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August 3
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Hey Viola!

Viola Desmond – The Soundtrack of a Life

Who is Viola Desmond, other than the newest face on the Canadian ten-dollar bill? What was the fire within this successful black businesswoman that gave her the confidence to refuse to leave the whites-only section of Nova Scotia’s Roseland cinema in 1946?

Vancouver songstress and performer Krystle Dos Santos, with the support of Steve Charles on bass and Alex Ward on piano, brings the life of Viola Desmond to the stage. The cabaret is inspired by the dynamic and inspirational music that filled the life and home of this trailblazer of the civil rights movement. With brilliant hits of the era, like “Dream a Little Dream”, “Smile”, “A Change is Gonna Come”, and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, this show gives audiences an opportunity to discover how the actions of one woman played a huge role in a movement that continues today.


    Hey Viola

    Written by Tracey Power & Krystle Dos Santos

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