Ok folks. Thankfully, ARRABIO received their visas last tuesday, the day before they flew in. We’ve been so busy, we haven’t had a chance to update you on it all here, so here’s what up.
The band arrived in Edmonton on October 3, at midnight. We went to the Empress and had a couple of drinks, surrounded by nearly all our friends who have been a part of the Solidarity Rock experience over the years. I think it was the best welcome possible for our Cuban bros.
Friday night, we made history at the ARTery in Edmonton, by witnessing the first Cuban punk or hardcore band to play outside of Cuba. This is an interesting feat, no matter what, but moreso because of the shared commitment that we’ve undertaken to support independent music and art in Cuba. Our friends in ARRABIO have been at the forefront of this work, and watching it all come together for them in my hometown made me more than proud.
Knucklehead/ARRABIO/VCMC and Nervous Wreck sold out the Artery. The people were packed in from the stage to the door, and at least half the crowd actually lost their minds.
Last night in Calgary, the show repeated itself with the substitution of Sabertooth for NW. Beyond anyone’s wildest hopes, the show sold out the Republik, which is pretty amazing in and of itself. 501 people came through the door, and it ruled.
Traveling throughout Alberta with ARRABIO has been amazing, we’re putting together a party show tonight and celebrating punksgiving with some of Edmonton and Western Canada’s best bands. We’ll be updating with photos and more very very soon!
See you in Vancouver!
Drew & Solidarity Rock
Dear Solidarity Rock friends, fans and supporters.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, ARRABIO were not able to secure their visas in order to leave Cuba and travel to Canada in time to make our scheduled tour opening show in Toronto this evening. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina and Saskatoon shows. Our understanding is that there is a chance they will finally receive the visas Monday or Tuesday, so that’s what we’re waiting for. We have rescheduled their flights to reflect this and are planning on going ahead with the Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver area shows, and making up as many dates as possible on the prairies, to end the tour in Winnipeg.
This being the first time a Cuban punk band has been this close to leaving Cuba to tour, we feel like it’s especially important to believe in the possibility that it will all just work itself out, and prepare for the best time possible. We will release a revised itinerary and further information in the coming days.
Stay tuned, and in the meantime, download ARRABIO’s Full Length Album at Arrabio.bancamp.com
After months of fundraising and working out the logistics on the first ever international tour by a Cuban rock band, we are very proud to announce our next Solidarity Rock tour - this time, across CANADA!
We’re just in the final phases of releasing ARRABIO’s new recording Hecho En Trinidad, which was recorded in Trinidad in July 2012 by Vancouver recording engineer Jesse Gander, (which you can listen to directly below), so we’re bringing our friends to Canada to celebrate!
Big thanks to Edmonton NextGen, Steam Whistle, the Associacion Hermanos Saiz and Edmonton Arts Council for their continued support in everything we’re doing. We’ve also had the pleasure of partnering with musicians and artists across Cuba, and in Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles and Milwaukee. Without them, this would not happen. So, thank you from everyone involved with Solidarity Rock for all of the dedication and hardwork you have contributed, the 6 rock tours we’ve done in Cuba, recordings and this historical tour are all evidence of your awesomeness.
Here are the dates. Much more info coming soon.
09/29/2012 - TORONTO, ON
10/02/2012 - WINNIPEG, MB
10/03/2012 - REGINA, SK
10/04/2012 - SASKATOON, SK
10/05/2012 - EDMONTON, AB
10/06/2012 - CALGARY, AB
10/07/2018 - EDMONTON, AB
10/12/2012 - VANCOUVER, BC
10/13/2012 - ABBOTSFORD, BC
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)
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.