Chris Murdoch - Black Dots

Chris Murdoch is an African Nova Scotian musician, radio host, and writer. He began his involvement in the Halifax punk scene in the spring of 2000, and has since gone on to perform in and record with several bands, such as Envision, Word On The Street, and Outtacontroller, as well as book and promote punk shows over the last ten years. Chris has a degree in Sociology from King’s College and currently works as a Student Recruitment Coordinator with Nova Scotia Community College. He lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with his partner Stephanie and their sons Maceo and Desmond.

Black Dots will focus on the experiences of African-Canadians/Americans in the world of punk rock and hardcore music. The contributions of Black people to the art form, as well as how those contributions have shaped the genre of punk to be known as it is today will be a main focus for this discussion. Other topics explored will include the importance of Black women in rock and roll/punk rock, the notion of the “outsider”, the incorporation of different musical influences to enhance the genre of punk, and the marginalization and systemic oppression experienced by people of colour within a specifically “punk” context.