Monday, February 06, 2012

Swim Drink Fish Music

Where have I been all this time? Although I've been vaguely aware of the Riverkeepers organization for some time, I just learned about this component of Riverkeepers called "The Swim Drink Fish Music Club."
The Swim Drink Fish Music Club is an online music and audio experience developed by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper in collaboration with other Waterkeeper organizations across Canada and the United States.

The Swim Drink Fish Music Club brings together artists, activists, and citizens just like you who care about clean water. By celebrating the Club's exclusive and rare music, you are contributing to the fight for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water in your community.
Check out the video with Gord Downie narrating. I love the Canadian waterscapes featured throughout. Also, at about 4:02 is the start of a shot showing Waskesiu beach (in Prince Albert National Park). I recognize the swing set & playground where I've spent time with my kids.

Artists + Waterkeepers = Swimmable, Drinkable, Fishable Future from SwimDrinkFishMusic on Vimeo.

The list of musicians involved is great and includes Elliott Brood, Great Lake Swimmers, Ohbijou, Dave Bidini, Gord Downie, The Sadies, The Gertrudes, Violet Archers, Sarah Harmer, Bruce Cockburn, Broken Social Scene, and even Pete Seeger, plus many more (I recognize the Canadian indie bands, but there are American bands and others).

As  Tim Vesely of the Violet Archers states in the intro to a song, "swim, drink, fish, music, that's four of my favourite things to do right there. How could I not want to get involved?"

While you are at it, check out North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper which works to protect the river that runs just 40km from my home.