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May 22, 2009

Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whitely in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

blues concerts, Canada

Sugar & Gold

Sugar & Gold
Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whitely
Cantos Music, Calgary

Underground Railroad Depicted in Song, Stories

Ontario based blues artists Diana Braithwaite (vocalist) and Chris Whitely (guitar, horn) will be appearing in Calgary at Cantos Music Foundation on Saturday, May 30 at 7:00 pm, presenting their original show, Sugar & Gold, with stories, music and slides about the history of slavery, the underground railway, human rights and Diana’s own great-great-grandmother’s historic journey to freedom in Canada.

Presented by Cantos and Calgary Blues Music Association, the concert will be opened by the William Aberhart Blues Quintet, a group formed of Calgary high school students.

Diana Braithwaite is an award winning writer and vocalist who has researched and created historical plays, music, and films about Canadian and African-American history. A fourth generation Canadian whose descendants came to Canada through the Underground Railroad, Diana uses song and the spoken word to take audiences on the journey her ancestors made from the Southern United States to Canada.

A Maple Blues Award winner, Chris Whiteley has performed with many of the greats in the field of blues, including Blind John Davis and John Lee Hooker. As a member of the Mariposa in the schools program since the early 1970’s, he has worked with students in workshops using various forms of traditional blues instruments including guitar, harmonica, spoons, washboard, and washtub bass. Electrofi-Records released the collaborative classic blues CD-
NightBird Blues with Braithwaite and Whiteley in 2008.

Tickets are $8 and are available at Cantos Music Foundation, 134 – 11 Ave SE, Heritage Posters (1502 – 11 Ave SW) and online at www.jazzelements.com/store

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