TRURO - Legendary R&B and gospel artist Dutch Robinson will take to the stage July 28 when the Town of Truro Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee hosts the second annual EMBRACE Truro Festival.
The daylong festival begins in the afternoon with local multicultural entertainment and food in downtown Truro. The day culminates with Robinson's performance at the Cobequid Educational Centre at 7 p.m.
Concert tickets are $13 plus applicable service charges and are available through the Marigold Cultural Centre box office and at MacQuarries Pharmasave on the Esplanade.
Raymond Tynes, a Truro town councillor and chairman of the town's Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee, is excited about Robinson's upcoming performance as well as the showcasing of Truro's arts, cultures and diversity.
"Truro was built on the contributions of many heritages and cultures," Tynes says. "It's important that we acknowledge our town's fascinating history and continue to showcase its diversity."
Robinson, a jazz, soul and R&B icon, has won numerous awards and much acclaim for his singing, as well as his work in theatre and television. Probably best known as the lead singer of the R&B group, the Ohio Players, he toured, recorded and appeared on such shows as Soul Train and the Tonight Show.
The Grammy winner with the powerful, five-octave voice, brought a Truro audience to its feet last October during an EMBRACE Festival performance at the CEC.
From noon to 3 p.m. on July 28, the public is invited to Civic Square where live multicultural entertainers will take to the stage. Truro Farmers' Market vendors will extend their Saturday hours to offer up an assortment of delicious foods and quality products.
Also from 12 noon until 3 p.m., the Colchester Historeum Museum will be showing back-to-back films that were featured during a recent Diversity Film Series, co-sponsored with the Colchester Regional Development Association. The public will also get free admission to the museum, which is currently showcasing an exhibit entitled "Out of the Woodwork," the history of woodworking in Colchester County.
The Colchester Regional Development Association will have free barbecue for children. The Truro Library will hold a story time with tales from other countries beginning at 1:30 p.m.
The Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee's partners for the EMBRACE Festival include the Town of Truro, the Community Enhancement Association, the Colchester Regional Development Association, Truro Farmers' Market, Colchester Historeum Museum, the Truro Library, Cobequid Educational Centre, the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, and the Marigold Cultural Centre.