Artists Unite to defeat Harper and fight climate change - New song features Canadian musicians to raise hope and awareness

    OTTAWA, Oct. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian artists have joined together to
record a song, titled "You Have a Choice," to mobilize Canadian voters to let
their voices be heard in support of strong, concrete action on climate change.
The song is sponsored by, a new web movement with over 300,000
supporters across Canada.
    "Elizabeth May said it best in the debates, the Harper climate change
plan is a fraud," said Avaaz Executive Director Ricken Patel. "Under the
Conservative government our country is actively wrecking international
progress on climate change. This song is an eloquent reminder that Canada
doesn't have to be this way - it's our choice."
    While the majority of Canadians want action on climate change and believe
that Harper is offside with their views, voters often feel that one vote can't
make a difference. This is why prominent Canadian artists have come together
in support of strategic voting to defeat Harper.
    "These bright lights of the Canadian music scene are sending a message to
voters: you can make a difference, and we need to come together and
strategically support candidates who will defeat Stephen Harper and fight
climate change," said Patel.
    The Canadian artists who rallied together for this effort include K-OS,
Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, Ben Kowalewicz of Billy Talent, Adam
Gontier of Three Days Grace, Sarah Harmer, Hawksley Workman, Jason Collett of
Broken Social Scene, Darren Dumas of The Salads and the Arts Offstage Choir
under the direction of David Reed. The song was written and produced by The
Hundreds and Thousands' Ian Lefeuvre and K-OS. Lyrics all contributed by the
artists. Additional keyboards are performed by Todor Kobakov from Major Maker.
The track was mastered by Joao Carvalho.
    With bagpipes, swirling guitars, soaring choruses and a chilling choral
performance, familiar voices bring a powerful message of the necessity of
action and the importance of each and every vote on October 14. "You Have a
Choice" will be released to radio stations across Canada, and Canadians can
download an MP3 by visiting


    Avaaz is a new web-based democratic advocacy group that has grown in 18
months to over 300,000 supporters across Canada. Avaaz exposed and challenged
the Harper government's policy at the UN climate change summit in Bali through
sending hundreds of thousands of messages and funding a widely publicized ad
    Avaaz Canada is part of, a global web movement with a
democratic mission to close the gap between the world we have, and the world
most people everywhere want. At 3.4 million supporters, is the
largest online activist community in the world and brings people-powered
politics to global decision-making. It is the latest effort in new wave of
web-based, people-powered political movements that have profoundly impacted
countries from Australia to the US to the Philippines

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