Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September Is Suicide Awareness Month: This One's For The Sexual Assault Survivors

Hey readers!

  Welcome to the month of September, which happens to be Suicide Awareness Month.  There are many different triggers for people to just give up on life, most popular is deep depression.  We have recently lost an amazing comic and actor, Robin Williams because he couldn't live with his depression anymore.  The world was heart broken and shocked at the news, as he hid his suffering well.  The scary thing is, this could also apply to someone close to you without you even realizing it.

  Sexual assault has been a frequent topic in my city's newspaper lately, and it pisses me off that these guys are still running around freely, violating women.  I do not know if these violent poor excuses for lives have escaped a psych ward, or what, but I do hope their survivors will be okay, and seek the professional support they need, post-trauma.

   I have heard many sexual assault stories, but recently I spoke to a woman in her late 40's who I see almost on a daily basis who was molested by her step father every day from the time she was a toddler to the time she was 14.  She has been on anti-depressants for years.  You wouldn't expect that from such a vibrant woman who loves to laugh and crack jokes all the time, but people aren't generally putting their hearts on their sleeve with people they barely know.

  The reason why she broke down and opened up to me is that I was talking about this place I learned about this year called Chantel's Place (opened in November 1998), which is a safe haven for sexual assault survivors, (located in 40 hospitals of the Trillium Group of hospitals in Ontario) where they can call in, get tested for STDs, collect evidence for a Sexual Assault Kit (in which the results are on the survivor's medical records), you can get a shower and change of clothes if the assault was fresh (they would take the clothes the survivor was wearing during the assault for the evidence kit, if possible) get counseling at no cost (just bring your health card), and even file a police report.  I heard that one of the locations in my city takes in an average of 1 new patient every 36 hours- and those are only the people who are fortunate enough to find out about this place via a friend, family, crisis center, etc... and these are only the ones who recognize they have been sexually assaulted... most incidents go unreported, which can ultimately result in struggling emotionally throughout life.

  It is never too late to file a report.  Not too many people know this, but 70 years could pass and you could still file a report to the police.  If too much time has passed to collect vital evidence, you can still file a third-party report (anonymously) that would be on the predator's records forever, so if any similar reports have made on that individual, authorities would see the pattern, in turn, increases the chances of charges being laid on that individual.

  Now, if you live in Ontario, you're probably aware that sex offenders would get a max sentence of 10 years (in the worst case scenario), plus any additional charges, if necessary... that's for extreme cases though... to my opinion, no sexual assault case should be undermined, as it's all trauma.  It will all affect you, psychologically.  I'm not a lawyer or a cop or anything, but I think if more sexual assault survivors spoke up, the more the government may see that it's a serious problem and maybe give rapists more than just a slap on the wrist... maybe eventually they could go medieval on them and hang them by the balls while locked up in a tiny, airless prison cell (a girl could dream...).

  Obviously, seeking help sooner than later is ideal.  If you or anyone you know has been sexually assaulted, please visit the Chantel's Place website for contact information.  You can save yourself, or a loved one the trouble of going though PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder), or more specifically RTS (Rape Trauma Syndrome), which are very difficult to live with and can cripple one's ability to live a mentally and emotionally stable life.

  Obviously, sexual assault survivors aren't limited to women- men are just less likely to file a report, or even utter the words, "I was raped" for that matter.  Remember: "No" means "No", regardless of gender.  Please, seek help if you notice things aren't right.

  I just googled images for "Suicide" and the results aren't pretty... if you get freaked out about the fact that a lot of these photos are real, can you imagine how your loved ones would feel if they found you like that??? Is that how you want your loved ones to remember seeing you last?? It's traumatizing.  This world is already super fucked, I know, but it doesn't mean we should needlessly lose a beautiful life, such as yours. You may not feel like you matter to anyone, or that you're worthy of being happy because of your traumatic experiences, or that you can ever trust anyone again, but you really do matter and there are plenty of people out there that are trustworthy.  Please choose life.  Life is an uphill battle as we get older, but the climb to the top is so worth it in the end, and will just make you stronger.  Believe me, you will be pleased that you chose to live.  

@JerZGrlinCanada  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hey Everyone: Let's Promote Shitty Music!!

  So many are all about quantity- rather than quality- to the point where I question their values.

  Like... have you noticed how many shitty bands have a huge following- consisting of mainly friends and family- and that makes them look good to venues and events to draw in crowds, even though the venues have better options who actually have talent?? I know it's all business, but you're basically promoting shitty bands as well!! 

  This is the world we live in today... quantity over quality... "He's my friend, so I'll whore out his music, even though I know it's really shitty", is a common thought... like, doesn't anyone have any shame anymore??


  I won't even date a musician unless I think he's legitimately talented (regardless of genre) because otherwise it is embarrassing.  I love music- I support local talent.  I blog for Jamsterdam Radio, which supports indie artists.  I can't honestly date a shit musician and tell everyone, "Hey!  Check out my boyfriend's amazing tunes!"  That would kill any credibility I even have to recommend new music to others... I would never be trusted again.  

  I know this vent may read as a little too intense for the subject, but this is something that has bothered me for YEARS.  I guess since I'm not a musician, I wouldn't understand, but if I were, I'd rather have 5 people in the crowd who actually enjoy my shows, as opposed to 200 people in the crowd who can only enjoy the show if they're grinding their teeth, drunk, or on drugs.  

I dunno... people these days... call me old fashioned, but I say, if you choose quality over quantity, you're making your vote count towards radio stations everywhere eventually playing good music again.  

@JerZGrlinCanada

Monday, September 1, 2014

Jamsterdam Radio Top 10 Countdown: August 24- 30

Jamsterdam Top 10 Countdown: August 24- 30, 2014!




#10.  "Mak Da Rapper (Prod. by Pepsi C25)"- Chox-Mak feat. DJ Yrs Jerzy

#9.  "Dark"- John. E. Mendell

#8."Best of All Time"- Pacific Dub  

#7.  "Wishing On A Star"- Luggage

#6."We Got The Beat"- FROSTIE Feat. LKEYS

#5. "I Keep Staring"- A Dog aka Annikhan feat. Fred Nice 

#4. "Leave Earth"- N3bula

#3."Supreme Action"- J.I.      

#2. "Shine"- Ya Boi TC

#1. "I'm A Smoker"- Dopetrackz

Click "Tune In" at the top of this page this week at 10am EST or midnight EST to find out who took the #1 spot on the Jamsterdam Top 10 countdown!

Want to potentially be part of this list of the top 10 best tunes you've never heard?  Email finished tunes in mp3 format to jamsterdamradio@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bike Thiefs "Buffer" Video

L-R: Eric Levac, Kris Pandeirada, Marko Woloshyn
Hey readers!

I just saw the hilarious new Bike Thiefs video for their single "Buffer" off their "Bloated" EP, and wanted to share the awesomeness!!

My fave part of the video is definitely where Marko (the lead singer) eats ice cream... watch the video (below) to see what I mean.

The "Buffer" vid was produced and directed by Canadian director, Nick Pusic, shot and color-graded by Tobe Darton, and makeup & set design by Adam Newhook.

In case you don't know, this Mississauga-based trio plays the Rivoli in Toronto tomorrow (Wednesday August 20) at midnight.  Check them out!!

@JerZGrlinCanada

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Jamsterdam Top 10 Countdown: August 4- 10, 2014!

JAMSTERDAM TOP 10- August 4-10, 2014! 



#10. "Supreme Action"- J.I.
#9. "We Got The Beat"- FROSTIE Feat. LKEYS

#8."You Know"- Lenox feat. Just Jah

#7. "Shine"- Ya Boi TC

#6."I'm A Smoker"- Dopetrackz

#5. "Hideaway (Remix)"- Stori x Kiesza

#4. "Leave Earth"- N3bula

#3.SJ Beats, Ian Smith, That Kid Era, 45 Grizz, Joe Black, Raider, Dusbus- Jacson 4 FT, Ian Smith 

#2. "Best of All Time"- Pacific Dub

#1. "I Keep Staring"- A Dog aka Annikhan feat. Fred Nice

Click "Tune In" at the top of this page this week at 10am EST or midnight EST to find out who took the #1 spot on the Jamsterdam Top 10 countdown!

Want to potentially be part of this list of the top 10 best tunes you've never heard?  Email finished tunes in mp3 format to jamsterdamradio@gmail.com

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pacific Dub Climbing

Cali reggae rockers Pacific Dub are climbing the Jamsterdam Radio charts, check out their video below for their 2012 hit titled "Wasted". Tune in at 10am and midnight for the Jamsterdam Top 10 best tracks you never heard.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Online Superiority Complexes

Hey readers!

  Lately, I've noticed an online trend of people stating how others should live their lives, based on their own standards.  It is absolutely ridiculous when I see things like:

      - "If you listen to this kind of music, you're a loser"
      -"If you're not living life the way I am, you're not living"
      -"If you use this app, you're a lonely asshole"
      -"If you make less than x amount per year, you're nothing but a waste of perfectly good oxygen us important folk need to get through our real money making days #balling"
       -the attitudes of "I'm better than you are because I'm best friends with <Insert a slew of name-droppage here>", or "I'm better than you are because I just dropped $2,300.00 on a bag to lug my useless shit in... so here's a pic of my purchase because I'm so cool and materialistic like that", or "I'm such an open-minded, liberal pro-choicer, yet having a baby isn't one of my choices... pro-life people are just a bunch of bible-thumping, conservative idiots who make me want to eat my own vomit"
       -"If your body type is like this <Insert photo of undesired body type here>, you're not good enough for me"
       -"If you post this, that, and the other thing, that my holier-than-thou-ass-whose-shit-don't-stink considers 'classless' and 'below me', I'm threatening to delete you off my social networking", etc...

  When was online bullying okay?  Who died and made you the Gods that dictate all that other people
Just like logging into social networking...
choose to do with their own time?  Why can't people have their own standards of living happily without you shitting on their parade?  It's one thing to speak your mind especially when your opinion will actually benefit the greater good, but it's another when you speak your mind, while in the process of trying to make those online who see the shit you post feel inadequate, just to make you feel better about your pathetic life.  Makes me think there's a void you're trying to fill in your own life by putting others down.

  Were you bullied real bad in the past, and so you have to take it out on the world?  Is this superiority complex you to struggle with here to stay?  Is this "I'm better than you in every way" attitude the norm, and we have to embrace and accept it?  If you think any of this is acceptable behavior, you are precisely what is wrong with the world.

That is all.

@JerZGrlinCanada