Contact: Josh Tabish, Lead Coordinator, Media Democracy Day 2012 mddcoordinator@gmail.com 778.782.

7353 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Local Musicians Take the Stage to Support Media Democracy Days 2012 Media Democracy Days Vancouver (MDD) 2012 is excited to announce their fourth annual fundraising concert democracyLOUD! at Vancouver's legendary Railway Club on October 11th, 2012. Co-sponsored by The Railway Club and Sad Mag, local artists Ciseaux, Ché Aimee, and The Brice Tabish Band promise to make democracyLOUD! even more exciting than last year's tremendously successful event. “democracyLOUD! is a great way to introduce people to MDD,” says event organizer Josh Tabish. “It’s a unique event in that we get to showcase up-and-coming independent artists in Vancouver while bringing attention to MDD’s fight for diverse, independent, and alternative media more broadly – it’s kind of like show and tell!” In addition to live music, there will be giveaways, with prizes generously provided by MDD supporters such as The Cobalt, The Cinematheque, the Rain City Chronicles, FCAT at Simon Fraser University, and the Arsenal Pulp Press. democracyLOUD! takes place at The Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir Street) on Thursday, October 11th. Tickets are $10 at the door, with all proceeds going to support Media Democracy Day 2012. Doors open at 8 PM, music begins at 9 PM. For more information on the bands and event program, over to www.mediademocracyday.org, or RSVP on our Facebook event page at http://www.facebook.com/events/413649685349837/. MDD 2012 is a partnership of SFU’s School of Communication, OpenMedia.ca, and The Vancouver Public Library, and is sponsored in part by Vancity. In addition, MDD would like to thank both the Railway Club and Sad Mag in advance for their continued hosting and promotional support. About Media Democracy Days Launched in 2001, MDD western Canada’s signature event for the growing global media democratization movement. This movement seeks to create a more participatory media system by supporting independent and public service media production, celebrating innovation and creating dialogue around the politics and biases linked to our increasingly corporate and concentrated media. This year, MDD events will be taking place over two-days at SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts and the Vancouver Public Library – Central Library. To learn more, visit http://www.mediademocracyday.org.

About the School of Communication at SFU For nearly 40 years, the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University has fostered the development of critical, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of media and technology with a commitment to social theory and political economy. Led by an award-winning team of educators, the School of Communication is at the leading edge of media policy research, technological innovation and cultural transformation on a global scale. For more information, visit http://cmns.sfu.ca. About OpenMedia.ca OpenMedia.ca is a grassroots organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open and affordable Internet. The group works towards informed and participatory digital policy. For more information, visit http://openmedia.ca. About Vancouver Public Library Founded in 1887, Vancouver Public Library is one of Canada's largest library systems dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading, recreation and information needs of the people of Vancouver. Each year, the Library’s 22 branches serve over six million visitors and offer over 2.5 million items, including books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and countless online resources. For more information, visit http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/. -30Media Contacts: Josh Tabish Lead Coordinator, Media Democracy Days 2012 778.782.7353 mddcoordinator@gmail.com