Armour, singer-songwriter Rae Spoon's follow-up to the Polaris Music Prize-nominated 2013 album My Prairie Home, is full of personal songs about finding hope amidst hurt. It comes as no surprise then that Spoon chose to take a stand against transphobia by teaming up with LGBTQ and ally youth for the spirited video for "I Hear Them Calling" off the album.
"I Hear Them Calling" is Spoon's latest collaboration with Canadian filmmaker Chelsea McMullan, director of the 2013 documentary on Spoon, My Prairie Home. In protest of bathroom bills mandating transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender at birth, Spoon and a group of 23 youth reclaimed a bathroom by turning it into a dance party, complete with monster costumes they made themselves.
"Equal rights are shown in the way transgender people can access public facilities. The recent trend of bathroom laws criminalizes spaces that are already difficult for transgender folks to navigate," says Spoon. "I hope this video will help show the youth who will be affected by these laws how absurd they are."
You can watch Spoon's lively video for "I Hear Them Calling" below and catch Spoon live this summer.
07/22 Vancouver, BC - Slickity Jim's (with Plastik)
07/23 Prince George, BC - Knox United Church (with Plastik and Naomi Kavka)
07/29-08/01 Barkerville, BC - ArtsWells
08/03 Calgary, AB - Truck Gallery Camper
08/25 Victoria, BC - Eventide