declares war on "Loser" Bush
Chantal Kreviazuk is fuming. It's the first day of the second Gulf War.
Bombs are being dropped over Baghdad, coalition tanks are rolling across
the scorching desert people are dying, and Kreviazuk says she's
"Bush is a loser," she snarls. "He's a puppet; he's only
validating his relationship with his father by fighting his Dad's war."
A staunch supporter of peace, Kreviazuk, caught up in the futility of
the moment, says that the recent strikes on Iraq only confirm what she
knew two years ago when she and her husband, Our Lady Peace lead singer
Raine Maida, visited the ravaged country.
"We predicted this two years ago," Kreviazuk says. "In
my heart I knew something really bad was going to happen. I think that
President Bush is covering his ass. He said Saddam was building schools
near strategic positions. But that does not give him the excuse to bomb
the shit out of those people. They're going to die, and he's going to
just blame it all on Saddam."
Now, as the war is being broadcast into every living room throughout North
America, Kreviazuk warns that what we see on television may not be an
accurate portrayal of the war. Her fear is that the media may have an
"There is this perfect little umbrella that the media and the Republicans
hover under; they call everything else anti-American. It's a bullshit
idea 'cause you can say whatever you want and call it a democratic model."
Kreviazuk says television networks have been in desperate need of something
new to pounce on, and will exploit the war 'til there's no meat left on
the bone. During a time when reality shows reign supreme, she says she
fears that the war will eventually be merely seen as another contrived
show, with a weak plot line.
"I think that the media is catering to the lowest common denominator.
Television took a beating because of the reality shows. Now, you have
the likes of CNN, and other media outlets who are all competing for ratings,
and now they have the perfect reality show. They've got the eye candy,
the dichotomy of war, life, the G.I. Joes and the stealth bombing. But
when there's a protest in Washington, why can't we see or hear about that?
There are many things that influence a society's state of mind. It's sad
that something so important, so volatile, is being handled so poorly."
As Kreviazuk calms down and her claws retract, her thoughts drift to her
new album, What If it All Means Something. The new album, Kreviazuk's
third, is a charmed journey through her many adventures as one of Canada's
most celebrated songtresses. In a positive tone, Kreviazuk insists that
the recent escalation of war has not dampened her spirits, and will not
sour her forthcoming performances.
"There's a balance, a rhythm in music and life," Kreviazuk says.
"The oceans continue into the horizon the sun rises, then
sets. It makes you realize we are all part of a greater thing, and that
there's more to life than just our greedy instincts."
Kreviazuk says her anger towards the recent war in Iraq is reserved solely
for George W. Bush and his cabinet of war hawks, and in no way reflects
her feelings towards America as a whole. She is enthusiastic about her
upcoming tour of the United States, and says she has enjoyed the support
she has received from her record company.
Now, Kreviazuk insists it is important to weather the new desert storm
and keep a vigil for peace. She believes there is meaning beyond all the
madness and war-mongering in the world, and that song will help deliver
to deliver that meaning.
"It's really an amazing time to exist," Kreviazuk says. "The
world needs music right now."
Chantal Kreviazuk plays tonight at Centennial Hall with opening act
Jason Mraz. Tickets are available at the door, from $28.50 to $32.50,
and the show begins at 8 p.m..