Top Canadian artists raise awareness for Iran with “Sunday Bloody Sunday” cover

Article Contributed by Make Music Matter | Published on Saturday, November 12, 2022

A4A Records / Warner Music Canada have released a lyric video for “Sunday Bloody Sunday” today; 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. Today, 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 says.

“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,” explains Darcy Ataman who co-produced the track alongside multiple Grammy winner David Bottrill (Muse, Rush, Peter Gabriel). A full list of participating artists is included below.

“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,” says 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.

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.