Musician’s Freedom Walk Project Features Music and More
Toronto singer-songwriter Rufus John created The Freedom Marching Project, a music, multimedia and fundraising initiative inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and civil rights activism.
The Caribbean-Canadian black R&B/soul artist will release all three songs Freedom Walk Project EP on February 4. The project will also include: two official music videos; a studio performance video; a commercial call to action; a three-part behind-the-scenes documentary series; and a website with resources and information.
The goal of the Freedom Marching Project is to use the creative power of art, education and activism to honor community leaders who fight on the front lines every day for equity, access, diversity, participation and rights of Black, Indigenous and racialized communities.
It also aims to shed light on the experiences of Black, Indigenous and racialized communities and provide resources and information for those who wish to stay informed, connect and take action.
John is also a Certified Youth Worker and Mentor, and his music tells stories about his past as well as the issues faced by young people in order to bring them to the fore, promote understanding and help teens in their life journey.
The more than 40 black and racialized artists, musicians and producers from across Canada that John has brought together for The Freedom Marching Project are collectively called United Artists 4 Change.
the Freedom Walk Project EP was produced by Da-Rell Clifton, Gary McAuley, Rufus John and Darren Hamilton, and mixed and mastered by Dan Brodbeck.
Some of the artists involved were JRDN, Carlos Morgan, DO, Chad Price, Dan-eo, Owen “O Sound” Lee, Dwayne Morgan, Quisha Wint, Jason Simmons (Vocal Paint), The McAuley Boys, Nefe, Clair Davis, Aphrosy, D/Shon and the Waterloo Region Mass Choir.
the Freedom Walk Project EP can be pre-ordered here. Details on release rollouts and other updates can be obtained by subscribing on the Freedom Marching Project website.
The Freedom Marching Project has partnered with Selam Debs, a black Ethiopian queer anti-racism coach, yoga consultant and trainer, and studio owner, and the Parents of Black Children initiative to create a GoFundMe page where people can make a donation until February. All proceeds will be divided equally between The Freedom Marching Project and partners who fight against racism, oppression and discrimination.
Parents of Black Children is focused on creating an equitable and peaceful educational experience for Black students free from oppression and racism. It provides resources and supports parents as they advocate for their children and navigate the Canadian education system.