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Toronto punk labels take on Rob Ford

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 10, 2014

This Aint Ford FestWhile the odd anti-Rob Ford song has come up, Toronto's punk and hardcore scenes have been largely silent about municipal politics (and various national issues, cough cough). Cynicism over how a song could stop Ford Nation is well-founded, especially as the Brothers Ford do seem like an unstoppable force - but artists ignoring a mayor who looks on arts and culture with scorn, who's alienated the LGBT community, and who reduces citizenship to the act of paying taxes suggest questionable motives (punk is experiencing a commercial resurgence in Toronto, if it ever faded).

In an attempt to correct this dearth of political enthusiasm, Toronto punk labels Mammoth Cave Recording Co. and Ugly Pop Records are releasing two anti-Rob Ford 7" singles later this month: punk/lawyer/consultant Warren Kinsella's band SFH's "Mayor on Crack" and Strange Attractor's "Barely Doing Crime." The double record release will mark the first This Ain't Ford Fest at the Bovine Sex Club.

"Frankly, Toronto bands are mostly blowing it when it comes to political commentary, and Simon (Ugly Pop) had a desire to step up and put this together," explains Paul Lawton (Mammoth Cave, Ketamines, local curmudgeon). Strange Attractor are actually Sudbury-based, throwing more fuel on the idea that Toronto bands largely don't give a fuck - though Toronto's The Cola Heads ("no, not Coke Heads... that would be our mayor and his lowlife friends," say the labels) are also on the bill. To make things even more interesting: Kinsella is involved with Olivia Chow's campaign.

While This Ain't Ford Fest will undoubtedly result in a room full of left-leaning scenesters (voters or non), hopefully it spurs some discussion among Toronto music fans about how they can get involved in the upcoming civic election beyond clicking "attending" on a Facebook event.

This Ain't Ford Fest is Saturday, April 26 at Bovine Sex Club (542 Queen St. West).

Discussion

24 Comments

CaligulaJones / April 10, 2014 at 09:32 am
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Used to be in journalism, an article like this would include the fact that Kinsella is working for Chow.

But don't let integrity get in the way of a good zinger!
Simon replying to a comment from CaligulaJones / April 10, 2014 at 09:50 am
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Unless this article was edited in the last 15 minutes, I'd say they covered it by saying "To make things even more interesting: Kinsella is involved with Olivia Chow's campaign."
Aubrey replying to a comment from CaligulaJones / April 10, 2014 at 09:50 am
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Hey Caligula — paragraph three.
Mar / April 10, 2014 at 09:54 am
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So basically put rob fords name into whatever you are selling and blogto will promote it
Elsah replying to a comment from CaligulaJones / April 10, 2014 at 09:57 am
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It does actually mention that Kinsella is 'involved' in Olivia Chow's campaign and even includes a link to his interview with Chow where he comes clean on that fact.
Simon Ugly Pop / April 10, 2014 at 10:25 am
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This article prominently mentioned Kinsella working on the Chow campaign right from the start. No great surprise to see that our less-than-entirely-sharp friend Caligula is no longer in "journalism", I guess.
R replying to a comment from CaligulaJones / April 10, 2014 at 10:40 am
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"But don't let integrity get in the way of a good zinger!"

Or reading skills.
CaligulaJones / April 10, 2014 at 11:06 am
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My reading comprehension is in the top percentile.

My skimming comprehension, on the other hand, could obviously use another Timmies.

There is something, of course, called "burying the lede", which means, despite Simon Ugly Pop's ugly prose, mentioning this in the last sentence in the third paragraph.
Simon Ugly Pop / April 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm
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Right, so you don't deem it necessary to actually read something before commenting. My point re your career in journalism stands.
CaligulaJones / April 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm
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I read as much as is warranted. For a combox on BlogTO, its generally a three second skim. Two seconds if it involves Ford.

There is no surprise at all that I'm no longer in "journalism", as I learned several decades ago that your main purpose as a "journalist" is to produce enough copy to keep the underwear ads from running too closely together.

I am more than happy for new "journalists" to have replaced me, many times over. Amazing what quality you can get from unpaid interns re-writing press releases and web-surfing.

Oops, can't have them anymore.

That should be "people thrilled with a byline but when they crunch the numbers, they barely make minimum wage".

Binge / April 10, 2014 at 02:31 pm
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I guess you have to try anything to get people to come to your shows and listen to your music even if you have to resort to the Ford circus.
Farmer Jones / April 10, 2014 at 02:56 pm
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wouldn't be a day on blogto without some fucking asshole leaving a comment, being proven wrong immediately, then continuing to insult everyone else.

reading comprehension in the top percentile? then why are you even on this site you cranky blowhard??
CaligulaJones replying to a comment from Farmer Jones / April 10, 2014 at 04:00 pm
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Are you insinuating that BlogTO is for low comprehension readers only? That someone with an elusive third digit to their IQ that is missing from entire generations of your family would find this place boring?

Would certainly explain your presence, that's for sure.

I'm here to amuse myself during a dull work day. Just teasing the hipsters.
X replying to a comment from CaligulaJones / April 10, 2014 at 04:49 pm
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Careful you don't want to get Johnny Rotten after you
Joe O'Neill / April 10, 2014 at 05:37 pm
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The thing is, Rob Ford IS punk. Warren Kinsella is the establishment. Rob Ford is the punk. He just doesn't care what you think. That's punk. People like Kinsella are pathologically obsessed with what you think. That's establishment.
Farmer Jones replying to a comment from CaligulaJones / April 10, 2014 at 07:42 pm
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ooooo really straining to get out the family insults there. you showed me, pal!

let's not forget that YOU are the one with the reading comprehension problem.
Bill / April 10, 2014 at 08:38 pm
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Good to see "punk" rock getting back into marketing gimmicks. Where's Malcom McLaren when you need him?
Simon Tarses replying to a comment from Binge / April 10, 2014 at 08:44 pm
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Hey Binge, ever heard of political punk rock? No? Well, it does exist, and these groups are just following in tradition.
XRAY replying to a comment from Simon Tarses / April 10, 2014 at 09:18 pm
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You can all it tradition or jumping on the bandwagon. Seems like a late jump on the bandwagon otherwise these bands would've been political about this loooooong ago....
Simon Ugly Pop replying to a comment from XRAY / April 11, 2014 at 12:15 am
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Jesus, the internet really is just overrun with people who have no idea what they're talking about and a burning desire to share that ignorance, huh?

The roots of SFH go back to the late '70s; the singer's previous band released one of the best Canadian records ever made, in 1980.

Personally, I've been doing this since '85. Hardcore lifer, for better or for worse.

No one doing this gives a damn about gimmicks or "marketing". You're encountering something you don't understand.
Rob 'Sex Pistol' Ford / April 11, 2014 at 12:32 am
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Huh? Sumbuddy talkin 'bout me? Huh?
A Fan / April 11, 2014 at 01:31 pm
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Just anothet Fordhole trying to ignite himself lighting a crack pipe.
sad day in an alley replying to a comment from The Reaper / April 11, 2014 at 03:36 pm
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I heard about that. Someone spray painted a slur against Jim Flaherty saying he died of AIDS due to the PM's wife giving it to him during a tryst.

Ew.
The Creeper / April 11, 2014 at 06:26 pm
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Mindless 'The Reaper' going to Oz for a brain + heart.

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