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Tue Jan 14, 2020

Artist Spotlight: We Shall Overcome

Learn more about the uplifting project from Damien Sneed celebrating civil rights anthems, beloved gospel tunes, jazz standards and more—all inspired by the life and words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and marking the final day of Black History Month.

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Read about Sneed’s strong bonds with musical mentors such as Aretha Franklin and Jessye Norman, Dr. King’s Canadian connection, and the compelling history and inspirational power of the traditional title tune “We Shall Overcome.”

 

INTERVIEW WITH DAMIEN SNEED

EXCERPTS FROM MLK’S 1967 MASSEY LECTURE

EXPLORATION OF THE SONG “WE SHALL OVERCOME”

"Damien Sneed is an ambassador for classical and gospel music who brings positivity, optimism and thoroughness to every occasion. His talent stretches across traditional divisions. In the realest sense, he uses his artistry to make our world a better place."

Wynton Marsalis

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"For years, American musical artists have used their platform to proclaim songs of protest and reconciliation in response to the many issues in our homes, schools, government, nation and the world abroad. My desire with this musical offering is to follow in the footsteps of the pantheon of great artists like Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and others who melodically gave voice to those who otherwise wouldn’t have a voice."

Damien Sneed

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FILM SCREENING: Journey to Justice | Feb 13 at 7pm, The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St)

This powerful documentary tells the story of six unsung heroes of the Canadian civil rights movement, among them Viola Desmond and Fred Christie. Across two decades from the 1930s to the 1950s, these brave and pioneering activists risked so much in order to secure justice for all.

Don’t miss We Shall Overcome at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Saturday February 29th at 8pm. Tickets available here.

 

 

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