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The Gram Partisans

The Gram Partisans are a Vancouver (BC, Canada) based roots folk group whose music combines our collective respect for many diverse musical traditions with our beliefs in hope, integrity, justice and a long memory. We play mostly original songs that tell stories of courage, trust, imagination, and solidarity. We seek to challenge your views of what music rooted in social justice can sound and feel like. Contact the Gram Partisans by email.




The Gram Partisans
will be playing outside at Vancouver's MacLean Park on Friday, June 19th, at 2 pm - near the northwest corner of the park (between the field house and the swings).

Cancelled - House Concert in Support of Unist'ot'en Legal Fund -
The Gram Partisans & The Re:Sisters sing in Solidarity


(Doors – 7:00,   show 7:30 – 9:30)

Because of limited seating, please purchase advance tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/house-concert-in-support-of-unistoten-legal-fund-tickets-92997830013


The Gram Partisans - with two new members (!) will be opening a fundraiser: Taking a Stand to Protect the Land - Sutikalh & Ulluisc
, March 9 2019, at Notional Space, 1523 E. Pender.... we'll be on at about 5.30 pm so don't be late (dinner provided).

...and the following day, March 10, 11.30 am - The Gram Partisans will play for a half hour at the Clinton Park Celebration - 2nd Ave and Slocan

May 7, The Gram Partisans will be playing at St James Hall (W 10th & Trutch) for an anti-pipeline benefit. Details to come!


October 6, 6-11 pm: Pre-Hallowe’en Party: featuring Geoff Berner & The Gram Partisans - fundraiser for Jean Swansen's campaign for Vancouver City Council - Selecter's Records, 8 E. Pender

July 4th, the GPs were the feature act at the Jericho Folk Club

June 29th, the GPs opened for Albuquerque's Eileen & the In-Betweens at Spartacus Books

June 10th the GPs were on the bill for the Just Voices:Union Made concert at the Russian Hall

May 29th, the GPs played a short set at a fundraiser for Ulluilsc and Sutikalh, Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, 1803 E 1st Ave, Vancouver

The Gram Partisans were the feature act March 16 at a celebration of 10 years of the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle, at Spartacus Books.

The Gram Partisans
were the feature act at Cleansing the Waters, a benefit house concert in support of the First Nations, the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw, on western Vancouver Island who are opposing the fish farms in their territory. Saturday, February 18, 7.30.

Gram Partisans Feb 18 2017


The Gram Partisans were the opening act at Spartacus Books, Sunday Oct 2nd, 7.30 pm - opening for Toronto punk-poet Rob Moir. More: https://www.facebook.com/events/1793113990935787/

The Gram Partisans were the feature performers at Heartwood Community Cafe (317 E Broadway) Wednesday April 13.

The GPs performed on April 23 at a pre-Mayday 'Workers' Celebration' along with the Left Coast Labour Chorus, Cosmic Wink, Fraser Union, Re-Sisters, and more. WISE Hall

The Gram Partisans
performed at the Resistance Cabaret III - a fundraiser for the Madii'Lii anti-pipeline First Nations encampment - Jan 24 8 pm - Cafe Deux Soleils. More - https://www.facebook.com/events/1003692606362871/


The Gram Partisans played the opening set at the Deep Cove Coffee House, Friday Dec 18th, opening for Illiteratty. Three songs from the performance at the Deep Cove Coffee House are online:
The Gram Partisans played a short set at a fundraiser for the Voice for the Voiceless action camp, Thursday July 23 (probably around 7 pm) at Spartacus Books, 3378 Findlay

The Gram Partisans performed at the Anti-Capitalist Music Show - a fundraiser for the Vancouver IWW on Friday June 12, 7-11 pm: Toast Colletive, 648 Kingsway

The Gram Partisans opened for political singer-songwriter David Rovics Wednesday January 21 at Spartacus Books - a fund-raiser for the Unist'ot'en Action Camp. The Gram Partisans and David Rovics sets can be viewed online.

Video of the Gram Partisans performing These Schools Are Your Schools at the Chief Maquinna Elementary picket line, September 16 2014, the day the tentative settlement was announced. Thanks to Dora Kwok for filming and posting online.

Video of the Gram Partisans performing two songs: Boxcars and Sin City at the Jericho Folk Club, Aug 12 2014. Thanks to Bill Simmons for filming and posting online.

Newly available - BC Teachers' Picket Line Songs -  Two songs written by Gram Partisan member Bill Hood for the 2014 BC teachers' strike. Recorded by Simon Kendall (Thanks Simon!) All proceeds from these recordings will be donated to the union strike fund. http://thegrampartisans.bandcamp.com/album/bc-teachers-picket-line-songs
Video clips of the Gram Partisans playing on teacher picket lines, June 2014 (including at the VESTA study session at the Orpheum, June 16): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcVg-xXJbAgm9o7Un7BA1Y8bGh2l0rh0n
and at the June 10 teacher rally:

Live at the Orpheum, June 16 2014

Video clips
of the Gram Partisans at the 2014 VDLC May Day rally:

Gram Partisan founder, vocalist, and guitar player Bob Rosen died November 22, 2011. Read his obituary and leave a comment.
The Gram Partisan's 2011 recording, You Will Not Stand Alone, can be listened to online and purchased as a (on sale for $5) digital download. To purchase a physical CD ($15 + $2 postage), email the band.
Bob Rosen

Images & Videos:

Sketch by Jim Easton
Sketch by Jim Easton from Feb 25 2013 performance at Marche Bakery

GP's at Spartacus, August 18 2013
Gram Partisans at Spartacus Books 40th Anniversary Party, August 18 2013.

And here are videos of Never Go Away and Boxcars from our August performance at Spartacus Books' 40th Anniversary Party... Thanks to Devin Gillan for recording and posting these!
In the House The Gram Partisans appeared on Sunday, June 3rd 2012 as part of the In the House Festival's Toe-Tappin' Tunes show. 

Live at the Concert for Bob Rosen, March 10 2012 (with special guests Evan Arntzen on clarinet; Solidarity Notes Labour Choir and Fraser Union on the song 'Home')
"Boxcars", Recorded at CJSF Melodies in Mind,
September 27 2011

Lots more video clips here...

The Gram Partisans are:

- William Hood - guitar and vocals
- Alan Zisman - accordion
- Georgina Arntzen - mandolin and vocals
- Joni Miller - bass
- Jack MacDermot - fiddle

Former members (and still Partisans in our hearts):
- Bob Rosen - guitar and vocals (2004-2011)
- Steve Quattrocchi - mandolin and banjo (2008)
- Ted McNenny - lead guitar and dobro (through Fall 2007)
- Wahl - mandolin (through Fall 2006)
- Annie Bailey - bass (through Winter 2008)
- Peter Bazovsky - violin (2010- 2012)
- Phil Wallace - bass (2011 - Fall 2014)
- David Anderson - bass (various times through 2018)
- Caitlan Read - fiddle (2014?-2018)

photo by Eric Wong

Old friends

Friends of the Gram Partisans include: