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Tanika Charles and STORRY will perform at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

Tanika Charles by May Truong
Soul singer Tanika Charles received Juno nominations for her first two albums. Photo by May Truong.

Two intriguing Juno-nominated musicians will take their acts to Burnaby. Tonight, soul singer Tanika Charles and queer, feminist, and sex-positive musical artist STORRY share the stage in the Studio Theatre at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Charles, who’s based in Toronto, is best known for her albums Soul Run and The Gumption. They each earned Juno nominations for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. Moreover, these discs made the longlist for the Polaris Music Prize.

Last year, she released her third album, Papillon de Nuit, which included guest appearances by Toronto rapper DijahSB and Vancouver multi-disciplinary artist Khari McClelland (the Sojourners).

In addition, Charles has had acting roles on various TV shows, including as a recurring guest on CBC Kids.

Watch Tanika Charles perform “Look at Us Now” on CBC Music inn Studio at the Junos.

STORRY studied opera and escaped the sex industry

Meanwhile, STORRY, a.k.a. Dina Kousouflakis, performs everything from opera to reggae, but is mostly rooted in R&B and soul. STORRY’s debut album, CH III: The Come Up, was nominated for a Juno for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year. She also snared a Juno nomination for her single “Another Man”.

During the pandemic, the Toronto-based STORRY created a conceptual EP, Interlude, with virtual collaborations.

STORRY
STORRY describes herself as a queer, feminist, and sex-positive artist.

“From straight-A student, to opera-trainee, to being coerced into the sex industry, to producing and releasing my own albums completely independently, to being nominated twice for a JUNO award…my STORRY is about resilience,” the STORRY website declares.

Check out the video for STORRY’S “A Lost Find”.

Tanika Charles and STORRY play the Studio Theatre at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby on Thursday (January 26). For tickets, visit the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts website. Follow Pancouver editor Charlie Smith on Twitter @charliesmithvcr. Follow Pancouver on Twitter @PancouverMedia.

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Pancouver editor Charlie Smith has worked as a Vancouver journalist in print, radio, and television for more than three decades.

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