• Ah Yeah!  Excited to release a new song and head out on this 50 show tour!

     

    Black Canadian, Black Canadian – that’s just who I am
    Black Canadian, Black Canadian – I am from this land
    I could go way back and tell you other places,
    But ain’t no other way to say it, except by saying
    I’m Canadian.

    Black Canadian is the powerful new release from D.O. Gibson that is accompanied by a 50 show school tour.

    According to Gibson, the song is about claiming identity:

    “When you live in a city as diverse as Toronto, people will often ask “Where are you from?”  When I’d respond “Canada” they would reply “No, where are you really from.” My family is from Canada.  My parents and grandparents were born in Canada.  I’m Canadian.”

    Released to coincide with a Black History Month tour, Gibson thinks it is important to talk Black Canadian history.  He’s been doing so for over fifteen years through his Stay Driven hip-hop assembly program. Over the next six weeks, he will do over 50 shows for the Black Canadian tour.

    “It didn’t take me long to see that most of the time schools only focused on two people – Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.  These are key figures, but I think we need to dig deeper.  There is so much history about Black Canadians and I think we need to learn about that.”

    In his presentations and in the song Black Canadian, D.O. tells the stories of black Canadians including Viola Desmond and Josiah Henson.

    “These stories are close to me,” says D.O. “I have family in New Glasgow – where Viola Desmond sat down in the movie theatre to stand up for her rights.  I’ve been in that theatre – though now it’s a night club, so a different experience.”

    In addition, Gibson’s father plays the role of Josiah Henson – a slave that became a freedom fighter – in a short film that plays at Uncle Tom’s cabin in Dresden.

    D.O. also tackles the issue of being of mixed descent when he raps:

    “When I say I’m black that’s no disrespect to my mother”

    “You often hear of people that are mixed as being confused of their identity – not black enough to be black or white enough to be white.  This hasn’t been my experience.  I was born in a small town in Saskatchewan.  My mother and her family are white.  That’s me.  Maybe because I grew up in communities where I was often the only person of colour, but I never had confusion – I always thought of myself as black.  To me that doesn’t mean that I don’t acknowledge my “white” side.  I think it is up to each individual to find their own voice and their own identity.”

    Black Canadian is available on all digital retailers.

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