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Chanty’s Women’s March Experience

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Hey there! It’s me, Chanty, and I’m back for another blog post! Maybe you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, maybe you haven’t. Either way, I’m going to tell you.

 

With the New Year well on it’s way, I’ve been continuing to live and love the rock and roll life while finding balance and tranquillity through yoga and meditation, education and mindfulness. As Gail Zappa once said that you can be a rock and roll maniac and still have a nice cup of tea with your friends. I agree. I’m finishing the rock ‘n’ memoir “The Last Living Slut: Born in Iran, Bred Backstage” and beginning “The Bhagavad Gita”. We are all multifaceted diamonds.

 

What else has been up? It might be helpful to start in the present moment and work my way back. It’s Sunday morning and I’m sitting with both of my brothers while they watch a show called Letterkenny. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a very Canadian television show filmed in and around our hometown of Sudbury, Ontario. If you groaned, a part of me doesn’t blame you and a part me wants to say, “hey, cool your boots”. I’ve actually had people ask me where I’m from and once I tell them, have been met with a look of sympathy and an “I’m sorry to hear that”, or even, once in the bathroom of Lee’s Palace an “Ew”.

 

Let me say this though, I feel fortunate to have grown up in the fresh Northern Ontario air surrounded by brothers, snow, hockey and lakes. It’s made me work hard to get myself to the city of Toronto for which I have much, much appreciation and love for.

 

On Saturday I participated in the Women’s March on Washington in Toronto. I woke up that morning still humming from the concert I went to the previous night (story to follow). After basking in said hum for a while, I did what every millennial does 5 minutes after they wake up: I opened Facebook. And there was Gloria Steinem. I was further awoken by her speech, and then received a message from one of our “Miss P’s Toronto Dolls” asking “Anyone else going to the Women’s March today?” and I thought… I don’t have a choice!

 

If you’re wondering what and who the Dolls are, you can hear all about them on my Podcast, Muses and Stuff. In brief, we’re a group of Girls Together Often/ Outrageously… a movement that was started by a woman named Pamela Des Barres back in the 1960s. It’s a movement which still lives, breathes and grooves!

 

But where were we? Oh yes, I ran to the bathroom where my beautiful roommate Laura was curling her hair and said, “Let’s go”. Within half an hour we had made our way to the packed corner of College and University where we began marching, cheering, hugging, laughing and demonstrating with our fellow humans. It was electric. We all knew that we were a part of something big and special. Together we were a big spark of change, power and equality for all. Women’s Rights are Human Rights.

 

My most favourite part was the amount of young people and young women and girls fully activated and aware of why they were there and what they need to do. (Oh, and the SIGNS!) With the work I’ve done and continue to do with youth on a daily basis, I can tell you with full conviction that the future is safe in their hands. We have a group of compassionate, empathetic and passionate children who are going to make great waves.

 

Now let’s talk about that concert buzz I referred to, because this is an entertainment blog, after all. I first got wind of Sam Roberts when I was 16 years old (I’ll be 29 this week), and I saw him play in Timmins. My brothers and I have been listening to his albums and his words for that many years. As a birthday gift, I was treated to a concert at the Rebel (formerly known as the Sound Academy) in Toronto. “Where is that?” someone asked me. “I don’t know, but there were boats”! Oh, my brother just told me that it’s near the Harbour front.

 

It was an incredible show which kicked off my exciting weekend and reassured me that the message of community, hope, love and respect for all was the way to make things HAPPEN, and we have to do it TOGETHER. As a team. As a group!

 

The music venue, which held a packed and sold out… I don’t know how many people because I can’t find the capacity online, was a crowd in unity! And man, does that band ever deliver. If you would like to hear a more detailed account of that evening (and trust me, you DO), I encourage you to tune into this week’s episode of Muses and Stuff Podcast, which will air on Wednesday. (In the meantime, go and listen to some past episodes!)

 

Friday morning started out as such a bummer for everyone because of the Inauguration of the… I can’t even say his name. But after this weekend, I’m singing a different tune. I think a lot of other people are too. And I mean A LOT of people. As Sam Roberts says, “We’re all in this together” and as John and Yoko said, “All we are saying is give peace a chance”.  Have an electric week, everyone.

 

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Chanty loves making new friends. From her humble roots growing up in Northern Ontario, she went on a quest for love and friendship around the world and wound up knee deep in the hoopla that is Rock and Roll.

She has lived and rocked out in Peterborough, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia before travelling to Nepal and Europe to practice yoga, make lifelong pals, climb some mountains and live in an Art Haus. She currently resides in Toronto.

You can listen to Chanty’s podcast Muses and Stuff on iTunes.


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