Hey Rosetta! is a Canadian seven-piece indie rock band from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador and led by singer/songwriter Tim Baker. Known for its energized live shows, the band creates a large, layered sound by incorporating piano, violin, cello, and brass into the traditional four-piece rock setup.
1) Why does voting matter to you?
“I feel like voting is the most fundamental part of participating in a democracy – it’s easy, it’s fast and it has such tangible results. Everyone knows there’s lots more you can and should do to build the type of country you want to live in, but there’s something so immediate and powerful about an election. It’s so basic – you stand up and get counted, and the next day you have a whole new direction – or not :(“
2) What is one thing you’d like to see happen over the next five years?
“Honestly there are so many things – maybe first/foremost I’d like to see our government diversify our energy (and so, our economy) so that we are on the forefront of clean renewable energy and less reliant on fossil fuels. Creating jobs and energy and respecting the “environment” (I find the term a little silly, as it seems to create a distinction between the “environment” and something else, as if we have anything that isn’t directly dependent and derived from the world around us…aaaanyway) at the same time is not some dream but rather the only reasonable option. We travel through Europe a lot and see the huge strides that countries like Germany and The Netherlands are making towards a smarter, greener, more secure energy economy and I shake my head at where we are in Canada, especially now where the price oil has fallen so far so quickly. Anyhow that’s one thing. Arts funding, the CBC, aboriginal rights, corporate regulation, inequality, health care, C-51, criminal justice – we’ve room for improvement on almost every front with the current government.”
3) Can you name a time you felt part of a movement or cause? How did that community come together? What did that experience feel like?
“I went to Concordia University in the early 2000s and it was really eye-opening for me politically. The student body there was very politically engaged and there were protests and marches all the time (against tuition hikes and NAFTA and the Iraq War and more) and I fell into them gladly and almost hungrily. It was awesome. It’s beautiful to march down a street shouting something you believe with a few thousand friendly like-minded people. There’s a togetherness that’s hard to find in everyday life. More recently, in my very limited free time, I’ve been working with USC Canada (a biodiversity and food security NGO) and they are such wonderful people doing such wonderful things. It feels good. I only wish I could do more.”
4) If you could say one thing to today’s youth about the importance of voting, what would you say?
“It’s really easy to be cynical and say your vote doesn’t count and your voice won’t change anything. And you see that a lot in young people. There’s an assumption (probably not helped by scandal after scandal in the news and TV show after TV show about crooked politicians) that politics is rigged and the lobbyists/corporations run the country and your vote is meaningless but I think the truth is much less bleak. Voting is power and its your responsibility to wield it how you see fit. And if it’s all too confusing and you’re unsure who to vote for, take an hour and look around online and see who’s platform speaks to you the most – it could make a huge difference in your personal future. You can check outvotetogether.ca if you’re into getting rid of Harper (yes!) but unsure of how to vote to make that happen.”
5) Will you pledge to vote #InAdvance?
“I’ve actually been in Europe for about 3 weeks so I voted about month ago by mail. Now I just sit here in France and cross my fingers and eat cheese I guess. And toast the flag with a bottle of red. And will us to turn our big ship to the left.”