Braithwaite & Whiteley

With southern Florida roots, Diana Braithwaite was dubbed a “national treasure” by Bluz FM radio host Danny Marks. Toronto born and raised, her ancestors traveled to Canada from Virginia, via the Underground Railroad.  A gifted and captivating performer, Braithwaite was chosen by Sarah Mclachlan to open Lilith Fair at the Molson Amphitheatre, before 18,000 people. Her talent, and authentic blues shows have led her into the company of such stalwarts as Mel Brown, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker and Jeff Healey. Kansas born Chris Whiteley moved to Toronto as a youth where he met the great blues legend Lonnie Johnson who taught and encouraged him.  During the late 70’s Whiteley toured and recorded with Leon Redbone, appearing with him on Saturday Night Live. He also worked with a great mentor, the legendary Chicago piano player Blind John Davis. Together, Braithwaite and Whiteley present authentic, vintage blues while they continue to expand their horizons internationally and please audiences young and old. Giving back to the community, they have performed their original presentation about the Underground Railroad for over 40,000 students across Canada .

 Maple Blues Award Winners!! Diana and Chris won Songwriter of the Year Award at the2010 Maple Blues Awards Show.  Whiteley also won Best Horn Player and Lifetime Achievement Award. Total Awards for the dynamic duo to date – 8 Maple Blues Awards, a Gemini and African-American Women in the Arts Award, a Cable Ace Award LA, six Juno nominations and a Golden Sheaf and Jazz Report Award.

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