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'National treasure' to perform in Orillia Sept. 29

Jackie Richardson will lift your spirits, says artistic director of Huronia Cultural Campus event
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Jackie Richardson 'will leave you in awe,' say organizers of a Sept. 29 concert. Richardson will be joined by pianist Robi Botos and fingerstyle guitaris Shun Ng. Contributed photo



Do your soul a favour and join Jackie Richardson for a night full of musical magnificence.

Take a front seat to revel in song and story at this concert being held Sept. 29 at St. Paul’s Centre; doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 7:30 p.m.

“To say Jackie Richardson is a national treasure is selling her short,” said Lance Anderson, Orillia musician and artistic director for the HCC. “She is a world renowned artist of the highest level of excellence.”

“Forget everything else and witness her greatness”, he added. “Your spirit will be lifted and your mind put at ease to hear this woman sing.”

“There are only a few people in the world that can do this,” said Anderson. “Aretha was one, Ray Charles, Nat Cole, Billie Holiday were others — sadly they have left us.

But Richardson , who deserves to be mentioned in that company, is still in our midst, he said.

“She will leave you in awe,” said Anderson.

Accompanying Richardson is Canadian pianist, Robi Botos, a multiple JUNO Award winner, who has been hailed as one of the most diverse multi-instrumentalists of this generation.

Botos, a protege of Oscar Peterson, has the same kind of deep swing and fabulous technique as his mentor.

“Robi has been stunning audiences all over the world, as he also launches a solo international career,” said Anderson. “Alone, he is a formidable force, and together, Jackie and Robi will bring the house down.”

Another unique presentation for the night is New York City’s guitar virtuouso, Shun Ng, an award-winning fingerstyle guitarist and singer-songwriter known for his unusual style, which infuses elements of soul, funk, blues, and jazz.

“I first heard Shun playing last year at the Boquete Jazz and Blues Fest in Panama,” said Anderson. “His mastery of the guitar was dazzling; his musicianship impeccable.”

But it was Ng’s joyous spirit and unbridled enthusiasm for all kinds of music that won over Andrerson.

The event promises to be a night of joy and spiritual journeys for music fans, said Michael Martyn, general manager of the Huronia Cultural Campus (HCC).

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring more of the country’s greatest musicians to our local audiences,” he said. “As HCC continues to grow, we will continue to work towards making Orillia a hub featuring the greatest artists from across the street, across the country, and around the world.”

Richardson’s smooth jazz voice and enigmatic stage presence, combined with Botos’s majesty at the piano, as well as Ng’s exquisite guitar playing will dazzle your senses.

Tickets are available downtown Orillia at Alleycats Music & Arts, 95 Mississaga St. E., as well as at Manticore Books, 103 Mississaga St. E. They can also be bought online at

The Huronia Cultural Campus is a not-for-profit organization, which began its activities in 2017 in Orillia and area and is committed to and firmly believes in providing Orillia and area with experiences in contemporary arts.