is a release inspired by the struggle against the current expansion of the prison industrial complex under the Conservative government in Canada. An instrumental record, the recording features contrabass and piano in duet, harmonizing and dissonant tones that speak to active reflection and heartfelt solidarity.

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Howl! Shalabi / Christoff + Xarah Dion / Will Eizlini / Jérémi Roy / Pierre-Guy Blanchard

Sam Shalabi

Monday, Sept. 22, 8:30pm
$6 @ Casa del Popolo, 4873 St. Laurent
facebook event 
Montreal, Quebec 

musical performances by

in trio

Sam Shalabi (oud)
Jérémie Roy (contrabass)
Pierre-Guy Blanchard (percussion)

in quartet

Sam Shalabi (guitar / oud)
Stefan Christoff (piano)
Xarah Dion (keyboards / synth)
Will Eizlini (tablas)

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Manif ! solidarité avec Gaza

Israeli bombings

la communauté s’exprime / chansons de résistance

community demonstration + sounds / songs of resistance

mercredi 16 Juillet, 17h30 
devant la station Mont-Royal
Montréal, Québec (facebook event)

Alors que les bombes israéliennes continuent de tomber sur Gaza, unissons-nous pour élever nos voix sur les rue de Montréal en solidarité avec le peuple palestinien.

As Israeli bombs continue to drop on Gaza lets join together and raise our voices on the street of Montreal in solidarity with the Palestinian people. 

Au cours de ces derniers jours, les frappes aériennes d’Israël s’assurent qu’il n’y a nul part de sécuritaire dans la bande de Gaza. Les attentats ciblent des immeubles, des usines, des commerces locaux et des infrastructures déjà en mauvaise condition dans l’un des territoires les plus densément peuplés au monde.

No where in Gaza is safe right now, Israeli bombings are targeting apartment blocks, factories, mosques, local shops and hitting the already distressed infrastructure in one of the most densely populated territories in the world. 

Comme le siège sur Gaza fait en sorte qu’il n’y a nul part où aller pour le gens de Gaza, les frontières imposées sur cette partie de la Palestine historique bloquent les possibilités de déplacement des Palestiniens à des zones plus sécuritaire.

Israel’s siege on Gaza, with the complicity of the Egyptian regime, ensures there is no where safe for the people of Gaza to go, colonial borderlines are closed.

Au cours des dernières années à Montréal, des manifestations et des actions de solidarité importante ont eu lieu. En particulier, des artistes ont pris l’appel à soutenir le mouvement grandissant de boycott mondial, désinvestissement et sanctions (BDS) contre l’Etat d’Israël, inspiré par le succès du mouvement de désinvestissement contre l’apartheid en Afrique du Sud. Plus de 500 artistes de Montréal ont signé une lettre collective soutenant ouvertement l’appel au BDS.

Over recent years Montreal has seen important solidarity demonstrations and actions, including one this past Friday evening, lets build on this local solidarity. Many Montreal artists have taken up the call to support the growing, global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against the Israeli state, inspired by the successful divestment movement against apartheid in South Africa. An open letter signed by 500 artists in 2010 expressed open support for the BDS movement.


Ceci est un appel à s’unir dans les rues, à apporter vos casseroles, vos instruments de musique, de s’exprimer ensemble pour la solidarité avec les Palestiniens dans la bande de Gaza.

Ce rassemblement s’exprimera artistiquement contre les attaques israéliennes sur Gaza actuelles, levons nos voix contre les crimes de guerre israéliens à Gaza. Prononçons-nous également contre la complicité des entreprises et la complicité politique du Canada avec les frappes israéliennes actuelles et plus généralement avec l’apartheid israélien. 

This is a call to join together on the streets in solidarity with Gaza.

Bring your casseroles, your musical instruments, lets raise our voices and speak out together in solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza. Also we will speak out against the Canadian corporate and political complicity with current Israeli attacks and more generally with the Israeli apartheid state. 

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« d-o-y-o-u-r-e-a-d-m-e » by Kaie Kellough

Kaie Kellough

track from upcoming « creole continuum » album by poet Kaie Kellough, a spelling collaboration w. martin heslop (contrebasse), brahja waldman (drums).

Howl! — Sam Shalabi & Stefan Christoff

radio charts

Thursday, July 17, 9pm
Casa del Popolo, 4873 St. Laurent
suggested $8 (no one turned away)
Montreal, Quebec, 2014

a concert (facebook event) with two parts :

set 1

Sam Shalabi (oud) / Stefan Christoff (piano) 
with Xarah Dion (keyboards / synth) / Will Eizlini (tablas)

set 2

Sam Shalabi (guitar) / Stefan Christoff (piano) 
with Jahsun Drms (percussion) / Mark Haynes (electric bass)

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kaie kellough launches creole continuum

kaie kellough - creole continuum

kaie kellough & howl! arts launch kaie’s latest record: 

creole continuum

friday september 5th 2014, 9pm
o patro vys
356 mont-royal est 

featuring duo performance by kaie kellough & jason sharp
further details to follow (facebook event)

creole continuum is a suite of exploratory recordings that resonate outside of musical genres and official languages. creole continuum visits the space between cultures, and it sounds the staggered rhythm of migration - migration of speech, spirits, music, and people. it draws on improvisation, rhythmic insistence, noise, and a reordering of the letters of the alphabet. 

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Art + Activism : Artistic practice on the front-lines

École de la Montagne Rouge remix

as part of the “Improvisation and the Politics of Everyday Sounds conference”

Tuesday, June 10, 2pm (sharp!)
La Sala Rossa restaurant 
4848 St. Laurent, Montreal, Quebec

join us for a round table discussion (facebook event) within the context of the Suoni per il Popolo festival and a Montreal conference exploring “Improvisation and the Politics of Everyday Sounds conference”. This round table discussion is free to attend and will focus on the frontline practice of artists who directly engage with community organizing and grassroots political activism.

presentations / reflections from : 

Marco Simonsen-Sereda

Marco (@blogocram) logged into social media for the first time on may 17th 2012, during a nightly #manifencours, corner of Cherrier/St-Denis, just as infamous bill 78 was looming. From tweeting iphone pictures & updates to blogging photo galleries of marches & events, videos, occasional articles, he got ever more concerned for various struggles & involved in media initiatives like GAPPA & 99media.

@blogocram est apparu sur les médias sociaux pour la toute première fois le 17 mai 2012, en pleine #manifencours de soir, coin Cherrier/St-Denis, alors qu’approchait l’infâme loi 78. Tweetant des photos et mises-à-jour en direct, bloggant des galeries photos de marches et d’événements divers, des vidéos, occasionnellement des articles, il s’est senti de plus en plus touché par diverses luttes et impliqué dans des initiatives média comme GAPPA ou 99média.


Lou Piensa

Lou Piensa is a multilingual Hip Hop artist, music producer and arts-educator based in Montreal, Canada. Active in the international Hip Hop scene since his teenage years, he has been involved in many aspects of the movement including radio, music production, performance and events organisation. His music has given him the opportunity to travel the world and share the stage with renowned artists, particularly while touring with his international music group Nomadic Massive, which he co-founded in 2004. His nomadic childhood (Born in France, he grew up in Ecuador, Algeria, Canada and Cuba) has given him the ability to adapt with ease and has fueled his international vision of Hip Hop culture. His music has always been tied to community building and has often seeped into other professional activities: whether it’s in the education field, where he has taught languages to high school students and also holds after school rap writing workshops, or in the area of community development, as a coordinator of a free music studio/art space (Nobad Sound Studio) for the multicultural of Côte-des-Neiges, the neighborhood he has called home for the last decade.

Catherine Harrison-Boisvert & Léo Guiollot 

Catherine Harrison-Boisvert est étudiante à la maîtrise en ethnomusicologie à l’Université de Montréal, ses recherches portant sur les musiques et danses cubaines en contexte touristique. Elle est membre fondatrice de [moviMento] et elle est également responsable de la gestion de projets de ce même groupe depuis février 2014. Catherine travaille comme auxiliaire de recherche et d’enseignement à l’UdeM et est chroniqueuse à l’émission Planète Montréal, diffusée sur Radio Centre-Ville. Dans le cadre de ses recherches universitaires, elle bénéficie du soutien financier du CRSHC et du FRQSC.

[moviMento] est un groupe de percussions brésiliennes engagé ayant vu le jour dans la foulée des nombreuses manifestations qui ont animé Montréal au printemps 2012. Grâce à l’initiative de Léo Guiollot a émergé ce projet qui s’est donné pour mission première de soutenir musicalement les causes sociales. Aujourd’hui, [moviMento] compte à son actif des dizaines de collaborations avec divers organismes tels qu’Amnistie Internationale, REZO, le Garage à Musique du Docteur Julien et l’Accorderie. En février 2014, [moviMento] a officialisé son accréditation en tant qu’OBNL et élu son premier CA officiel, se donnant ainsi les moyens de poursuivre sa bruyante mission.

Rachel Heap-Lalonde

Fanfare militante, théâtre de rue, art collectif, espaces publics réclamés et imaginaire collectif reconquis, voilà ce qui passionne Rachel Heap‑Lalonde depuis plus de 15 ans. Résidente de La Petite-Patrie et organisatrice communautaire dans le cadre d’un projet de revitalisation urbaine intégré dans ce même quartier, elle mène plusieurs actions qui concernent des espaces en voie de disparition… ou de transformation!

For over fifteen years, activist marching bands, street theater, public art, reclaimed public spaces and a reinvigorated collective imagination have been inspiring Rachel Heap-Lalonde. As a resident of Petite-Patrie and a community organizer for an integrated, urban regeneration project in the same neighbourhood, many of her activities involve areas at risk of disappearing … or those undergoing a transformation!

Pascale Brunet 

pascale is a community organizer and social knitter based in montreal. In the past few years she took part in different collective projects that mix art, politics, community building, public spaces and care : P!nk Bloc, Maille à Part, Politics & Care, Back Off!, etc. // pascale est une organisatrice communautaire et une tricoteuse sociale qui vit à montréal. Dans les desnièere années elle a travailler sur différents projets collectifs qui mélangent art, politiques, le bien-être, l’espace public et la création de liens dans nos communautés : P!nk Bloc, Maille à Part, Politics & Care, Back Off!, etc.

Lynn Worrell - Writing our Rhymes Down (WORD)

Art + Activism : discussion on artists & gentrification

JustSeeds arrows

Saturday, June 7, 1pm 
@ La Sala Rossa restaurant
4848 St. Laurent, Montreal

a community discussion (facebook event) that aims to collectively address the tensions and relations between alternative arts communities and gentrification. this discussion aims to explore the problematics but also the constructive ways in which artists can collective engage in anti-gentrification struggles. (graphic via JustSeeds)

presentations / reflections : 

Vincent Stephen-Ong teaches and performs with numerous artists including Kalmunity Vibe Collective, Nomadic Massive, Paul Cargnello, and Certified Organic Jazz Quartet. In October 2013, following a police visit due to a noise complaint at Kalmunity’s weekly performance at Les Bobards, Vincent made a YouTube video urging artists and music fans to stand up for their beloved music venues. 5,000 hits later the #SAVETHEPLATEAU movement was born, pursuing solutions to the problems of cohabitation between residents and nightlife.

JahSun is a musician and community organizer in Montreal, a celebrated percussionist and founder of the Kalmunity Vibe Collective. JahSun has worked with celebrated international artists like Luciano and The Wailers, while playing extensively locally on a multitude of musical fronts. 

Maude Benny Dumont is a community activist and participant in « le collectif au pied du mur » constituted of 10 people who live in Pointe-Saint-Charles who have been working together on a massive mural on the CN train lines wall over recent years. 

Stefan Christoff is a Montreal based community activist, media maker and musician who is active with the Howl arts collective. @spirodon

« les rumeurs de la montagne rouge, en chœur, convergent » launch !

SPVM in the sky

Monday, June 2, 8:30pm
$5, Le Cagibi, 5490 St Laurent Blvd
Montréal, Québec (facebook event)

co-presented by CKUT’s « Radio is Dead »

join us to launch « les rumeurs de la montagne rouge, en chœur, convergent » a sound art project by Joseph Sannicandro (tape loops & electronics) Stefan Christoff (field recordings & piano) inspired by the Quebec student uprising, a cassette release from Howl arts collective. 

photo by Marco Simonsen-Sereda

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Art, anarchism & social movements

art & anarchism graphic

Wednesday, May 28, 6pm
free (donations appreciated!)
Le Cagibi, 5490 St Laurent Blvd
Montréal, Québec 

join Howl for a panel discussion (facebook event) that explores the intersections between artistic practice, social movements and anarchism. 

presentations by 

Cindy Milstein

Cindy, currently a collective member with both the Institute for Anarchist Studies (www.anarchiststudies.org) and Station 40 (a collective social center) as well as engaged in anti-eviction organizing in San Francisco, is author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations (IAS/AK Press) coauthor with Erik Ruin of Paths toward Utopia (PM Press), and blogs at http://cbmilstein.wordpress.com/

Freda Guttman

Freda, a native of Montreal, has been a practising artist for 50 years. In the 1980’s she made a conscious decision to situate her work into the realm of the political beyond mainstream art culture in order to reach a participatory and broad range of viewers. She created two large multi-media installations which toured Canada extensively for several years in artist-run centres: “Guatemala: The Road of War” and “The Global Menu”. 

Over the years, she has also created several small installations and other art works about the Palestinian struggle and has been to Palestine 3 times, as part of the International Solidarity Movement. She was a long time member of Tadamon. In 2003, she co-curated an exhibition, “Artists Against the Occupation”, with Rawi Hage in Montreal and has shown her work in numerous “Artists Against the Occupation” exhibits all over the world. In the 1990”s she produced a continuum of five installations entitled, “Notes From the 20th”, a ten year project based largely on the ideas of Walter Benjamin: how the idea that history is progress is a lie and of the continual necessity of vigilance against Fascism. 

She also produces a column, “A People’s History of Montreal” for the quarterly-year journal, “Le Canal” which serves South West Montreal. At present she is working on a lino print project about the Guatemala genocide. In March 2015 she will be having a retrospective of 50 years of her work at Z Gallery in Montreal.

Kevin Lo