Friday, November 6, 2009


Take Back The Night is an internationally held march and rally intended as a protest and direct action against rape and violence against women. Take Back The Night originated in 1973 in Germany as a response to a series of sexual assaults, rapes, and murders that occurred that year. Today, this protest has expanded world-wide, and is now organized internationally by local communities. As part of the movement, women will walk out without the fear of the night and demand that perpetrators of this violence are held accountable for their actions and that systmes and policies that support violence against women be made to change.

This year's Windsor, Ontario march is occuring TONIGHT (November 6th, 2009) from 8pm until 10pm starting at Dieppe Park.

From the facebook event: "This year we have decided to change the route, and format of the evening. We will begin at Dieppe Park on Riverside Dr, starting with opening remarks from our MC Ashley Degrandis, followed by Bhavin Billimoria from the White Ribbon campaign, who will speak about the reason men do not march with us, followed by our keynote speaker Charlene Senn which will be followed by a luminary memorial for the 500 Missing Aboriginal Women. We plan to venture through much of downtown Windsor, hitting some key spots. With the help from our very own Radical Cheerleaders we will walk down to Riverside, up Ferry, turning on Chatham to Pelisser rallying past the strip clubs. Pelisser will lead us to Wyandotte and to Ouelette. We will walk down Ouelette that will lead us back to Dieppe Park for a closing performance by the Radical Cheerleaders.

We will also be hosting a Bake Goods and Hot Chocolate Sale to raise some money to continue the TBTN events."

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Back in action after a loooooong summer hiatus.

Wake-Up-Grrl started out as a school project, but as the semester progressed, I started receiving feedback outside of the classroom from all over the world, and I vowed to keep this blog going once the class came to an end. Unfortunately, I found myself in an unmotivated rut over the summer. I'm not sure if I was just pooped from school, busy with work, traveling and hanging out, or what, but my motivation to write here suffered quite a bit. Even my photo blog is currently not up to date (but I've been taking photos everyday, I promise!).

But, now that I'm back in school, my life is a bit more organized and structured once again, so I've decided that it's time for me to WAKE-UP and revitalize this blog! So for any of you loyal readers who have been wondering "what the hell happened to Cristina over the last four months?" I'm back! You can be expecting a new post either later tonight or early this week!

What exactly have I been up to, you ask? I got the amazing opportunity to study with the University of Windsor in New York City at NYU for three weeks in May and June. It was an amazing experience. There were some low points of the trip, and by the end of it, I was ready to come home, but besides that, the trip was a great learning experience. I also went to Calabria, Italy to visit family and friends for a couple of weeks in August. The photos are all up on my other blog, if you care to check them out.

I've been working like mad, which is good. Also, doing a lot of projects and activities with Broken City Lab. This summer we spent a lot of time creating planters out of recycled plastic bags. They will be featured in Fuse Magazine in 2010. We finally found some projectors, and are planning to get the Cross Border Communication project off the ground soon.
Tomorrow (Monday, September 14th, 2009) we're holding a psychogeography walk of the West End/University campus, entitled "Welcome To The Neighbourhood." If you're from Windsor, please come and check it out!

And I guess what's most exciting, is the project that we have lined up for this upcoming weekend in New York City! When I returned from NYC this Summer, Justin of BCL sent me a link to ConfluxCity2009 and suggested that we come up with some kind of proposal for their festival. After thinking it over one loooong day at work, I thought, "hmm...what if we proposed some kind of algorithmic psychogeography walk in the Subway system of New York?" Justin was all for it, so we wrote up a quick proposal and sent it in. Sure enough, we we're accepted into the festival, so Justin, Michelle, Danielle and I are heading down to The Big Apple this coming Friday. What's even more exciting is that we were also just chosen as one of the featured projects!

In terms of my radio life at CJAM. I've moved up from being an occasional host of Milk and Vodka (Part of the Women's Radio Collective), to the co-host of the roots/Americana show Steel Belted Radio with Jim Meloche (taking over for Dale Jacobs) and the co-host of indie rock/punk show The Washing Machine with Clara (taking over for Nicole Markham). Excitement!

So, there's my list of excuses as to why Wake-Up-Grrl has been neglected. At least I was keeping busy, right? Real posts to come! In the meantime, tell me what's been up with you!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Milk and Vodka with Cristina and Kate!

ESL - Prove Me Wrong*
The Sick Lipstick - Go To Bed*
Language Arts - Welcome to the Words You Want in Your Life*
Mika Miko - Wild Bore
Matt and Kim - Cinders
Sonic Youth - Little Trouble Girl
Shapes and Sizes - Alone/Alive*
Tanya Donelly and Dylan in The Movies - The Lovecats
Screaming Females - Starving Dog
Pack A.D. - Pilot's Blues*
Miss Tk and The Revenge - Nowhere to Go
Mirah and Spectratone International - Community
The Unsettlers - No No No Yes*
Teenage Fan Club and Donna Matthews - Personality Crisis
X - Sugarlight
Hole - Jennifer's Body
The Maynards - Dance Fight*
Vivian Girls - No

* Canadian Content

You can download/stream it: here!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

What the fuck Calvin Klein!?

I leave for New York in approximately two and a half days. Not gunna lie, but as excited as I am to check out all of the awesome museums and art there is, I'm especially excited to check out all of their street art, and all the 120 illegal billboards that have been repainted with original works by New York artists.

However, apparently these artists missed a billboard on the corner of Houston and Lafayette, because THIS:
is what catches you attention as you're crossing the street. REALLY CALVIN KLEIN!? That girl is like, 15. Max.
There's a huge difference between "provocative" and just plain raunchy.

Monday, May 4, 2009


Today Nicole and I hosted a special all Canadian Milk and Vodka!

Bad Flirt - Mad, Mad Madeline
The Barmitzvah Brothers - Thrift Store Owner
Aspirations - Accident Prone
White Lung - Breaking Boxes
Tara Watts - Sunlight
Megan Hamilton - Moth
Immaculate Machine - The Neighbours Don't Mind
The Pack A.D. - June
Crystal Castles - Love and Caring
Lioness - What You Do Will Come Back To You
Dandi Wind - Bang of the Hounds
Mother Mother - Dirty Town
Shapes and Sizes - Island's Gone Bad
Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees - Trust Fund

If you missed out on all the awesome can/femcon, check out the archives at - May 4th - 5pm!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Screaming Females!

New video.


I'm going to see Screaming Females in Detroit and in New Jersey.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Saturday, April 4, 2009

FAM PRESENTS: Through Women's Eyes & Voices

Through Women's Eyes & Voices is a photography and music showcase happening at Milk Coffee Bar throughout the entire month of April. This event acts as a celebration of women's artistic output in our community.

Musical Showcases:
-All Shows: All-Ages/10PM/$5

Saturday, April 4th:
Corrina Keeling
Monique Belanger

Friday, April 17th:
Two For The Cascade
This Is Me, As A Woman

Saturday, April 25th:
Tara Watts

Photo Show & Sale runs the entire month of April and features the works of:
Roxi D-Lite
Alishia Fox
Anna Frenette
Bree Gaudette
Julia Hall
Corrina Keeling
Cristina Naccarato
Juliana Schewe
Melissa-Rae W
Tara Watts