Crystal Shawanda

Fri May 27 - Sat May 28, 2022
Crystal Shawanda

Arts Commons Presents
PCL Blues
Engineered Air Theatre
Friday, May 27, 2022 at 8:00 PM &
Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 8:00 PM

Crystal Shawanda

With six albums under her belt, 2021 JUNO Award winner Crystal Shawanda has defined her gritty sound with a north meets the south sensibility, capturing the resilience of the human spirit in her heart-wrenching lyrics and deep, grounded vocals. Her latest album, Church House Blueswas lauded by Blues Blast magazine, “Rarely does an album of any sort have all hits and no misses, but Shawanda’s latest pitches a perfect ten out of ten.” Meanwhile, Rock and Blues Muse magazine said, “This is one fiery, exhilarating singer who digs deep." 

Hanging out in her basement on Wikwemikong reserve in Ontario, Crystal Shawanda was raised on the soulful sounds of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Etta James. The music spoke to her soul, a healing balm in an otherwise tumultuous world, and she embraced it with arms wide open – recording her first album at the young age of 13. And by 16, she was living in Nashville to pursue her dream of singing professionally and she hasn’t looked back since. 

Join Arts Commons Presents and the PCL Blues series as we share this Canadian performer brought up in the capital of country music for an unforgettable concert experience. 


 “Rarely does an album of any sort have all hits and no misses, but Shawanda’s latest pitches a perfect ten out of ten. Her melodic Joplin-style vocals soar above the inspiring instrumentation on four covers and six original tracks. Each one is as fresh as the breeze on a Sunday morning, alternately cool (“Evil Memory”), hot (“Blame It on the Sugar”), and warm as springtime (“Hey Love”).  - Blues Blast magazine  


Part of the PCL Blues series presented by Arts Commons Presents.

Ideal for: Performances, presentations, lectures, weddings
Capacity: 185 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Cocktail reception  80 - dinner
Stage: Stage measures 11’ deep x 34’ wide 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible seats
Included: customizable theatre lighting, standard room set-up, private lobby, event planning support 

Completed in 1994 the Engineered Air Theatre carries on the tradition of having a theatre located in its exact location for over 100 years, even incorporating rescued decorative elements from the old Empress Theatre into both its theatre and lobby design. In the summer of 2016, the Engineered Air had a face lift with the comfier chairs and updated décor.

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