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11 Mar

A Style Soiree - A Latina  Soiree

Bonjour!

Wondering where I’ve been?
I have been busy updating the all new A Style Soiree!

I’ve moved my blog to http://www.astylesoiree.com
Please visit me there from now on and stay updated all the chic fashion, beauty, lifestyle and culture happenings and events!

With Love,
Christie

Home For The Holidays! Lima, Peru

16 Dec

Marca Peru LogoI’m super excited to be writing this blog post from my home country of Peru! I was born in Lima, the capital city of Peru, and moved to Canada when I was 7 years old. Even though I have spent most of my life in Canada, nothing will take way what it means to me to identify myself as a proud Peruvian!

This is my first trip home on my own as I always come with my family, usually over the Christmas season. The fun part about this trip is this time I get to do it my way! I will be visiting various restaurants, cities, attractions and venues during my stay. Fortunately, I will be going on all these adventures with my family; therefore you will get an idea of the top places to visit from top locals!

Peru On A World Map

Peru Map with CitiesPeru has made a strong mark on the world stage by winning various awards in 2013. Usually, when you hear about Peru, there is a direct link to Machu Picchu; since it is one of the 7 wonders of the world. Travelers that visit Machu Picchu fly into its capital city, stay for a day or two in Lima, then skip towards Machu Picchu. Lima, Peru and its surrounding areas have SO much to offer and experience! Especially during the Christmas season as it blooms with cheer and spirit.

In 2013, Machu Picchu, Peru was named as number 1 on a list of the” Top 10 World Landmarks” by Trip Advisor. For the second year in a row, Peru also won the World’s Leading Culinary Destination  by the Wold Travel Awards, among other honourary awards. Not just saying this because I’m Peruvian, but the food is delicious here!

Marca Peru

Marca Peru is a promotional program created by the Ministry of Tourism in Peru that is made up of 3 parts; tourism, investments and exports. Of course, we will focus on tourism in this case. It was launched in 2012 with the following video:

This video caught my attention as soon as I saw it and since then I have been so intrigued, even more than before, about all that my country has to offer. Even though I was born here, the country is constantly changing and growing so quickly so there is so much for me to visit and learn about every time I come back.

From nature, to culture, to adventure and gastronomy, you can find all the info on the Marca Peru Travel website.

costa verde lima marca peru

Throughout my visit, I will be writing about different experiences in and around Lima, Peru. Stay tuned to learn more about what this beautiful country has to offer. Whether you are Peruvian or a tourist, I promise to make my posts super insightful! After all, it’s true what they say, everything you need is in Peru!

With Love,
Christie

Daddy Yankee “Prestige Tour 2011” Live in Toronto!

19 Aug

“DADDY YANKEE! DADDY YANKEE!” was all that could be heard as a stadium full of fans chanted minutes before the artist, Daddy Yankee, took the stage on July 23rd, 2011 at the Powerade Centre. It was the first time that Daddy Yankee visited Canada and he was very excited to be here to perform for his Toronto fans. The night before, July 22nd, I attended the press conference that was held for Toronto media to get a closer look and idea of what the artist was about; particularly when it came to his upcoming album, his tour and other projects that the artist is working on. For more details on the press conference click here for my previous post on the event.

Crown Loyalty Entertainment, Mynt Productions and Icaro Booking Services worked together to bring us THE concert of the summer; particularly for the Latin American community of Toronto and the GTA. Daddy Yankee fans have waited with patience for years for this production to finally come to reality in Toronto and it was a pleasure having the artist here for the one night Prestige Tour 2011 stop. Fito Blanko and El Cata opened for Daddy Yankee and were truly successful in getting the crowd pumped up and excited for main performance. Toronto based artist, Fito Blanko, performed some of his hit songs such as his way back hit “Take Her Home”. El Cata followed Fito with his performance of “Loca” and the two artists then finalized the opening of the show with a duo performance of “VIP”.  Both Fito Blanko and El Cata had the audience on their feet and dancing in preparation of DY to hit the stage; the audience could NOT wait! Below are pictures of Fito Blanko and El Cata during their performances:

Daddy Yankee hit the stage along with his male dancers, dressed up in robotic like outfits, and opened his show by performing one of his greatest hits “Descontrol”. The crowd went INSANE! There was nothing that could be done to calm the excitement that the crowd experience when DY hit the stage; immediately everyone was dancing, singing and shouting at the highly anticipated performer. Daddy Yankee continued the show by performing many more of his top hits that have brought him and have kept him at the rise of his career; and he even free styled about Toronto at one point during the show. The audience, which ranged from approximately 5 years old to people in the 50s, was an accurate reflection of the audience that Daddy Yankee’s music reaches and impacts. At one point during the show, a little boy got up on stage and break danced to one of the songs; which entertained not only the crowd by DY as well since he paused during the songs for he could not help but smirk at the show that the little boy was putting on for everyone. Who knows? We may have experienced the little future star’s first time on stage.

Daddy Yankee’s performance was a true success and everything the crowd had expected in the artist’s first visit to Toronto. Everyone had an amazing time at the show; the crowd sang and danced non stop to DY’s top hits from the beginning of his career to his most popular songs of today. Scroll down below for more shots of the artist that I took throughout the show. For those who attended the concert, I am sure you have the perfect idea of how great the production turned out to be; and for those that did not hopefully you caught Daddy Yankee’s Calgary show on August 20th to get an idea on what you missed out on. I am confident Daddy Yankee will return to Toronto on his next tour date and I definitely cannot wait to see him live in concert once again.

Love,
Christie

Daddy Yankee – Prestige 2011 Tour in Toronto!

22 Jul

Daddy Yankee will perform at the Powerade Centre this upcoming Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 for the first time ever in Toronto. Thanks to Crown Loyalty Entertainment, Mynt Productions and Icaro Booking Services the king of reggaeton be on stage for a one night only exclusive performance alongside Toronto’s own Fito Blanko and El Cata.

There is no doubt this is going to be a HUGE production and tickets are still on sale at the reduced price of $69.99 and they can be purchased on the Ticketmaster website. You do not want to miss this show! DY will be performing all his top hits that have taken over latin communities all over the world and we finally have him here in Toronto.

Yours truly has been exclusively invited to take part in all the media related events surrounding the show; therefore I will be present at the Daddy Yankee Toronto press conference getting all the best of the questions and answers relating to the artist and the tour. Of course, I will also be at the concert tomorrow night taking it all in and getting brilliant pictures to share with you all. Stay tuned for the upcoming post on the top highlights of Daddy Yankee’s first visit to our city of Toronto.

With Love,
Christie

Salsa On St Clair!

7 Jul

The weekend that all salsa dancer in Toronto wait for is finally here! Oh so close we can feel it! On Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th Toronto will be celebrating the latin culture and the flavour of salsa on St Clair. The festival will be held between Christie St and Winona Dr West; where the street will be lined up with different salsa clubs and studios showcasing their best dancers and talents. Also, as a good Latin American festival never lacks, there will be amazing food and yummy treats from different restaurants and establishments within the GTA. This festival is amazing in that it brings adults, kids, teens and everyone in between together to enjoy music, dancing and fun. For more information on location, sponsors and festival times check out the Salsa on St Clair event page at TLNTV.com.

If you do attend the festival, please make sure to visit the Latin Groove Productions booth where you will find, hands down!, some of the best dancers in Toronto. Oscar Naranjo, art director and choreographer, for the dance troupe excels in bringing his dance team to its full potential. Oscar is also my latin dance instructor, so I will definitely be at Latin Groove Productions booth enjoying the best of the festivities. The LGP booth will also have their very own music and tunes provided by one of the top in the Toronto salsa scene, DJ El Romantico.

I invite you all to come by the festival and enjoy the fun. It will definitely be an experience that will make you come back every summer for more!

With Love,
Christie

Alexis & Fido Live at Luxy Nightclub Tonight!!

21 Apr

Alexis & Fido will perform in Toronto tonight, Thursday April 21st, for an exclusive appearance that will take over the main room of Luxy Nightclub. Celebrity Entertainment has been extremely busy as of late bringing us the best and top Latin American artists to Toronto, and of course they are also bringing us Alexis & Fido. Tickets are on sale on the Luxy website for $30 and they guarantee you entrance without the crazy line-up since there is no doubt this will be  a packed show! Hope to see you there!

With Love,

Christie

TONIGHT! OLAS@YorkU Presents Salsa Workshop with Oscar Naranjo!

23 Mar

World Champion latin dancer Oscar Naranjo will be coming to York University to teach an exclusive salsa workshop hosted by the OLAS YorkU Chapter (Organization of Latin American Students). Everyone in attendance is sure to benefit from this experience, whether you have salsa danced before or have no experience at all. For more information check out the FB event page. Hope to see you there!!

With Love,

Christie

LOISAIDAS in Toronto! Mucha Bachata!

11 Mar

Loisaidas, the bachateros from lower east side Manhattan, were in Toronto Friday March 4th, 2011 for their debut show here in Canada. I had the chance of hanging out with the boys for an exclusive interview prior to their show at Las Brisas Nightclub which turned out to be a full house event.

I arrived to the conference room of the hotel they were staying at to have Aquiles open the door with a welcoming smile, and I must admit his good looks definitely struck me but also proved to me what a warm and down to earth gentlemen he truly is. A couple of minutes later, Isaiah joined us in the conference room and right away noticed his shy yet charming presence. As I had mentioned in my previous post on Loisaidas, the boys proved themselves to be so real, not only thru their music but thru the way that they presented themselves. Watch the video below to check out the full interview and judge for yourself!

Following the interview I headed over to Las Brisas Nightclub to check out the show and of course the boys did not disappoint! The crowd was very excited to have them there and welcomed them by singing along to every one of the song lyrics, and even by requesting songs which the boys gladly accepted. Even with technical difficulties of Isaiah’s keyboard the boys definitely put on a show and once they got the keyboard working Isaiah played a beautiful solo which truly showcased his talent. Check out the following video so you can get a glimpse of the performance:

Loisaidas performed their top hits like “Ayer” and “No Me Dejes” and complimented their performance by inviting two ladies on stage with them, one got sang to by Aquiles and the other danced bachata with Isaiah. But of course, I got the icing on the Loisaidas cake when Isaiah walked on stage and warmly smiled at me and Aquiles sang directly to me during their first song. Below are some pictures from their performance:

Loisaidas on stage at Brisas Nightclub

Aquiles on stage at Brisas Nightclub

Isaiah on stage at Brisas Nightclub

 Overall, Aquiles and Isaiah were really excited about performing and being in Canada, even with the delays they experienced at the Canadian border and the chaotically short trip.  I am still incredibly surprised to learn that Isaiah is not of Latin American decent yet he has this passion for bachata as music and as art to not only perform it but create it. It is evident that both Isaiah and Aquiles have an insane amount of talent and there is no doubt that the approach they are currently taking towards the industry will bring them a long way. Below is an image of the boys and I following their interview:

Loisaidas and I after the exclusive interview

There is no question that no matter how big the struggles are that the boys face within the industry, as they mentioned in the interview, they should still continue to fight since they have so much talent. Even though it is still fairly early in their careers they have achieved so much and have been recognized in ways that other artists still strive for. The attitudes that Loisaidas has towards the industry will definitely take them a long way, they are true to their roots and constantly remind themselves that ‘it is just music”; yet it is music that they create which touches the hearts of so many bachateros and bachateras. It was a pleasure spending time with Aquiles and Isaiah and I definitely hope they come back for another performance in the near future. Oh and ladies, Isaiah is not being treated too well by us so next time he’s in town let’s be sure to show him our love and attention!

For more information on Loisaidas check out their Facebook Fan Page , their Twitter account and of course www.loisaidas.net.

With Love,

Christie

LOISAIDAS Live in Toronto!

1 Mar

Up and coming bachata group Loisaidas will be performing for the first time in Toronto this Friday, March 4th, 2011 at Las Brisas Nightclub (24 Rivalda Rd. Toronto, Ontario). The anticipated event will be Loisaidas’ debut on a Canadian stage and as proud Latinos, no doubt we want to show our support!

Loisaidas consists of songwriter and vocalist, Aquiles Nuñez, and producer and psyche, Isaiah Parker. The two best friends grew up in the lower east side of Manhattan, which is where the name Loisaidas originates from; since it is the name of an avenue there and also a term used by Latinos to refer to the lower east side of Manhattan. Their debut album, “Ayer”, contains tracks such as “No Me Dejes” which had a 20 week run on the Billboard Latin Tropical Airplay and reached #8; yet one of the highest recognitions is that the track landed the #2 spot on New York’s top tropical latin radio station 97.9, a spot behind Aventura. Other great achievements include being one of the first latin groups to perform at the MET in NYC and performing at the Latin Vibe Concert along with latin music legends like Alejandra Guzman and Daddy Yankee. Below are some videos so you can get a vibe of Loisaidas’ smooth and unique urban sentimiento flavour:

Loisaidas has emerged into the latin music/bachata scene and is already leaving a strong mark, not only thru their recent achievements but thru the impact that they are leaving on latin youth; such mark has been seen as the revolution of the urban bachata genre for youth culture from NY to Miami, and now hopefully Toronto. Aquiles and Isaiah are real and humble artists that are staying true to their roots regardless of their rise to fame. They have high bars to reach which have been set by artists such as Aventura and Prince Royce, who is also signed to their label; yet we have no doubt the boys from lower east Manhattan can not only reach, but set their own bars within the latin music and bachata scene.

Your truly has been granted the opportunity for an exclusive interview prior to the Loisaidas show  with the boys on Friday which we are very excited about! If you have any suggestions as to questions you would like me to ask the boys please don’t hesitate to contact me. Of course, I can’t wait to see you all at the show and please, please, please make sure you arrive early (doors open at 10pm) since it is certain that Brisas will be a full house that night! See you there!

With Love,

Christie

Luxy was on FUEGO!

10 Nov

Fuego gave a huge performance at Luxy Nightclub on October 23rd, 2010. Of course, I was there with the best of my latina girls to support a latin artist coming to perform in Toronto.

Fuego has recently dominated the recent DJ sets at latin clubs here in Toronto with tracks like “Super Estrella” ft. Omega, “Que Buena Tu Ta” ft Deevani, “Ya Te Olvide” and many more. So it was definitely a great experience to see him live and in action.

The performance was so much more than we all expected, he gave us a full performance; rather than a simple 3 song set that most artists perform at club shows. Fuego gave off a brilliant vibe and energy that had everyone dancing, and even non-latinos standing around to get a peek of the action. Below are some pictures of the event:

I was lucky enough to go up on stage right after the show and speak with Fuego and Boy Wonder and quickly realized that, even with girls crowded all around screaming their names, they are still down to earth guys that were not too busy with trying to portray a superstar lifestyle. They are fans of Toronto and were having a great time there so far, and promised to return for a bigger show in the near future.

I would like to thank Aventura TX, one of the promoters at Luxy Nightclub, for always ensuring we have a good time, and for allowing us to meet Fuego and get the exclusive picture.

With Love,

Christie