Soundwalking the Bill C-51 protests

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We got so much good sound from Saturday's Bill C-51 protests that we're focusing this edition on more of the sounds people heard from across the country.

In this special rabble radio edition, we bring you three locations and protests of three different sizes: a few dozen in Barrie, 400 in Winnipeg and 2,000 in Toronto. When it comes to changing the political landscape, size doesn't matter.

1:30 The speeches at a rally are only part of the way that people connect with each other. It's not just about the words, it's also about the tones, the music, the sounds, the voices. rabble podcast network producer Victoria Fenner does this thing called "Soundwalking," which consists of walking around and listening to the sounds around her as a musical composition. Here's the soundwalk she did before the speeches started in Toronto. What do you think the sounds are saying about the gathering and the mood of the people?

6:30 Next we go to Winnipeg where approximatley 400 people showed up outside Winnipeg City Hall to protest Bill C-51. Unlike in Toronto where it was below zero and rainy, the day was bright and springy. Thanks to Jonathan Kornelsen and Julien Cooper of CKUW for recording and preparing this piece, and to Michael Welch for sending it to us.

17:56 Last, we go up to Barrie, Ontario, where a couple dozen people gathered. Even though the size of the gathering wasn't as large as in the bigger cities, this protest location was very important, strategically. It was held outside the office of Patrick Brown, Conservative member of Parliament who is also vying to become the next Conservative leader of Ontario. Tim Hudak, Mike Harris and Stephen Harper are his role models. And Wayne Gretzky has endorsed him. So even though the gathering was small, this kind of visibility is very important.


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