Civic Long Weekend @ Celebration Square

Saturday & Sunday, August 5th, 6th, 2017

Dawud Wharnsby Ali

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Canadian born poet and songwriter Dawud Wharnsby began sharing his music with audiences as a street performer in his late teens.

Two decades later, his career as a troubadour has yielded a string of over fifteen soloalbums, two poetry anthologies, numerous sound-track creditscollaborations with several of the music industry’s most talented artists and performances in some of the world’s most prestigious theatres.

In true folk-music tradition, Dawud’s songs have spread around the world ~ his lyrics treasured by listeners of all ages, and his refrains ringing out in primary schools, universities, places of worship, festivals, rallies and conventions internationally.

One of the most prominent spiritually and socially conscious writers of our time,Wharnsby’s work has been referenced in publications affiliated with both Harvard University in the USA and Cambridge University Press in the United Kingdom.

Dawud’s writings of English language nasheed (spiritual hymns drawn from Qur’anic philosophy) were among the first of their kind written and distributed professionally around the world.

As a voice for the socially-conscious and spiritually-driven, Dawud’s poetry, songs,artworks, intimate live concerts have inspired a generation of educators, musicians, poets and artists.

Though he continues to write, record and offer live performances ~ in recent years Dawud has become a strong advocate of Simple Living and more actively involved with educational initiatives promoting artistic expression as a means to achieving positive social change.

He manages his own music publishing company (Enter Into Peace) and his own independent music production/indie-label (Silk Route Media) ~ both of which help fund several humanitarian and educational initiatives.

As a result of his global efforts in community bridge-building, Dawud Wharnsby (also an avid hiker and lover of the out-doors) was declared an Ambassador of Scouting by the UK Scout Association as of June 2010.

Dawud and his family reside seasonally between their homes in Pakistan and Canada.

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