Faith Nolan (born 1957) is a Canadian social activist, folk and jazz singer-songwriter and guitarist of mixed African, Mi'kmaq, and Irish heritage. She currently resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nolan and her family lived in the Africville, a predominantly black community in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At a young age, she and her family moved to Toronto, Ontario's Cabbagetown neighbourhood.
Nolan is seen as part of a Canadian feminist music movement of the 1980s and 90s. In the early years of her career, she performed with the feminist band, The Heretics. Nolan's music is described as "her political work, a politics firmly rooted in her being working class, a woman, African Canadian and queer." Nolan is openlylesbian, and uses her music to link her sexuality with the musical history of black North America.
Part of her activist work has been documenting the social, political and cultural history of Africville, a historic African Canadian settlement in Maritime Canada. . Rinaldo Walcott cites her as one of the African-Canadian artists working to prevent the erasure of the black presence in Canadian history.,
Her aim is "to see social changes occur that will stop the degradation of women and will stop unjustly punishing women for defending themselves."
She also runs a musical therapy workshop at Vanier Centre for Women and at Sistering, a women's organization located in downtown which provides support to homeless, marginalized, and low-income women.
In 1994, Nolan in conjunction with the Toronto Women of Colour Collective, once known as the Toronto Multicultural Womyn in Concert, helped establish Camp SIS (Sisters in Struggle) located in the Kawarthas, 2 hours northeast of Toronto.
In 2009, Nolan was named Honoured Dyke for Toronto's 2009 Pride celebrations and led the 2009 Dyke March.
On November 29, 2014, Nolan was recognized at the third annual Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Award Gala for her contribution to the arts and labour movement.
Freedom to Love (1989)
Hard to Imagine (1996)
Faith Nolan: A Compilation 1986-1996 (1996)
On the line (picketline songs) (2000)
Overloaded, Fed Up and On the Line (2002)
Let it Shine (2002)
Faith Nolan Live with Mary Watkins (2003)
Day Done Broke (2006)
One World (2008)
Mannish Gal (2008)
CUPE Freedom Singers. And Faith Nolan (2009)
Jailhouse Blues (2014)
Older, Stronger, Wiser (1989)
Sisters in the Struggle (1992)
Long Time Comin, featuring the life and music of Faith Nolan (1993)