'Rock 'n' roll shows can be a sanctuary': why July Talk prioritize fans' safety

July Talk is taking concrete steps to ensure its shows are free of racism, sexism, and sexual assault.
July Talk perform in studio q. (CBC Radio q screenshot)

July Talk is having the biggest year of its career, but to the band members, what's even more important than selling records or selling out halls is that their fans have a safe space where they can be themselves — a space free of racism, sexism, and sexual assault. The multiple Juno-winning rock band from Toronto puts up posters at every show marking the concert as a safe space.

Under the title "Love Lives Here," they outline what is appropriate and inappropriate at their shows. It's that love and respect for their fans that they say has given them love and respect back, tenfold.

The band's sophomore record Touch has been out for nearly a year and has been a massive success, one that will see it headlining sold-out shows at Toronto's Massey Hall on Dec. 21, 22 and 23.

July Talk performs songs from its latest album and band members Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay talk to q about their music and their efforts to make concerts safe spaces.

— Produced by Mitch Pollock


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