Experience a contemporary musical ride along the Underground Railroad when the Freedom Singer tour comes to the Capitol Theatre on Friday, September 29, 2017.
Freedom Singer tells the true story of Vancouver-based musician Khari Wendell McClelland. Through a suite of songs and theatrical encounters, Khari retraces the steps of his great-great-great grandmother Kizzy and immerses himself in the music that may have accompanied her escape from US slavery.
Dramatized interviews with choirmasters, historians, Khari’s family and other community elders steep audiences in a contemporary decoding of the past, and a collective revisiting of one of our quintessential Canadian historic narratives (and mythologies): the Underground Railroad.
As Khari puts it: “Music is the great animator… it certainly helps me to understand and communicate my feelings in a more powerful and deeper way… it’s a profound reckoning.”
Using traditional and contemporary styles such as gospel, soul, folk, rock and hip hop, Khari explores how the past can be animated through music, and how that can shift understandings of our present context and future possibilities.
Freedom Singer also lays bare how unreachable some histories may seem, and the
personal toll that comes with trying to connect with an elusive and unfairly denied heritage. What does it mean to be a “freedom seeker” today?
Freedom Singer is co-created by Juno-nominee Khari Wendell McClelland and Project: Humanity’s Andrew Kushnir. Project: Humanity is a Toronto theatre company that uses journalistic research and verbatim texts to explore social issues. In addition to co-creating the show, Andrew Kushnir is also the director.
The production is performed by McClelland along with JUNO nominee Toronto soul singer Tanika Charles and acclaimed Vancouver guitarist Noah Walker.
“This is the most important show I’ve ever promoted,” explains show promoter Tom Lucier of Phog Lounge. “The reason that presenting it in Windsor is extra special is because we have an exceptional history with the subject matter, the underground railroad. And the main performer and creator (Khari McClelland) is a very old friend of mine from Detroit who moved to Vancouver and after a decade developed this show.”
“He’s one of the most brilliant, whimsical, beautiful people I have ever met in my life and I’m extraordinarily proud of him for creating the show.”
Toronto Life calls Freedom Singer, “a moving musical journey along the Underground Railroad… [the songs] are reinvented as hip-hop, funk and soul numbers… A Must-See!”
Tickets for Freedom Singer are $25 each, the show takes place on September, 29, 2017 at The Capitol Theatre in Windsor for two perfomances:
Matinee Perormance: Doors open at 1pm and show starts at 2pm.
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Evening Performance: Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 8pm.
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Tickets also available at Phog Lounge (157 University Ave W) and The Capitol Theatre (121 University Ave W).
This is an all ages show.
Special Discounts Available For School Groups
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