Canadian Musicians Lend Their Voices to Raise Awareness of The Fight for Democracy in Iran

Sunday Bloody Sunday recording Damhnait Doyle © Photo by Ashley Senja

A4A Records (Artists for Artists)/Warner Music Canada have released a lyric video for Sunday Bloody Sunday a 2019 song recorded by a collective of Canadian artists committed to promoting freedom and human rights worldwide. The cover was originally recorded and released in the summer of 2019 to raise awareness of the political crisis and human suffering in Sudan. Now, participating artists like Juno-winner Hill Kourkoutis are once again sharing U2’s iconic protest song in solidarity with Iranian women.

“Music can help to raise awareness and spark conversations, which in turn leads to change. We believe in the power of music and we stand together with the people of Iran,” Kourkoutis said.

“Reimagined by some of our greatest Canadian talent, our hope is that this song serves as a tool of advocacy, helping to amplify the voices of those fighting to reclaim their own,” explained Darcy Ataman who co-produced the track alongside multiple Grammy winner David Bottrill (Muse, Rush, Peter Gabriel).

“As always, when voices are unceremoniously silenced, music must take its place at the vanguard, leading the charge in the art of protest to advocate for basic freedoms,” said Ataman.

Widespread protests against the Iranian government were sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, arrested by the morality police in Tehran on September 13 for allegedly violating Iran’s strict rules requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab. Since then, scores of protesters have been arrested, jailed, and killed by the oppressive regime as a national uprising and growing international movement call for accountability and the respect of fundamental human rights.

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David Bottril, Ian D'Sa © Photo by Ashley Senja

Participating artists include:

  • Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent)
  • Ben Kowalewicz (Billy Talent)
  • Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo)
  • Cone (Sum 41)
  • Neil Sanderson (Three Days Grace)
  • Matt Walst (Three Days Grace)
  • Damhnait Doyle
  • Emmanuel Jal
  • Serena Ryder
  • Corey Hart
  • Ron Hawkins (Lowest of The Low)
  • Scott Anderson (Finger Eleven)
  • Simon Ward (The Strumbellas)
  • Amy Millan (Stars)
  • Colin MacDonald (The Trews)
  • John Angus (The Trews)
  • Ewan Currie (The Sheepdogs)

Though not intended as a charity record, all proceeds raised through downloads and streams will be donated to Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran and Amnesty International – Iran.


About A4A Records & Publishing

A4A Records is home to recordings from Make Music Matter’s ( Healing in Harmony music therapy program for trauma survivors. With global distribution through Warner Music Canada, songs of resilience and solidarity celebrate the power of music to heal.

Through a groundbreaking publishing model created in partnership with SOCAN, A4A Publishing is able to collect royalties on behalf of artists living in extreme poverty and conflict zones and 100 per cent of royalties are sent back to the artist community.

Sunday Bloody Sunday Cover © Courtesy of Make Music Matter
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