Bio

Kristine Maitland has been singing socially from a very young age, with a love of folk, blues, jazz and torch, and early music.

Of late, her focus has been on work songs and folk songs sung by the likes of Odetta and Oscar Brown, Jr. Performers such as Susan McKeown, Sixto Rodrigues and Eartha Kitt among Kristine’s favourites.

A former historical reenactor, she developed a repertoire of 16th century song in Italian, English and Spanish. Kristine also was active in the Middle Eastern Dance community in the SCA performing Sephardic, Arabic and Bulgarian material.

Kristine Maitland trained in storytelling and puppetry through Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Toronto Public Library (TPL).  In the 1990s, she built and wrote the scripts for two puppet shows still in use in TPL: Tug of War and Ashung Meets a Ghost. She also, as part of the 1998 production of the York Cycle, performed in Poculi Ludique Societas ( a medieval theatre company at the University of Toronto) where she acted as puppeteer and actor. She has told stories at Nathan Phillips Square, Metro Hall, Buddies in Bad Times, the 519, Now Magazine Lounge, the Gladstone Hotel and the Transac Club.

Kristine is a semi-professional dancer, with knowledge of swing, social ballroom and Latin dance.  Kristine Maitland has run dance workshops for Good for Her, Planned Parenthood and The International Conference on Bisexuality (ICB).

For a time, Kristine acted as historian and performer with the Burlesque and Vaudeville Alliance, in 2004 she curated Bad Girls Run Amok, an exhibition covering the history of burlesque in Toronto as part of the Mayworks Labour Festival, where she also performed with members of Toronto’s current burlesque community.

Currently she moving around the open mic circuit , seeking a bass player to accompany her.

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