Georgian Theatre in Barrie is featuring an R&B double bill, featuring two of Canada’s finest home-grown, Juno recognized artists on Feb. 28. Digging Roots, a genre-blurring, five-piece indie band is paired with Dione Taylor & The Backsliderz. Taylor’s music honours the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present, during Black History Month.

“I am a woman of colour,” says Taylor. “My artistic focus is writing original songs about faith and perseverance, inspired by the real-life stories and journeys of Black Canadians, songs that have an appeal beyond race and age and ability. My primary goal is to educate people with stories about the enslaved Africans who followed the Underground Railroad to find freedom in Canada.”

The City of Barrie and The Barrie Native Friendship Centre have partnered to create a Tickets for Teens & Youth program, giving Indigenous youth an opportunity to do something positive and uplifting together as a group and to participate in the arts.

An evening with Digging Roots & Dione Taylor and The Backsliderz: 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the Georgian Theatre. Visit for tickets or more information.