In the name of science

The March for Science, taking place in Centennial Square on Apr. 22 celebrates the role of scientific research and evidence-based policies.

  • Mar. 30, 2017 3:00 p.m.

It should come as no surprise that the month of April will play host to another rally in Centennial Square. With political tension around the globe the highest it has been in recent years, Victoria’s citizens are embracing the role of public demonstrations and showing solidarity and exasperation both frequently and fondly.

But what sets the upcoming March for Science apart is the identity of one of its organizers — indie musician and local darling Aidan Knight.

“I guess on one hand you could be surprised,” says Knight, “but if you know me a little bit more you know that … I can be politically involved.”

The March for Science, taking place at noon in Centennial Square on Apr. 22, is one of hundreds across North America celebrating the role of “scientific research and evidence-based policies.” It may seem an odd topic for a musician to throw his weight behind, but Knight grew up in a family of scientists and has several friends in academia. Besides, he says, no social cause exists in a vacuum.

“The persecution of science does affect me, but not as much as if there were persecution against musicians,” he laughs. “But all of those things are intertwined in society, and when you start seeing it that way it’s hard not to want to get involved.”

Knight is working with local scientists and researches in organizing the march, and, in doing so, he is putting his musicianship to good use. Knight is organizing permits with the venue of the march, promoting the event online, and, of course, talking to the media — all important skills for a career in music.

Canadian scientists have making headlines since 2006, when former Prime Minister Steven Harper signed policy that some considered an unfair restriction for scientists disclosing their research information to the media. Things have improved since then, says Knight, but he realizes that there is no bad time to show support.

“I think it’s important that even when things are relatively good in this country for scientists right now … that when it’s good, that’s not a time to not demonstrate,” Knight says. “That’s the perfect time for solidarity.”

Because even though Knight records and performs under a solo moniker, he understands the importance of community.

“I guess the older and older that I get and the more I think about things that I can actively do in the world,” he says, “there’s a part of me that really believes that the best thing we can do is all get together and talk and move together and get behind causes.”

 

Just Posted

In the footsteps of Emily Carr

Following in a hero’s footsteps sometimes means filling some pretty big shoes.… Continue reading

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Bracing for a fond farewell to Pluto’s

Monday reviewer Allan Reid will miss this Art Deco former gas station (and its food)

Fringe Reviews, Pt. 2: The dance is delightful

Stay tuned for more reviews from the Victoria Fringe Festival, on now through Sept. 1

Buffy the audience slayer: Sainte-Marie coming to Sidney

Powerful live shows a big part of veteran Canadian folk star’s success; she’s here Sept. 26-27

Art + Fare fundraiser boosts Gallery’s family programs

Sept. 21 event at the Union Club features art for sale, gourmet food and musical entertainment

VIDEO: Title of 25th Bond movie is ‘No Time to Die’

The film is set to be released in April 2020

New ‘Matrix’ film set with Keanu Reeves and Lana Wachowski

Fourth installment to feature Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity

Margaret Atwood talks Handmaid’s Tale sequel at UVic

Sold-out Sept. 27 event illustrates iconic Canadian author’s popularity in literary haven of Victoria

For the Love of Fibre: Fibrations 2019 wrapup

Fibre arts celebrated through demonstrations and market showcasing locally made items

Tour de Victoria: Giving you the down low on detours around the region

Thousands of cyclists participating in ninth Tour de Victoria on Saturday

Christopher Auchter’s story headed to the international stage at Toronto International Film Fest

Old Massett totem pole raising revisited in Christopher Auchter’s documentary Now Is The Time

Saanich Peninsula student scores only scholarship for Canadians offered by top U.S. music school

Stelly’s grad Isaiah Carvalhal-Smith and his electric bass off to Boston after successful audition

Yellow Wolf Powwow draws dancers from across Canada

Saanichton event a celebration of Indigenous culture

Most Read