Stories that move us Beyond the Beat
Historical and contemporary stories of how music, musicians and audiences move society towards greater justice.
An interview with Tegan and Sara
By CMHR Curatorial Team
Tegan and Sara, identical twin sisters hailing from Calgary, Alberta, have been performing together for more than 25 years. The sisters have openly identified as queer and as such, their music has motivated, encouraged and inspired a generation of LGBTQ+ and feminist fans at home and abroad.
The Amchitka Campaign
By Barbara Stowe
Music played a key role in the founding of Greenpeace. Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and others played a benefit concert to raise money for its momentous first mission.
Beyond the Beats and Rhymes Is Life
By Mark V. Campbell (DJ Grumps)
For decades, hip hop has spoken truth to power. Its lyrics, rhythms, dance and art express youth culture, challenge inequality, and resonate around the world.
Heartbeat of a People
By Dave McLeod
First Nation, Inuit and Métis music has demonstrated remarkable resilience and adaptability throughout history. Music by the people is still at the heart of who they are, as it has been for millennia.
Face the music: Canadian musicians and human rights
By Julia Peristerakis
Music is a universal language that transcends geographic and cultural barriers. Music moves us in a way that words alone cannot. But it can do much more than evoke emotion.
Feature exhibition: Beyond the Beat: Music of Resistance and Change
February to September 2024
Music can be a powerful force for social and political change. Explore stories of artists who have used their voices and platforms to advance causes and advocate for change.