Diana Braithwaite is an award winning internationally renowned jazz and blues vocalist who most recently won the 2018 Global music Bronze Award for Best Female Jazz vocalist. Braithwaite also became the recipient of Canada’s National Blues Awards winning the Blues With A Feeling – Life Time Achievement In The Blues Award 2018.
Chris Whiteley was born in Kansas and came to Canada as a youth where he came to be one of the top musicians in the country. A multi-instrumentalist and nine time Maple Blues Award Winner for Best Horn Player of the Year. Whiteley is also a recipient of the Jazz Report Magazine Album of the Year Award. Chris Whiteley can be heard on the recordings, albums and CD’s of over 250 musical recording artists, including Leon Redbone who hired Whiteley to play on his televised featured spot on Saturday Night Live.
Afternoon show: The Story of the Underground Railroad in Canada is a 50 minute school friendly multi-media performance for elementary schools and young audiences. Performers Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley use songs and images to tell the inspiring and uplifting historical story of the underground railroad. This school production has toured for 12 years to over 150,000 students.
Evening Show: Sugar And Gold Stories of the Underground Railroad goes beyond the underground journey to relate the story of the arrival, challenges, and riveting experiences of the African-American men and women who became members of Canada’s first Black pioneer communities from coast to coast. Rare photographs and unique images provide a rich historical backdrop to the production while a colourful enchanting musical score with original songs embellish the story with an uplifting musical soundscape. Sugar And Gold – Stories of the Underground Railroad begins with the sugar and gold trade in the 1600’s and weaves this captivating remarkable story through the centuries.
Both shows feature a mixture of traditional spirituals, gospel and original songs, all performed with a band – upright bass, drums, & a guest vocalist, with Diana and Chris on vocals and Chris on guitar, trumpet and harmonica: 1. Children Go Where I Send Thee – Traditional 2. Amazing Grace – Gospel 3. Follow The Drinking Gourd- Traditional 4. Let The Light From The Lighthouse Shine On Me- Traditional 4. Sugar and Gold – original