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Khari Wendell McClelland’s Freedom Singer Album Release: A Celebration of Black History

Presented by The Cultch and Soft Cedar

February 2, 2018  |  York Theatre [map link]

York Theatre

Khari Wendell McClelland is a diversely talented and ever-evolving artist. Originally from Detroit, Khari has become a darling on the Canadian music scene with reviewers lauding his performances as a clever mix of soul and gospel.

Khari collected and interpreted songs that likely accompanied his great-great-great grandmother Kizzy as she fled US slavery into Canada. He uses a range of styles like hip-hop, gospel, folk and soul to create a bridge from the past to the present. The resulting song-cycle, Freedom Singer, became a documentary theatre musical crafted with Project: Humanity’s Andrew Kushnir and CBC’s Jodie Martinson.

Soft Cedar is proud to be presenting the release of the album version of this inspiring and important work. On February 2 at The York Theatre Khari will be joined by The Sojourners, Tonye Aganaba, Desiree Dawson, Jillian Christmas, and many others to release Freedom Singer and celebrate Black history.


Presenting work on all three of The Cultch’s stages, Soft Cedar provides an opportunity for local musicians to produce unforgettable concert experiences for their audiences. Soft Cedar continues with Holy Hum (April 21), Lightning Dust (June 2) and others to be announced soon. The inaugural season of Soft Cedar is supported by Creative BC through the BC Music Fund.

Feb 2, 8PM

Running time:
90 minutes

ASL Interpretation provided by Lisz Keallen

For this presentation, Soft Cedar is partnering with Project: Humanity on their national Freedom Singer Concert tour, supported by TD