Show at newly named Five Points Theatre features JUNO recognized acts

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A performance by two Canadian acts as part of Black History Month will feature a special panel on the contributions of black women to Barrie.
The City of Barrie present An Evening with Digging Roots and Dione Taylor & The Backsliderz on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at the newly named Five Points Theatre. The event blends blues, roots and R&B genres, as well as the panel discussion.
“The City of Barrie is thrilled to welcome two of Canada’s fines home-grown artists to our city for this unforgettable performance,” said Karen Dubeau, Director of the Creative Economy Department.
“Bringing together Digging Roots’ modern twist on traditional Indigenous music and Dione Taylor’s original songs inspired by the journeys of Black Canadians, this is a truly unique performance that reflects the history and diversity of Canada.”
Digging Roots features musical partners Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish who have made Barrie their home since 2000. Their five-piece indie band brings global-blues infused songs and audience ‘round dances’ rooted in Indigenous tradition with modern aesthetics to their performances. While all three of their albums were nominated for a JUNO Award, the band won the JUNO for Aboriginal Album of the Year in 2010 for their album We Are.
Dione Taylor’s music focuses on telling stories about faith and perseverance, and educating listeners about the journeys of Black Canadians who followed the Underground Railroad to find freedom in Canada. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, the jazz singer-songwriter has performed across the United States, Canada and Asia for audiences that have included the President of the United States and Queen Elizabeth II.
Taylor’s first album, Open Your Eyes, was nominated for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year at the 2005 JUNO Awards. Taylor will team up with the Backsliderz to deliver a soulful and powerful performance.


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