Friday, June 26, 2009

2nd Annual Bottom Feeders Beach Bash 'n' Car Crash

Our friends, Toronto's best car club, The Bottom Feeders are having a little party. Come check it out!

Pre 63' HotRodz, Kustomz, Mudercycles, Booze, Broadz,Bandz, live pinstriping by MASK, Live music By Dark Pearl, Rehab for Quitters,The Video Dead, etc.... Possible Burlesque contest(ladies please contact if interested in participating),Circus freaks, Tattoo bus provided by WILD INK!! Vendors are welcome(please click HERE for more info)....






Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What is S.H.A.R.P.?

There have been numerous email sent to the Toronto S.H.A.R.P. blog asking all sorts of questions. From the well thought out, to the really really strange (along with the normal Neo-Nazi bonehead rants and raves, but we will leave that for another day). Normally when an email comes in, we do our best to answer it. But sometimes the same question pops up from may different readers. So today, we are going to answer a few of the generally asked questions for everyone.

What is S.H.A.R.P.?

S.H.A.R.P. stands for Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice. Nothing more, nothing less. No, this is not a joke, and no this is not an oxymoron. Most skinheads are not racist. And by 'skinheads', we mean actual skinheads, not bald racists running around trying to ruin a good scene. It takes more than a shaved head and a pair of boots to be a skinhead. You should have pride in yourself, your friends, family and country. You should have a good love of skinhead reggae, ska, soul, and oi music. You should care about how you look, and be working class. Stand up for yourself, and those you care about. Have a beer with your friends, watch a game, listen to some good tunes, don't take too much crap from people and have a good time. This is what it takes to be a skinhead. S.H.A.R.P. skinheads are just traditional skinheads tired of being associated with racist boneheads in the general media. Remember your skinhead roots. Pride without prejudice.

Another way to look at it is that the Klu Klux Klan claim to be Christians, so does that mean everyone who celebrates Christmas is a Klan member? Of course not. The same holds true for skinheads. Some bald idiot in army pants and boots shouting racist stuff is as representitive of skinheads as the Klan is to Christians.

Is S.H.A.R.P. political?

S.H.A.R.P. is political in one way only. We are against racial prejudice in our scene. Beyond that one point any member of S.H.A.R.P. is an individual, with his or her own politics, be they left leaning, right leaning or center politics.

Is S.H.A.R.P. a gang?

No. We are a crew of friends. If we were not S.H.A.R.P. we would still hang out, drink beer, watch TFC matches, and go to shows.

I'm not a skinhead. Can I still be a S.H.A.R.P.?

Ask yourself this question. Why do you want to be a S.H.A.R.P.? If you are not a skinhead, are you part of the scene that skinheads involve ourselves in? If the answer is no, why would you wan to be a S.H.A.R.P.? While there are a few non skinheads in Toronto S.H.A.R.P., they are all involved in the the ska, soul, punk or oi scene, or in the football scene. If you are an anti-racist, and want to make a difference fighting racists, you might want to look into one of the many local anti-racist groups. We don't go looking for racists to fight. We will ALWAYS take a stand against them when they try to start shit, but there are more active groups out there that might be more to your liking.

I'm not white. Can I join S.H.A.R.P.?

Skin colour has nothing to do with being a skinhead. A skinhead of any colour will always be welcome in S.H.A.R.P.

Can women be S.H.A.R.P. too?

Yes.

Is S.H.A.R.P. violent?

S.H.A.R.P. is a skinhead thing, and lets be honest... skinheads are known to fight. But Toronto S.H.A.R.P. will never go out and look for a fight. And we will never start one. But we will also not back down to racist bullies. These our our streets, our pubs, and to borrow a chant from TFC supporters, "This is our house".

What do different colour laces mean?

We have already written about this. See here for the answer.

Keep writing into the Toronto S.H.A.R.P. blog with your questions We will answer them.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Celtic Soul Bhoys

Will be spinning some fantastic ska, soul and skinhead reggae on Sat. June 20 at the Cloak & Dagger (394 College St. Toronto). Doors open at 10pm and it's free admittance.

Every time these talented and fun loving dj's put on a night, you KNOW you will be having a good time. Come have a pint and a laugh!

Friday, June 5, 2009

TFC LA Game Action - Final Decision From The Red Patch Boys

Direct from the Red Patch Boys:


"Well, this has been a hell of a week and a rollercoaster ride of emotion.

After much debate, we have decided upon a course of action to express our concerns over the state of affairs in TFC-land.

I know several forum users have been eager to join in this initiative, so these are our plans for the next steps. Please join us in ensuring TFC gets the message and continues to strive to do the best they can.

This is the plan for Saturday:
No official merch or colours
No banners or flags
Yes capo, yes drums. (<--no point in going and chanting and not doing it properly, I think) At the end of the game, win or lose, we meet at Gate 3 and march to gate 4 to protest the FO During the game chant and sing for the boys on the field. Whatever we may feel about what needs to happen with the team, we need these three points on Saturday. We will reduce our in-stadium spending. I know not everyone will boycott beer, but try buying one instead of two, or two instead of three. We will aim for a full-on concessions boycott, but we also need to build it up and try to get as many people on board as we can. We will aim for the June 13th game as the 100% boycott. At the same time as we plan this for Saturday, we are also looking at measures to express our concerns through email campaigns and phone campaigns to our ticket reps. On Monday, when the Madrid tickets go on sale, we should all phone our reps to register our concerns. We will put forth a list of concerns we can all express, but feel free to make your own . We will also put together an email that we can send to the higher ups at the team. This same sort of communication will be sent out through our Facebook group and the message board users list. We may need to get some flyers showing our concerns printed and be ready to hand these out by the New York game. These are the first steps after which we will assess the situation and move forward. There will be a meeting with the heads of the supporters groups and the team this afternoon which will hopefully help clarify some of our concerns." 




Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ska Saves Lives 2: Ravers and Rudeboi's, a War Child Benefit

Alright ladies and gent's, those who were there last year know it was a solid show...this year is going to be bigger and better! As part of NXNE we have extended bar hours until 3AM! So come drink for an extra hour, and party your faces off for a great cause...

2 FLOORS OF MUSICAL MADNESS! Bands until Midnight! DJ's Until 4am!!

Area 1: This Is Ska!!?!?!!!

Omega 3 Fatty Asses
Suspect
Phil Allister
The Good Times (inc)
BiG Scen
The Bring Back Swayze's (comedy duo, like flight of the conchords but more gangster)
The Arsenals (Ska Legends..have shared the stage with Toots and The Maytals, Barrington Levy, The Slackers, The Toasters and many more)

plus

MARCUS VISIONARY (Canadian DnB Pioneer)
DJ UNABOMBER (infamous shitshow anthems)
DJ Hi-C (Jump up and then laid back jungle sounds)

Area 2: ...loud music saves lives 

Bored Stiff
Pissed To The Eye
Police/Thieves
Ghetto Blaster
Blunt Fiction
Fatality

DJ DMT (blog Beats)
Dj PIKPOKET (dubstep and w/e)

MORE TO BE ANNOUCED

Tickets $10 in adv, $15 @ The Door

Proceeds from the event will go to WAR CHILD an international aid agency that has raised awarness for issues such as the Genocide in Darfur, and currently aid-ing the war torn Tamil's in Sri Lanka...

for more info on warchild and what they go to
www.warchild.ca