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My name is Anton, my nickname is Crow, and I'm currently living in Trois-Pistoles, in the Lower St. Lawrence area in so-called Quebec (Maliseet territory). I'm an anarchist, a poet, a juggler, a drummer, and a dreamer.
I live at a large social centre called Collectif Le Recif (aubergedelagreve.wordpress.com) and I'm writing a play right now.
I'm an adventurer by nature. I took off at 16 hitchhiking from Ottawa to the West Coast and have had many many wild times and lots and lots of stories. I've always had a sense that the options provided by this society were fake, and that authentic experience was being hidden behind the facade of city life. It has taken me a lot of searching, but I have found what I was looking for, and discovered the unity of self and world that I always sensed the absence of. I'm not searching anymore. I am learning how to listen to the rhythms of nature that the noise of traffic blocks out. I am in a time of transition in my life - from the goal of self-discovery to the creation of the kind of conditions for my life that I want to see around me.
I've travelled all over Turtle Island, from Dawson City to Tofino to Newfoundland to Chiapas and Guatemala. I have had many great adventures and my experiences have taught me a great love and respect for this great land.
And love to me is not merely a feeling, but a desire to give of oneself for the benefit of another. So I do my best to fight for the wild, for the water, for the animals, forest, air and Mother Earth. If humanity is to have a future worth living, we must take action now to prevent the degradation of the natural world.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have lived in various collective houses since 2013, and during that time my roommattes and I have hosted many many many many guests.
I began CouchSurfing in the spring of 2010 and since then I've couchsurfed in Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Buffalo, Dallas, Austin, Mexico City, Veracruz, and many other places. Nothing compares to being introduced to a city by someone who knows it well.
Change, Dreaming, Revolution, Love, Full Presence in the Moment, Polyamory, Anarchy, Paganism, Witchcraft, Hypnosis, Philosophy, Drumming, Juggling, Fire Spinning, Circus Arts, Laughter, Canoeing, Hiking, Hitchhiking, Dancing, and most of all FREEDOM!
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Rock'n'roll is in my soul. I am a punk rocker and punk rock is still a part of identity, but my taste in music has diversified over the years and I like a lot of more mellow music now. But driving, chaotic, fast and loud frenetic, energetic rock'n'rock is the music that defines me the most. But I've got a spectrum of music that I like to listen to, from hyper and manic (the Stooges) to heavy and dark (Joy Division). I like mythically freaky figures like Howlin' Wolf, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Muddy Waters, Captain Beefheart, Patti Smith, Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Fela Kuti, Bob Dylan, Nina Hagen, Devendra Banhart, Daniel Johnston, Nina Simone, Iggy Pop, etc. As much as I like the strange and outlandish, I also love folk music. I love music that speaks to me on that primal level where I just know that the artist or band is putting their very soul(s) into their art.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
One thing I did was hitchhike from Ottawa, Ontario to Dawson City, Yukon, when I was 18. I had decided to visit my friend who was living there at the time but didn´t tell her I was coming because I wanted to surprise her. It took me 11 days and I lost my backpack along the way (it fell out of the back canopy of a pick-up truck), so I arrived in Dawson City with nothing but the clothes on my back. I walked downtown, bought a bag of chips and sat down in a parking lot. I didn´t have Justine´s number, address, or any way of getting ahold of her. Just then a car pulled into the parking. Who should happen to get out? Justine! She was surprised all right. I think those 11 days were the closest I ever came to becoming one with the road.