The Legend of Sing Hey (90 MIN, CAN, 2018)
A Documusical directed by Becca Redden
Music by Janice Jo Lee and Lydia Mainville
Featuring interviews with El Jones, Kai Cheng Thom, Alysha Brilla, Shawn Johnston, Jamaal Jackson, Andre Fenton, King Kimbit, Redd, Malek Yalaoui, Saleem Ansari
This documusical follows Kitchener-based artist-activist Janice Jo Lee, her sister, and her friends from Ontario to the East Coast playing shows, sharing music, and rediscovering what home means by leaving it. Emerging along the journey is the mythical voice of Sing Hey, a prophecy released through musical numbers, living a powerful, alternate life of kicking down oppressors through screaming emotions. As they talk to other artists-activists, explore identity, and travel back home, Sing Hey begins to seep into Janice’s life, as fiction becomes truth, expressing what we always wanted to say but wouldn’t dare. The Legend of Sing Hey is a story that connects family, identity and community with history and ancestral roots through performance, music, and celebration of spirit.