Honouring Canada’s first lady of gospel, jazz and blues
with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award
Saturday, January 30th, 2016
At Evo, Plaza Centre-Ville, 777 University Street, Montreal, Qc H3C 3Z7
Cocktails at 5:30pm
Dinner at 6:30pm
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($80 tax deductible)
Jackie Richardson was born in Pennsylvania in 1947 but moved at a young age to Richmond Hill, north of Toronto, with her family. A gospel singer at heart, Richardson went from singing in her church choir to becoming a Canadian icon. Her singing career began at the age of 16 when she joined a girl-group called The Tiaras. Later, she performed regularly at Canadian Armed Forces bases all across Canada (Northern Stars). Making a name for herself as a jazz, blues and gospel powerhouse singer, Jackie has performed and recorded with countless musicians and ensembles including but not limited to Ray Charles, Divine Brown, Mavis Staples, Oliver Jones, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Symphony. Her debut solo album A Woman’s View through a Child’s Eyes was released in 2003 and is “an experience of soul [and] a profoundly personal synthesis of remarkable gospel, blues and jazz.” (Toronto Jazz)
Her powerful voice provided the perfect transition into stage with credits including Cookin’ at the Cookery, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Turning to Stone and The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God. She’s also a veteran of the large and small screens. She’s been awarded a 2005 Dora Mavor Moore award and received nominations for Gemini, Juno, Canadian Black Achievement Award for the Arts and NAACP awards among others.
Jackie shows no signs of stopping as she continues to perform throughout Canada and the United States.
Honouring World Champion Boxer Otis Grant
With the Dr.Clarence Bayne Community Service Award
Otis Grant was born in St. Ann, Jamaica but moved to Canada at the age of seven. He started boxing alongside his brother Howard when he was eleven years old and went on to win a silver medal for Canada in 1987 during the Pan American Games as an amateur. Turning professional in 1992, he is a two-time holder of the North American Boxing Federation middleweight title. Grant is also known as the first Black Quebecer to win a World Boxing Organization championship.
Grant now owns a boxing gym alongside his brother where they train and promote the new generation of athletes. He is also heavily involved with the Otis Grant & Friends Foundation whose mission is to distribute clothes and food to both individuals and families in need as well as support students completing post-secondary studies with scholarships.