In the Red1

Chris McCluskey mixes it up and lays it down.

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It’s been four years since The Rascalz released an album and eight since they pushed Canadian hip-hop toward commercial viability by refusing a Juno to protest being excluded from the televised portion of the awards. Now releasing material independently, Vancouver MC Red1 is coming to Halifax with a purpose. The Red1 Love Tour’s national campaign aims to raise awareness of youth violence and eradicate it.

“If you increase the violence you have to increase the love, because it has to be dealt with,” he says. “These kids are at the age where the peer pressure and the friends are like ‘go break into that car,’ those are the kids we’re trying to reach. They can use that energy they have and focus it on something positive, and that they love doing.”

Red1 is inspired to clear up the difference between reality and pop culture, by performing and speaking at various secondary schools across Canada. “I’m not talking about the album in stores and the other stuff because it makes it kind of cheesy,” says Red1. “It’s not really to promote my album.”

Red1 can be caught solo on November 6 at Highland Park Junior High and St. Patrick’s Alexandra, and November 7 at Oxford School.

Wide awake

Local faves Wintersleep are supporting Sam Roberts at the Cunard Centre on November 4, and with this show comes some news. The quartet—comprised of vocalist/guitarist Paul Murphy, bassist Jud Haynes, guitarist Tim D’Eon and drummer Loel Campbell—has attracted the interest of Canada’s newest label, Labwork Music, which is distributed across the nation by Sonic Unyon and EMI. Labwork re-released Wintersleep’s first two records on October 31.

“It basically means that we’re gonna be able to get our records out in the United States,” says Haynes from the I-95, headed into New York City for the CMJ Festival. “It’s not that drastically different than what we were doing anyway. The biggest thing for us is that we’ve been a band for four years and we’ve never had a release out in the United States; and now we will. We’ll start touring hard in the US the way we’ve toured hard in Canada, so we’re excited about that.”

The band will head into the studio to make its third record—those Steve Albini rumours are just that, so far, and Dependent remains intact—between American dates, but will have to refocus energy on its older material for the new towns. “Even though it’s a year-and-a-half old,” Haynes says of Untitled, “we’re gonna have to go play some of those songs like we just wrote them.”

Saturday’s show is all-ages, starts at 9pm and is $25. Tickets are available at the Rebecca Cohn box office at 494-3820.

In with the Eventide

When there isn’t a niche that interests you, create your own. Such is the approach local musician and television documentary filmmaker Andrew Killawee has taken in creating Eventide—an 11-member choir he’s assembled to fill what he sees to be a musical gap in the city. They will perform their inaugural concert, focusing on Palestrina’s “Missa Pro Defunctis” and a selection of other choral works, on November 2 at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, in Grand Parade, where Killawee is the choir director. The show has an early 7:30pm start time.

Chris McCluskey mixes it up and lays it down.

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