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Kellylee Evans and Jackie Richardson at Koerner Hall

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Kellylee Evans and Jackie Richardson at Koerner Hall
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Kellylee Evans sings Nina Simone and Jackie Richardson sings Abbey Lincoln, Salome Bey, and Diane Brooks.

Over the past 15 years, Kellylee Evens has been winning over audiences with her jazz, R&B, hip-hop, pop, and her Juno Award-winning tribute to Nina Simone, simply entitled Nina. She possesses a “gorgeous voice that rises to the heavens in rapturous wonder as if in consanguinity with a chorus of angels” (Latin Jazz Network).

Well-known for her magnitude of work on stage, screen, and studio, Jackie Richardson has been called Canada’s reigning queen of jazz, blues, and gospel, and has received a Maple Blues Award for lifetime achievement. She is also a Gemini Award and Dora Award-winning actor who has appeared in numerous musical theatre productions, films, and television series. In 2014, the Toronto Star named Richardson one of 180 people who have helped shape the city since it was founded. She was made an Honorary Member of the Order of Canada in 2021.