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Amanda to release single “Mi Libertad” from her upcoming album Recuerdo!

Are you hungry?  I filmed the video for the first single “Mi Libertad”  from my upcoming album Recuerdo at Gus’ Tacos in Toronto and I hope it wets your appetite!  My Dad, Gustavo Martinez ,who the album is inspired by, rode his bicycle from Mexico to Canada back in 1956 with his brother, my Tio Arturo. It took them 82 days!

Their plan was to return to Mexico by motorcycle but they fell in love with Toronto and my Dad made a new life for himself in Canada. He used to say that he always wanted to open his own Mexican taqueria so my mouth dropped open when almost a year after he passed away I saw Gus Tacos! Not just one but a slew of locations in Toronto.

A Toronto photographer,  Shlomi Amigo,  had posted a photo of Gus Tacos and I happened to see on his Instagram!! We had been talking about doing a photo shoot with my band so this gave me the idea to shoot it there.   I ended up inviting the amazing Mitch Fillion to film our music video there for the song Mi Libertad. Mil gracias Mitch for all your hard work and willingness to move so quickly on this!

We just posted a teaser today of the video which premieres Friday May 17.  The single airs for the first time on JAZZFM91 ‘s Cafe Latino,  hosted and produced by my dear friend Laura Fernandez.  And guess what? May 18 was my Dad’s birthday!! Salud Gustavo!! Tune in for the premiere of the video on Youtube where I will do a live Q and A after!

Watch the teaser on my instagram and tune in Friday at 4pm EST for the video launch! Saturday afternoon between 4 and &pm  is my interview on line jazz.fm on Cafe Latino or o radio 99.1FM

Amanda to perform new material from upcoming cd…

This February 17 Amanda and her band make their debut at Victoria Jubilee Hall in Walkerton. She will be sharing music from her upcoming album  as well as favourites from her last 4 albums. For tickets to this show and her upcoming cd release dates go to our tour page!

Amanda performs in honour of her Dad in support of Amistad Canada

I am honoured to be performing as part of a special afternoon concert in support of Amistad Canada and Jóvenes Adelante and a brand new scholarship in my father’s name – The Gustavo Martinez Love of Learning Scholarship. This scholarship will send a Mexican student to medical school. I will be joined on stage with my band as well as my good friend and award winning writer Martha Bátiz who will read from her acclaimed short stories.
The concert takes place September 10th at 4pm – doors open at 3:30pm

The show is now sold out! For donations to the Amistad scholarship go to:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/amistad-canada/events/canciones-y-cuento

 

 

Thrilled to compose for Rosie’s Rules!

I feel very grateful to have had the opportunity to compose music for Rosie’s Rules, now on PBS and TVO, with award winning composer Ari Posner.  I also have had a lot of fun voicing the role of Abuela, Rosie’s grandmother for the same show.  Rosie is played by the talented Elora Lopez who is the grandaughter of guitarist Jorge Lopez who I also got to collaborate with on some of the songs!  Growing up, television shows like Sesame Street had such a huge influence on me and I am so grateful to be part of this team who have worked so hard to create a show that showcases the beautiful traditions and culture of Mexico. Check out Rosie’s Rules here https://pbskids.org/rosiesrules.

Happy Holidays!! Tune in to Undercover Holiday on Hallmark

Happy Holiday season! I am excited to be acting in a Hallmark holiday movie called Undercover Holiday!

Tune in for the debut on Sunday December 4th! The movie features the talented Noemi Gonzales and Stephen Huszar along with a talented ensemble cast who were a blast to work with as the Rodriguez familia!

In the meantime I am recording some new music for you that I look forward to sharing in the new year!

Abrazos,
Amanda

First show – Jazz on the Plaza in Burlington!

Excited to be performing with my band for the first time on August 13th. Join me for a free show at Burlington Performing Arts Centre at 4pm!