Favourite local live performance (online or in-person)

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1. Propagandhi at the Park Theatre
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Since they began releasing music in 1986, the punk-rock band Propagandhi, originally founded in Winnipeg, has played all over the world. Still, there’s nothing like returning to their hometown and playing a few tunes at a classic venue. When restrictions began to loosen up and live music started up again, the band returned to the Park Theatre.

Propagandhi played three shows there this year on Oct. 8, 9 and 10, accompanied by bands Choke, W3APONS and Mobina Galore.

“We were really well-equipped with an arsenal of songs, and the vibe was so cool. With hometown bands, there is this sense of pride, because your art is a reflection of yourself but also of your place,” Sulynn Hago, Propagandhi’s guitarist, says.

Hago is from Florida and joined the band in 2015 after an open call for a touring guitarist was put up online. Despite having grown up outside of Canada, they felt welcomed at the Park Theatre on the multiple occasions Propagandhi played there.

“My first show with Propagandhi was at the Park Theatre, so I have a special connection with that place. It was also the last place that we performed pre-COVID,” they say.

The band will head back on their Western Canada tour starting in May 2022, after they announced on Nov. 24 that shows would be postponed.

Propagandhi is marking the 20th anniversary of their third album, Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes, with a new remixed and remastered version done by Jason Livermore.

“Thanks to everybody for all the positive comments about it. It’s nice to hear people are feeling the difference! To us, it’s like a new and exciting record,” the band said in a social media post shared on Nov. 12.

Published in Volume 76, Number 12 of The Uniter (December 2, 2021)

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