S.A.C. Black History Songwriters Series: Lillian Allen

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Writer; Poet; Performer; dub poetry embodies these three characteristics, distinguishing it from singers or poets. As a pioneer in the dub poetry world, Lillian Allen has written, recorded and performed for decades. The Juno award winner has published books, advised community advocacy groups and the government alike on various social issues and now teaches at Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD University).

“Black History Month reminds me of the soulfulness of my ancestors whose vestiges of heritage and culture we carry with us as a people everywhere we go; what an amazing connection this gives us. We are like our own worldwide web. Black History Month calls on not just Black people but our entire country to reflect on and celebrate the resistance, hopes, sacrifices and achievements of Black people & our culture and our vital contribution to human enterprise, both tangible and intangible. It should also be a reminder that unequal societal conditions, marginalization, lack of opportunities especially among a section of our youth, was not always so and can and must be countered with culture, economic upliftment and participation in society’s processes.”

Lillian Allen grew up in Spanish Town, Jamaica and emigrated to Kitchener/Waterloo Canada in 1969 and later moved to New York City to pursue her studies and back to Canada where she settled in Toronto in the mid 1970’s.

Reading and performing her brand of poetry at community events to much accolades, her first of many books, Rhythm an’ Hard Times was published in 1982. Her first recording came out the following year. Active in Toronto’s arts & culture scenes, she collaborated with many musicians and artists.

Allen’s interest in writing and performing dub poetry received a jolt when she encountered the original dub poet Oku Onuora at a 1978 writers’ conference in Cuba. Onuora recorded the first dub poetry album, “Reflections in Red,” in 1979. Music is a fundamental component of dub poetry; the beat, usually reggae, is meant to add momentum to the uttered verses.

Lillian Allen was part of the first wave of dub poets including Mutabaraka and Linton Kwesi Johnson, credited with coining the term in a 1976 article. Johnson later explained he was referring to the rise of “toasting” among Jamaican deejays which developed into chattering or even singing along with extant songs and instrumentals. Dub Poetry is not toasting or “singjaying” though; there is a gravitas to the words which is not a requirement in reggae singing or toasting.

She explains in De Dub Poets her desire “to work within a form whose aim was to increase the dynamism of poetry, to increase it’s impact and immediacy, a poetic form that could incorporate many aspects of other art forms: performance, drama, fiction, theatre” and other elements. Her records “Revolutionary Tea Party” (1986) and “Conditions Critical” (1988) won Juno awards.

Allen co-founded the Dub Poetry Collective in between publishing books and performing live before assuming a new role, as a professor, at OCAD University.

Allen is currently developing a new BFA program in creative writing. The program will include performing, digital art forms and other elements integral to creative expression in 2019.

 

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Click here to listen to Lillian Allen’s new single on S.A.C.’s Spotify playlist Ep. 5 Black History Songwriters Series

 

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Playlist:

Song: Revolutionary Tea Party

Performed by: Lillian Allen

Written by: Lillian Allen

Source: Discogs

 

Song: Rub A Dub Style Inna Regent Park

Performed by: Lillian Allen

Written by: Lillian Allen

Source: Discogs

 

Song: Conditions Critical

Performed by: Lillian Allen

Written by: Lillian Allen

Source: Discogs

 

Song: I Dream a Redwood

Performed by: Lillian Allen

Written by: Lillian Allen

Source: AllMusic

 

Song: Woken & Unbroken

Performed by: Lillian Allen

Written by: Lillian Allen

Source: Spotify

 

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Happy New Year Everyone! Here we have our first of many playlists for 2019. Ep. 4. New Year, New Playlist. This playlists consists of member submissions we had over the course of the last few months. Be sure to give it a listen and subscribe for updates!

You can check out our Spotify Channel “Songwriters Assoc. of Canada” Here.

You can stream Ep. 4. New Year, New Playlist Here.

The featured artists and songs are below:

Steph Copeland, Russel Louder – Who You Gotta Love

Performed by: Russell Louder, Steph Copeland

Written by: Steph Copeland

Source: Steph Copeland

Freek Van Workum, Steph Copeland – Little Boxes

Performed by: Freek Van Workum, Steph Copeland

Source: Datahead Publishing

 

Michelle Thibodeau – Easy Target

Performed by: Michelle Thibodeau

Written by: Michelle Day Thibodeau

Source: Michelle Thibodeau

 

Sound Activism – Gasoline, Gasoline (The World’s Aflame)

Performed by: Sound Activism

Written by: Franke James, Billiam James, Missy D

Source: The James Gang, Iconoclast Inc.

 

Billiam James – Akathisia (I Can’t Sit Still)

Performed by: Billiam James

Written by: Billiam James

Source: The James Gang, Iconoclasts Inc.

 

Michelle Creber, Baasik, Gabriel Brown – Getting Stronger

Performed by: Michelle Creber, Baasik, Gabriel Brown

Source: Creber, Brown & Co.

 

Sweet SantaFe – Just a Simple Thought

Performed by: Sweet SantaFe

Source: 698124 Records DK

 

Emma Lamontagne – I Don’t Sleep

Performed by: Emma Lamontagne

Written by: Emma Lamontagne, Robyn Dell’Unto

Source: Festival House Incorporated / Fontana North

 

Amir Brandon – Fallback

Performed by: Amir Brandon

Written by: Amir Brandon Zadegan, Rosanne Baker Thornley

Source: Amir Brandon

 

Justine Blanchet – Feelin’ Free

Performed by: Justine Blanchet

Written by: Jennifer Rae Camche

Source: Justine Blanchet

 

Justine Blanchet, Dean Young – Ready to Fly

Performed by: Justine Blanchet, Dean Young

Written by: Dean W Young, Jennifer Rae Camche, Justine Blanchet, Samuel Mendoza

Source: Justine Blanchet

 

Justine Blanchet – Sing Like No One’s Watching

Performed by: Justine Blanchet

Written by: Justine Blanchet, Samuel Mendoza

Source: Justine Blanchet

 

Justine Blanchet – Young Love

Performed by: Justine Blanchet

Written by: Jennifer Rae Camche, Justine Blanche, Terry Robert Fernihough

Source: Justine Blanchet

 

Specyal T – Lady Shame

Performed by: Specyal T

Written by: Specyal T

Source: Independent

 

Pat Reid – Still in Love with You

Performed by: Pat Reid

Written by: Patrick Gordon Anthony Reid

Source: Pat Reid

 

Sam Louis – So Long California

Performed by: Sam Louis

Written by: Sam Ligiliazza

Source: Flying Colours Music, Inc.

 

Nat Jay – Can’t Getcha Out

Performed by: Nat Jay

Source: Nat Jay

 

Tuesday Jam Band – Stars in Your Eyes

Performed by: Tuesday Jam Band

Written by: David R. Petrie, Geoffrey Vankeel Loucks, Robert E. L. Armitage

Source: Virginiavankleek Enterprise Inc.

 

Tuesday Jam Band – Glad You’re Here

Performed by: Tuesday Jam Band

Written by: David R. Petrie, Geoffrey Vankeel Loucks, Robert E. L. Armitage

Source: Virginiavankleek Enterprise Inc.

 

Stacey James – When It’s Not Right

Performed by: Stacey James

Source: Stacey James

 

The Young Novelists – Back to the Hard Times

Performed by: The Young Novelists

Written by: Graydon James

Source: The Young Novelists

 

The Young Novelists – Two of a Kind

Performed by: The Young Novelists

Written by: Graydon James

Source: The Young Novelists

 

Tommy Vixon – Fallen in Love Again (Remix)

Performed by: Tommy Vixon

Written by: Thomas John Hodgson

Source: Tommy Vixon

 

Dana Ben David – Signs (I Wish I Knew)

Performed by: Dana Ben David

Source: Dana Ben David

 

Dana Ben David – Wild Thoughts

Performed by: Dana Ben David

Source: Dana Ben David

 

Rebecca Lappa – Poison Rose

Performed by: Rebecca Rose

Written by: Michael Hanson, Rebecca Lappa

Source: Radar Love Records

 

Katrina Bishop – Mr. Jealousy, Wanna Be, Rocket Launch, Giddy Up

Performed by: Katrina Bishop

Written by: Katrina Ann Bishop

Source: Grizelda Records

 

Justine Giles – I’m Done, Poppy

Performed by: Justine Giles

Written by: Justine Erin Giles

Source: Justine Giles

Lexxicon – Waistline

Performed by: Lexxicon

Written by: Angelo Robb

Source: Lexxicon

 

Katie Marti – Not a Love Song

Performed by: Katie Marti

Written by: Katherine A. Marti

Source: Katie Marti

 

Steve Sofferin – The Game

Performed by: Steve Sofferin

Written by: Steven Craig Sofferin

Source: Steve Sofferin

 

Angela Saini – Black Sheep

Performed by: Angela Saini

Written by: Angela Elizabeth Saini, Lori Ann Kelley

Source: Angela Saini

 

Sheila Soares – Our Kisses Melt the Snow

Performed by: Sheila Soares

Source: Independent

 

Sweet SantaFe – Just a Simple Thought

Performed by: Sweet SantaFe

Source: 698124 Records DK

 

Sarah Noni – For You

Performed by: Sarah Noni

Source: Independent

 

Joe Mathieu – Wisdom, Love me or Leave Me

Performed by: Joe Mathieu

Written by: Joseph Wayne Mathieu

Source: Joe Mathieu

 

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Spotify: Ep. 3. Happy Holidays.

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For the third and final instalment of our playlist for 2018 we have combined member submissions and festive songs to get you in the mood for the holidays! We can’t wait for you to hear the songs featured below. Don’t forget to check back regularly and hit that follow button on Spotify to keep up-to-date with everything.

To hear Episode 3, click Here

The featured songs and artists are below:

 

Maya Rae – I’m Still Waiting for Christmas

Performed by: Maya Rae

Written by: Steven Hardy

Produced by: Steven Hardy

Source: Maya Rae Music

 

Megan Schroder – If I Don’t Make It Through This Christmas

Performed by: Megan Schroder

Written by: Steven Hardy, Gwen Swick

Produced by: Steven Hardy

Source: Gerrard Street Records

 

Francine Honey, Beth Neilsen Chapman – Snowflakes on My Eyelashes

Performed by: Beth Neilsen Chapman, Francine Honey

Written by: Francine Marie Honey

Source: Francine Honey

 

Steven Hardy – Nothing out There but Snow

Performed by: Steven Hardy

Written by: Steven Hardy

Source: Gerrard Street Records

 

Sonja Gustafson – I’m Still Waiting for Christmas

Performed by: Sonja Gustafson

Written by: Steven Hardy

Source: Gerrard Street Records

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Spotify: Ep. 2. Toronto.

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Back at it with another Spotify playlist! For Episode 2 of our series we’re showcasing members that recently attended our Toronto Pro SongWorks Camp. We can’t wait for you to hear the songs featured below. Don’t forget to check back regularly and hit that follow button on Spotify to keep up-to-date with everything.

To hear Episode 2, click here.

The featured songs and artists are listed below:

 

Cassie DaSilva – Welcome to My Castle

Performed by: Cassie Dasilva

Written by: Cassandra Dasilva, Fintan O’Brien, Ian Alexander Smith

Produced by: Michael Wise

 

Andrew Allen – Loving You Tonight

Performed by: Andrew Allen

Written by: Andrew Allen, Robin Ghosh

Produced by: Ryan Stewart

 

Andrew Allen – What You Wanted

Performed by: Andrew Allen

Written by: Andrew Allen, Ryan Stewart

Produced by: Ryan Stewart

 

Shawnee – Mirror Me

Written by: Shawnee, Justin Forsley

Produced by: Shawnee, Justin Forsley
Shawnee – Warrior Heart

Written by: Shawnee

Produced by: Tim Thorney, Shawnee

 

Candice Sand – Just So You Know

Written by: Candice Sand, Rob Wells, Naomi Shobha

Produced by: Rob Wells

 

Candice Sand, JRDN – Go On

Written by: Candice Sand, Bobby Gerongco, Sammy Gerongco, Terrence Lamb, James Smith

Produced by: Kuya Productions INC Team

 

Toito – Lights On

Performed by: Toito

Written by: David Awkright, Justin Toito, Ryan Cranston

Produced by: Ryan Cranston, Justin Toito, David Awkright

 

Kiki Rowe – Trust Issues

Performed by: Kiki Rowe

Written by: Dijon McFarlane, Keandra Lal

Produced by: Mustard, Yung Billy

 

Kiki Rowe – Enough

Performed by: Kiki Rowe

Written by: Darius Logan, Dominique Logan, Keandra Lal, Lisa Scinta, Paloma Ford

Produced by: Blaq Tuxedo

 

 

Kiki Rowe – Use You

Performed by: Kiki Rowe

Written by: Keandra Shan Lal, Martin Alexander Pitt

Produced by: Pitt Tha Kid

 

Steve Kroeger, Skye Holland – Coastline

Performed by: Steve Kroeger, Skye Holland

Written by: Sophia Mock, Steve Kroeger

Produced by: Steve Kroeger

 

Steve Kroeger – Wasted

Performed by: Steve Kroeger

Written by: Steve Kroeger, Sophia Mock

Produced by: Steve Kroeger

 

Cassie DaSilva – Rough Cut

Performed by: Cassie Dasilva

Written by: Cassandra Dasilva, Laurell Barker, Ryan Stewart

Produced by: Michael Wise

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Spotify: Ep. 1. From Quebec with Love.

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S.A.C is happy to announce the launch of their much-anticipated Spotify account. We will be creating new playlists regularly consisting of songs by our members. For Episode 1 of our playlist we’re excited to showcase some of our best and brightest members from Quebec. We can’t wait for you to hear if you haven’t already! Don’t forget to check back regularly and hit that follow button on Spotify to keep up-to-date with everything.

To hear the Spotify playlist, click here.

 

Here are the songs and songwriters featured on this week’s

Kingdom Street – Slowly Dancing (French Version)

Performed by: Kingdom Street

Written by: Pamela Lajoie, Patrick Donovan

Produced by: Patrick Donovan, Simon Dancause

Source: Higher Reign Music Group

 

Kingdom Street – Do What You Want

Performed by: Kingdom Street

Written by: Pamela Lajoie, Patrick Donovan

Produced by: –

Source: Higher Reign Music Group

 

Yann Brassard – Amanda

Performed by: Yann Brassard

Written by: Alex McMahon, Alex Nevsky, Jonathan Harnois, Yann Brassard

Produced by: Alex Nevsky

Source: Musicor

 

Yann Brassard – Dirty Like the Devil

Performed by: Yann Brassard

Written by: Guillaume Tondreau, Maude Carrier, Pierre-Olivier Courture, Vincent Carrier, Yann Brassard

Produced by: –

Source: Yann Brassard

 

Chloe Doyon – The One

Performed by: Chloe Doyon

Written by: –

Produced by: –

Source: Independent

 

San James – One Hundred Faces

Performed by: San James

Written by: Marilyse Senecal

Produced by: –

Source: San James Records

 

San James – Henry

Performed by: San James

Written by: Marilyse Senecal

Produced by: –

Source: San James Records

 

Leila Lanova – Talent

Performed by: Leila Lanova

Written by: El Speaker, Leila Lanova, Ruffsound, Seysey

Produced by: –

Source: Urban

 

Leila Lanova, Fababy – Mon Lit

Performed by: Fababy, Leila Lanova

Written by: Benny Adam, Fababy, Leila Lanova,

Produced by: –

Source: Urban

 

Melanie Guay – L’aventure

Performed by: Melanie Guay

Written by: David Nathan, Fred Baron, Martin Bachand, Melanie Guay

Produced by: –

Source: Les Productions Melanie Guay

 

Alexe – Comme si

Performed by: Alexe

Written by: Fred St-Gelais, Belson Minville

Produced by: –

Source: Musicor

 

Alexe – Mirage

Performed by: Alexe

Written by: Alexe Gaudreault, John Nathaniel, Mariane Cossette-Bacon

Produced by: –

Source: Musicor

 

Karine Labelle – Ailleurs

Performed by: Karine Labelle

Written by: –

Produced by: –

Source: Musicor

 

Karine Labelle – J’lache pas

Performed by: Karine Labelle

Written by: –

Produced by: –

Source: Musicor

 

NOT DILLON  – Back to the Start (feat. Laura Page)

Performed by: Laura Page, NOT DILLON

Written by: Bobby John, Dillon Shamoun, Laurence Page

Produced by: Dillon Shamoun

Source: Higher Reign Music Group
Source: Spotify Ep. 1. From Quebec with Love Playlist 

Songwriters Association of Canada posts songwriter related news and events as a resource to members. Publishing these posts does not imply that the S.A.C. endorses the teacher, product, service, or company.