A (tireless) Star is Born
A current Festival Board member and former Music teacher directed Amanda Martinez in the leading role in a Toronto high school’s musical “The Wiz”. Though obviously gifted she ignored her passion and got an International MBA and a career in banking until 2001 when she gave in to her “flamenco soul”. In 2014 the Minister of National Revenue named Amanda Martinez “one of the Top 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians” and here’s why:
This captivating singer/songwriter earned three Latin Jazz Artist of the Year nominations at Canada’s National Jazz Awards and her songs are on three Putumayo world music collections. She’s headlined at the Blue Note jazz club in New York, World Cup Festivities in South Africa, and at the 2011 Pan American Games and 2015 Pan Am Games. In the media, Amanda is currently hosting PANAMANIA—a TV series about Toronto’s cultural scene. She has worked as a Jazz FM91 radio host, TV personality and actress. She also hosts and co-produces Ingredients for a Good Life to promote Mexico to Canadians
During her spare time, this married mother of 3 visited Namibia as an ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages and became mother to 8 orphaned children for 1 week and is donating the proceeds from her latest album Manana to SOS. “SOS is giving these children their childhood back, I have seen it firsthand.”
Amanda has also graciously donated a beautiful track to the Salmonpler (our Festival Artists compilation CD). It is free to you with a donation of $200.
Click here to listen to Amanda and her band then buy tickets to hear them live at the Festival on Saturday afternoon September 10th
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