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
We just got home a couple weeks ago, and we’ve already got tickets to head back to the beautiful island of Cuba. This time, we’re going to do something even more astounding.
It gives me nothing but pleasure to announce that we’re bringing the ability to record and preserve the DIY rock music we’ve helped create over the years.
Vancouver’s Jesse Gander, head recording engineer at the Hive Creative Labs is going to be joining us from July 21 to 28 for a recording session in Sancti Spiritus. William Garcia has found a spot to set up and get it done, and we’ll be recording his band Arrabio, based in Trinidad, and a band called Adictox from Santa Clara. Big things are happening with independent art and music in Sancti Spiritus, kids are growing up with punk rock, tattoo artists are moving in and setting up shop because that’s where all the “freakies” are, young visual artists are engaged with the musicians, creating a new and exciting creative community, and we hope that their ability to record music and disseminate it with fewer barriers will help that process even more.
When we first got to Sancti Spiritus, it was a sleepy town, now we can see how art and music can transform people and places.
Even better than that is the fact that we’re hitting the road again for what will be the 5th Solidarity Rock tour, and the 6th DIY tour ever, if you count the 7and7is tour in 2007 which started it all (and we do).
July 29 - August 8 will see some amazing things going down.
Jesse’s band the Previous Tenants will be ripping though our usual haunts and for the first time ever, we’ll be joined by a brave group of American musicians, a DIY punk rock band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin called Uh-Oh. We’ll be doing it international styles in Sancti Spiritus, Trinidad, Jatibonico, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, Havana and more!
Not only that, but as always, we’re bringing Arrabio from Trinidad, and for the first time, Adictox from Santa Clara. We’ll be raising money at our upcoming Solidarity Rock shows in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and Edmonton to accomplish our tasks. We hope to see you there! Watch out for Solidarity Rock shows and projects coming your way, be part of it all. Estamos Juntos en Esto! We’re in this together and we’re making a difference.
Photos by Sam
Some images we share during Hang Loose Cuban Tour.
William Garcia - Sancti Spiritus, Cuba
In my mind I still gat the Vicious Cycles songs, all the good times we had together in this tour, all the good friends we met on this tour. Lots of pics to show and lots of things to write. In the meanwhile I would like to thank all the people who help this tour happened, all the bands and all the people who went to the SR shows in the different cities, without you it wouldn’t have been possible any of the pics you will see and all the stories to be told. Every one who donated anything, from strings, pics, cords, guitars, base, cloths, thanks so much it means so much for all the kids and for what we have been doing for all this years with the project. I hope more people and more bands have the opportunity to come and see what we are talking about what we have created together. This world will never be the same and this country will never be the same thanks to every little help of you guys, it is really hard but no one said it will have be easy, and if it will have been easy I guess we wouldn’t be doing it. Every single steps on the way counts and be sure all you do is helping people to have a different point of view and is making people get reach as individuals and cultural spirit.
There’s so much more coming from this tour.