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Tegan Quin Discusses Politics & The Tegan & Sara Foundation

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Photo: Instagram

Tegan and Sara are making concerted efforts to exact change in the world. Following the 2016 election, the musicians decided to start the Tegan & Sara Foundation, a non-profit created to “fight for economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.” Tegan Quin recently took to NME Magazine to discuss the foundation and America’s current political climate.

On The Foundation: “We started a foundation to fight for LGBTQ women and girls, The Tegan and Sara Foundation. And we are working closely with  social justice organisations and political organisations to ensure we are  giving back to our community but also using our platform to elevate important causes and ideas. We are very motivated right now to do more than just tweet. We want to inspire people to action. So. As an artist I feel like I want to continue to play live to give people an escape and a place to feel connected and see their community, but I don’t necessarily want to write or create anything right now.”

Tegan On Creating Music In A Dark Political Landscape: “I think for me music is and has been an escape. So, I don’t know if I were sitting down to write a record today if I would write about the “dystopian nightmare” but, I do think my emotions and feelings around life, relationships, love, the future are coloured by the “dystopian nightmare” so in theory I would kind of be writing about it even if I weren’t actually writing about it…… As for what music should or should not be for — I think every artist has to define that for themselves. You should write what you know, what you are moved by and inspired by. And that doesn’t always have to be reality or current affairs.  So I think in times like this we get both. Reality and escape. Which is good. Balance is good.”

P.S. T&G are doing a 10th anniversary tour in honor of their 2007 album The Con. Considering this is one of Tegan and Sara’s most classic and beloved works, you can imagine fans are going NUTS. The lesbians will donate some proceeds of the tour to their Tegan & Sara Foundation and they also promise to perform acoustic versions of the 14 tracks. Better yet, the duo hint there’s a bigger project in the works to celebrate the special anniversary.

Tegan and Sara 2017 Tour Dates:

06/24 – New York, NY @ Pride Island, Pier 26, Hudson River Park

06/30 – Victoria, BC @ Spirit of 150 Victoria

07/01 – Calgary, AB @ City of Calgary Canada Day Festival

07/06 – Milwaukee, WI @ SummerFest

07/08 – Ottawa, ON @ RBC Bluesfest

07/27 – Halifax, NS @ Rebecca Cohn Auditorium *

07/28 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre *

07/29 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom *

07/30 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ WayHome Music and Arts Festival

07/31 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues *

08/02 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater *

08/03 – Chicago, IL @ Park West (Official Lollapalooza Aftershow) ^

08/04 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza

08/05 – Saint John, NB @ Area 506 Festival

08/06 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music and Arts Festival

08/12 – Regina, SK @ Regina Folk Festival

08/17 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater

08/18 – Columbus, OH @ Fashion Meets Music Festival

09/09 – San Bernadino, CA @ High and Low Festival

09/15 – Flushing, NY @ The Meadows Music and Arts Festival

10/20 – San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre #

10/21 – Las Vegas, CA @ The Pearl at The Palms #

10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel #

10/25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic #

10/26 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall #

10/27 – Seattle, WA @ The Moore #

10/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre #

10/30 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium #

10/31 – Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium #

11/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre #

11/05 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple #

11/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre #

11/09 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre #

11/10 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre #

11/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle #

11/15 – Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre #

* = w/ Japanese Breakfast

^ = w/ FRENSHIP

# = The Con X: Tour Acoustic Show

Halsey Admits To Firing Her Friends

Photo: Instagram

Photo: Instagram

I really like this interview with Halsey because it portrays the business side of her life. More often than not, interviews with female celebrities center around their bodies and/or relationships. Thanks to Business Insider for taking the time to talk to the bisexual artist about her work ethic, what it’s like to manage a team, and how it’s hard to fire her friends.

On The Pain Of Firing Friends: It’s definitely painful. The lines can get definitely crossed in the sense where you’re, like, not performing to the best of your ability, and you should not only as an employee, but also as my friend, you should want me to succeed, you should want us to succeed, you should be working harder.

On Why She Has Fired Friends: Most of the time it’s just people getting comfortable. Kind of like, you know, acclimated to the lifestyle. And it’s mostly people I brought on later. Anyone who has been with me from the beginning has worked from the trenches with me and they’ve worked really hard. People that I have brought in where I am now, they haven’t worked the way that we have, they haven’t lost the sleep, and you know, the blood, sweat, and tears.

Halsey’s Advice To Young Artists: Keep putting in the work. Keep putting in the hours…It doesn’t matter how many private jets you take, how much money you make, how famous you get, keep putting in the hours because when you’re in the back of a car and you have 30 minutes in between interviews, use that time to engage with the fans and use that time to put in the work. Because you will never have to stop putting in the same amount of hours that you did in the beginning.

Wise words.

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