Wednesday, December 2nd – Ottawa, ON – Parliament Hill (Measha to perform as part of the Christmas Lights Across Canada Illumination Ceremony) – Tickets
Sunday, December 13th – Saint John, NB – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception – Tickets
Tuesday, December 15th – Halifax, NS – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium – Tickets
Wednesday, December 16th – Fredericton, NB – Fredericton Playhouse – Tickets
Thursday, December 17th – Fredericton, NB – Fredericton Playhouse – Tickets
I was the guest host AND guest performer of #QtheFuture February 19th! My guests were pianist-turned-filmmaker Barbara Willis Sweete, Award-winning Canadian poet Dennis Lee, and filmmaker / African music curator Chris Kirkley.
Blog post & video:
Also Part 3 of the excellent VisionTV feature, Songs of Freedom will be presented in an encore performance at 10pm tonight ET (or watch an episode online below):
And download the amazing app that allows you to view and navigate some of the 360 videos from Songs of Freedom. It is a beauty:
On February 2nd VisionTV will host the world premiere of Songs of Freedom starring Measha Brueggergosman. A 90-minute film, 4-part TV series, interactive website and mobile application that blends musical performance, historical documentary and personal journey. In the film and TV series, produced and directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, Measha performs an intensely powerful and spiritual collection of ‘Freedom Songs’ that emerged from Africa via the slave trade to America, then to Canada via the United Empire Loyalist migration and the Underground Railroad.
“My exploration of African-American spirituals is a way for me to challenge my classically trained mind. It is helping me to become a better musician. But there is another reason why spirituals are so important to me. I wanted to explore this repertoire because it’s dear to my heart. These spirituals are close to my Christian faith. They are also a very important part of my family’s history. It is the music of my people. My ancestors were stolen from Africa and sold into slavery in the United States before finding freedom in Nova Scotia.”
World premiere 90-minute film: Monday, February 2, 2015 at 10pm ET/7pm PT on VisionTV (Canada)
Premiere broadcast 30-minute TV series: every Friday in February (6, 13, 20, 27) at 10pm ET/7pm PT on VisionTV (Canada)
Songs of Freedom Interactive
Produced alongside the series and 90-minute film is the Songs of Freedom website and mobile interactive songbook application (iPad and iPhone) both of which are centered around Measha’s full-length performances of 10 Freedom Songs as seen in the feature film and TV series.
The engaging, in-depth website, produced by DEEP Inc. features exciting, personal, and informative written contributions from experts and participants featured throughout the film. Viewers can learn more about topics such as the history of the slave trade, African American Spiritual music, and black communities in Maritime Canada.
Catch this live version of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” recorded in studio for CBC Music. Part of a 12 song CBC Christmas tribute, other tracks will be released over the holidays by artists Nikki Yanofsky, Michael Kaeshammer, Hey Rosetta!, Moist, the Barenaked Ladies and more.
The east coast part of the Christmas cross-Canada tour begins Wednesday December 3rd in Saint John, NB.
See the full schedule here.
12/3/2014 ~ SAINT JOHN, NB // IMPERIAL THEATRE
12/4/2014 ~ FREDERICTON, NB // PLAYHOUSE
12/5/2014 ~ CHARLOTTETOWN, PE // CONFEDERATION CENTRE
12/6/2014 ~ LUNENBURG, NS // MUSIQUE ROYALE (ST. JOHN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH)
12/10/2014 ~ DARTMOUTH, NS // ALDERNEY LANDING
12/11/2014 ~ TRURO, NS // FIRST UNITED CHURCH
12/12/2014 ~ ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NS // KING’S THEATRE
12/14/2014 ~ WOLFVILLE, NS // ACADIA CONVOCATION HALL
12/15/2014 ~ PICTOU, NS // DECOSTE CENTRE
12/16/2014 ~ GUYSBOROUGH, NS // MULGRAVE ROAD THEATRE
12/18/2014 ~ HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NL // O’BRIEN ARTS CENTRE
12/20/2014 ~ ST JOHN’S, NL // HOLY HEART THEATRE
12/21/2014 ~ TORONTO, ON // CHRISTMAS MARKET IN THE DISTILLERY DISTRICT
I was pretty stoked to be included with the likes of Charlotte Gray – biographer and historian, Lisa Moore – author, Natalie Panek – rocket scientist and Shelagh Rogers – broadcaster, last month at Mount Allison University for an incredible Walrus Talks on The Art of Conversation. I believe everything in our lives stems from the truths (or the lies) we tell ourselves. There is an extremely influential art to the conversations we have…with ourselves.
I am currently touring across Canada with my latest album on Warner. Come on out and hear some tunes from “Christmas.” Go to http://www.measha.com/schedule/
for dates. I hope to see you and, in the meantime, be good to yourselves!