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ARRABIO hail from Trinidad, Cuba, the jewel of the nation’s Caribbean coast. The band has distilled its unique sound, carving their own spot in the international hardcore community after years in isolation. Whereas it was once illegal in Cuba to play or listen to rock n roll,

ARRABIO hail from Trinidad, Cuba, the jewel of the nation’s Caribbean coast. The band has distilled its unique sound, carving their own spot in the international hardcore community after years in isolation. Whereas it was once illegal in Cuba to play or listen to rock n roll, this 4-piece has been at the forefront of creating a DIY rock n roll revolution in Cuba, a country hungry for something new. The band includes members of the original punk rock bands that first formed in the centre of the country in the mid 90’s; including guitarist William Garcia, who is the co-founder of Solidarity Rock, an initative which works to create cultural exchange with Cuban and foreign rock bands. Through Solidarity Rock, ARRABIO has toured Cuba four times with bands from across Western Canada and the United States.

ARRABIO has been witness to many rock n roll firsts, including the first Canadian and American bands to tour their country. Now, they will become the first Cuban rock band to tour outside of Cuba, in support of their new album “Hecho En Trinidad”. The album was recorded in Trinidad, Cuba by Canadian recording engineer Jesse Gander.

ARRABIO are a fan favorite all across Cuba, known for their guitar driven live shows, engaging lyrics, and a burning intensity rarely seen on stage. ARRABIO are about to bring their voices to the world. A moment in Cuban history is coming soon to a dark room near you.

Check this post out! When we were in Havana, we met Ivan, the guitar player in a band called Viento Solar (which means Solar Winds). VS has been a band since 1975, Ivan grew up listening to 50’s rock n roll broadcast from Miami. We had a great time hanging out and talking, and this morning, he sent me a link to some of his photos from the Havana show! Check it out!

Thanks Ivan!

2012 Canada Solidarity Rock Exchange!


Dawn Jefe de la delegacion Canadiense e Ivan Fariñas


La banda de Punk canadiense en plena presentacion


Logan bateria de Oh Oh con Ivan Fariñas


Logan bateria de Oh Oh en plena accion

Modificado el ( Tuesday, 04 de September de 2012 )

Listen to ARRABIO from Trinidad, Cuba. - Justicia y Pan

Here’s another track from Trinidad, Cuba’s ARRABIO off their forthcoming album “Hecho En Trinidad.”Recorded by Jesse Gander at Solidarity Studios in Trinidad, Cuba, July 2012.

Justicia y Pan

Tantos años han pasado
Una generación que no deja de sangrar
Necedad sin olvido
Un pueblo entero que no deja de soñar

Hoy seguimos esperando
Lo mismo que años atrás
Libertad para mi pueblo
Justicia y pan

Aún recuerdo allí sentados
En el parque central
Con algunos de mis amigos
Que hoy ya no están

Se han marchado a otros lados
Se cansaron de esperar
Lo que tanto añoramos
Justicia y pan

Y aquí seguimos soñando
Día a día
Y aquí seguimos
Con los ojos abiertos
Cada día.

Listen to ARRABIO from Trinidad, Cuba.

Here’s another track from Trinidad, Cuba’s ARRABIO off their forthcoming album “Hecho En Trinidad.”Recorded by Jesse Gander at Solidarity Studios in Trinidad, Cuba, July 2012.


Son mis calles
Es mi gente
Orgullo de ser y estar

Sus olores
Sus colores
Orgullo de ser y estar

Orgullo de ser de Trinidad
Orgullo de vivir en Trinidad
Hard core Hecho en Trinidad

El odio desatado en estas calles
Por la hipocresía de la sociedad
No es nada comparado
Con lo que sentimos
Caminando esta ciudad

El pueblo resiste en TRINIDAD

LISTEN to Trinidad, Cuba’s ARRABIO.
New song - NO LAW!

ARRABIO are our friends from Trinidad and Sancti Spiritus, Cuba that have been with us on our many journeys. This summer, we brought Vancouver recording engineer Jesse Gander of the Hive Creative Labs to Trinidad to make some records. This is the first listen of ARRABIO’s song No Law, from their forthcoming Album “Hecho En Trinidad”, recorded at the Solidarity Studios in Trinidad, Cuba, July 2012.

Much, much more coming soon.


No Law can destroy what we create
No Law can stop what we have done
No Law can keep our brother down
No Law can take you from us

Because we are stronger
than anger, hate and pain.

No hay ley
Que pueda detenernos
Que pueda hacernos caer
Estamos juntos en esto
No hay nada que puedan hacer

Porque somos más de uno
Y es que somos más que mas
Pensando diferente
No nos podrán callar

Cause we are stronger
and bigger than ever
stronger and bigger than you.

Con mi voz y con tus manos
Los podemos detener
No hay ninguna ley mi hermano
Que nos haga retroceder

Solidarity Rock banger - Round 2!

Last night was really great. The Fucking Lottery played for a small, but very enthusiastic crowd, NN, The Fight and the Lad Mags kicked a whole lot of ass as well.

Tonight, the show continues. We’ve got some pretty amazing bands coming together to help bring our friends in ARRABIO to Canada this fall. This is more than a show to me, this is what the words SOLIDARITY ROCK actually mean. Edmonton is a hell of a crazy place sometimes. It’s more than truck nuts and stab vests, it’s a place where ideas come alive and where people know each other and give a fuck. I have been working on this Solidarity Rock project with a lot of amazing people over the past 5 years, and it means a lot to see the enthusiasm people carry with them for it. Everything we’re doing this weekend is to change the world in a small way. For ARRABIO, this is the chance of a lifetime. Just as it was for the members of 7and7is, SLATES, Kids on Fire, Hangloose, the Vicious Cycles, Uh Oh and the Previous Tenants when they got the chance to tour Cuba. The members of ARRABIO are with us at every turn while we’re down there, and this is our chance to give that back. They’ll be crashing on our floors, playing in the places we go see or play shows and seeing how life is on the DIY level across Canada.

This weekend, we have the chance to make some huge things come to pass, and I hope everyone can make it out tonight so we can show our friends the best time possible.

Here’s the line up. Doors will open around 4, bands will start after.

MORALS (10:00 - 10:45)
THE GET DOWN (9:15 - 9:45)
FALKLANDS (8:30 - 9:00)
SKIN (7:45-8:15)
THE WEEKEND KIDS (7:00-7:30)
LOU WREATH (6:15-6:45)
FREE ELLIOTT (5:30-6:00)

Plus James Stewart of SLATES is going to be playing some solo acousticy jams at some point in the evening.

See you there.

Woah! Solidarity Rock is in a beer commercial!

Steam Whistle has been a huge support to Solidarity Rock events in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. We have been really amazed by their continued generosity to the arts in Canada, and beyond just sponsoring our events (which mean that we can do significantly more with our time and efforts) they really do a great job with helping grow Canadian music and art culture.

One of the ways they do that is through their unsigned series. They book a bar, get great bands and throw a party. Steam Whistle pays the acts, and all the costs and offers a really low cover price which they donate to a charitable cause, generally arts related. This July, Solidarity Rock was the benefactor for the Vancouver edition at the Biltmore Cabaret, featuring Acres of Lions, Familia and Rococode.

I’m please to say, Jesse Gander made it back home with a couple of recordings under his belt, and his band Previous Tenants are proven road warriors after having toured Cuba with Uh-Oh (Milwaukee, WI), ARRABIO (Trinidad) and Adictox (Santa Clara).

Thanks to the community support we receive everywhere we go, and the ongoing support Steam Whistle and others have offered us, we are able to do awesome things. Like bring a producer to Cuba to make punk rock recordings, and bring the first US punk band on tour in Cuba, along with a bus full of Canadians and Cubans.

We’re also raising money right now to bring our friends ARRABIO to Canada to be the first Cuban rock band to tour outside Cuba. They’re the first Cuban DIY band to tour inside Cuba, so it’s fitting. We’ve got a huge fundraiser coming up this weekend in Edmonton, and once again, Steam Whistle is helping out. We’ve got bands all weekend playing at the Inglewood Hall, a photography exhibit, and a bunch of Steam Whistles.

More news about the tour coming soon!

See you at the show!

Bring ARRABIO to Canada!


Solidarity Rock is an Edmonton based group and a reflection of the good things that happen in our city. For almost 5 years, individual musicians, bands and artists have taken it upon themselves to help support and develop a independent rock music community in central Cuba. Solidarity Rock has reached out from our city, connecting great people across Canada, Cuba and the US in our cultural exchange and lead the first five (soon to be six) independent rock tours through Cuba.

Trinidad, Cuba’s ARRABIO have
been our constant companions, guides and friends through our many experiences. Now, we’re coming together as a community and as individuals to repay the favour. Solidarity Rock is currently working on visa applications and logistics to enable ARRABIO to be the first Cuban rock band to tour outside of Cuba. This is only possible with the generous and impressive support Edmonton and other cities and scenes have shown. This show is one of the first stages in our big push to bring ARRABIO to Canada, and a darkly lit room near you. Come see some awesome bands, a photo show, and all your friends.

Set times will change, for sure. But here’s an idea of what’s happening when.

FRIDAY - August 17
Doors @ 6:30

THE FUCKING LOTTERY (10:00 - 10:45)
NN (9:15 - 9:45)
THE FIGHT (8:30 - 9:00)
THE LAD MAGS (7:45-8:15)

SATURDAY - August 18
Doors @ 4:00
MORALS (10:00 - 10:45)
THE GET DOWN (9:15 - 9:45)
FALKLANDS (8:30 - 9:00)
SKIN (7:45-8:15)
THE WEEKEND KIDS (7:00-7:30)
LOU WREATH (6:15-6:45)
FREE ELLIOTT (5:30-6:00)

Without a doubt, this will be the party of the summer. Come on out! Bring your friends!

In addition to some of the best bands in Edmonton, we’re bringing you our photography exhibit, featuring the works of SANDY PHIMESTER (Edmonton), AARON BOCANEGRA (Los Angeles), SAMUEL REINA CALVO (Sancti Spiritus), DREW MCINTOSH (Edmonton) and BRYAN KULBA (Edmonton). This photography exhibit features 50 images collected over the first 5 independent rock tours in Cuba. The collection has been shown in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and is currently traveling around Cuba showing in galleries and public spaces.

The weekend is sponsored by the good folks at Steamwhistle, and both days are AA/Beer with ID. $10/day at the door.
12515 116 Avenue


Solidarity Rock Recording Session

Photos By Samuel Reina

During last week of July 2012 Jesse Gadner from Canada will be working with two cuban bands,  Arrabio (Trinidad) and Adictox(Santa Clara),  recording some tracks to make a CD of each band.

These photos are from the first day of recording at Trinidad with Arrabio.

click on the photo to see the slideshow

Hangloose in Santa Clara, Cuba - Sandy Phimester

Church ruin on the road to Matanzas - Aaron Bocanegra
Photo of the day - July 19, 2012

Hey everyone! Check out this great compilation featuring bands from across Canada, Cuba and the USA, all in support of Solidarity Rock. $5 to download, free to stream! Big thanks to all the bands who contributed their songs. Most of these are unreleased or alternative versions of the songs. Download it today!

VANCOUVER! You’re the best.

Solidarity Rock had a great show in Vancouver last weekend at the Biltmore Cabaret. The Vicious Cycles, Slow Learners, Radii and Previous Tenants came together to raise some money and possibilities for our friends in Cuban rock bands. The show was well attended and in the end, we raised just about $1000. A big thanks needs to go out to everyone involved, including bands, the venue and Steamwhistle.

This money that was raised is going to Cuba to help with our work. Friday night, Drew McIntosh, Jesse Gander and Barry Higginson will be flying into Varadero to be met by our steady partners William Garcia and crew. We’ll be taking up residence in Trinidad for a week while Jesse turns knobs and teaches our friends the ins and outs of mobile recording. He’ll be producing two (hopefully) full length records for ARRABIO and Adictox, two of Cuba’s most well known and hardest working underground bands. Then, we’re heading on tour.

This tour will be different than all the rest that came before it, as we’re bringing two Cuban bands, a Canadian band and a US band on the road for shows in 7 cities across the country. This is only possible thanks to the support we’ve received in places like the Biltmore. So, thanks.

We’ve had some pretty amazing and generous support from Steamwhistle. Not only did they sponsor this event, but they’ve lent a hand for our previous benefits in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Steamwhistle is an independent brewery based in Toronto and they do a lot for the arts across Canada. I keep hearing stories about Whistles being dropped off at Jam spaces, recording sessions, parties, you name it. Steamwhistle goes the extra mile to support independent people doing great things, and without turning this into a commercial, you should all drink Steamwhistle beer and be thankful they care enough to reach out and support good things with their excellent beer.

On July 26, they’re doing it again with a Steamwhistle unsigned bands showcase, again at the Biltmore in Vancouver. Solidarity Rock is lucky enough to be the beneficiary of this fine evening, featuring Acres of Lions, Rococode and Familia. This unsigned series is great in that Steamwhistle pays the bands, the venue and promotion of the event and give 100% of the proceeds to a targeted cause, this time Solidarity Rock. It’s pretty amazing. So, if you’re in Vancouver, check it out. Here’s a Facebook event listing.

Here’s a great write up in Beatroute Magazine about the big benefit show we’re doing in Vancouver next week! Take a look, and if you’re in Vancouver, you know where you need to be on July 12! (The Biltmore)!

The Vicious Cycles, Slow Learners, The Radii and The Previous Tenants are throwing an epic show at the Biltmore in support of the Cuban recording project and the Cuban bands on tour this summer as we do another Solidarity Rock tour across Cuba!

Just a quick correction, 7and7is brought Drew McIntosh to Cuba, not the other way around.