Western Canadian Music Award-winning soul singer-songwriter Krystle Dos Santos and her 4-piece band will take students back in time to the peak of Motown Music from the late 1950s to 1980s. Krystle’s powerful and interactive medleys of hits by The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations and the Jackson 5 will have students and teachers singing and dancing in their seats! Students will learn interesting facts about these key artists and about the historical and significant impact that Motown music has had on contemporary soul music today.
BLAK | Canadian Women in Music – Virtual Performance
Krystle Dos Santos and her 4-piece band take you on a powerful musical journey celebrating notable Black Canadian women in music. She shares historically important stories about the underground railroad, civil rights movement and key events in black history while weaving in iconic songs from the eras in which these women lived and performed. You’ll learn about contemporary opera soprano Measha Brueggergosman; Canada’s First Lady of the Blues Salome Bey; Vancouver’s First Lady of Jazz Eleanor Collins; internationally renowned Opera Singer Portia White, BC Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee Candus Churchill; and jazz singer-songwriter Dee Daniels. Krystle also shares songs by some contemporary Canadian artists, along with some of her own from her award-winning album Bloom | Burn. You’ll be introduced to an array of musical styles including spirituals, jazz, blues, soul, R&B, pop and hip hop. The show also includes a multimedia component with photos and videos of spoken word poetry.
Audience Size: 500 Grades: K – 12 Language: English Availability: Year-Round
Format: Pre recorded concert with live Q & A
About Krystle Dos Santos
Krystle is a two-time Western Canadian Music Award-winning blues, jazz and soul singer based in Vancouver with Guyanese roots. She has been performing for more than a decade across Canada and is known for her powerful voice and infectious warmth, pairing original soul music with beloved Motown classics. With a voice that is commanding, powerful and rich with talent, her music, inspired by classic and neo-soul combined with contemporary hip-hop and R&B elements, is executed brilliantly. Her approach to music is unmistakably genuine.
In addition to performing, she has acted in The Arts Club musical Dreamgirls and The Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen at The Firehall Arts Centre. Dos Santos continues to share her eclectic array of performances through many platforms: her fourth album of original music, BLOOM | BURN; Hey Viola!, a jazz cabaret about the life of Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond; A History Of Motown and BLAK | Canadian Women in Music shows designed for young audiences; and many more live celebrations of blues, soul and R&B music on stages across Canada.