Canadian Musicians Weigh In on Election Day
With less than 11 hours to go before the final polls close in BC, a number of politically conscious Canadian artists have been taking to social media to encourage us to make an informed decision. More importantly, they're asking us to be engaged. With advance voting turnout soaring last week, it's looking like the message has been sinking in across the country.
Among them is Grimes, who had made a voting PSA the other week but also used her blog last night (October 18) to write a bit more about the importance of this particular election.
She writes: "I know you're also probably all familiar with everything, so ill keep this simple. There are human stakes in this election. Support for the conservatives is endorsement of their decision to stigmatize & endanger minority women for political gain." You can read a fuller account over here.
Various Canadian music figures have also leapt onto Twitter for some last-minute pitches, including Stars frontman Torquil Campbell.
.@pmharper it's our last day together. i kiss you softly on the forehead. and as you wander away into oblivion, i whisper "whaaaaat a dick."— torqcampbell (@torquilcampbell) October 18, 2015
one more day left to #imagineoct20th. a new chance. a new era. a new beginning. work. inspire. speak up. don't be pushed around. let's go.— torqcampbell (@torquilcampbell) October 18, 2015
The rest of Stars, meanwhile, had a simpler message to spread:
Other motivated artists making please included Kardinal Offishal, Peaches, Joel Plaskett, punk band Needs and more.
CANADA, G O V O T E!!!!— OCTOBER 30th (@KardinalO) October 19, 2015
Whichever way you lean, please VOTE tomorrow to help make our government truly reflect our society. Off social media until Tuesday. 🇨🇦— Joel Plaskett (@joelplaskett) October 19, 2015
Go VOTE!— jann arden (@jannarden) October 19, 2015
huck farper— N E E D S (@NEEDS6) October 19, 2015
Like Stars, many musicians included the #ImagineOct20th hashtag, referencing both the series of change-instigating concerts that took place across the country, as well as a desire to upend the current Conservative majority government.
I voted before I left for the road! Today I'm bathing myself in positive thinking and having a good ole #imagineoct20th !!! VOTE!— Hawksley Workman (@HawksleyWorkman) October 19, 2015
Expats left in the lurch because of voting regulations have also chimed in:
Elections Canada guidelines leave polling stations open until 7 p.m. PDT.
Having resided outside of Canada for +5 years, I am forbidden to vote. This time it's personal. Please do it for me! #imagineoct20th— chilly gonzales (@chillygonzales) October 14, 2015