Our new series features 5 minutes with extraordinary citizens (who sometimes also happen to be our clientele) as each remarkable person shares a few pieces of wisdom for Montreal locals and for visitors alike, related to the nature of their work. First up: the one and only Beckie Foon.
Here’s a little we think you should know about this talented musician and environmentalist:
Rebecca Foon is a Montreal-based cellist, best known as co-founder of contemporary chamber group Esmerine and member of Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Set Fire To Flames, The Mile End Ladies String Auxiliary, and most recently Saltland. She has played with countless local ensembles in a wide range of contexts and on albums by Vic Chesnutt, Islands, British Sea Power, Carla Bozulich, Land Of Kush and Little Scream among others. She has collaborated in concert with Patti Smith, Warren Ellis and with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tanya Tagaq and as a support player for other Inuit musicians, scored the documentary H2Oil about Alberta’s tar sands oil extraction as well as other films. Foon pursues all this musical activity alongside her role as a member of Sustainability Solutions Group, a sustainability cooperative. She is also a co-founder, along with Jesse Paris Smith, of Pathway to Paris, a series of concerts highlighting the importance of turning the Paris Agreement into action.
We asked Beckie to tell us about the 5 best environmental initiatives she sees happening in Montreal right now. And she gave us this wholly inclusive list. We hope it elucidates some new things to consider doing in your own life. After all every single bit helps. And we are big supporters of doing us much as possible!
In Foon’s own words and order:
- Compost Montreal is a homegrown compost pick up service – I love them!
Their mandate: We have always believed in the importance of thinking globally and acting locally. We work to provide the people of Montreal with real environmental solutions to such pressing issues as sustainable waste management, food security, and climate change.
- Lufa Farms is a wonderful urban farming collective in Montreal
Their mandate: We grow food where people live and grow it more sustainably. In doing so, we’re demonstrating that large urban and peri-urban rooftop farms are a commercially viable ways to feed cities.
- Santropol Roulant is a beautiful mosaic of people of all ages and cultures, all brought together by food and community engagement.
Their mandate: The Roulant is a community food hub that brings people together through various programs, activities and services.
- Depot NDG
Their mandate: The NDG Food Depot has been a collaborative community leader in food security serving a large territory centred around NDG for nearly 30 years.
Their mandate: Equiterre helps build a social movement by encouraging individuals, organizations and governments to make ecological and equitable choices, in a spirit of solidarity.We see the everyday choices we all make – food, transportation, housing, gardening, shopping – as an opportunity to change the world, one step at a time.
Finally, we asked Beckie for her favourite designer at our General 54 boutique and were honoured to discover that her favourite is the founder herself, the inimitable Jennifer Glasgow.
Foon: I absolutely love Jennifer Glasgow, I have been buying clothes from her and following her work for over 15 years – she is amazing! She introduced me to the world of sustainable design, and I think she is a true leader in this realm, as well as an incredible designer…