Anti-Conservative concert series sells out shows across country
Published Wednesday, September 30, 2015 7:51PM EDT
A group of musicians hoping to oust the Harper government says it is selling out concerts across the country.
Canadian musician Dave Bidini told CTV’s Power Play on Wednesday that the concert series, known as #ImagineOct20th, has sold out numerous shows, including its concerts on Wednesday night in Toronto, Hamilton, Ont., and Halifax.
“Tonight will be sold out right across the country. I think we’ve struck a chord in people’s curiosity and interest,” said Bidini, founding member of the rock band Rheostatics. “It’s not a town hall, it’s not an all-candidates meeting. It’s just people being together in sharing our concerns about where we’re headed in Canada.”
The series, known as #ImagineOct20th, looks forward to the day after the Oct. 19 election as a “new Canadian chapter” without Conservative Leader Stephen Harper leading the country. It has organized a number of events, concerts and public meetings across Canada leading up to election day, and attracted big-name Canadian musicians including Feist and Dan Mangan.
Bidini says the series gives participants a chance to share what they’ve heard from fellow Canadians as they cross the country for their work.
“Everywhere we go as artists, especially musicians, we get into the veins of our country. We’re moving east to west, north to south, through all the small towns, all the communities, and you get a sense of how people feel about the country,” said Bidini.
“Everywhere we turn there’s dissatisfaction in the disfigurement of the soul and the face of Canada, and the path that we’re going down -- very paranoid, insecure state of our country.”
The group wants to make sure the voices of all Canadians are heard, “not just politicians in Ottawa, not just Stephen Harper’s agenda,” said Bidini.
The #ImagineOct20th organizers are particularly concerned about Harper’s use of music, art and even hockey as “a tool of propaganda.”
“He appears in these contexts to humanize himself,” said Bidini. “I think that’s one of the reasons our antipathy towards him and our Conservative government has registered because he’s sort of pretending to be who we are and he’s not who we are.”