Published Mar 25, 2009As some savvy Canadian music fans may recall, several of the country's heaviest musical hitters contributed to a compilation a few years back called At the Barricades, Vol. 1. It was compiled by the Toronto-based environmental group Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and featured contributions from the likes of Broken Social Scene, Stars, Sarah Harmer and Gord Downie, all of whom lent some exclusive tracks to help battle for clean Canadian waters. Well, now the folks at Waterkeeper are stepping up their game and have announced the Swim Drink Fish Music Club, a year-long online music project that will give club members access to exclusive, rare tracks and plenty of information to help create a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Canada.
Launching in April, the club will begin offering a 12-month paid subscription, and each week will post new band-donated tracks and a variety of news updates. All the proceeds will go to benefit Canadian Waterkeeper organizations, and already alumni such as BSS, Downie and Harmer are back onboard for the project.
However, Waterkeeper is currently looking for more band submissions and sent a call out for groups to donate unreleased tracks, remixes or songs produced just for the Swim Drink Fish Music Club. Along with helping out a good cause, Waterkeeper will help bands on the PR front, setting up online profiles of each contributing group, leading club members to bands' website and even offering to work at artists' merch tables, if they need that sort of help. Plus, lesser-known acts will have a chance to have their songs rub elbows with those from Canada's musical elite.
Any bands interested in taking part in the Swim Drink Fish Music Club are asked to email [email protected] or call 416-861-1237 for more details on how they can join the project. For prospective club members, the details on how to subscribe are expected to be announced shortly.