Black Lives Matter Toronto (Playlist)

As one of the faces of the anti-racism movement in Canada, Sandy Hudson, it’s safe to say, has had a fairly intense few weeks. The co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto has been everywhere, debating talking heads on TV news channels, rallying against systemic racism at protests, and writing op-eds spreading the #DefundThePolice message. So how’s she managed not to run herself ragged? By listening to dope music. Just as Martin Luther King Jr. called the civil rights era’s freedom songs “the soul of the movement,” to this day activists use music as a way to unify their collective intensity, mobilize others, and fuel their movement. Hudson herself listens to a wide array of Canadian artists in all manner of contexts—she’ll rock TOBi’s protest anthem “24 (Toronto Remix)” to get charged up before a televized debate, or put on some Shi Widsom to help her decompress after a long day. With that in mind, she made Complex Canada a playlist of songs she’s been rocking while fighting racism on the daily…

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