It’s been over a month since my band and I played the Regina Folk Festival, a beautiful and musically diverse festival that so wonderfully encapsulates the landscape of world music — not in the sense of the genre, but of the music of the world.
Much like my time at Calgary Folk Festival last year, the programming for Regina Folk Festival consisted of featured performances from over 30 performers and then somewhat random pairings of 3-4 group collaborations for the workshops, thus creating a spontaneous magic onstage live in front of the audience.
It’s really promising to know that there are still people taking chances on new music, spearheading and putting their love of music on the line. With that said, I must mention and say a HUGE THANK YOU to Sandra Butel (Artistic Director) for booking me, taking a chance, putting me and my band (the virtual unknowns as Exclaim! reviewed here) on the mainstage between The Indigo Girls and Serena Ryder. To Jeremy, Adam, Dean and the rest of the stage crew; Dave, Roz and the other drivers, all of the volunteers stage managing, keeping the grounds clean and the attendees safe from the crazy lightning storm, the caterers and team (that took great care of my vegan needs) and the man dubbed ‘The Water Whisperer’, THANK YOU!!
And to the wonderful people in the audiences rocking out with us at the workshops and mainstage performances, the folks that bought the CD, gave me walk-by love and the ones that stopped to talk and give love…THANK YOU!
Here are some favourite moments:
All I can say is, if this is any indication of what ALL folk festivals are like around the world…then consider myself in love.
It was days ago that I shared the stage with this incredible man (Corey Glover), Vernon Reid, Doug Wimbush and Will Calhoun…otherwise known as LIVING COLOUR. I’m still basking in it. #NeverGonnaWashTheSmileOffMyFace
aindigo jab - my bird eyed sweet.
Digital #sketchbook things.
That’s actually what’s taking me so long to update some of my posts; not only is the information surfacing slowly about his case specifically, but I make sure to cross reference at least three sources because some people are just blatantly lying to stir shit up.
Also live feeds keep going down and new ones pop back up but I know some of you are sensitive to video, so
Here’s a list of some twitter handles:
Journalists (All of these are either on the ground in Ferguson as I type this or actively covering events in Ferguson, both Brown’s case and the rallies):
- Amanda M Sakuma
- Scott Olson
- Kerry Picket
- Lisa Brown
- Alice Speri
- Tim Pool
- Claire Ward
- Christopher Hayes
- Greg Thomas
- Zellie Imani
- Cherrell Brown
- Elon James White
- Maria Chappell Nadal
- Miss Angela Davis
- Edward [American Flag tshirt with the tear gas canister]
Instagram Accounts: (TW: Some of these accounts feature graphic video or images of Ferguson events)
- The People’s Record
- Female Villian
- The Political Freakshow
- Pax Americana
- Im Not Havin’ It
- Securely Insecure
- Olitz Me
- Narcileptic Narcissus
- I Write About Feminism
- Optical Dispersion
I’m sure I forgot a bunch but here’s a start. I’ll update it periodically and reblog. Some of it is compilations from a bunch of sources, some is original content. Disclaimer: I’m not vouching for any other content on any of these blogs/twitters/instagrams or any that may be posted after this list but as of right now, the information regarding Ferguson and discussions taking place about the rallies/police and Mike Brown’s death seems accurate.
if you want to be included on any of these lists, shoot me a message with your web-address and I’ll check it out
You will find everything I’ve posted under tagged/ferguson, tagged/police-brutality or tagged/michael-brown
updated and combined.
The cop who shot a dog in front of its 6 year old owner was fired after outrage from the community and a “Justice for Apollo” campaign.
The cop who shot an unarmed black teen is on paid leave and remains protected by his department. So far, days of outrage and protest have still not brought any justice to Mike Brown.
In America, in 2014, the life of a black man is valued less than that of a dog.