G7 Welcoming Committee Records
|G7 Welcoming Committee|
|Country of origin||Canada|
G7 Welcoming Committee Records was founded by Chris Hannah and Jord Samolesky of punk band, Propagandhi, and their friend, Regal, in 1997. The label operated out of Winnipeg's The Old Market Autonomous Zone. During its years of operation about 50 albums were released.
In early-2015, it was announced on the G7 website that none of their previous releases were available for purchase as either physical copies or downloadable albums, but that most of their catalog was available on music streaming sites.
According to the G7 website, when the label was established, the founders hoped "to create a label that politically radical bands and speakers could unflinchingly support and call home; where the driving force behind the label's output was social change and radical thought; and where the structure of the organization didn't contradict itself by mimicking the structures of unbalanced power and hierarchy in the profit-driven corporate world." To this end the label incorporates the economic structure Parecon proposed by Robin Hahnel and Michael Albert.
The name is a reference to the G7 (now, including Russia, the G8) which brings together the world's richest and most powerful countries in yearly summits to discuss the global political and economic society and to make collective decisions. The label's website explains, "The G7 Welcoming Committee is an idea of resistance [...] A 'Welcoming Committee' to tell them, with words and actions, what we think of their power and neo-colonialism, around the world and at home, and that people are willing to fight back ..."
The following artists have released albums on G7:
- Heppe, Abigail. Propagandhi returns with a vengeance-and a new sound. The Berkeley Beacon. 22 Feb. 2002.
- "Propagandhi machine". Robert Everett-Green, Globe and Mail, Mar. 19, 2009
- "A Comprehensive Look At Winnipeg’s PC Punk Scene". Noisey, Sheldon Birnie Sep 22 2014,
- "G7 Welcoming Committee shuts down". PunkNews website. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
- "News//G7 Welcoming Committee". G7 Welcoming Committee website. Archived from the original on 2 September 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
- Faulkner, Robert. Agitrock rolls on; Today's groups continue a long tradition of activism, belting out songs of protest at the world's wrongs. Toronto Star. 3 Dec. 2000.
- "G7 Bands". G7 Welcoming Committee website. Archived from the original on 21 January 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
- "Warsawpack Name Names and Point Fingers". Exclaim!, September 2003.