Windsor is set to host a touring theatrical production of Freedom Singer, featuring Juno Award nominees and acclaimed performers. Following the world premiere of Freedom Singer during Black History Month 2017, Project: Humanity will visit Vancouver, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Gananoque, Windsor and Edmonton.
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 soul singer Tanika Charles and acclaimed guitarist Noah Walker, the production will reach six more cities through October 2017.
In 2015, McClelland retraced the steps of his great-great-great grandmother Kizzy and discovered the songs that likely accompanied her and thousands of others as they escaped US slavery (as documented by journalist Jodie Martinson on CBC’s The National and Tapestry).
In sharing this music – which is reinvented through contemporary styles like hip hop, funk and soul – 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.
Freedom Singer premiered in Toronto in February 2017 and then toured to Regina, Calgary, Winnipeg, Halifax, Montreal and Ottawa.
Fall 2017 Tour Dates:
Sept 21-24 – Gananoque, ON
Sept 29 – Windsor, ON – Phog Lounge
Oct 1 – Dawson City, YT
Oct 4 – Whitehorse, YT
Oct 7-15 – Vancouver, BC
Oct 26-29 – Edmonton, AB
Project: Humanity (PH) creates original and innovative socially-minded theatre. Founded in 2004, the company is committed to joining and advancing vital community conversations, and finding better ways of listening to marginalized individuals and groups – especially young people. Our fusion of artistic excellence and a rigorous social justice mandate resonates with many communities outside of the performing arts; PH presents across the globe at conferences, high schools, universities and youth shelters.