Indian City – A Tribe Called Red Ft. Black Bear

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A Tribe Called Red

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Phat Planet



Here’s to waiting…

Here’s to you Ahab!
The phat drummer hit the beat with all his heart..

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Truth allows suffering to speak

The condition of truth is that it allows suffering to speak

– Dr Cornell West

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Wonder Woman at the UN



Next instalment – Dainius Pras reveals his superpowers…

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Gost Dad – Eat Electricity

Algorithms ep

by Eat Electricity

All music written and recorded by Geoff Bennett, September/October 2016, Toronto.

Cover photo by Carolyn Bennett (

Full download is $5, individual tracks are free if you’re short on cash.

Spread the word and enjoy!

released October 15, 2016
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I’m An Indian Too – The 1491s

The 1491s are a sketch comedy group based in the wooded ghettos of Minnesota and buffalo grass of Oklahoma.

They are a gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire.

They coined the term All My Relations, and are still waiting on the royalties.


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Franz Fanon – Cornell West

Cornell West paying tribute to Franz Fanon






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They Heard Voices – 3rd July 2017 – Sneak preview


Join us for sneak preview of independently made and made-in-Toronto documentary that’s now being shown internationally.

This film invites questions and conversation, we invite you to join us and meet filmmaker Jonathan Balazs and hear how he became interested in telling this story – and how his understanding and telling of the story is evolving.

This event is a special edition of hearing Voices Cafe where we invite you to join us in different kind of conversation about what it means to be human – and to struggle with being human.

Together with ISPS, we are making plans for a series of community events that will screen three important documentaries and invite conversation and connect community.

Through partnership with ISPS-US [the North American Chapter] we have access to three important documentaries sharing different perspectives on what sometimes called “mental illness”.

  • Healing Voices
  • Crazywise
  • They Heard Voices

We are now seeking community partners to work with us and help us make this happen.

Come, join us on 3rd July, hear more and join with us as we make plans

The world changes when we change the way we think and change what we do.
We invite you  to join us…

About ISPS

ISPS is international organization dedicated to development and promotion of social and psychological approaches to experiences that get called “psychosis”.

ISPS-US is the North American Chapter of ISPS and is active organizing events in North America, members include professionals of all stripes including: psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, OTs, therapist and a whole bunch of others; as well  as experts by experience,  family members and carers – everyone. You can join too.
Membership of the ISPS-US automatically includes membership to ISPS international, so you get the best of both.
ISPS-US holds annual conferences , this year’s conference is in Portland, October 2017. ISPS hold international conferences biannually – next one is in Liverpool.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Toronto branch.










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An Indigenous Journey to Leadership | Eddy Robinson

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A couple of years ago I had the great honour and pleasure to meet and spend a day learning much from Eddy Robinson as he shared with us some Indigenous ways of knowing.

Here he shares from his own story of how he came to be doing what you see and hear him doing here…

Miigwetch, Eddy.

More Eddy Robinson

Twitter  :  @EddyRobinsonmsr




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emotional body signatures


I first saw this image in peter Levine’s book Trauma and Memory.

We experience emotions in our body – but what if our past experiences have overwhelmed us and we’ve become disconnected from how that feels ?

Some therapists would have it that emotions are words we put on a scale of 1 to ten
But how do we knowhow we feel? how do we know how to name it?
How on earth do we know how to rate it on a scale of one-to-ten ?

How about rating this on a scale of one to ten…?

– f#ck you.

When feeling it so powerfully for so long becomes too much for us we might shut it down. If so we don’t feel it: we’re  left instead with uneasy feeling of knowing we ought to feel something but don’t feel, cant feel. We can’t feel i it but also need it to go away.
We can’t even remember how it felt, except that it felt – and feels – too scary to feel.

Sometimes it’s easier to locate where we feel it…

and work it backwards from there.

Where do you feel it in your body?

Shout out to Antonio Damassio and his book Descartes Error. First book I ever read that said to me my experience in this world was valid. Always been told my emotions were wrong, too much, all in my head: whatever insult you want to throw, I’ve heard it.

Antonio Damassio’s book told me that this is how my body – our human body- has evolved, how it’s designed to work . On top of that he shows us the critical place and role of feeling and emotion as well as thought.

Word-based-thought is way overrated as a means of communicating – it only covers a tiny part of what we experience, and what we can experience. Words can also only convey a portion of the complexity of existing, let alone the further complexity of contemplating and pontificating upon ourselves contemplating our own existenz.
Word-based-thought  is  useful,  it’s just not everything .

Words don’t mean what they say,
can’t say what they mean.
  -Wordy Rappinghood

Descartes’ error was in stating it elegantly but missing out a huge chunk:
We don’t exist because we think, we can think because we feel.
Embracing our feeling, emotional,  thinking whole as but part of a greater whole is how we can come to be a thing that we can call “I”.

When feelings overwhelm our body- and so  overwhelm us – thinking goes out the window, goes all chaotic or shuts down – because we’re in survival mode.

Where do you feel that  in your body?

Maybe this emotional body signature might help you unravel and map and name your own experiences.

If you want the science-y stuff behind it here’s the pdf of the science-y about how it came about.

Bodily maps of emotions

Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glereana , Riitta Harib, and Jari K. Hietanend.

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