Dear Division 16,
Here we are, election day! Tonight we will find out the results not only of the Student Vote but also of the Federal election. It promises to be a very exciting day.
For tonight’s assignment, please review the songs below.
I think two of them could be classified as protest songs that are pro-democracy and anti-Harper, one is based on encouraging a particular vote, the fourth is a spoken word piece about the Harper government. You will notice that these songs are all critical of the Harper government or supportive of the NDP. I tried very hard to find songs or spoken word performances that reflected different parties but I was not able to. I think that the fact that people are using songs and poetry to talk about democracy is important so let’s talk about why.
For your assignment tonight, please think about these songs and answer one or more of the questions below:
- Why do you think that the only songs that were created about the 2015 Federal election were critical of the Harper government? In other words, why do you think we didn’t see any pro-Harper or pro-Liberal songs or poetry?
- What role do you think the arts or popular culture can play in elections and democracy? Do you think these messages are effective? Are they important? Why or why not?
- Was there any message that you heard in these songs that were expressed in a new or different way than you’ve heard before? If so, what was different and did it make a difference to your understanding?