Mestizo Soul – Identity and Rights Tour with Guatemalan Hip Hop Artist Rebeca Lane

Rebeca Eunice Vargas (Rebeca Lane) was born in Guatemala City on December 6th, 1984. She was born in the middle of a civil war and was named after her aunt that had been kidnapped and disappeared by the military government in 1981 because of her political involvement in the guerrilla movement. From a young age, Rebeca got involved in the efforts to retrieve the historical memory of those war years and became an activist in organizations of family members of people kidnapped or killed by the military government. Through this work, she got to know about the struggles of others claiming their historical right over their lands and several political movements of workers and land labourers against neoliberalism and the politics that had caused even more social conflict than during the war. Being part of the social movement made her realize that women participated less and had fewer leadership roles, leading her to explore feminism. That journey brought her to work with women through art, specifically theatre, poetry and music. Rebeca has released three albums – her most recent in 2016. “Mestizo Soul” looks at identity, rights, feminism and struggles for justice. BTS is incredibly grateful to our sponsors, BTS local committees and local supporters who are helping make this tour possible. You won’t want to miss Rebeca Lane and her first Read more and listen to Rebeca’s music:


  • Thursday, October 26 – 2:30-4:30 pm: “Hip-Hop Activism: Reflections on current challenges facing Guatemala”. Kenneth Rowe Building (next to Dal SUB), 6100 University Ave, Room 1009.
  • Friday, October 27 – 8 pm (doors open at 7:30): Performance at Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street. With DJ Regalia, El Jones and Special Guests. Tickets $15 in advance at Ticket Halifax or $10-$20 sliding scale (cash only) at the door. First come, first served (seats are limited and we encourage you to buy online prior to the show!).
  • Saturday, October 28 – 8 pm: Performance at The Guild, 111 Queen Street. With Russel Louder. Tickets $15 through The Guild.  With the support of Kairos Atlantic, the Cooper Institute and Timothy’s Coffee.
  • Monday, October 30 – 7 pm: Performance at Immaculata Auditorium, St. FX campus. A conversation with Rebeca followed by a performance, with special guests  Abena Tuffour, Oso Suave and Zolo. By donation.
  • Wednesday, November 1 – 7 pm. Performance at Great Hall on the second floor in George Martin Hall, St Thomas University. With DJ Saa Andrew Gbongbor. By donation.
  • Saturday, November 4 –  9 pm. Performance at Burdock Music Hall, 1184 Bloor Street West.  With Nari and Briskool as part of Presencia III.  $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Co-presented by PRESENCIA with the support of the Ontario Arts Council.


Thank you to our Sponsors! 

* Ontario Arts Council * PRESENCIA III * Amnesty International Canada * Atlantic Council for International Cooperation * The Maple League of Universities * Public Service Alliance of Canada * Global Affairs Canada * St. Thomas University – Department of Human Rights * University of New Brunswick – Anthropology Department * St. Thomas University – Criminology Department * University of New Brunswick – International Development Studies * St. Francis Xavier University – Spanish Department * St. Francis Xavier University – Women’s and Gender Studies Department * St. Francis Xavier University – Development Studies Department * Dalhousie University – International Development Studies Department * Dalhousie University – Spanish and Latin American Studies Department * Dalhousie University – Sociology and Social Anthropology Department * The Cooper Institute* Kairos: Atlantic *

Thank you to our Community Supporters!

CUPE-PEI * Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre * Kairos: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives * Maritime Conference of the United Church of Canada * No One Is Illegal Fredericton * NB Multicultural Council * NSPIRG * PEI Women’s Network * PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Crisis Centre* St. Stephen’s University * Dalhousie University – Music and Performing Arts Department * Saint Mary’s University – Modern Languages and Classics Department * Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group

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