Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Artists for aquatic preservation : Great Lake Swimmers, The Balconies, Dragonette and more

Great Lake Swimmers will release a new track this week honouring fishermen and families affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "Ballad of a Fisherman's Wife" was written and produced in Toronto and will be released online at www.swimdrinkfishmusic.com.

"'Ballad Of A Fisherman's Wife' was written after hearing, with great dismay, news about the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Most striking and heart-felt to me were the sentiments of outrage from those who made their living in and along these waters, especially the fishermen, and especially their wives. I wanted to comment on this ongoing crisis from that very specific viewpoint," says Tony Dekker.

Dekker's music has been featured on the Swim Drink Fish Music website throughout the month of August. The Swim Drink Fish Music Club is an online music and audio experience @ http://www.swimdrinkfishmusic.com. Developed by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper with Ottawa Riverkeeper, and Fraser Riverkeeper, SDFM brings artists together with activists and citizens to celebrate exclusive and rare music while creating swimmable, drinkable, fishable futures for their communities.


On the other hand, The Balconies, Dragonette and many other artists have donated songs for the Spill Compilation. Ryan McCambridge of the band Recovery Child organized the SPILL compilation, reaching out to other musicians in the Canadian music scene after the devastating explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and consequent environmental devastation of the spill of millions of gallons of oil into the oceans.

Spill: Songs For Oil Spill Relief is a free music compilation download in support of Oceana, the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Oceana is encouraging people to help end offshore drilling through donation support and by signing their petition. Offshore drilling is a cause that the musicians on the Canadian compilation see as a global issue. In exchange for making an online donation to Oceana, you will receive a link to download the SPILL compilation.

The compilation includes tracks donated by: Dragonette, Lindi Ortega, The Balconies, Spirits, Clothes Make The Man, Recovery Child, Michou, Sandman Viper Command, The Junction, Peter Katz, The Salingers, StereoGoesStellar, and Dinosaur Bones.