Happy autumn, friends.
In mid-September some of Canada’s most prominent artists, authors and activists—from Neil Young to Naomi Klein to Leanne Simpson and Ellen Page—stood alongside Indigenous, labour, and non-profit leaders to launch an inspiring declaration for a country based on caring for each other and the earth, entitled The Leap Manifesto.
I’ve signed the manifesto because I believe this is the moment for a powerful shift to a clean energy economy in Canada.
Will you join us and sign the manifesto? https://leapmanifesto.org/
The Leap Manifesto sets out a vision for Canada to fight climate change in a way that changes our country for the better – achieving meaningful justice for First Nations, creating more and better jobs, restoring and expanding our social safety net, reducing economic, racial and gender inequalities, as well as welcoming migrants and refugees.
We can move in the direction of a 100% clean economy – while building a fairer, more humane society in the process.
Now is not the time for small steps. Now is the time to leap.
Please join me and sign the Leap Manifesto: https://leapmanifesto.org/
Here’s an old video of me and my friend Jim.
Very pleased to announce I will be joining Ashley Au, Christine Fellows and my Weakerthans comrade Jason Tait to perform an original live score, For the Turnstiles, with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, May 7, 8, and 9 at the Gas Station Arts Centre in Winnipeg.
For the Turnstiles is a musical, choreographic and visual response to Neil Young’s 1974 album On the Beach. We’ve composed 8 original songs, WCD’s Artistic Director Brent Lott has developed a full-length choreographic work featuring 6 dancers, and video artist jamez will provide live projections, all inspired by Young’s masterful and enigmatic record. We’ve been working on it all winter, and I think it will be a remarkable show.
For Torontonians, Christine and I are also busy writing songs inspired by the writings of our friend Miriam Toews, which we will perform at an evening celebrating her work on May 30th at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre in Toronto. More info here.
My dear fellow Winnipeggers, I will be playing a solo show at The Good Will Social Club on Sunday, November 23, with the wonderful Tom Keenan. It is an 18+ show, my apologies to anyone that excludes.
Londoners, my London solo show on Monday, December 8 has been moved from The Lexington to Oslo (the club in Hackney, not the city).
I strongly encourage Winnipeggers to attend a rare performance of Christine Fellows’ collaboration with the amazing visual artist Shary Boyle, Spell to Bring Lost Creatures Home, at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on November 14. It is indescribably great.
Happy autumn, friends.
I’m very glad to announce that I’ll be playing some solo acoustic shows in Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, and finally, after all these years, the UK. See details here.
Looking forward to winter, here’s a Record of the Week Club collaboration I participated in back in 2009 with Nikki Komaksiutiksak and Blunderspublik:
Summer is difficult, I know, but soon our beloved winter will return. I’m looking forward to some long-delayed solo shows in the UK, likely in late November or early December. Will post dates and details soon.
The fall season over at ARP Books, where I spend much of my time, looks terrific.
Here’s a Jawbreaker cover from a session I recorded at the University of Manitoba Radio Station.