Perpetual Peace Project 2012

The only group that really stuck out for me was a band called the Perpetual Peace Project
Their bio says this:
The concept behind the Perpetual Peace Project is to create a musical flow of energy that never stops. The aim of the project is to create lasting peace and harmony on Earth. A group of artists from the Niagara region is working on launching the Perpetual Peace Project in Niagara Falls in the summer of 2012. We believe that through co-operation we can create Peace On Earth.

So...they have a really utopian hippie mentality, but despite that I really enjoyed their music. They are one of those bands that is so organically multicultural. Their sound is a mix of traditional aboriginal, folk and hip-hop/rap. When I heard it, I was very surprised at how clearly it presented itself as a Canadian sound. That was actually my very first thought - they're so Canadian.

From Vancouver Weekly Observer;

For this tour in support of his latest album Spirit Bird, Xavier Rudd has invited along some First Nations members of the Ohnia:kara (pronounced “oh-nee-ah’ga-ra”) Singers and the Perpetual Peace Project from the Niagara Region of Ontario and New York. The Ohnia:kara Singers appear on the tracks “Prosper” and “Bow Down” on the Spirit Bird album. On stage there were about six drummers/singers who made up a drum circle, several backup singers and two male dancers who were dressed in Native garments and accessories. It was nice to see a cultural display pay respect to their heritage and the earth. Their steady drumming and tribal chants were particularly strong and filled the Ballroom. The crowd was appreciative and gave a good ovation as the performers bowed after 15 minutes.

From the PunctumBlog;

Our lateness lands us in the pre-vocal moments of a performance by Ohnia:kara and the Perpetual Peace Project – groups of First Nations artists from the Niagara Region. They speak, at first, telling of oneness, of the connection that we all have to one another and to the earth. They remind us what draws us to this music and they remind us to respect it.

Then, they sing. They release the rhythm and the strength of their harmonic voices, their drum beats and their elegant, spinning dance. They take us from this city and place us deeper into the earth, somewhere separate, somewhere closer to old.

From Niagara This Week:
A Salute to Peace
Sweet Sound of Peace at Mount Carmel

“Everybody has license to be themselves,” said member James Durloo, noting the group doesn’t so much rehearse as play to get a feel for one another.

“We found a beautiful thing,” he said.

“It (PPP) is an idea, not a band,” said group member Steven Baranyai, explaining the group is more of a musical collective focused on a philosophy of inclusion and the promotion of peace through music.