About the Ensemble

We were the Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble, and we lived up to our name. We were an activist street band that was formed in the streets of Montreal in May 2006 during a march for the rights of migrants without status, and we kept marching until August 2019. We took on oppression and domination by bringing music to the streets in rallies, demos, radical artistic events, community gatherings, and whatever else it took to inspire a culture of resistance, to reclaim public spaces, to help make political movements fun and exciting, and to celebrate resistance in a way that not only reflects our vision of the world we want to live in, but makes everyone else want to join our side.