Yonge-Dundas Square closing celebration of all things Mexico, complete with Mariachi, live bands artists, dancers and Mexican food and crafts market. Our final adios to MexFest 2015.
Featuring Hector Hernandez
Soulful, classic, and theatrical, Hector is captivating and his music is diverse with his wide range of influences as he continues to challenge himself musically. This soulful artist is warm and approachable, charismatic and sincere. In 2010, Hector was awarded 2nd place at the Chin International Italian Song Festival and had performances at Casino Rama Hector was invited by Telemundo 51 to be part of “El Carnaval de la Calle 8″ Miami Florida where he performed at TN3 Miami, El Show de Fernando Idalgo, Buenos Dias America, Telemundo 51, Acceso Total at Telemundo
Hector is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian and is currently working on his first album to be released in summer 2013, in collaboration with Omar Martines, Nasri Atweh, Max Roach. In March 2013 Hector signed a contract with Tricon Films for a pilot for a TV show. The show will profile his emergence and explore the challenges a young artist faces as his career continues to evolve.
Ballet Folklorico Corcovi
“Corcovi” means night bird, magical or coming from the sun, in Purepecha language. The folkloric dance troupe “CORCOVI” is born as a consequence of the valuation and promotion of our roots, thus realizing an extensive investigation of the traditions of the state of Michoacán, until one arrived the professionalization of Mexican folkloric dance. For more than 15 years, this group has performed both national and international stages, asides from realizing various projects of artistic dance work. The director Emilio Orozco Gallegos alumni of the INBA (Institute of the Fine Arts), has journeyed through different stages of his career such as dances, choreographer, researcher in the field of different ethnic groups, cultural promoter, college and university professor of dance degrees on a national level, among other activities, all of this to be able to consolidate the “CORVOVI” folkloric dance troupe as one of the most important and recognized in Mexico.
Mariachi Los Gallos
Mariachi Los Gallos has performed at prestigious events and has earned reputation as one of the best Mariachi band in the Country. The Mariachi has traveled throughout Canada as musical ambassadors representing the beauty of the Hispanic culture and creating a bridge of cultural understanding between Mexico and Canada. Mariachi Los Gallos packed a powerful punch straight out of the gate, with clouds of violin rosin billowing from the fiddles as members dug in the bows. The group displayed bravura as it nearly perfectly executed every facet of the mariachi art.
Saul Torres and his Band
Saúl Torres has emerged as one of the most singular talents of Spanish rock in the continent, capable of seamlessly tying together latin, funk, rock, and flamenco. Not only he has released groundbreaking albums with the Toronto band Dirty Maria, Saúl has shown remarkable stylistic growth and musical diversity, constantly experimenting with different sounds, textures, and genres. His voice is artistry and pure passion. Now, as a solo artist and composer, brings the best of Latin Rock to the Canadian public.
I.M Brown is a performing artist of ambient/soft grunge music about to release his debut album in September 2014. I’M. Brown challenges its audience to change their perspective of what it means to be an artist, the role that relaity and fantasy play in the stage, and the concept of total freedom as a human being, don’t loose sight sight of him both in his debut album as well as future concerts
Vivianna is not the kind of singer that merges in the background; she stands out and really gets the crowds going with her powerful voice and natural moves. People have said her body language alone would be enough of a treat to watch but she also has an amazing voice! She was bestowed the acclaimed “Premio Armonia” for her outstanding artistic career in Mexico City when she was only 18 years old. Vivianna has natural talent for Salsa and Latin music, singing songs both in Spanish and Portugese which honours her Latina background. Cumulatively, this makes Vivianna a great entertainer with a magnetic, strong stage presence… after all it is where she has spent most of her life. She has fronted many bands and performed for very large crowds at venues, events and festivals all over the world, sharing the stage with artists like INXS, Sly and The Family Stone, Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter, among others. Vivianna has also co-written music with artists like Canadian icon Randy Bachman.
The city of Cuernavaca, known in Mexico as the “city of the eternal spring”, has also become a focal point for a national blues movement in the country, thanks in part to Rosy Cervantes y La Sana Rabia. The band was founded in 2002 by Rosy Cervantes, a singer-songwriter who began her music career singing Latin American folk music before discovering her passion for the blues, and who now fuses the two musical genres to create a style that is all her own. She also toured with folk group Nahui (1992-1994) and with Lalo Chico and The Cuernavaca City Blues Band. Finally Rosy founded La Sana Rabia ( The Sane Rage) and recorded -LO BLANCO Y LO NEGRO,” (2006)featuring her own songwriting talents as well as those of well established Mexican composers . She toured extensively around Mexico performing in Guadalajara, Puebla and Mexico City, and participating in international festivals like the Festival Ollin Kan in Iztapalapa, the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Cuernavaca, Morelos; the 5th Encuentro Internacional de Blues in Mexico City (2011). In Toronto she has participated in the International Festival of the Image and the Word in 2013, is the creator of “The Rosy Peña de Cervantes” and is very proud to share the folklore of Latin America into Canadian life.