An Interview with Krystle Dos Santos

“I’m so excited to… show a different part of my creative self to the jazz fest audience.”

First of all, we loved having you at the Festival this year! For that performance you played some of the soundtrack of the musical you created, Hey Viola!—can you tell us a little bit about that show & your creative process? 

It was such an awesome experience to be a part of jazz fest this past summer. Yes, we performed the majority of the soundtrack to Hey Viola! at that show—we had just completed recording the soundtrack a few weeks prior. The show is a co-creation between Tracey Power (Chelsea Hotel, Glory) and myself. It tells the story of our Canadian civil rights hero/icon Viola Desmond, and takes her story for a Heritage minute and her experience of racial discrimination at a movie theatre in 1947, and expands it to show a fuller picture of her life and legacy as a beauty industry pioneer and entrepreneur and what happened to her after the 1947 event. We started with a basic story and the music and narrowed the songs down to ones that we felt Viola would have heard throughout her life and during these experiences and shaped the story with her biographies and information we read written by her sister, Wanda Robson.

What can the audience expect from your IronFest performance? What about it are you most excited for?

In this upcoming show, I’ll be sharing original music from my 3 albums. I’m so excited to share the songs I’ve written/co-written, and show a different part of my creative self to the jazz fest audience.

Performance is clearly a huge part of your life—you’re also an actor, for both film/TV and in theatre—but when you’re not performing, what do you love to do? 

Well, when I’m not totally consumed with toddler crafts and activities, lol, I love eating out with my hubs, taking in a show, or getting outside for a walk. We are also expecting baby number 2 at Christmas, so I’ve been loving getting ready to welcome the new baby into our home.

What have you been listening to lately? Is there any music (or other media) that has felt particularly important to you during the pandemic? 

I know this will sound a little nuts, but it’s hard for me to put music on for myself to enjoy. I do love when others do though… my husband has been playing a wonderful rotation of records from our collection from Jaco Pastorius, James Taylor, Sam Cooke, Harry Belafonte and so much more. I also love listening to interviews and podcasts—Tom Power’s Q on CBC is a fave!

What gig, other than your own, are you most looking forward to at IronFest?

I’m really looking forward to Jodi Proznick’s show! She’s such an amazing musician and person and I love watching her perform.

Krystle Dos Santos will play at IronFest on Friday, November 19 at 7:30PM. Tickets are $25, and you can purchase them here: