Living Arts Centre

Amanda Martinez

Showtime: Saturday, November 25, 2017

Location: Hammerson Hall

Amanda Martinez is a singer-songwriter whose music exultingly blends her Mexican father and South African mother’s roots with Latin soul and folklore. Her sultry, bright vocals and upbeat sound get entire audiences on their feet around the world. Her three CDs have garnered multiple nominations for Latin Jazz Performer of the Year, the Toronto Independent Music Awards, and the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Her third and latest CD "Mañana" was helmed by GRAMMY-winning producer Javier Limón. Limón hails Martinez as "one of the greatest voices in the world." Mañana was launched in 2014 with performances in New York including being featured on CNN, and in Chicago and Cleveland.

Her songs have appeared on three Putumayo world music collections: Bossanova Around the World, Latin Dreamland and most recently, Cafe Latino. 

Martinez has headlined at the legendary Blue Note jazz club in New York, at Toronto’s Koerner Hall and Winter Garden Theatre, at the Festival Centro Historico de Mexico and at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Festivities in South Africa. She also performed a series of concerts during the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, as well as hosting several events. During the games, she also served as a torchbearer and as the honourary co-chair of their cultural program. 

In the media, Martinez hosted PANAMANIA-- a TV series she produced with CBC Sports that highlights Toronto's cultural scene. Martinez has worked as a radio host (launching Canada's JAZZFM91 Latin Jazz program), TV personality (BRAVO Arts & Minds, Star TV!) and actress (Regnesis and Disney's Life with Derek, Working the Engels). 

As a honourary ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages, she traveled to Namibia in January 2015 where she spent just over a week caring for a family of eight orphaned and abandoned children. A mother of three young children, Amanda calls the SOS mission "a cause close to my heart." As a result of that experience, she wrote and recorded the song “Under African Skies”-- now on iTunes.

In late 2014, she was chosen as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians by the Hispanic Business Alliance and the Canadian Hispanic Congress.

Amanda holds a MBA in international business from York University and a biology degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Join us early and complete your Living Arts Centre experience with our Pre-Show Dinner Buffet at LIVE Restaurant! LIVE Restaurant offers you an enjoyable experience with great food and great ambience.
Doors open at 5:30pm
For reservations, please call 905-306-6116


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