Jackie Richardson, actor, singer (born 1947 in Donora, Pennsylvania). Jackie Richardson is an award-winning singer and actor whose career spans more than five decades. She has been called Canada’s reigning queen of jazz, blues and gospel, and has received a Maple Blues Award for lifetime achievement. She is also a Gemini Award and Dora Award-winning actor who has appeared in numerous musical theatre productions, films and television series. In 2014, the Toronto Star named Richardson one of 180 people who have helped shaped the city since it was founded. She was made an Honorary Member of the Order of Canada in 2021.

Jackie Richardson is an award winning actress and one of Canada’s foremost singers of gospel, blues and jazz whose career includes performances in radio, recordings, commercials, theatre, film, TV and live concerts. She has travelled across Canada performing in all the major cities and forces bases as well as countries around the world such as Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, The West Indies, Lebanon, France, South Pacific Islands and The USA.  Jackie has also received NAACP, Juno, Betty, Dora, Jessie, Gemini, TBS Lifetime Achievement and Canadian Black Lifetime Achievement Awards and Nominations. Recently Jackie was honoured to be chosen by the Toronto Star newspaper, in their Commemoration of Toronto’s 180th Birthday, as one of the 180 people they considered to have in someway helped to shape the city. She recorded a duet “New York Stories” with Micah Barnes (The Nylons) and sang “Weeping” on Bruce Cassidy’s (Blood Sweat & Tears) solo CD. September 2014, the CD Just Passing Through: The Breithaupt Brothers Songbook was released with Jackie singing the title song. She hosted the award nominated Jazz FM Radio Series “Identities – Musicians Who Chose Canada” (she is currently recording the second season). Jackie also received a Critics award for her portrayal of Big Mama Thornton at The Festival in Ottawa/Gatineau 2013). February 2014 found Jackie touring The North West Territories with Joe Sealy’s Africville Stories and this year she returns to The North Land with her daughter, Kim Richardson to perform their show “Mother and Daughter Reunion” .

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