★★★"Moving, Beautiful, Resilient Storytelling;
THIS is a sweet reminder of our own history"
- Toronto Star
In this groundbreaking verbatim work from Project: Humanity, FREEDOM SINGER asks: can “vibrations of the past” bring us closer to the truths and freedoms we may be seeking today?
I SANG MY SONG TO THE RIVER IN THE VALLEY BELOW
IN THE HOPES IT MIGHT WASH AWAY MY SORROW
AND AS I WALKED AWAY I HEARD THE RIVER CLEARLY SAY
ROLL ON, MY SON, ROLL ON
Developed and produced by Project: Humanity (the award-winning company behind The Middle Place and Small Axe) in association with Crow's Theatre and Vancouver's Urban Ink, FREEDOM SINGER is a documentary theatre piece inspired by the remarkable journey of singer-songwriter Khari Wendell McClelland (as featured on CBC's The National and Tapestry). In 2015, JUNO-nominated McClelland retraced the steps of his great-great-great grandmother Kizzy and – using contemporary styles like hip hop, funk and soul – personalized the songs that likely accompanied her and thousands of others as they escaped U.S. slavery. In sharing this music, Khari is brought face to face with his own "unrecorded" heritage, and the realities and myths of one of our quintessential historic narratives: the Underground Railroad.
Co-created by JUNO-nominee Khari Wendell McClelland and Project: Humanity’s Andrew Kushnir, Freedom Singer is a rare musical journey through the history of the Underground Railroad and the songs that carried freedom seekers northward to Canada. Performed by McClelland along with JUNO nominee Toronto soul singer Tanika Charles and acclaimed Vancouver guitarist Noah Walker, Freedom Singer had its world premiere in Toronto in February 2017 at Crow’s Theatre inaugurating the Scotia Bank Community Theatre before touring across Canada to Regina, Calgary, Winnipeg, Halifax, Montreal and Ottawa. Most recently, Freedom Singer completed its fall tour serenading cites from east to west including Gananoque, Guelph, Dawson City, Windsor, Whitehorse, Vancouver, and Edmonton.
Canadian Fall 2017 Tour:
Sept 21-24: Gananoque, ON -- Thousand Islands Playhouse
Sept 28: Guelph, ON -- SILENCE SOUNDS
Sept 29: Windsor, ON -- Tom Lucier & Phog Lounge
Oct 1: Dawson City, YT -- Klondike Institute of Art & Culture
Oct 4: Whitehorse, YT -- Yukon Arts Centre
Oct 7-18: Vancouver, BC -- Urban Ink Productions
Oct 26-29: Edmonton, AB -- Citadel Theatre
Feb 2: Vancouver, bc -- The Clutch And Soft Cedar
Feb 15: Windsor, ON -- Phog Lounge
Feb 17: Halifax, NS -- The BUS STOP
Feb 19: Montreal, Qc -- Le Balcon
Feb 22: Toronto, ON -- Burdock Music Hall
Feb 23: Victoria, BC -- The Victoria Event Centre