THE SOVIET INFLUENCE ANNOUNCE COMPILATION LIVESTREAM SHOW TOMORROW, AUGUST 7TH TO BENEFIT TORONTO PRISONER RIGHTS PROJECT
THE SOVIET INFLUENCE ANNOUNCE LIVESTREAM SHOW TOMORROW, AUGUST 7TH TO BENEFIT THE TORONTO PRISONER RIGHTS PROJECT – DETAILS & INFO HERE!
TORONTO PRISONER RIGHTS COMPILATION ALBUM OUT TODAY!
Waterloo indie rock group, The Soviet Influence announce a livestream performance in support of the release of the Toronto Prisoner Rights Project compilation album out today. The livestream will take place tomorrow, August 7th at 8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT via Facebook Live and feature performances from The Soviet Influence, Friday Empire and Jodi Void. It will also be broadcasted live at CJRU 1280AM (Toronto, ON) and CFRU 93.3FM (Guelph, ON). All details and info can be found HERE! All proceeds from the compilation album will benefit the Toronto Prisoner Rights Project organization and can be purchased HERE!
The compilation album features The Soviet Influence and 10 other Canadian artists from across the country. Together they form Musicians for Mutual Aid. These artists include:
The Soviet Influence
The Burning Hell
The Young Abolitionists
The Toronto Prisoner Rights Project is a mutual aid initiative that provides prisoners and ex-prisoners with small monetary grants to help support their needs. The ongoing pandemic has exacerbated the already horrible conditions in the Canadian prison system.
The Soviet Influence believes wholeheartedly in equality and justice for all people including those who are imprisoned. Vocalist, Peter Snow states, “As long as some are imprisoned, deprived of their rights, and stripped of dignity and worth by the inhumane conditions of prisons, then nobody is truly free. The treatment of prisoners is a reflection of our society. I have met many people who’ve been through the justice system, and I can’t stand by and watch it inflict trauma on countless people without remorse. That’s why we as a band believe in the mutual aid model of TPRP and that a more caring society can be achieved through community aid.”
MORE ABOUT THE TORONTO PRISONER RIGHTS PROJECT:
TPRP is a volunteer organization of former prisoners, people with loved ones inside, front-line workers, artists, researchers, educators and students. It engages in direct action, public education, and mutual aid to shed light on the harms caused by incarceration and connect prisoners with social, financial, legal and health supports. The volunteers are committed to abolition and building sustainable communities rooted in community care, transformative justice, and accountability.
MORE ABOUT THE SOVIET INFLUENCE:
Not only has The Soviet Influence taken action in the fight for prisoner rights, but they have also been involved in raising funds for various organizations and charities throughout Canada in support of their belief in equality for all. These donations have been through sales of the band’s music, live stream shows, past compilation albums and out-of-pocket donations. The organizations donated to include 1492 Landback Lane, Black Lives Matter Canada, Save Toronto Music Venues, Kaleidoscope, Native Women’s Centre, Georgetown Bread Basket, The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, CKMS Community Radio and various other mutual aid requests and gofundme campaigns. To top it off the individual members have also dedicated their lives to helping others. Snow, is a social worker and psychotherapist by trade, helping those with mental illness. Drummer Blake Morey, is training to become an EMT while currently working at a local covid-19 vaccination clinic.
THE SOVIET INFLUENCE is:
Peter Snow (vocals/guitar)
Blake Morey (drums)
Ty Mackenzie (lead guitar)
Peter Morey (bass)