Her latest album, "At Last" with producer MoSS, was nominated for a Juno and has made the long-list for the 2011 Polaris Prize. She's performing in Ottawa this coming Thursday July 7th as part of the international Women's Worlds 2011 conference http://womensworlds.ca
Eternia says: "There's this quote that Rebecca West said once, something like "I never really quite figured out what feminism really meant, all I know is that I was referred to as a feminist whenever I chose to differentiate myself from a doormat." And it's like a really drastic statement, but it's kind of how I feel. And what I mean by that is, if feminism means that I inherently just represent my voice as a woman, especially in a male-dominated field, then sure I'll take on the word 'feminism' proudly. However, I don't actively seek that, it's just by virtue and by nature of how I'm living my life and what I am doing. So the kind of social change that I advocate specifically in my music, is literally a trust in your own struggle, be honest to your own voice, social change. So coming from the inside out -- this isn't something where I find out that something's going on in the world that is unjust, and I want to do something about it, which is also very valid and should be done -- this is something where I'm literally excavating the depths of the crap that I have personally seen and experienced with my own eyes, offering that to the world, and then saying 'hey, everyone else has experienced something like this, why don't we get free together?' So if in that regard, that is some sort of feminist thing, then I'll take on that word proudly, it's just it's very organic, it's very innate, it's not strategic.." http://therealeternia.tumblr.com
interviewed by: Greg Macdougall http://EquitableEducation.ca
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