May 3, 2017 - For Immediate Release
Anna Gutmanis and Ban-Anna Records are thrilled to announce the re-release of her 1984 classic tune Empire. The song will be released via Tunecore on Saturday May 27th. Celebrating the first day of Ramadan as an ally to the Muslim community, Anna will be performing at a Toronto benefit at Palmerston Library for the work that Doctors Without Borders does on behalf of refugees.
Anna believes that the time has come for people around the globe to hear Empire. In 1984, she cut a 2-song demo with L'Étranger, a prominent Toronto-based band. The songs received airplay on Ontario college radio stations, with Empire, a song decrying racism and sexism, charting at several stations.
The message of Empire is more needed at the present time than it was in 1984. With a current U.S. government that is trying to turn back the clock on civil rights, Indigenous rights, women's rights, and the rights of LGBTQ persons, Anna believes that the digital release of her song will help add perspective to the discussion on what should be basic human rights.
To that end, she has also made an accompanying video for Empire, which will be released via her website and YouTube on May 27th. The video contains stills of Anna performing around 1984, her self-designed concert posters at that time, posters for feminist events at which she performed, and photos she took last year at Black Lives Matter, INAC Ground Zero, and post-Orlando events in Toronto. The message of the video is one of hope. Anna believes that social justice will prevail and that there is a critical mass of people around the globe who know that we cannot turn back the clock on human rights.
Performance May 27th!
Anna will feature at the Poetry and Music Salon at Palmerston Public Library in Toronto on Saturday May 27th. The event takes place on the first day of Ramadan, and Anna will dedicate her performance to folks around the world who are impacted by Islamophobia.
Performance March 25th!
Anna will feature at the Poetry and Music Salon at Palmerston Public Library in Toronto on Saturday March 25th! Accompanying Anna will be Dr. Tom Hamilton and Bryn Scott-Grimes.