The Young Centre presents: The Sistahs Concert – Sunday, August 9

JACKIE RICHARDSON & MOLLY JOHNSON (photo: youngcentre.ca)
JACKIE RICHARDSON & MOLLY JOHNSON (photo: youngcentre.ca)

This concert will blow the roof off!

Imagine, within the same concert, seven of Canada ’s most powerful, most prominent, and most loved black female vocalists.

I know Molly Johnson forever, and I’m in love with her CBC Radio 2 weekend show. She will be there, and she’s only one of the ‘magnificent seven’ gracing the stage that day.

Tickets are on sale; more details in the press release, below…

Sundays at the Young continue with powerhouse female vocalists

in The Sistahs Concert

Toronto, ON – July 21, 2009 – Albert Schultz, General Director of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, today announced the line-up for the third Sunday in Sundays at the Young, a series of day-long festivals that enlivens the Young Centre throughout July and August.

For four Sundays in July and August, the Resident Artists of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts take over the entire venue to celebrate the creative spirit of Toronto in all of its cultural, ethnic and disciplinary diversity.

Each program features concerts and free ancillary events and installations throughout the day and into the evening.

The third Sunday at the Young features:

  • The Sistahs Concert – Sunday, August 9

3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Young Centre Resident Artist Andrew Craig brings together seven of Canada ’s most powerful, most prominent, and most loved black female vocalists for two extraordinary concerts.  The Sistahs Concert features Juno award-winning jazz vocalist Molly Johnson, blues, jazz and Gospel music titan Jackie Richardson, Juno award-winning R & B and soul vocalist and actor Divine Brown, platinum-selling R & B vocalist and actor Toya Alexis, celebrated R & B and Jazz vocalist and actor Alana Bridgewater, Juno and Maple Blues-nominated vocalist and actor Shakura S’Aida, and veteran performer Ada Lee.

Andrew Craig will Musical Direct from the piano and will lead his hand-picked A-list backing band, made up of some of Toronto’s finest musicians, including saxophonist Colleen Allen.

Young Centre Resident Artist Waleed Abdulhamid leads From the Nile to the Don, an afternoon of free ancillary performances and installations that explores the cultural influence of Africa on our city.

Other Sundays in the series feature:

Making Hay in Hard Times – Sunday, July 26

  • drum talk: movement of a people 2:00 p.m.
    An exploration of the centrality of the drum in African culture, curated by Young Centre Resident Artist Weyni Mengesha and d’bi.young, featuring aka Subliminal (beatbox), Aquilla (dub poet), Nation Cheong (Kumina), David Cox (tap dance), Janelle Joseph (Capoeira), Talib Robinson (steelpan), and Rhoma Spencer (Calypso).

  • Yellow Brick Road 4:00 p.m.

Young Centre Resident Artist Noah Richler curates a literary and musical remembrance of the 1930’s, a decade awash in masterpieces, featuring Murray MacLauchlan, Chris Whiteley, Diana Braithwaite, Jean Stilwell and Young Centre Resident Artist David Buchbinder.

The Birds and the Bees – Sunday, August 16

Young Centre Resident Artist David Buchbinder leads a concert celebrating our fragile planet and its creatures in song, word and dance.

Sundays at the Young are led and created by General Director Albert Schultz and the Young Centre’s Resident Artists: Waleed Abdulhamid, David Buchbinder, Roberto Campanella, Andrew Craig, Weyni Mengesha, John Millard, Claudia Moore, Andrea Nann, Patricia O’Callaghan, Soheil Parsa, Noah Richler, and Suba Sankaran.

Sundays at the Young run until August 16 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, located at 55 Mill Street , Building 49, in the Distillery Historic District. Tickets for the concerts are $20 for adults, and $5 for students and children.  All ancillary events are FREE.  Tickets are available by calling the Young Centre box office at 416.866.8666 or online at www.youngcentre.ca

Sundays at the Young are supported by TD Canada Trust Music, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Ontario Arts Council. The media sponsor for Sundays at the Young is CBC 99.1.  The Young Centre Resident Artist Program is generously supported by Donna and Gary Slaight.

The Young Centre for the Performing Arts is an award-winning, multi-venue performing arts facility located in the Distillery Historic District.  Anchored by Soulpepper Theatre Company’s year round season and George Brown College’s Theatre School, the Young Centre is a home for Toronto’s leading artists and arts organizations across all performance disciplines.  The Young Centre presents the very best in theatre, dance, music and spoken word in a state-of-the-art setting.



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