Politically Left Music

Dear Friends,

Welcome to FAITHNET: a quarterly update on gigs, workshops, concerts and news for those interested in music which can bring social change.

I am available for bookings for gigs, workshops and concerts from May 2000 on. If you are interested in making a booking for a music festival -celebration please book early since those months are already getting full up.

Please forward this email to anyone you think may be interested. If you received it via a third party and would like to be added to the list, please email me. If you would like to be taken off this list, please email me at faith@nexicom.net.

Peace and Justice Faith Nolan


FAITHNET: January through April 2000

MUSIC AND POLITICS In January I organized a choir of the most exciting Human Rights Arts Fair held in Toronto at the Marriot,by CUPE Ontario organizers and workers and artisits created artwork, theater, music, video, spoken and written word to express human rights concerns and I can't think of any issues that were left out. Incredible talent and emotive expression by the workers -see http://www.cupe.on.ca/. to view the fair . Thanks to CUPE Ontario, Judy Wilking, Catherine Macleod for bringing art to the people. I continue working on editing a video made with Women Prisoners from San Fran County jail. The group we began Joint effort two years ago still gos to prisons and jail for performances -workshops Anyone want to get involved here with prison and or womens shelter work performance /workshops please email me and I'II put younin touch with Bee or our co-ordinators. Also please get in Touch with : Standing Deer Defense Committee bdyingswan@aol.com http://standingdeer.homepage.com/index.html pobox 368 Carrollton, GA 30117

February is Black History or African Canadian History Month a busy season this year thanks to The Ttonto District School Board Staff who keep our history happening in the schools. Patricia Hayes, Pauline Bullen, Tim MacCaskgel .

Schools Played, Rouge Valley - Feb 8th, University Of Ottawa - Feb10th, Seneca College - Feb 17th, Yorkwoods Library - Feb 18th, Lester B. Pearson - Feb 23rd, Bathurst Heights - Feb 24th, David & Mary Thompson - Feb 29th - with Ontario Gov't cutbacks it looks like we may soon see an end to cultural funding in our schools. We must fight to keep it alive.

The" which side are you", pickett line is up and I try to play at the pickett line of the CUPE Boy's Home Workers on Feb 8th they had been on strike for 10 weeks out side walking in the bitter cold to fight cutbacks in there pay, healthplan... for info call the strikeline at 416-465-9595 I will join my sisters and brothers on the pickett line again Feb 23rd pm 8am-12noon (one block south of ) Pape & Danforth. There is a open vigil at Borden & Elliot located at King & Bay(tor.) Feb 24th 3pm-8pm I hope to join this demo on : Justice for all Migrant Workers for info email: melanya22@hotmail.com Demonstration to stop the deportation of Leticia! Thursday February 17, 2000 at 11:30 am Immigration Office 25 St. Clair Ave. East (just East of Yonge St.)

FORTHCOMING GIGS: Some of the following gigs are not open to the public (closed). Gigs which are open to the public are highlighted. Please contact the organisers for further details and tickets.

  • March 8-9 to Kenora - Ontario to celebrate International Women's Month & play local womens shelter open to public
  • March 20th-21st - Canadian International day End Racism
    • play Peterboro -2 schools on 2Oth and
    • Gordon Best 21st 8pm contact Gordon Best in Peterboro
  • March 24th - pickett ( singing) info with SEIU Local 220 In London; Ontario
  • March 25th play Homophile Association Of London Ontario(HALO) this a is fundraiser for local womens shelter
  • March 26th- play local womens shelter and Grand Valley Prison For women
  • March 28th- Normon Bethune School
  • April 6th - Young Women's Conference _ Toronto Board Of Education ( Bathurst Heights)
  • April 10th - Young Women's Conference _ Toronto Board Of Education( Highbrook Ed. Center)
  • April 17-21 play Dublin Prison For Women - play San Fran County Jail
  • April 22nd - Oakland Montclair Women's Cultural Center with Niedre Johnson 8pm
  • April 28-30 - perform at Color of Violence University of Santa Cruz Darshan Elena Campos History of Consciousness Oakes College, UCSC 1156 High Street Santa Cruz, CA 95064
  • Preview of next Faithnet May 10th-13 perform at the International Organization Conference on Penal Assoc. Angela Davis will be speaking{nl} For Info email : birgitta@sprint.ca
  • June 2nd-4th - play Ontario Women's Music Festival- London, Ont, for info email Judith & Tine: jtprod@yahoo.com
  • July 8th-10th- play London Lesbian Gay Bi-Trans Pride 2000- contact HALO 519-433-3762
  • One of the most environmentally important dates "Berkley Earth Day" which I play on Saturday April 22nd in Berkley California . This event is produced by activist Karen Hester. For info please email: Hesternet@aol.com

I continue to write lyrics and music and have enough tunes now to put out a new CD which will be called "AFRO NOVA HUE". Like every other independent artist, I have cashflow problems! So any ideas, suggestions, donations would be received in solidarity (and will be acknowledged on the CD cover!).

WORKSHOPS: I am available to provide musical workshops on the following themes for schools, universities, unions and progressive organisations:

Labour Music{nl} African Canadian/American History African Canadian/American Civil Rights Songs{nl} Freedom Songs Voices Together Workshop{nl} No More Violence Women and Equality Blues Music Black Women and the Blues{nl} Black Lesbian Rights Collective Songwriting Workshop Women's Labour


Faith Nolan COMPILATION CD can be purchased by mailing a cheque for $20 + $2 postage payable to

Faith Nolan, P.O. Box 690, Station P, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2Y4.

I am still working to have my new CD out "AFRO NOVA BLUES". If you would like to pre-order, please send a check for $20 + $2 to the above address. CDs will be sent out as soon as they are available, but please allow until end of spring for delivery.