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Indie Inside: Kimmortal

Vancouver-based artist and performer, Kimmortal (a.k.a. Kim Villagante), first discovered her passion for hip-hop and R&B music during her early adolescent years, and ever since then has been on her grind, evolving and developing her own original material and unique sound to add to the Westcoast music roster.


Musician Questlove challenges 'stop-and-frisk' practice: Racism in the lives of the hip-hop generation

Photo: Daniel Incandela/flickr

Hip-hop hit a milestone this week, turning 40 years old. The same week, federal district court Judge Shira Scheindlin, in a 195-page ruling, declared the New York Police Department's practice of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional. Hip-hop and stop-and-frisk are central aspects of the lives of millions of people, especially black and Latino youths.

Feminist Current

Collective Shout and Talitha Stone take on the virulent misogyny of Tyler, the Creator

June 10, 2013
| Feminist activist group Collective Shout is petitioning the Australian government to revoke rapper Tyler, the Creator's Visa.
Length: 12:09 minutes (11.14 MB)

Smash the State Report: May 3, 2013

May 12, 2013
| From the May 3 edition of AW@L Radio: CN rail poisons, Porter air bullies, elites hide money offshore and spies share our secrets. So we rob banks, clog the pipes, stop fracking, save bees!
Length: 1:04:23 minutes (58.95 MB)

Indie Inside: The Caravan

The Caravan knows how to keep you guessing. Approaching hip hop from the left field, the Halifax-based band has explored influences on all ends of the sonic spectrum. But while a single genre may be elusive for this three-piece, there's nothing vague about its presence. With rhymes pulsing through him from a young age, wise wordsmith Kyle McKenna is a dominant force on stage—both lyrically and physically. Combine his honest and unpredictable flow with the musical chops of genre-bending composer/engineer Mike Ritchie (guitar, keys) and effervescent drummer Mark Bachynski (Classified, Bend the River) and the result is nothing short of dynamic.

Feminist Current

Ladies first: Representing women in hip-hop with Glennisha Morgan

December 27, 2012
| Women are often underrepresented in hip-hop. Why? Meghan Murphy interviews journalist and filmmaker Glennisha Morgan.
Length: 30:12 minutes (27.65 MB)
Protesters in London
| July 28, 2012

Help Camps Breakerz of Gaza build a new home

Photo: Pam Bailey/Pam in Progress

For those of us internationals who care deeply about Palestine, it is hard to know just how to make a real difference. Probably the most significant way we can help is to change the foreign policy of our government (particularly if we are American). But while I keep trying on this front, I have come close to despair. I do sense some (too gradual for my taste) shifts in public opinion, but judging by all the political posturing at the AIPAC meeting this year, I feel fairly certain that the U.S. administration and -- especially -- Congress will be the last to change, and a loooong time from now.


CKLN/CHRY vintage vinyl party and sale

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 12:00am - 4:00pm


Ryerson Student Centre, Thomas Lounge
55 Gould Street One block north of Dundas, at Church (east of Yonge)
Toronto, ON M5B 1E9
Phone: 416-939-0936
43° 39' 28.7604" N, 79° 22' 42.5604" W

Community radio station CKLN is holding a party and sale of its vinyl library on Saturday August 27. Toronto's first campus-community radio station is moving from Ryerson University and must sell its collection for space reasons.

Thousands of hip hop, house, funk and indie rock and punk vinyl records, music books and other collectibles accumulated over three decades will be on sale along with CKLN swag.

Deejays will be on hand throughout the event spinning everything from boogie funk to hip hop. You can listen live via http://ckln.fm.

For those interested in early entrance, doors open for a special preview from 9-11:00 am for a $10 cover. General Admission is $5 after 11:00 am.

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