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Free City Radio explores the intersection of social activism and the arts. The weekly program features interviews on contemporary political currents in Montréal, Canada and around the world, highlighting creative voices involved in struggles for transformative social change. This Free City Radio page also features contemporary music mixes contributed to stations around the world. The 30 minute weekly Free City Radio is produced and hosted by Stefan Christoff and airs weekly on @radiockut 90. ...
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On this edition of Free City Radio we hear from activist historian Bill Weinberg who speaks about a project to hold weekly walking tours at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) in the East Village, NY. Bill speaks about the radical history of claiming urban space collectively against all odds and the construction of collective squats and com…
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In this interview Egyptian writer, photographer, activist and author Hossam el-Hamalawy speaks about the ways that Egyptian social movements and organizing is impacted by the struggle for freedom in Palestine. Hossam speaks about how the current Egyptian government of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has played a critical role in both suppressing dissent of so…
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Listen to a community panel discussion that took place in April 2024 at OBORO centre on the housing crisis in Montreal and the ways that the creative voice and arts is being worked into community organizing to address the crisis. The live panel was hosted and recorded by Stefan Christoff for community radio broadcast. The first broadcast is Wednesd…
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Listen to an interview about "The Sustainability Class: How to Take Back Our Future from Lifestyle Environmentalists" a book by Vijay Kolinjivadi and Aaron Vansintjan that will be out later this year. The book is described this way:"An original argument that environmental sustainability has been co-opted by the urban elite, along with examples from…
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ACROSS THE UNIVERSE FOR PALESTINERadio AlHara broadcast, July 13, 2024Live 3-7pm (Palestine time) / 8h-12h eastern timeAccompanying graphic is by Valantina Gonzo.This broadcast focuses on voices from spaces of solidarity organizing to support Palestine, from the People's Conference for Palestine that took place in May 2024 in Detroit, to the Al Sou…
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On this edition of Free City Radio we hear from activist Stoyo Stevenski in Sofia, Bulgaria. Stoyo shares some reflections on social justice organizing today in the Bulgarian context. I felt that it is important to highlight a voice from the eastern edge of the EU in the context of all the conversations internationally happening around the future o…
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Reverberations d’une crise / Sounding the housing crisisMétro Laurier, public speak outSuoni per il Popolo festival10 June 2023Broadcast @n10-as Thursday May 5, 1pm, on @cjlo1690am May 2, 9am, on CKUT 90.3 FM @radiockut Friday, June 28, 5pm on Radio Renoviction and on the May 8 edition of S.A.N.E, 8-9pm on CKUW 95.9 FM Winnipeg. Photo by Ivan de Ja…
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On the July 2024 edition of the Art in Action interview series we hear from Rafael Stan Molina in Brazil who works on a independent record label called Municipal K7. This project releases underground and experimental music from Brazil. In this conversation Rafael speaks about the complexities of running an experimental music label in Brazil in an e…
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On this edition we hear from both Sooraya Peerally and Frédéric Vachon of Ex aequo who speak about their specific work to mobilize for housing justice in Quebec, specifically for more social housing, but that is focused on recognizing the intersecting struggles of people who live with disabilities in Quebec. Learn more about Ex aequo here: https://…
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On this edition of Cultural Workers for Palestine we hear from graphic artist Kevin Caplicki who is a member of the Justseeds artists' cooperative and speaks about the relationship between collective social struggle and artistic representations of movements for justice. Kevin speaks about his work specifically to support Palestine and create graphi…
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On this edition of the Art in Action interview series we hear from South African hip-hop artist, community educator and activist Emile YX? who speaks on the role that hip-hop culture played in empowering Black youth in South Africa during the time of Apartheid. Emile YX? is one of the founders of the legendary ensemble Black Noise. This interview w…
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In this interview we hear from Bob Rose a long term community organizer who has worked in the low income Parkdale area of Toronto for many years. Bob speaks about the urgent need for housing justice across the board and speaks to the challenges that frontline community organizers who are supporting low income tenants face without there being larger…
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Stefan's monthly mix for Radio AlHara, for June 2024, "All forever" mix. Below is the track listing, track name and then artist(s) name(s).Stefan took the photo in August 2021 in Thessaloniki, Greece.01. Janek Krukowski @krukowski - Latent - I (via @oklarec)02. Stefan Christoff - In Burgas03. Jessica Zambri - Foresting (via @crashsymbols)04. Bauer …
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A mix that I worked on for Radio AlHara to celebrate the release of my solo electric guitar album "Declarations," out on Cuchabata Records, info here:https://cuchabatarecords.bandcamp.com/album/cuch-217-declarations-2024Artwork is by Vasilios Billy Mavreas.Here is a track listing for the mix, with artist name(s) and then track name.01. Stefan Chris…
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On this edition of Free City Radio we hear from Catherine Lussier the coordinator of Front d'action populaire en réaménagement urbain (FRAPRU) who speaks about the urgency of both collective grassroots action on housing but also on the needs to have the advancement of the mobilization of public funds to massively construct social housing units in Q…
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A conversation with activist scholar Fayrouz Yousfi, based in Belgium, who speaks on the mobilization to support Palestine within universities across Belgium. Fayrouz offers a window into a context where there has been an important mobilization for Palestine in western Europe. Fayrouz speaks about the student encampment actions, the push in Belgium…
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On this edition of Free City Radio we share the first in a series of 4 interviews that speak to housing justice struggles today in Canada. This first interview is with long time anti poverty organizer John Clarke who is based in Toronto and currently deeply involved in the 230 Fightback campaign which is organizing to block the conversion of a down…
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On this edition of the Art in Action interview series Mexico City based artist Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba's speaks about contributions to a collective exhibition at Biqini Wax ESP during art week in Mexico, 2024. Daniel's work explores ideas and expressions through frenetic drawings and sketches that are shaped by understandings of the world and huma…
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This is the second edition of Voices from Beirut which I have produced for Radio AlHara in Palestine. On this edition we hear from Omar Abi Azar, the co-artistic director and theatre creator at Zoukak Theatre company in Beirut, Lebanon. Omar speaks critically about the decision to keep the theatre company open in Lebanon during this time of war, wh…
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On this edition of the program we hear from Chicago based filmmaker and community activist Merawi Gerima who speaks on the intersections of art and activism around #BlackLivesMatter and the movement for freedom in Palestine. Also Merawi speaks about alliance work with The National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.Follow Merawi's wor…
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On this edition of Free City Radio we feature a conversation with researcher and writer Laura Carlsen who shares some important reflections on the state of social movements in Mexico today. This conversation gets into exploring the dynamics of tension between transformative social activism and the current government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador w…
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Listen to an interview with Brussels based researcher and activist Omar Jabary Salamanca. In this interview Omar speaks about the ways that Brussels has become an important hub for Palestinian solidarity organizing in Western Europe. Beyond only speaking about the organizing over the last months this interview situates strands of popular organizing…
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On this edition of Free City Radio we hear from community organizer Yvonne Yen Liu who is based in LA and speaks about organizing counter power at a city based level. Yvonne talks about efforts to create popular assemblies that can connect different local struggles throughout the larger LA area. I thought to feature this conversation because it is …
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Stefan's monthly mix for Radio AlHara, for May 2024, "Beyond borders" mix. Below is the track listing, track name and then artist(s) name(s).Stefan took the photo in May 2024 inside the Gaza solidarity encampment at McGill University.01. Matteo Uggeri - Observing, Waiting for...02. Notnef Greco - Mannequins Road03. Stefan Christoff - Mirrors04. Dea…
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On this edition of Free City Radio we hear a recording of a panel discussion that took place at Concordia University in Montreal, entitled Voices of the Immigrant Workers Centre. The panel focuses on the grassroots organizing in one of Montreal's former garment districts in the city around supporting garment sector workers at Lamour Inc. who were f…
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Broadcast on Monday, May 13 from 6-8 in Palestine / 11-1 eastern time on Radio AlHara, a set of interviews with artistic and media voices from Beirut, Lebanon. These interviews speak to the devastating impacts of the Israeli governments military attacks on south Lebanon and also serious attacks on other regions of the country, including the capital…
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On this edition of Free City Radio we hear from Indigenous artist and musician Status/Non-Status. For more information about the work of this important artist working today visit: https://www.statusnonstatus.comMusic on this edition is by Status/Non-Status. Thank you to my friend Jessie Lauren Stein for helping to set up this interview!Free City Ra…
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Voices for GazaThursday, May 9, 20242-3pm live on CKUT 90.3 FMwww.ckut.caA live community radio broadcast on CKUT 90.3 FM that aims to highlight the ways that the Gaza solidarity encampment at McGill University creates political space in both the media landscape and within the city to lift up Palestinian life.This broadcast will also underline the …
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On this edition of the program we hear from Palestinian sound artist and musician Byjayr. This interview was originally included in a major broadcast for Radio AlHara in Bethlehem, but I thought it would be also important to share this conversation as a stand alone exchange. Byjayr (Jeena) speaks about her creation process, journey as an artist and…
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On this edition we hear an interview with Terry Weber of Friends of Freedom Theatre, which is a project that exists in different countries to support the Freedom Theatre in Jenin, Palestine. Terry is one of the co-founders and organizers of the project in New York City. On this edition we also hear music shaped by Palestinian culture created by Bad…
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Listen to an interview with Tsvetan Tsvetanov a cultural worker in Bulgaria who is a host on the Alarma experimental radio show on Bulgarian National Radio. Tsvetan also hosts Alarma Punk Jazz concerts, which is a series focusing on sounds from around the world and experimental music. Tsvetan's project are open to giving space for activists and in …
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On this edition of Free City Radio we hear from long time Vancouver based community activist Garth Mullins about the project Crackdown, which is a podcast that explores the voices of drug users and particularly the intersections of community activism in Vancouver around the voices of drug users as an important element within broader movements for p…
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Stefan's monthly mix for Radio AlHara, below is the track listing, track name and then artist(s) name(s). Stefan took the photo while walking in Montreal in spring 2020.01. Тoni Dimitrov & @cecchitellidemetrio - Absorbed02. TAMTAM - 虹の彷徨03. Ogle - Mosaic04. Thanya Iyer @thanyaiyermusic - slow burn05. TAMTAM - Doors06. Richard Dawson @richard-dawson…
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A series of voices recorded at Palestine solidarity actions in Mexico City on January 7, 2024 and January 21, 2024. This soundscape was mixed and produced by Stefan Christoff to air on Radio AlHara, it broadcast on Tuesday, April 23 at 10:30am eastern time, 5:30pm Palestine time. The accompanying music is by Jordan Christoff. The speakers we hear:1…
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On this edition of Free City Radio we hear about the independent record label in São Paulo. The conversation is with Yann Dardenne who speaks about creating autonomous cultural space within the music scene in São Paulo today. You can find more information about Seloki Records here: https://selokirecords.bandcamp.comMusic on this edition is from a S…
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On this edition of Free City Radio we hear a conversation recorded in Paris, France, with graphic designer within social movements, Sébastien Marchal. This interview speaks about the ways that graphic designers involved in progressive movements in France work at the intersections of design and activism.(Note a section of this interview is in French…
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A mix of tracks from recently released albums on @constellationtatsu label, for more information visit:This mix is produced for broadcast on @radiockut 90.3FM on If you got ears, for the April 10, 2024 edition.Thank you for listening! - Stefan.Track listing(artist name / track name)01. Andy Aquarius - U Lisi02 Glo Phase - Vista Hermosa03. Glo Phase…
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On this edition of Free City Radio we hear from Jamal Juma' of the Palestinian project Stop the Wall campaign. Jamal works locally in Palestine and globally to campaign and inform people about the injustice of Israeli state back colonization taking place right now in the occupied West Bank. For more information on the project visit: https://stopthe…
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On this edition of the Art in action interview series we hear from sound artist, vocalist and community cultural workers Kathy Kennedy. Kathy has been active for many years building community and creating space for vocal works that speak to the emotional landscapes of our time. Kathy's work has particularly focused on creating space for voices that…
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This is the second edition of Cultural workers for Palestine, a monthly program focused on highlighting the ways that artists are involved in and expressing support for Palestinian liberation in their respective work. For this edition we hear from London based Palestinian musician Kareem Samara. Kareem speaks about the project Azraq, with Kam Frank…
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On this edition of Free City Radio we feature an interview with activist and researcher Mathieu Lopes of Survie, a French organization working to combat the impacts of French colonial policies today and in the past. This conversation with Mathieu was recorded in Toulouse, France and holds particular resonance today as there is an increasing shift t…
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Voices for Palestine - Open eyes for GazaAiring on Radio AlHaraMarch 31, 2024 12-6pm Palestine timeOriginal artwork for this broadcast created by Helena Nehme, film photos taken by Ricky Leach.Full track listing outline here:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K88hpBa7_gI3ofvW7N_0v-Y1feA8dYWT8YrENwn6u3IThis mix is an experiment of sounds patched to…
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On this edition of Free City Radio we hear from South African author, activist and scholar Salim Valley who shares some context and background on the political movements in South Africa which pushed for the government to take action at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in support of Palestinian human rights.The accompanying graphic is by Saiya…
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A March 2024 mix for Radio AlHara in PalestineA collaboration between Stefan Christoff and Forward Music in Halifax.Graphic is from V Adams & andrea ene from Justseeds artists' cooperative care package # 2 to support Palestine which you can find here:https://justseeds.org/graphic/palestine-will-be-free-graphic-care-package-2/Track listing (artist n…
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Aujourd'hui je partage une conversation avec le cinéaste Jean-Philippe Marquis à propos du film Silvicola. Diffusion sur CKUT 90.3 FM le vendredi 22 mars à 18h à l'émission Café. Merci à Esther Bourdages pour l'ouverture afin de partager cette conversation."Situé dans les forêts et les rivages accidentés de la Colombie-Britannique, Silvicola est un…
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Listen to an interview with cultural worker and artist Beatriz Paz Jiménez speaking on Dupla Molcajete project in Mexico. This project involves a critical re-examination of Indigenous food practices in Mexico within the context of the climate crisis. This project is a collaboration between Beatriz and Zoë Heyn-Jones. For information read this conve…
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Produced for broadcast on @radioalhara at 1pm, Monday, March 11, 2024.An interview with Jouke Huijzer and Jihane Sliti speaking on the unprecedented mobilization to support Palestine that has been taking place in Brussels and throughout Belgium. The interview specifically focuses on the mobilizations that Jouke and Jihane focus on within the academ…
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On this edition of Free City Radio we hard from photographer, designer and curator Roï Saade who speaks about representation and power in the arts today from an anti colonial perspective. Roï also speaks about an awesome project that documents the independent skateboard scene in the occupied West Bank of Palestine. For more information on Roï's wor…
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On this edition of Free City Radio we hear from Hassan Husseini who is an organizer within the union sector in Canada working toward building support for Palestinian human rights. Hassan is one of the organizing forces behind Labour for Palestine, for more information visit : https://www.labourforpalestine.comAccompanying art is by Adina Farinango …
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In this edition of the Art in Action interview series we hear a conversation with artist Andrea who works with the Justseeds artists' cooperative and has been helping to coordinate a series of graphic packages supporting the Palestinian struggle for freedom. These graphics have been widely shared around the world in the context of the movement to p…
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