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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

IFS for NDP

Posted on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 2:52 PM

Indie-poppers In-Flight Safety have been quiet since their Summersonic appearance in July, but you’ll be able to see them on Saturday, October 4 at...noon...in Saint Mary’s University’s McNally Auditorium?

“I don’t know how these things happen,” says keyboardist Daniel Ledwell of the quartet’s appearance at this weekend’s rally in support of the New Democratic Party. “Someone wanted us to play, we support the NDP, and figured it was worth coming out for. Plus I like Jack Layton’s moustache.”

In-Flight has received government funding for touring Canada and overseas, so the recent dismemberment of those programs is a direct hit to the band. “What has taken the biggest cut is the export programs, which means there is no support for bands who want to start to tour internationally,” says Ledwell, “which is exactly what we are hope to do more with this record.” That album, We Are An Empire, My Dear, is now in the can waiting to spring out into the world. “It’s finished and will be coming out sometime in the new year,” he says. “We don't have anything in stone yet.”

Right now the focus is helping to get Layton’s message out. “The NDP’s platform just seems to be more in line with our way of thinking. They seem to have it right for the most part,” says Ledwell, “and for the first time are actually equaling the Liberals in the polls. I think that says a lot about the NDP, that they are really starting to turn more heads.”

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