On Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020, thousands of musicians and other industry professionals across Canada will be taking a day off.
There will be radio silence from members of the music industry on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 as they enact a Music Industry Blackout in solidarity with protesters across the world.
The blackout entails not performing, posting or talking about music for 24 hours on June 2nd. This is to give space for civil rights leaders and protesters against systemic racism and police brutality to air their demands.
We spoke with local musician Anndy Negative about why they’re participating in this black out, here is what he had to say:
Rock, punk, metal; all of these genres were built on the backs of black musicians. If you can’t pay the due respect to the people who made what we do possible, then you need to open a history book and rethink your understanding of music.Anndy Negative
We as artists, are the gate keepers of culture and we have the power to shape society. Art is inherently political, whether you want to admit it or not. Most modern western music comes from the culture of slaves brought to North America. Without POC we wouldn’t have guitars, banjos, and many other instruments. We wouldn’t have blues, jazz, rap, metal, punk, rnb, etc. So, join me and many other artists on June 2nd for a total music industry black out. Do not talk about or post your music. You don’t have to talk out in support of the protests (you should but you don’t have to) you can just be silent for one day.Kyle Stumpo (author of this piece) on Facebook