Toronto-based singer Patricia Cano gave a memorable performance at Lakes District Secondary School on March 7, 2016.
Cano was accompanied by two guitarists and a percussionist – all virtuoso musicians. She sang songs in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese, in a variety of styles and emotions. According to John Barth, President of the Lakes District Arts Council, a “small but enthusiastic” audience enjoyed the fifth performance of the season.
“Many of Patricia’s songs were based on her life experiences, and on the memories of her parents and grandparents in Peru,” explained Barth.
Cano grew up in a Peruvian household in Sudbury. After graduating from the University of Toronto, she spent five years in Paris with the world-renowned theatre company Le Theatre du Soleil.
After leaving the company, she spent seven months in Rio de Janeiro listening, playing, singing and feeling her way through the Carioca music scene.
In 2009, she launched her singing career with her multilingual debut album “This is a new world.”
In addition to Cano’s performance, local artist Rene Jaspers exhibited the first paintings in a planned series of 30 to 40 paintings in the ‘Highway of Hope’ project.
The series will include paintings at each 25 km stop from Prince George to Haida Gwaii, along Hwy. 16. The finished series of work will be shown in almost every town and village along the highway.