Climate Justice Montreal will be hosting the Rap Battle Against the Tar Sands on March 28th, 2015, at La Vitrola. The main purpose of this event is to raise awareness about the socialand ecological impacts of the tar sands and to mobilize new ambassadors in the hip hop and spoken word community in Montreal.
Our project bears a resemblance to Hip Hop Caucus’ People’s Climate Music that mobilized diverse and influential artists to create music and culture inspiring action to solve the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced – climate change. First Nations rappers and spoken word artists Project Toombz, Warrior Minded have confirmed their presence, as well as Kalmunity rappers Emrical, the Katalyst, and Sarah MK. Jai Nitai Lotus, nominated for a GAMIQ award and for the Polaris Music Prize, has also confirmed. The rap battle will be filmed and the intention is to create viral videos that will spread the message of this campaign beyond Concordia and Montreal, inspiring communities elsewhere to creatively combat the tar sands and the fossil fuel industry. The event will also collect funds for a First Nations community resisting the tar sands, such as the Unist’ot’en clan.
Years funded: 2014-15
Amount allocated: $3,000.00
Project leader: Kristian Gareau