FreeUp!: This Sunday, join Black artists across Canada to celebrate Emancipation Day 2021
August 1, 2021
August 1, 2021
On August 1st, watch a CBC Arts special on Canada's first officially recognized Emancipation Day
To commemorate the abolishment of slavery throughout the British Empire in 1834, August 1st has been officially declared Emancipation Day in Canada — a day to celebrate, educate, and reflect on what freedom means.
From Toronto's Little Jamaica to Africville, Nova Scotia and the fields of Saskatoon, FreeUp! Emancipation Day 2021 will stream on Sunday, August 1st at 1pm ET on CBC Gem and YouTube. Canadians are invited to join in on the coast-to-coast festivity filled with music and performances from artists expressing how they celebrate this day and the journey it took to get there.
Hosted by award-winning stage actor, writer, director and producer Ngozi Paul, FreeUp! Emancipation Day 2021 is a performance-driven and youth-led celebration of spoken word, dance, theatre and music. 
This year's lineup includes some of Canada's most exciting and innovative performers including Haviah Mighty, Silla & Rise, Aquakultre, Anyika Mark & Nathan Baya, Peace Akintade, and d'bi.young anitafrika, who will also be presented with this year's Rosemary Sadlier Freedom Fighter Award.