CFMAs, New Video, Upcoming Livestream Concerts
Hello friends, I hope you are all well and keeping safe out there. In the continued absence of any in-person gigs, we continue to do our part creating livestream content for you to enjoy in the safety of our own home!
First off – Thanks to all those who attended our livestream a couple of weeks ago. Our mayor introduced the show, and together we raised almost $3000 for the Burlington Food Bank, helping make a real difference in people’s lives. Way to go!
We have a new video from another song from our Sultans of String Refuge project! This song and video commemorates the anniversary of the Ojhri Camp disaster that occurred in Pakistan in 1988. It was used as an ammunition depot for Afghan Mujahideen fighting against Soviet forces from Afghanistan. The camp exploded, killing and injuring more than 1,300 people as a result of rockets and other munitions expelled by the blast. Sultans of String collaborator, Anwar Khurshid, was working and living nearby, and tells his version of the tragedy, followed by the music it inspired.
Please join us in the chat tomorrow, April 9 at 10:30 am EST as the video premieres on YouTube. You can click here now to set a reminder by ringing the bell: https://youtu.be/L4TQs_WGbNI
We are pretty excited about the Canadian Folk Music Awards weekend – there is great live music online, all of it free, starting at 8:00 pm EST every night, now till Sunday. On Saturday they are handing out the categories we are nominated for (Ensemble of the Year and Producer of the Year), and on Sunday we play a few songs as part of the broadcast, along with many other great acts! You can view it all here https://www.youtube.com/prixfolkawards
A month ago I wrote to Environmental Defence to ask how Sultans of String could help support the fight against the proposed HWY 413 in Ontario that will pave over gorgeous greenbelt and critical farmland. We came up with a virtual benefit concert to aid them in their battle against the current Ontario government’s attacks on the environment, including stripping back protections for endangered species, gutting the powers of Conservation Authorities, increasing the use and abuse of MZOs to speed up sprawl, and resurrecting two zombie 400 series highways. Please join us for this concert, and receive a charitable tax receipt at the same time! This virtual Zoom concert will include special guest appearances from Executive Director Tim Gray, Ojibway Elder Dr. Duke Redbird, flamenco dancer Tamar Ilana, singer Rebecca Campbell and more!
Date: Saturday, April 24th, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT
Finally, a shout out to our American friends… if you are in NY State, we are doing a concert for SUNY Oswego NY this Tuesday April 13. A live Virtual Performance with Q&A to follow! You can register and attend at this link https://oswego.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=4558&p=1
Please stay safe out there, and hope to see you soon!