Peruvian-Canadian singer Patricia Cano is a singer who specializes in using the vocal jazz and cabaret idioms as starting points to explore a variety of musical styles and languages.
Singing in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish, she is known for communicating the spirit of a song in a way that grabs listeners regardless of their native language.
Cano will bring her multi-lingual musical skills with the concert Illusión at the Harrison Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 12.
In a single set, she may delve into Brazilian samba, Afro-Peruvian rhythms or jazz—she may even launch into a self-penned country song singing the praises of her home town of Sudbury.
Throughout it all, her personality and incredibly expressive musicality shine through.
“Patricia always has stellar musicians playing with her,” says Harrison Festival artistic director, Andy Hillhouse. “For this show, she will have her devoted percussionist and guitar player, as well as a guest Brazilian guitar player, Carlos Bernardo, who is truly a world class, mesmerizing performer.
“As a singer, she really connects with her accompanying instrumentalists in an intuitive way and that is a really fun part of seeing her perform.”
Cano came by the cosmopolitan variety of her repertoire naturally.
Raised in Sudbury Ontario, she has lived in France and Brazil, and is of Peruvian parentage.
She has a strong personal and artistic bond with the well known indigenous Canadian author and playwright Tomson Highway (with whom she has collaborated in both acting and singing roles).
Her show Illusion explores her rich cultural heritage in an intimate, playful, and powerful way.
Hillhouse notes that Cano is now a regular on Canadian touring circuits, and is developing a strong following across the country.
“She is a singer who I seek out when I go to showcase events because I just love watching her perform,” he says. “She just really gets inside the music and is a pleasure to hear and watch. To me, she is quintessentially Canadian in the cultural diversity of her influences, which come so naturally to her.”
Tickets for Patricia Cano are $22.00 and can be purchased online at www.harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604-796-3664 or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Avenue. Cano’s concert Illusión will be at the Harrison Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 12, at 8 p.m.