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Freedom: A Mixtape

Freedom: A Mixtape

Edited by Marcel Stewart
With Suitcase in Point
Subjects: Mental Health, History, Anthologies, Verbatim Theatre
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369104779, 96 pages, January 2024
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369104786, 96 pages, January 2024
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369104793, 96 pages, January 2024


Freedom: A Mixtape is a soulful artistic response to recent and historical violence on Black bodies, presented through a collection of original songs, stories, poems, anecdotes, spoken-word pieces, and musical instrumentation from folks living in Ontario's Niagara Region. A community conversation about our complicated relationship with emancipation and the human right to be free, Freedom: A Mixtape is a compilation album that is part protest and part celebration. It is history and the present moment all at once, a reminder that this moment is part of a larger, ongoing movement. Familiar pains are felt deeply in moments both bygone and bitingly present, setting the tone—and stage—for action.

Analog field recordings and soothing talk-radio energy give voice to the residue of intergenerational trauma, the depths of colonialism, resilience amidst oppressive conditions, and a clarion call that joy is a birthright for everyone. With emotional precision and softness, Freedom: A Mixtape offers a radical reminder that in our bleakest moments, we rise up through love of self and community.