Campus station CHRW marks the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre with words and music
By James Reaney, The London Free Press
Twenty-five years after the murders in Montreal, some of the strongest voices of remembrance and calls for action are in London.
Across Canada, Saturday marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.
Music and words — all day long — at Western’s 94.9 CHRW stand here for events around the London region. The campus radio station’s Saturday statement All Women’s Voices runs for 24 hours. All day. As it must.
“Our amazing female DJs will be informing and empowering all while playing some of the best female artists out there,” the station says in an admirable call to hearts and minds.
By Saturday morning, hours of programming will have visited music by women, gender culture, high school students and teachers share perspectives.
Still to come Saturday for your empowerment and solidarity are contributions by such Londoners as DJ MediaFrenzy, Words literary festival and Poetry Slam star Emma Blue, the city’s former poet laureate Penn Kemp, The Alcohollys and Tina Powell, who discusses missing and murdered women in the aboriginal community.
“The volunteers came to me with what they wanted to do — and I put a call out to the community for anybody else who wanted be involved,” says CHRW’s program director Allison Brown.
The noon-hour ceremony and Ritual of Re-Membering is at the Mother St. James Auditorium, Brescia University College is to be broadcast live. It honours the loss of the 14 women murdered 25 years ago at Ecole Polytechnique, and to all women who have lost their lives to gender-based violence. That’s when Kemp’s poem The Invocation will be heard…