Metalunderground.com is thrilled to announce that we will be taking part as a sponsor in an upcoming charity event dubbed “Riffs Not Riots” on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.
Metalunderground.com is joining forces alongside Etnies, Cariboo Brewing, Emerica, Abort Magazine, The Invisible Orange, 99.3 The Fox, Scratch Records and many others to bring “Riffs Not Riots” to the people in an effort to support the victims of the recent riot that took place in Vancouver. The proceeds from the event will go directly to the Canucks For Kids Fund – a nonprofit charity run by the Vancouver Canucks NHL organization.
On the evening of June 15, 2011 a riot broke out in the city of Vancouver following the team’s loss in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins. The riot and following looting impacted over 60 Vancouver businesses which suffered millions of dollars in damages and losses. Many courageous and innocent civilians also came under attack from the roaming mobs for taking a stand against the rioters and defending the city in which they live and love. These citizens placed themselves in front of shop windows and others left vulnerable to protect those who could not protect themselves. It is these people that “Riffs Not Riots” aims to thank and appreciate.
The idea for “Riffs Not Riots” came from a group calling themselves ‘The Underground Hardcore Collective.’ One of the initial masterminds behind the idea was Chris Dyck, vocalist and guitarist for Vancouver sludge metallers Ancients, who offered the following comments on the event’s formation;
“My motivation for this benefit show was simple. For one, I was so confused and angry at the sight of actual beatings taking place so close to where I live. I think its totally unacceptable to see this kind of thing happening, for no good reason. Seeing people use booze, boring middle class lives and today’s dumbed down, violent as fuck culture as an excuse to cause damage. So for me its a protest, kind of like a big ‘Fuck You’ to those who are responsible and to show everyone that good human beings in our part of the world don’t roll like that, ever. So I contacted a bunch of bands and a bunch of promoters. The response was positive, so we started working on it right away. Had a few speed bumps, but over all its been so amazingly awesome working with the people involved and I am fully amazed at how generous and rad people are being. Its getting me really stoked for the show.”
Wendy Thirteen, one of the city’s longest running promoters of all things punk and heavy metal and a central figure in ‘The Underground Hardcore Collective,’ offered her thoughts on the event by adding;
“The Underground Hardcore Collective formed out of people’s similar ideals on how we could stand up and represent a much misunderstood faction of society in a positive way. In a way to help the city and honor the heroes and victims of the riot. We wanted to express that there is a better way to expend youthful energy through music.”
The lineup for “Riffs Not Riots” features some of the city’s best underground metal acts coming from a wide range of metal genres. The full lineup, with eight bands performing in total, is available over at the “Riffs Not Riots” official Facebook page while Casey Ory, drummer for headliners Titans Eve, checked in with Metalunderground.com to discuss his band’s involvement;
“Titans Eve is honored to share the stage with all the other great bands playing this event. We stand united with them, the organizers and everyone else who opposes mindless, opportunistic violence. As well as to show to those outside of Vancouver, that the vast majority of us have pride in our city and only want good things for it.”
“Riffs Not Riots” is set to take place on July 13, 2011 at Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with performances from Titans Eve, Black Wizard, Ancients, Galgamex, Weirding, Abriosis, Anion and Depressing. The official events page with individual sponsor info can be found over at this location. (Facebook login required)