The Past is Unwritten

The Past is Unwritten started off as a research blog for my MA. Now I’m done the thesis, but I still like researching music, pop culture, history, and the Edmonton music community.

Recent Blog Posts

Baby Jey Rides Onward
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When I wrote my MA thesis in Music History, I focused on why musicians left regional music communities for established industry centres like New York City. Of all the reasons musicians left for greener pastures, enrolling in an MA program in Music History was NOT on the list. The closest, maybe, ...
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Keep moving: a snapshot of life in the Ice District
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The University of Alberta’s Images of Research Competition features submissions from UofA graduate students. One of the categories is “the People’s Choice Award”. I’ve submitted a photo on gentrification currently occurring in downtown Edmonton. I’m hoping this...
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Edmonton’s Contribution to the 2018 Homelessness Marathon
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Every year, stations in communities across Canada share local homelessness stories for the rest of the country to hear. CJSR 88.5FM broadcast the entire marathon on February 22rd 2018, with an hour focused on issues in Edmonton. Edmonton’s hour included three interviews. First, Alex McKie and Ryl...
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The Heart of Punk City!
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The Heart of Punk City!
Heart of the City Music and Arts Festival is a free event held in Central Edmonton every June. 2017 is the 14th year of the festival, happening June 3rd and 4th in Giovanni Caboto Park (95 street and 109A avenue in McCauley). Ahead of the event celebrating grassroots creativity in Edmonton’...
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Everyone’s a Stupid Dickbag: Now in Technicolour!
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Edmonton’s favourite socialist workers collective, Latcho Drom, released a video for the song “Everyone’s a Stupid Dickbag”. And the good news keeps coming! Rumor has it Latcho Drom will have a full length LP out before the end of the year!
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A Review of The Past is Unwritten!
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The Past is Unwritten was given a very kind review by Dr. Paula Guerra, the founder of Portugal’s Punk Archive, Keep it Simple, Make it Fast, or KISMIF. The review is published online in OpenEdition‘s Revisita Critica de Ciências Sociais.  Read it here: “Título da página eletrón...
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Edmonton’s Contribution to 2017 Homelessness Marathon
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Every year, stations in communities across Canada share local homelessness issues for the rest of the country to hear. Edmonton’s CJSR 88.5FM broadcast the entire marathon over February 22rd and 23th 2017 from 4PM-5:30AM, with our local stories running from 6-8PM MST. This year, Edmonton’s storie...
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The 2017 Homelessness Marathon
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Tune in to the 2017 Homelessness Marathon Wednesday 22 February starting at 4PM MST! Every year, stations in cities across Canada take turns sharing local homelessness issues for the rest of the country to hear. Edmonton’s CJSR 88.5FM will be broadcasting the entire marathon, with our local stori...
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The History of Punk! Volume III, Side B, Track I
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The History of Punk! Volume III, Side B, Track I
The History of Punk Wednesday September 28 7:30PM Location: Humanities 2-12, The University of Alberta All-Ages, All-Welcome “Punk and Indigenous Issues” In this class, we are kicking off the fall term with a look at important contemporary Indigenous issues. In the past few years, the Idle No Mor...
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The History of Punk Show 92: moreCORE
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The History of Punk Show 92: moreCORE
We continued our exploration of punk “cores” on show 92! A little bit about what Steve Albini thinks about hardcore, some thrash, and even a pinch of positive hardcore too! Here’s the playlist: Big Black (Evanston) – “Steelworker” Slates (Edmonton) – R...
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