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Kick off the mighty Kultrún 2017 Festival with this special evening of music, song and dance with the one and only Amanda Martinez who “captures the raw emotion and passion of Latin music” according to CBC Radio. Martinez is one of the most known and loved Latin singers in Canada. This gala is a chance to attend her concert up close and personal. This is an intimate, cozy and casual setting where you can eat, drink, and socialize with Kultrún sponsors and supporters. Most of all, it is an evening to dance the night away!
The gala also features Kitchener’s very own pop singer Elsa Jayne. Jayne sings a collection of her own songs inspired by her First Nations heritage, faith, and personal musings.
Amanda Martinez is a singer-songwriter who blends her Mexican, Canadian and South African roots with Latin soul. Her music has garnered nominations at the National Jazz, Toronto Independent Music and Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Her CD Mañana, produced by Grammy-winning Javier Limón, hails Martinez as “one of the greatest voices in the world.”
She has headlined at the Blue Note (New York), Koerner Hall & Winter Garden Theatre (Toronto), Festival del Centro Histórico (Mexico City) and the FIFA World Cup (South Africa).
Martinez recently hosted / produced a TV series with CBC and has been a radio host, TV personality and actress.
She is an SOS Children’s Villages Canada ambassador, who visited Namibia spending time caring for orphaned children.
Kevin Laliberté – Guitar, background vocals.
Alexander Brown – Trumpet, flugelhorn, background vocals, percussion.
Paco Luviano – Bass, background vocals.
Alberto Suarez – percussion, background vocals.
Elsa Jayne is a First Nations singer-songwriter from Kitchener, Ontario.
A multi-instrumentalist, and dynamic vocalist, Elsa is an ethereal breath of fresh air. From folk ballads to synth led anthems, her melodies and stories are woven with a sense of wonder and disarming truth. Lilting and soaring, Elsa sings of her First Nations heritage, faith, and her personal musings. She addresses the joys and grievances of life in her music with hope and peace. Elsa’s career shines with the release of her self-titled album, Elsa Jayne, her EP, Heart, and most recent release, Christmas Songs. Elsa has performed extensively across Canada and in 2017, alongside singer-songwriter Jesse Maranger, co-founded Evergreen Arts, a Kitchener record label.