Stars on Our Stage

— PERFORMERS —
Mississauga Latin Festival LIVE 2022


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.

BEBEBOY

BEBEBOY
Singer - EL SALVADOR

Bebeboy is a Hispanic artist and producer from Toronto, Canada. Growing up in a musical household alongside his brother Bounce Zaddy, Bebeboy was exposed to the wonders of expressing himself through music while having a strong understanding of his heritage. Staying true to his roots, Bebeboy successfully manages to intertwine his family history of Latin music with his cultural anchor, the Toronto R&B scene.


CAMILA LOZADA

CAMILA AND BAND
Singer - PERU

Camila Lozada is a Peruvian artist inspired in sharing the richness of Latin-American music with the world. She has successfully performed for Arts Etobicoke, City Hall Toronto, and LAMP to raise funds for Unison, Benevolent Fund, an organization that helps artists and music professionals in need during the covid-19 pandemic. Last summer, she was a grant recipient of Musical Moments where she developed and led a Music Day Camp for high-risk children in South Etobicoke.

CHIRIMIA BARU

CHIRIMIA BARU
Music Band - COLOMBIA

Chirimia Baru was formed in 2011 by musicians looking to rescue and showcase the richness of Colombian music. The chirimía is a kind of oboe that, along with the drum, accompanies religious processions and annual commemorative dances and parades in many areas of Latin America. Chrimia Baru keeps these musical traditions alive with a high-energy performance. This celebratory music is unique and the chirimía is an instrument that has maintained its importance and unique sound through generations.


CLAUDIA VELAZCO - ZUMBA

CLAUDIA VELASCO
ZUMBA Workshop

Passionate for Fitness and Dancing. Licensed Zumba Instructor since 2015. Current Instructor at One Health Clubs in Oakville.


BALLET FOLKLORICO DE COLOMBIA

COLOMBIA DANCE COMPANY
Folklore Exhibition - COLOMBIA

Colombian Dance Company was established in Toronto in 2019 under the direction of Jorge Zarate Tristan, to share and promote Colombian folklore through dance. Colombian Dance Company is integrated with more than 28 members and with more than 6 pieces of repertoire based in the huge variety of regions of Colombia. Colombian Dance Company is a dance company recognized and supported in its activities by the Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Art Council.

PARRANDON BAND

EL PARRANDON BAND
Music Band

Musical Organization EL PARRANDON is a group formed by Colombian and Mexican musicians. Musical Directors Mariano Rodriguez and Oscar Romay and under the General Direction of William Arévalo and with the assistance of Fredy Velez, El Parrandon always ready to make everyone dance!

 

AZURIS

EL SWING DE AZURIS
Music Band

Born in the Dominican Republic, singer Bladimir Azuris de Jesus formed El Swing de Azuris in 2009. He started his career with the merengue group La Banda Bella in 1999, where he showed his capacity as a choreographer and singer. When La Banda Bella parted ways and in 2005 Azuris formed the project Mezcla Típica. As the lead singer, he demonstrated his musical ability and conquered the hearts of the Toronto Latin community. While on a trip to the Dominican Republic, El Swing de Azuris was born and he recorded his first promotional single for the new style of music – Urban Merengue.

 

HUAIRAPUNGO

HUAIRAPUNGO
Folklore Exhibition - ECUADOR

In each performance, Huairapungo, " Door of the Wind " projects the essence, customs, feeling of the Ecuadorian people, and nostalgia for the distant land; The diverse and colorful costumes coupled with the cheerful melodies that accompany their dances complement the representation of a proud and vibrant culture. Their repertoire consists of mythological dances such as "Diablo Huma", "Sacharunas" and "Kallpa"; contemporary dances such as "Fachalinas", "Arco Iris" and "Abagos" just to mention a few dances that embody traditions, legends, and situations of everyday life.




HUELLAS COLOMBIANAS

HUELLAS COLOMBIANAS
Folklore Exhibition - COLOMBIA

Huellas Colombianas is a Colombian traditional dance group born in 2004 in Hamilton to show all traditional dance cultures to the Canadian community and other cultures. Alberto Torres is the director, dancer, and choreographer.


JAIR SANTRICH

JAIR SANTRICH
International Artist - Singer

air Santrich Colombian singer and composer.  Born in Barranquilla, his career started at an early age with different rhythms such as salsa, merengue, vallenato, ranchera, and more.  He is in the middle of his international tour to promote her last musical production called Duele.


JOEL ZAMBRANO

JOEL ZAMBRANO
Singer - ECUADOR

Born in Ecuador, Joel Zambrano is a very well-known artist in the Latin American community, with a beautiful and powerful voice.



JULIETA TABARES

JULIETA TABARES
ZUMBA Workshop

Zumba has become very popular in recent years, and with good reason! There are many health benefits from a Zumba workout, you burn lots of calories while enjoying great music such as cumbia, vallenato, merengue, and much more.

Julieta Tabares, born in Colombia, has been a Zumba instructor for over 12 years, have fun and enjoy your workout!

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KANTUTA

KANTUTA
Folkore Exhibition - BOLIVIA

Kantuta is the national flower of Bolivia; it grows only in the Bolivian Altiplano Heights. It has the colors of the national flag, red, yellow, and green. The dance group Kantuta de Bolivia was organized in 2017 with the goal to express our heritage and traditions through cultural dances. Our focus is to represent and expand various dances to current Lantix generations in Canada so our cultural heritage of Bolivian folklore is not lost here.

 

LATIN ENERGY

LATIN ENERGY
Dancing Group - CANADA

Mark Kowalski, Owner of Latin Energy Dance. Mark started dancing Ballroom almost 25 Years ago. His journey continued into country and swing dancing and also Latin dances. Has been dancing, competing, teaching, and choreographing Latin Dances for over 10 years. He travels all over the world to train with some of the world-renowned instructors. He is always striving to learn more and to learn about the roots of the dance in order to dance with flavor and style. Mark believes in quality and technique over quantity.

 

LATIN SWING ORCHESTRA

LATIN SWING ORCHESTRA
Music Group

Bass player Fhanor Molina began his musical experience at an early age in the city of Cali, Colombia. After years of musical training and dedication, Fhanor Molina started his own Latin orchestra. The Latin Swing Orchestra is a group of professional musicians that have had the opportunity to participate in numerous festivals such as the Beaches Jazz International Festival, TD Niagara Jazz Festival, Brantford Jazz Festival, as well as private and local parties in various cities throughout Ontario.

MANNY CARDENAS

MANNY CARDENAS
Singer - PERU

Manny Cárdenas has been performing in front of audiences large and small since the early age of four. He has been featured in many Canadian and Latin American newspapers and radio stations and has appeared on several TV networks including City TV, CBC, OMNI, and TLN. After establishing a solid foundation in traditional Peruvian and Latin American rhythms, Manny now finds himself fronting his own group which bears his name, “Manny Cárdenas y Su Orquesta” which is quickly gaining recognition in Toronto.


VIVA MEXICO MARIACHI

MARIACHI VIVA MEXICO
Music Group - 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.

 

PERUVIAN ROOTS

PERUVIAN ROOTS
Folklore Exhibition - PERU

PERUVIAN ROOTS is a group of people who are proud and passionate about their Peruvian culture and their main purpose is to share a little bit of the Peruvian culture through their dances.

 

ROSARIO ARCE

ROSARIO ARCE
Singer - BOLIVIA

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 one of the most requested singers in the multicultural world of Canada. Rosario has been recognized by the Bolivian Government as the “Ambassador of the Bolivian & Latin American Culture in Canada”

 

SALSOTIKA

SALSOTIKA BAND
Music Band

Salsotika was formed in 2007 under the musical direction of Johan Aguirre The band Originally started by playing 80's Salsa Cover Song Because of years of experience Salsotika Has Backed up many notable Salsa Singers such as Tony Vega, Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound, David Pabon, Luisito Carrion, Edgar Joel, Roberto Blades Willy Gonzalez and more Presently Salsotika is Working on an album which will feature different singers from the Toronto Salsa music scene.

 

SENTIR VENEZUELA

SENTIR VENEZUELA
Folklore Exhibition - VENEZUELA

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 DE AQUI

SON D’AQUI ORCHESTRA
Music Group

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 it again!

 

THE MEXICAN FOLK BALLET

THE MEXICAN FOLK BALLET
Folklore Exhibition - MEXICO

The Mexicans Folk Ballet, a Mexican dance company established in Toronto in 2012 under the direction of Jorge Zarate Tristan, with the main purpose of sharing and promoting Mexico’s culture, traditions and folklore through dance, based on the cultural heritage of Mexico, enriching and sharing it with the Canadian and International community.

 

TONATIUH

TONATIUH
Folklore Exhibition - MEXICO

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.

 

XTRAVAGANZA SHOW

XTRAVAGANZA SHOW
Dance Group - CUBA

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

YAMBEQUE
Folklore Exhibition - COLOMBIA

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.

 

YERKO CALDERON

YERKO CALDERON
Singer - CHILE

Singer of ranchera music, boleros, and ballads. His artistic career began in his native Chile, participating in different festivals throughout the country.