Portia White: Canada’s Original Superstar
Join Sheila White for the fascinating story of her famous aunt Portia White (1911-1968), a nationally recognized person of historical significance featured in museum and library collections.
Portia White achieved international acclaim in the 1940s for her prowess as a classical concert singer from Nova Scotia, made all the more significant and remarkable by her status as a single, Black woman. Portia began her professional career relatively late, at age 30, after a breakthrough Toronto debut as a contralto. She toured half the world, playing to packed halls and adoring audiences as a Columbia Concerts artist.
Co-sponsored by the North York Historical Society and the North York Central Library Society & Recreation Department.