Freedom Singer


Co-created by Khari Wendell McClelland and Andrew Kushnir with Jodie Martinson, FREEDOM SINGER honours one of the country’s essential historical narratives: the Underground Railroad.

FREEDOM SINGER is a a new documentary theatre piece produced by Project: Humanity in association with Crow’s Theatre and Urban Ink. 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.


Tickets are now available for our limited engagement
February 1-11, 2017 at the Scotiabank Community Studio, Toronto

On the evening of October 18th, Urban Ink hosted a reading of latest draft of FREEDOM SINGER at 7:30pm, The Anderson Street Space (1405 Anderson Street, Granville Island). 


Project: Humanity is a Toronto-based company raising awareness of social issues through the arts, with a strong emphasis on youth engagement. Their highly-acclaimed works The Middle Place and Small Axe have positioned them as a leading developer of verbatim theatre in the country.