Suoni per il popolo online june 6 - 20, 2020 All shows are free. Please contribute directly to artists.

“[Over 500] years of holistic genocide on Turtle Island.” The struggle continues. From colonization to slavery to racial segregation to the prison industrial complex to the status quo. The struggle continues.

Separating art/music from politics is impossible. The struggle continues. 

Support Black Artists. Support Indigenous Artists. Support Trans Artists. 

Do the deep work, not just to get the grant, the gig, the trend. 

20 years of trying to present arts that question the status quo has inspired and challenged us. Sometimes we do it, sometimes we fail. And sometimes we just need to have a freakin’ good time. The struggle continues. This can get messy, this can get real. Give space and respect. Let others come before you. Question your intentions. Question our intentions. 

COVID-19 has profoundly impacted artists, cultural workers, and arts organizations and spaces. This impact reverberates across all communities, institutions and networks. Who would have thought our 20th anniversary fest would be online?

Those individuals already most vulnerable and marginalized - poor, Black, Indigenous, queer, trans, disabled people of color - bear the brunt of the infrastructural collapse we are experiencing, after decades of neoliberal government policies that decimated social services and moved whatever power communities had into the hands of markets and corporations. 

Part of the impetus for the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival was a desire to present free jazz and liberation music – Black music, coming from the Black radical tradition. Western popular culture owes itself to Black thought and innovation, Black artists and workers. We are constantly evolving and changing our practice with this knowledge in mind. It’s absolutely crucial that we support Black and Indigenous liberation in Montreal and beyond. We have been awed and moved by so many of the artists that have graced our stages over the years. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Below is an evolving list of local fundraisers and organizations to support. The proliferation of resources made possible by social media and our interconnectedness means we keep learning, unlearning, growing, and fighting. 

Fundraiser for migrants and undocumented community members [Solidarity Across Borders]

Taking What We Need

Prisoner's Correspondence Project

Stella, l'amie de Maimie - sex worker advocacy and support

Action Santé Travesti(e)s et Transsexuel(le)s du Québec (ASTT(e)Q)

Native Women's Shelter/Resilience MTL

The Open Door

Native Friendship Centre of Montreal

The Mile End Mission

Chez Doris

Montreal small venue staff relief

Migrant Rights Network

Supporting Black Lives Movement in Montreal

Support Black Initiatives or Organizations Helping Black Communities in Montreal

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