From Embers

From Embers
From Embers is a regular show about anarchist and anti-authoritarian politics in so-called Canada. We are part of the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network.

Mauna Kea and the Hawaiian Movement
Sep 25 • 59 min
Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world measured from its oceanic base and one of the most sacred sites for spiritual Hawaiians. A consortium of government and university scientists from Canada, the United States, Japan, China and India have…
Is FM Radio Still Relevant? Radio, Community Spaces and Knowing The Land
Sep 10 • 59 min
An interview with Byron, host of To Know The Land, a radio show on Guelph’s CFRU 93.3. We talk about why radio is cool, and I pick Byron’s brain about place, space and knowing the land we stand on. Links:…
The Future of Policing in Canada
Sep 4 • 57 min
An interview with Nathan Munn, a freelance journalist based in Montreal. Nathan has written several investigative pieces for VICE looking at the “Hub Model” of community policing, which has been quietly rolling out across the country, and especially…
Art and Anarchy - A Conversation with Lee Reed
Aug 22 • 62 min
Talking to Lee Reed, anarchist organizer and MC from Hamilton, ON and self-described mouthy jerk. We talk about how his political music and focus have changed over time, artists and anarchists finding themselves in conflict over gentrification and…
Prisoners Justice Day
Aug 10 • 60 min
Every year on August 10th, both inside and outside of jails and prisons across Canada, prisoners and their supporters mark Prisoners Justice Day. We spoke with Veronica, an anarchist in Montreal who is part of organizing the annual NYE noise demos in…
Cedar on #FreeCedar
Jul 31 • 57 min
An interview with a recently-released Hamilton anarchist on the events surrounding Hamilton Pride, anarchist prisoner support, jail, queer community, being a hashtag and feeling popular.
Building Anti-Police Power in Surrey
Jul 24 • 68 min
Conversation with two organizers from Anti-Police Power Surrey (APPS), a grassroots organization committed to building collective resistance to police and the systems of power and domination they uphold: capitalism, colonialism, and white supremacy. They…
Reflections on Anti-Olympics Resistance in Vancouver
Jul 17 • 58 min
A conversation with an anarchist who was around during the height of the 2010 anti-Olympics resistance in Vancouver. We talk about the impact the Olympics has had on the social climate, the surveillance experienced by anarchists and other organizers, and…
It Matters Where We Fight
Jul 3 • 66 min
An interview with a now Bogota-based member of Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie, a Quebec-based collective that works to build direct solidarity with Colombian communities, organizations and social movements. Topics include: - the meaning of…
Full Spectrum Resistance
Jun 26 • 74 min
An interview with author, farmer and organizer Aric McBay about his new book Full Spectrum Resistance. We talk about building effective movements, his departure from Deep Green Resistance, dynamics between radicals and liberals, what is a victory,…
Queers Fight Back
Jun 22 • 60 min
An interview with a Kingston organizer of an anti-police and anti-military protest contingent in Kingston Pride Parade, and an interview with two folks from Hamilton about people at Hamilton Pride defending themselves homophobic street preachers and…
Are Anarchist Podcasts Good For Anarchist Struggle?
Jun 6 • 64 min
Audio from a panel at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair. Hosts from The Solecast, Intersection’elle, Changing On The Fly, and From Embers discuss questions about podcasting, Internet culture, radio, privacy, and “being a personality.” Also it’s the one year…
Guillotines, Vengeance and Revolutionary Optimism
May 29 • 63 min
This year on May Day in Toronto, anarchists and radicals brought a replica guillotine to a rally at Queen’s Park, leading to outrage in the mainstream media and government calls for a police investigation. In light of this, and in a context where…
1919-2019: What Can We Learn From the Winnipeg General Strike?
May 22 • 60 min
In 1919, what started as a dispute between workers in one trade and their employers became a generalized workers’ revolt that we now know as the Winnipeg General Strike. In this episode, I spoke with Sean Carleton, a professor of history and member of the…
Ep 3: Prisoner Justice Day, Inmates Committees, and Resistance on the Inside
May 15 • 44 min
Episode 3 of a brand-new podcast miniseries entitled “What Happened to Prisoner Justice Day?” about the history of prisons in canada focusing on differences in the prison system in the 1960s-1980s versus today. “In [this] episode, we talk to Gene, who…
Anarchist Bookfair XX
Apr 25 • 58 min
The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair is the largest anarchist gathering in North America and 2019 is it’s 20th year. In this episode, I interviewed two members of this year’s bookfair collective. Topics include: -is the bookfair for “us,” for “recruitment,” or…
Veganism and Mutual Aid
Apr 17 • 57 min
Recording of a talk by Alexis Shotwell on veganism, relational ethics, and mutual aid. In this talk, Alexis explores the difference between clean eating and vegan eating, and shares why anarchist understandings of political care in the form of mutual aid…
Ayahuasca, Colonialism and the Death of a Healer
Apr 10 • 58 min
Interview with Kevin Tucker about his latest book The Cull of Personality, which tells the story and surrounding context of the murder of Shipibo-Conibo healer and indigenous rights activist Olivia Arevalo at the hands of Canadian ayahuasca tourist…
Canada and the Crisis in Venezuela
Mar 27 • 56 min
Tonight on From Embers we’re talking about the unfolding crisis in Venezuela, and specifically the role of the Canadian state and the Lima Group. We open with a bit of a rant about how tricky anti-imperialist politics can be for anarchists to…
Stop The Prison, Open The Border
Mar 13 • 63 min
the struggle against a new migrant prison in Laval, Quebec
What’s the deal with Yellow Vests Canada?
Feb 27 • 59 min
This week’s episode features two perspectives on the right-wing “Yellow Vests Canada” movement and how anti-fascists are taking them on. Topics include: Are they workerists, xenophobes, populists, fascists or all of the above? How are neo-nazis and other…
Not Having to Choose Between Feminism and Anarchy
Feb 20 • 58 min
We talk about some of the actions and workshops Feminist Action Hamilton has been organizing over the past year; feelings and motivations around creating an organizing space without cis men; intentions and desires to support each other, learn together,…
Unsettling the Commons
Feb 13 • 65 min
An interview with Craig Fortier, who is an organizer and academic based in Toronto. Among other things, Craig is involved with No One Is Illegal and helps coordinate the Field of Dreamers Cooperative Softball Association, which was featured on a…
Talking SubMedia with JR
Jan 30 • 51 min
SubMedia is an anarchist video collective based in Montreal. Founded in 1994, they have been putting out high-quality video for more than two decades, featuring satirical takes on the news, “riot porn”, explanations of anarchist concepts, calls to…
Shut Down Canada - Solidarity with Unist’ot’en and Gidumt’en
Jan 16 • 63 min
In our first interview we speak with an urban Indigenous organizer about several different solidarity actions on unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver; our second interview is with two Mi’kmaq land and water protectors in Unama’ki (so-called Cape…
Out With A Bang - Making Noise For Prisoners on the Last Night of the Year
Dec 30, 2018 • 60 min
This episode features two interviews with organizers of New Years Eve noise demonstrations in Hamilton and in Montreal. We talk about the rage and sadness we feel about the existence of prisons, noise demonstrations, building traditions and rituals, and…
Policing Indigenous Movements
Dec 26, 2018 • 61 min
An interview with Andrew Crosby and Jeffrey Monaghan, co-authors of Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State, available from Fernwood Publishing. The book is based on a series of government records obtained through Access to…
No Mail In, No Mail Out - Solidarity with Canada Post Workers
Dec 20, 2018 • 58 min
IWW organizers in Hamilton and Kingston discuss organizing solidarity pickets at mail processing facilities in Ontario and share different perspectives on supporting postal workers on strike who were recently legislated back to work. Music in this…
The Locke Street Affair (Part 2)
Dec 5, 2018 • 70 min
From Embers presents a two-part feature on the Locke Street Affair in Hamilton, Ontario. We sat down and interviewed a defendant in the case who will be in jail when this episode is released. In March 2018, on the weekend of the Steel City Anarchist…
The Locke Street Affair (Part 1)
Dec 5, 2018 • 59 min
From Embers presents a two-part feature on the Locke Street Affair in Hamilton, Ontario. We sat down and interviewed a defendant in the case who will be in jail when this episode is released. In March 2018, on the weekend of the Steel City Anarchist…
Certain Days: 18 years of the freedom for political prisoners calendar
Nov 28, 2018 • 59 min
An interview with a member of the collective of prisoners and non-prisoners that produces the Certain Days: Freedom For Political Prisoners calendar. We talk about sharing projects with our imprisoned comrades, the importance of long-term projects and how…
Against Reconciliation - Decolonize Means No State
Nov 21, 2018 • 59 min
This episode features a talk entitled Autonomously and With Conviction: A Métis Refusal of State-Led Reconciliation given on October 12, 2018 at the 13th annual Decolonizing Thanksgiving Dinner in Guelph, Ontario on traditional Neutral/Chonnonton,…
Getting It Together
Nov 14, 2018 • 60 min
An interview with the Punch Up Collective, a small collective of anarchist organizers based in Ottawa, Ontario. We talk about living in the capital of Canada, forming collectives, formality and process, and strategies for sustaining movements in the long…
Schoolhouse Squat and DisconTent City
Oct 19, 2018 • 78 min
Organizers with Alliance Against Displacement ( share stories about the Schoolhouse Squat as well as DisconTent City and a few other tent cities on unceded Coast Salish territories.
Contesting “Canada’s Game”
Oct 1, 2018 • 61 min
A conversation with podcaster and anarchist organizer Aaron Lakoff about his new podcast Changing On The Fly. We talk about sports and anarchy, the intersections between hockey and radical politics, and what to do about Canadian nationalism.
Treaty Camp on the Shubenacadie River
Sep 26, 2018 • 61 min
A few weeks ago the From Embers crew took a road trip out east for the Halifax Anarchist Bookfair and to visit friends and family. We had the opportunity to visit the Treaty Camp established by Mi’kmaq people to protect the Shubenacadie River…
Conversation with a former political prisoner
Sep 19, 2018 • 56 min
Conversation with a former political prisoner in canada about her experiences in the federal system and her recently published prison memoir. We discuss changing prison conditions in the now-closed Prison for Women (P4W) in Kingston and Grand Valley…
Cruise Control
Sep 6, 2018 • 57 min
An interview with a member of a Montreal-based collective that is researching and raising awareness about police crackdowns in gay cruising areas. Links: Cruise Control collective page (facebook link) Ultra Red audio activists, Los Angeles, USA
Rent Strike Update and Eviction Resistance in Ontario
Aug 29, 2018 • 60 min
We return to the rising wave of renters struggles across the province of Ontario. On May 1st, tenants in the Stoney Creek Towers in Hamilton declared a rent strike, demanding that their corporate landlord drop an above-guideline rent increase of…
Tenant Organizing in Hamilton and Kingston
Aug 29, 2018 • 54 min
This episode first aired in May 2018 and featured two interviews with tenant organizers in Ontario. The first interview is with Jason from the Hamilton Tenants Solidarity Network about the East Hamilton Rent Strike launched on May 1st. The second…
Burnside Jail Protest and Prisoner Justice Day
Aug 22, 2018 • 50 min
Conversations about prison organizing in Canada - interview with a Halifax organizer about the Burnside Jail protest and conversation about Prisoner Justice Day organizing in Nova Scotia and Ontario Burnside prisoners’ statement:…
85 Years Since The Christie Pits Riot
Aug 15, 2018 • 55 min
Tonight we bring you two interviews to mark the 85th anniversary of the Christie Pits Riot in Toronto. The first is with Professor Cyril Levitt, co-author of the book “The Riot at Christie Pits”. The second interview is with Isaac, a member of the Toronto…
Is Anarchism For Me Or For Us?
Aug 7, 2018 • 59 min
An interview with a comrade who recently published a critique of Max Stirner’s The Ego And Its Own. We discuss anarchist morality and ethics, why we hate the state, whether anarchism means building a world with no masters or slaves, egoism, individualism,…
Anti-Fascism in Quebec
Jul 25, 2018 • 63 min
An interview with an anti-fascist based in Montreal. We discuss the history of the Quebec far right dating back to the 1930s, anti-fascist resistance in 1990s Montreal, and the contemporary context, including an important victory against La Meute on…
Conversation with an anarchist person of colour from Montreal
Jul 18, 2018 • 50 min
I talk to Rosa, a friend and anarchist person of colour living in Montreal, about racism, identity politics, identity-based organizing and projects she’s involved with. Thanks to Rosa for the music selections!
No Pride in Genocide
Jul 11, 2018 • 60 min
A post-Canada Day reflection on resistance to colonial celebrations. Interviews with two Indigenous organizers, one about “Canada Day” here in Kingston, Ontario, and another on “Australia Day,” also known as Invasion Day, which meets massive protests…
Resisting the Trans Mountain Pipeline
Jun 27, 2018 • 60 min
An hour-long investigation into efforts in recent years to resist the Trans Mountain Pipeline and its world. Our first interview is with an anarchist who participated in an anti-pipeline camp on Burnaby Mountain in 2014. Our second interview is with…
Freeing Our Relationships
Jun 20, 2018 • 56 min
A conversation with a friend who recently gave an “introduction to anarchism” workshop and is also writing an article called “Making Our Relationships More Free.” He’s putting forward an anarchism that seeks a collective, relational freedom rather than an…
Reportbacks and Reflections from the G7
Jun 14, 2018 • 59 min
Stories from the Québec anti-G7 mobilizations, June 7-9. Two interviews, one with a RRAG7 (Réseau de Résistance Anti-G7) organizer in Québec and one with an Ontario anarchist previously charged with conspiracy for organizing against the Toronto G20 summit…
Open The Borders
Jun 6, 2018 • 59 min
Two interviews with people involved in supporting refugees crossing irregularly into Canada from the United States through Southern Quebec. Topics include migrant justice, border policy, countering the far right, and solidarity. For more information on…
Surrealism and Anarchy
May 30, 2018 • 56 min
An interview with anarchist and surrealist author Ron Sakolsky. We discuss his life, free jazz, academia, the intersections of surrealism and anarchy, mutual acquiescence, maroon communities, and his day to day life on Denman Island, BC. Ron’s latest book…
Repression and Community Resilience
May 26, 2018 • 58 min
Stories about dealing with repression and an interview about conspiracy charges, infiltration, and movement defense
May Day Roundup
May 26, 2018 • 58 min
Reflections from May Day events in different places across so-called Canada and short interviews with organizers from Halifax, Montreal and Kitchener
Anarchism in the Middle of Nowhere
May 22, 2018 • 55 min
Conversation about organizing in a rural context with an anarchist living in Prince Edward County, Ontario.