Back in August of 2023, American female musicians Gezebelle Gaburgably [Instagram/SoundCloud], 19, and Brynn Miche [Instagram], 23, scheduled a concert in Montreal, the largest city in Canada’s French-speaking province of Quebec, at a small bar venue called the Brasserie Beaubien. They have a small but enthusiastic fanbase in Montreal and 42 tickets were sold before the scheduled performance on November 11th, 2023. Montreal was to be Gaburgably’s first stop in a two-show tour in Canada, the second at Lee’s Palace in Toronto. In a classic case of Anarcho-Tyranny, her Montreal event was suppressed by the Lying Press and Antifa, in tacit alliance with law enforcement authorities. I was there.
Gaburgably, whose songs have been listened to millions of times online, is a self-described “e-punk” artist. Her unique library of music touches on a variety of themes, reflecting on online culture, frustration with modern dating, and the feeling of being a social outcast.
One day before the Montreal concert, Dan Collen (born Daniel Cohen-Collier) [email him], a journalist with the communist Canadian Anti-Hate Network, published a hit piece that sought to paint the girls as right-wing extremists.
Citing a song by Gaburgably entitled “Christ Church Bible Study Club,” which is written from the perspective of New Zealand mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant, Collen falsely suggested that Gaburgably celebrates the killing of innocent civilians:
Gurney’s “Christ Church Bible Study Club” portrays an upbeat, melancholic point of view of the Christchurch Mosque shootings: “I check behind the corners, Then I happily proceed. I provide all my tendencies with everything they need.”
“Incelcore” Artists Whose Music Celebrates Mass Shootings On Canadian Tour, by Dan Collen, Canadian Anti-Hate Network, November 10, 2023
Collen could not be more intellectually dishonest. The punk genre is no stranger to songs written about man-made horrors. For example, Foster The People’s very popular “Pumped Up Kicks” is written from the perspective of a disaffected teenager who enacts revenge on his classmates by committing a school shooting.
“Pumped Up Kicks” is about a kid that basically is losing his mind
and is plotting revenge. He’s an outcast. I feel like the youth in our culture are becoming more and more isolated. It’s kind of an epidemic. Instead of writing about victims and some tragedy, I wanted to get into the killer’s mind, like Truman Capote did in In Cold Blood. I love to write about characters. That’s my style. I really like to get inside the heads of other people and try to walk in their shoes.
- Mark Foster, Spinner UK
Where were Collen and his “Anti-Hate Network” when Foster The People toured Canada?
The overall message of Gaburgably’s song is up to the interpretation of the listener. But of course Collen purposefully left out a key line of the song:
Here is the church, here is the steeple
Only satisfied killing innocent people [emphasis added]
Collen went on to attack Brynn Miche, whom he accused of being “connected to” White Nationalists because her boyfriend, Jimbo Zoomer, 22), is a prominent live-streamer on Cozy.tv, a platform developed by the anathematized Nick Fuentes.
Jimbo, like many young people on the Dissident Right, has made his fair share of unwise statements in live-streams and on social media. But of course these statements were always made either ironically or purely for shock value. The vast majority of Jimbo’s live streams consist of him playing video games while making jokes about pop culture—a far cry from the White Nationalist bogeyman that Collen attempts to portray.
Regardless, Brynn Miche, like Gezebelle, is a young musician—not a political commentator. Her catalog features no political messaging. Instead it explores experiences with depression, failed relationships, and being bullied.
These are themes that are commonly explored in punk music and far more palatable than the majority of what is played on the radio nowadays.
I traveled to Montreal with Brynn Miche and her bandmates as a friend, hoping to capture and support their show. As I was packing cameras into my car, I received the news that, because of Collen’s hit-piece, the Brasserie Beaubien had cravenly cancelled the show, and that the performance would be moved to a karaoke bar, Bar Au P’tit Buck, just down the street.
We arrived for sound check at the new venue at 6pm. The musicians scrambled to set up their equipment as I began to unpack my camera gear. That’s when around 25 masked Antifa—French-speaking, apparently the virus has at least to some extent jumped the language barrier—filed into the bar and began making threats against the young performers.
The Bar Au P’tit Buck was apparently unbothered by the mob of Black Bloc communists who had come to harass their artists and paying customers. I walked up to the bar and ordered a drink as I watched the Antifa demand everyone pack their instruments and leave. Noticing the bartender was on the phone, I asked her “Are you calling the police?”
“No,” she said.
(Generally, I was struck by the anti-Americanism I encountered in Montreal.)
Eventually, police were called—by a band member. The Antifa rushed out the back door as the police unhurriedly walked into the venue. A couple of police began to chase them but, when subsequently asked, they confirmed that no arrests were made.
With the language barrier making communication with both the venue and police frustrating and difficult, little could be done to ameliorate the situation. The owner of the bar eventually declared that the show was cancelled and everyone was ordered out of the venue.
Standing outside with their instruments, the musicians now wondered where to go.
This is where Anarcho-Tyranny became apparent. The remaining police in the area threatened that they would arrest us if we stayed to wait for paying fans—who were of course not aware that the event had been cancelled—or attempted to play in another bar.
(Police order all musicians out of the Bar Au P’tit Buck in Montreal, Quebec after Antifa disrupt sound check.)
(Devoted fans follow band members to a nearby metro station.)
Two performances saved for posterity:
Brynn Miche sings an acoustic rendition of ”I Killed Myself In January.”
Gezebelle Gaburgably performing an acoustic rendition of ”I Can Fix Him” in the Montreal subway
But there too, a couple of Société de Transport de Montréal security officials (both apparently immigrants) rushed in and ordered everyone back out into the cold.
(Montreal STM Authorities order musicians to leave the area.)
For these young American girls who simply wanted to put on a show for their fanbase in Montreal, this was an emotional night.
The goal of Anarcho-Tyranny is ultimately demoralization and capitulation. But the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (which John Derbyshire has called Canada’s SPLC knock-off), along with their masked paramilitaries and government enablers, failed in this attack.
There may never be another Gezebelle Gaburgably show at one of Montreal’s many dive bars. But as censorship and deplatforming of artists escalates, they will continue to grow their audiences online, and eventually be replatformed by venues that don’t capitulate to communist threats.
If only I knew of a place...
Noah Arnold [email him] is a full-time video producer working with deplatformed personalities across the dissident right.