100 Block Rock
December 1, 2020
December 31, 2020
DTES Compilation
"The 100 Block of Hastings in Vancouver, BC, Canada - the stolen and unceded territories of the Coast Salish People - is as maligned as it is celebrated, loved as it is hated, envied as it is reviled. Anyone that has seen it has an opinion on the area. Often it's a visceral reaction. The typical is a predictable black and white verdict on a neighborhood; a community that many at best refuse to understand and at worst, vilify. It's an area that every politician, property owner, social worker, and police officer has an opinion on, yet, rarely do you hear the voices that come from within.

100 Block Rock is a compilation of Vancouver BC's most marginalized community of artists. People working, living and creating in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) - frequently referred to as 'the country's poorest postal code'. It features 11 tracks of mixed-genre music. From folk to punk and pop to funk. 100 Block Rock is the platform for these people to speak for themselves. It's the voice of a community constantly on the verge of extinction from a drug war, colonial genocide, gentrification and the lack of political will to create substantial change. In Bud Osborn's testament to survival he wrote 'I'm so amazingly alive, I'm dancing on my own grave!' When listening to this record it's important to ask yourself what or...  more.
This project was funded through the Vancouver Music Fund.