Safe spaces: Punk’s radical take on inclusion
with Sarah Gelbard
In recent years, there have been a number of call-outs against Ottawa's local music scenes for their lack of inclusivity. In this episode, with Sarah Gelbard, we explore the issue of safe space and inclusion in the Ottawa punk scene. We address the concerns of activists, musicians, and venue owners about their experiences and perspectives on this issue.
Episode based on the article
- No Fun City, directed and produced by Melissa James & Kate Kroll about the impact on the local punk scene of different public policies, developments, and commercialization in Downtown Vancouver
- The First 25 Years Of Punk In Ottawa 1978-2002 and links to other sources about Ottawa punk
- Racism in the Punk/Alternative Scene A discussion led by some Black voices, hosted by Emo Nite
- Vancouver Women in Punk discussion hosted by Polygon Gallery
About the Speaker
Sarah Gelbard has a PhD from the School of Urban Planning at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa working on the relationship between criminalization and housing insecurity. This work draws on her doctoral research in spatial justice, radical community-based planning, and storytelling. She is a co-organizer of the Spaces of Struggle Research Group in Radical Planning. Sarah is also the lead singer and bass player in a local Ottawa punk band.