Four Questions About Human Rights with Shad
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights just released the full line-up of music and performances that will take place at RightsFest – happening September 20 and 21 – a celebration for the opening of the museum. We partnered with the museum to curate the Canadian Concert for Human Rights on September 20 and are thrilled to have Canadian hip-hop artist Shad perform.
What does being part of the opening celebrations of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights mean to you?
It definitely feels like an honour and a special opportunity. There are a lot of important conversations around human rights that we need to have in this country – some even involving the museum itself – and being invited to christen this place feels like an invitation into that conversation. I'm honoured to get a chance to offer something here.
What do you think the role of music is in human rights?
Music can inspire change. It can be prophetic, it can remind people, it can connect people and it can free people.
How has activism and the pursuit of Human Rights shaped your music?
I think we all have a role to play in making our world more just and compassionate. I don't consider myself an activist but I hope my work in music can contribute in some way to the same movement towards equality.
Who is your inspiration?
Anyone who fights to remain an individual in a world that pressures us to be like everyone else. Anyone whose love for humanity causes them to sacrifice something. Anyone who still believes things can improve.
Read last week’s blog post with Buffy Sainte-Marie, also performing at the Canadian Concert for Human Rights.
Find out more about RightsFest here.
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