Hey Viola!


Golden Civic Centre
Golden Civic Centre
806 10th Avenue S, Golden, BC


Sat 07 Oct 2023


7:30 pm
The story of Viola Desmond, the black woman who refused to leave the whites-only section of a Nova Scotia cinema in 1946, has become an inspiring piece of cabaret musical theatre that is notable for its “artistry and class."

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Bacchus Books & Café

About The Event

A Musical Theatreworks in association with Western Canada Theatre production 

Viola Desmond, The Soundtrack of a Life 

Created by Krystle Dos Santos and Tracey Power
Starring Krystle Dos Santos

Viola Desmond, recently honoured as the newest face on our ten-dollar bill, is mostly known as the black woman who refused to leave the whites-only section of a Nova Scotia cinema in 1946 and ended up getting arrested. As it turned out, Ms. Desmond was a successful self-made black businesswoman and early feminist who had the confidence to protest a racist law, and her actions helped start the modern civil rights movement in Canada.

And nearly 80 years later, at a period when the social protest of Black Lives Matter and the Me Too movement continues to roil and flare, her powerful story has been transformed into a piece of cabaret musical theatre that is timely and moving. Written and directed by Tracey Power (Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Glory) and performed by dynamic Vancouver singer and actor Krystle Dos Santos, Hey Viola! is both a useful history lesson and an in-depth character study.

It is also a marvelously effective musical revue that uses the songs that most inspired Viola to help tell her story. From “Mississippi Goddam” and “A Change is Gonna Come” to “This Train” and “I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free” the soundtrack is powerful and evocative – and comes very much alive thanks to the electrifying performance by Dos Santos, an award-winning soul and R&B singer who has been compared with icons such as Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley. Summer Kicks regulars will remember that Krystal and her band tore up our stage and got everyone up and dancing in summer of 2022

Writes Alyson Eng of Broadway World, “Her performance was so raw, genuine, and emotional . . . Dos Santos really embraced her character and she had me captivated the entire time,” . Not to be outdone, The Vancouver Sun called Hey Viola! “a splendid new musical” that was notable for its “artistry and class.”

Krystle played Summer Kicks with her band a few summers ago and we’re very pleased to welcome her back to Golden in this theatrical musical.


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