Working on Flying Colours in the city of Toronto offered a daily reminder of the diversity of stories in our midst. This diversity is often and rightly celebrated, but the innumerable stories that comprise our treasured multiculturalism here in Canada can also hold a lot pain, as well as some complicated questions around what it means to succeed, and what it means to belong. As I started writing and reflecting on the different joys and struggles within our stories, I was reminded of the community parties we had with other families who arrived in London, On from East Africa when I was growing up. I thought about the fun we had as kids and the various difficulties that our families encountered over the years.
I wanted to make something to celebrate some of that; a throwback to our old fam jams, and a toast to the trials and triumphs of many. The video features some of my "cousins" (not real cousins but... you might know what I mean), some of whom I first met at those old community parties. I'm proud to say we're mostly grown up now; a few even have kids of their own who also appear in the video.
Hope you enjoy,
I came across this speech from Bonnie Sherr Klein's recent appointment to the Order of Canada on the weekend, thought it might be fitting to share as well:http://rabble.ca/news/2013/08/i-am-beginning-not-to-recognize-this-country-bonnie-klein-on-receiving-order-canada
Fam Jam is available on iTunes Canada here. For our international family, search "Shad Fam Jam" in iTunes and it should pop up!
We're excited to announce our fall tour dates for Flying Colours! Tickets will go on-sale this Thursday, August 15th alongside the Flying Colours album pre-order. If you use #shadfamjam in the album pre-order, you'll save $2.00 on your order (courtesy of Black Box Music). Come back to www.shadk.com on Thursday for the pre-order and ticket link. Flying Colours is out October 15th.
|10/19||Toronto, ON||The Opera House|
|11/07||Quebec CIty||Le Cercle|
|11/14||St. Catharines||Mishun Nightclub|
|11/16||London||London Music Hall|
|11/18||Gr. Rapids, MI||Calvin College|
|11/22||Winnipeg||Union Sound Hall|