Dec 19, 2019
This year The Parachute Clubs hit track ‘Rise Up’ was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, cementing of the songs, and The Parachute Clubs, importance in Canadian music history.
The idea of world music plays a much larger part in popular culture today. But in 1983, the sounds of a group of like The Parachute Club were a refreshing change up, not only because of the gathering of grooves they collected together, but also for its socially-conscious lyricism.
‘Rise Up’ was the last song that Lorraine Segato and The Parachute Club recorded for their self titled debut album, and it launched a group that was formed for a one set only festival performance, suddenly on to radios and stages across Canada, and even further, as their vision for changing the world grew with it.
Having made it to a higher platform, the group wished to continue using its form of positive conversation to create change, but the business side of the music industry had other goals, as radio, managers, label executives, and food brands attempted to turn this dream into something much easier to market.
Even with all of those setbacks Lorraine Segato has always fought for what she believes in, as she continues to evolve and adapt, just like ‘Rise Up’ continues to inspire not only in its original form, but also through 3 new versions of the song it continues to inspire a new generation.
Lorraine Segato joins the DTP to talk about The Parachute Club, and how they went from a band meant for a one-time Festival performance, to inspiring youth of various backgrounds across the world. ‘Rise Up’ and its importance, not only when it was released, but even in today's political climate, and Lorraine's ambitions outside of music like the film and theatre.