The Rivoli, 332 Queen Street West
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Alien-Nation is a celebration of creative resistance in struggle - through art and music to build more resilient communities. By focusing on workers’ struggles and systemic discrimination and injustices, we raise our voices in solidarity with undocumented and precariously documented migrants for justice.
Performing are three amazing spoken word artists and one feature band who have consistently celebrated the resistance of migrant workers. Don’t miss Lishai, an award winning poet and powerful performer; Truth Is..., - back by popular demand - whose passion is only surpassed by her desire to explore and express the truth itself; and Ritallin, a highly respected name in Canada’s spoken word community and arts educator who will be followed by a feature performance by Dub Trinity. Dub Trinity is a high-spirited, six-piece dub/ska band that brings social consciousness to the dance floor. Having just released their latest album, Alexandria (and other cautionary tales), Dub Trinity’s relationship with political issues has led to collaborations with various community and human rights-based organizations. In a context of global austerity, migrants are suffering xenophobic and racist scapegoating.
Working in the back rooms of hotels and restaurants, in private homes as caregivers, on construction sites, and in factories, farm fields, and oil rigs, undocumented and precarious status migrants are treated like aliens. Forced to slave in low-wage jobs, working without benefits and paying into social services they can’t access, they live in daily fear of detention and deportation. Join us as we celebrate their spirit of resilience with stellar music and poetry and close out the night with DJ Leila P.
Co-sponsored by No One Is Illegal.
$10-15 sliding scale