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Mississauga Latin Festival VIRTUAL - 2021
Each year, over 200 artists pass through the stage of the Mississauga Latin Festival providing a show of cultural diversity with the colourful display of costumes and contagious movements, and a variety of musical rhythms performed by the different bands and singers. The festival is proud to promote our local talent and to showcase the folkloric groups that show the traditions of the different geographical regions in Latin America, and they in turn preserve those traditional dances for future generations.
ANDY Y LOS LATINOS
Andy and Los Latinos began playing at private events, such as weddings, birthdays. Little by little they began to receive recognition from the public and began to perform at different public and community events. In all their presentations they can enjoy rhythms such as salsa, cumbia, and bachata among others.
ASI ES MI TIERRA PERU
Asi es mi Tierra Peru was created with the great desire of showcasing the Peruvian dances in Canada. Peru has a long history of folklore; their dances have a dramatic mix of old and new ages, and also they are the result of different ethnicities: Native Pre-Inca, Inca, European, and African. Such diversity of dances reflects the integration of these cultures.
Carla is a talented musician who loves to promote her South-American roots thorough music. In her performances, you will enjoy a perfect mix of songs that take the listener on a journey to our colorful lands. A vibrant melting pot of Latin rhythms such as Bolero, Cha-Cha, Son, Salsa, Cumbia, and more with a pinch of jazz, with lyrics both in Spanish and English.
She is a Latin star. Chantel Collado was born in Toronto Canada to a Dominican father and Uruguayan mother. Youth added to that great overwhelming personality, perseverance and discipline have made her one of the most relevant feminine promises of Urban Bachata.
EDGAR DE LEON
Edgar de Leon, popular Colombian singer, knows as "el rey del despecho"
Bolivian singer who has been performing for over 30 years. His career started in La Paz Bolivia with Trio Los Romanticos. He continued his career as a solo artist when he immigrated to Canada. His style includes romantic boleros.
A group with Colombian roots, well known in the Latin American community. You will enjoy the best of the Colombian rhythms in each of their presentations.
FANTASIA ORCHESTRA made its debut in January of 1978, at Toronto night club “COCONUT”. Since then it has been participating in many of the big events in the Latin American community; In 1989 FANTASIA ORCHESTRA crossed over to the Canadian market, making successful appearances at festivals and awards ceremonies.
Born in Ecuador, Joel Zambrano is a very well-known artist in the Latin American community, with a beautiful and powerful voice.
Considered one of the top voices in the Canadian Music Scene today, Yeti Ajasin (A.K.A. Lady Son) has been making waves and carving a name for herself and her band in Toronto and beyond for the past three years. Rich, powerful vocals combined with the knowledge, understanding, and passion Yeti has for what she does, make her performance second to none. She is also the conga player for the band, adding intricate rhythms while singing the lead vocals, making her a huge hit to her audiences. Yeti is able to capture the magic that music is made of and transfer her energy and presence to every single person she comes across.
Lisandro Meza played an important role in the evolution of cumbia, the traditional big band dance music of Colombia. A master of "vallenato sabanero", an accordion-driven style of music, Meza forged a sound that has been described as "a cross between rural Dominican merengue, and Tex-Mex norteño." Lizandro Meza initially attracted attention as a founding member of Los Corraleros de Majagual. One of Colombia's most popular bands in the 1960s, the group served as the breeding ground for such influential artists as Fruko, the "Godfather of Salsa". Lisandro Meza has continued to influence the music of Colombia and Latin America.
LLASAS DE BOLIVIA
The Dance Group LLASAS was founded in December 2007 in Oruro – Bolivia. The group’s objective is to promote the beautiful Bolivian folklore. They have dances from different regions, and they are proud to represent Bolivia in different multicultural events in Canada.
LUIS FELIPE GONZALEZ
Luis Felipe was born in Caracas, Venezuela, on December 31, 1949. At the age of four (4), he started in the world of music playing the cuatro. At nine (9) years old he already directed a group of Christmas bonuses, participated in cultural acts and amateur events, at thirteen (13) years old he received remuneration for his activity, and for his first dance group, which he named ORQUÍDEA. The group had percussion and Luis Felipe played the harp, an instrument that he mastered with great precision and which brought him much satisfaction. At fourteen (14) years old, he debuted professionally, forming the well-known group of NELSON AND HIS STARS, of which he was one of its creators. The first long-lasting album (LP) he recorded with this group was called “Cosa Buena” and with this, he began his career as a producer and composer. In the orchestra NELSON AND ITS STARS, he played bass, an instrument on which he has been a standard-bearer. He also became the lead singer of the orchestra.
MARIACHI VIVA MEXICO
Viva Mexico Mariachi is one of a kind Multicultural mariachi band ensemble based in Toronto. It blends talent, charisma, and experience in its professional, lively, energetic, outstanding, and even virtuoso performances. Viva Mexico Mariachi is a blend of classic and ethnic Mexican instruments: Trumpets, Violins, Vihuela, Guitarron, and Guitar
Miko Buay 507 is a Panamanian artist in Toronto, he stands out for his songs of urban genre. He started his artistic career as a singer in 2018.
International Singer Tribute
José Pastor López Pineda, better known simply as Pastor López, was a Colombian-Venezuelan singer-songwriter who was born in Barquisimeto, Lara State, Venezuela, on 15 June 1944 and died on April 5, 2019, at 7:45 pm (at the age of 74) in Cúcuta, Colombia, after suffering a cerebral aneurysm. Pastor López's musical career, over 30 years of success, not only in Venezuela and Colombia but internationally is considerably extensive, his style is Colombian tropical music in genres such as Cumbia, Paseo Vallenato, el Paseaito, and El Porro among others. We had the honor of having him as an international guest at our festival, let's remember and enjoy the performance of this unforgettable artist.
Panama is a Central American country, inhabited mostly by mestizos (persons of mixed African, European and indigenous ancestry). The music of Panama is heavily based on the folk music of Spain, With this heritage, Panama has a rich and diverse music history, and important contributions to cumbia, saloma, pasillo, punto, tamborito, mejorana, bolero, jazz, salsa, reggae, calypso, rock, and other musical genres.
RICE AND MANGO
Rice & Mango was created in 2012 as a musical project based in the fusion of Latin and Pop/Rock/Funk styles. Since its creation, Rice & Mango has become one of the hottest Latin acts in Toronto. The high-energy performance of classic and modern Latin hits is the band’s signature.
“Rice & Mango” (Arroz con Mango) is a Latino expression that means mixing things that don’t match well naturally. However, the “rice and mango” this band is creating leave audiences excited, with a happy heart, and at the same time, hungry for more.
Rosario Arce has a unique style in the interpretation of Bolivian folklore and Latin-American music. She sings in English, French, Quechua, Aymara, and Spanish. For more than a decade, Rosario has remained as one of the most requested singers in the multicultural world in Canada. Rosario has been recognized by the Bolivian Government as “Ambassador of the Bolivian & Latin American Culture in Canada”
Sentir Venezuela Cultural Group is a non-profit organization that wants to express, promote, and encourage interest in the Venezuelan culture through its traditional music and dance. Their performances are joyful, energetic, colorful, vibrant, always smiling, and bringing Venezuela into their hearts.
Son D'aqui was formed in 2018 by Vince Alvarado and musical director Johan Aguirre. They pay tribute to all our legendary salsa stars, by performing all their greatest hits. They have also been honored with the task of backing up many international artists. Last summer, at the Mississauga Latin Festival, they performed a tribute to Colombian salsa which was excellent and now we will be able to watch again!
Tonatiuh Dance Group is under the direction of Luz Adriana Castillo. Graduated from the National School of Mexican Folk Dance of Mexico City. Dedicated to the promotion and diffusion of Mexican folklore for more than 20 years. The Group members are dancers of all ages from 4 to 50+, all levels in dance beginners, intermedium, and advanced, with the goal to spread the Mexican Culture and traditions through dance, especially to influence the kids that were born in Canada
VIEJO SAN SIMON
Mi Viejo San Simon, started in November 2016 in the city of Toronto with the participation of 40 young Bolivians, among which are people who were born in Canada with Bolivian roots and others who arrived very young from Bolivia. This is how this project begins in order to spread Bolivian culture and out of love and devotion to the Virgin of Urkupiña and Socavon in Bolivia.
Xtravaganza is the only Latin Cabaret Dinner show in Canada & the US, Xtravaganza truly captures the essence and elegance of the traditional Latin Cabaret clubs such as the legendary “Tropicana Show” in Havana Cuba. This production is made out of 26 artists, 14 professional male and female dancers, 8 musicians, 1mc host, and a great behind-the-scenes cast that works hard to deliver a great show. This production with spectacular costumes, great dancers, live music, and dinner will transport you to the tropics where you will feel away on holiday for a night without having to get on a plane.
Yambeque is a dance school focused on salsa, bachata, cumbia, they also have an excellent dance group of Colombian folk dances in a variety of rhythms. Today we will enjoy the performance of adults and kids from the school.