Volume 96, Issue 100
Tuesday, April 8, 2003

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Chantal Kreviazuk declares war on "Loser" Bush

By Christopher Hodge
Gazette Staff

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 fed up.

"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 agenda.

"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..


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