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Jennifer Lopez Pays Tribute to Celia Cruz at AMAs 2013

25 Nov

The most talked about performance at last night’s American Music Awards, without a doubt, belongs to Jennifer Lopez!

Her tribute to the “Reina de la Salsa”, Celia Cruz, had everyone in the crowd doing more than just a two-step. From a Latina’s perspective, the most beautiful thing about this performance was that it blended what our parents and grandparents grew up listening to and what I have grown up to. It blended decades of Latin music and, in particular, represented the integration of Latin and North American culture. If you grew up in a Latin household, Celia Cruz is no foreign name! Of course, in today’s media, neither is Jennifer Lopez!

See the full length performance below:

Jennifer Lopez is a top name when it comes to entertaining the audience, bringing us top notch performances and providing a brilliant spectacle. She has amazed us for years; from her early days dancing “In Living Color”, to her acting debut in Selena, to the 2013 AMAs. From today’s media frenzy, there is no doubt there is much more to come from her!

Celia Cruz is the top female in Latin music. Her legacy is one that cannot be overcome! As much as I liked Jennifer’s performance, I would have liked to see more Latina entertainers taking part in this performance. For example, Olga Tañon and/or Gloria Estefan would have blown the roof off the AMAs. Their voices would have better reflected the talent that Celia Cruz brought to the music industry. Having them on stage together would truly be the epitome of Latina empowerment in the music industry. Who knows, maybe the Latin Grammys have that up their sleeve for an upcoming year. We can only hope!

Overall, I’m super delighted that the Latin American culture was highlighted in such a beautiful way. I particularly love how welcome it was, not only by everyone at the venue, but by the audiences at home and the media. I’m proud that our culture has come such a long way in the North American media; from the past days of Celia Cruz to the current days of Jennifer Lopez.

Con Amor,
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

Lady Gaga or Britney??

28 Feb

As many of us know, and the rest of you could not go without knowing, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga released extremely anticipated music videos within days of each other. The two ladies are seen as top icons in music, and the Madonnas of today’s generation; even though many may argue with me on that statement. Below are the two videos, just in case you have missed them:

After watching the two videos, I was too tempted to put them side by side and have you pick which one is best and why? Britney’s video focuses on her career  struggles thru the analogies and images used in her video, while Lady Gaga a fairly straight forward issue that faces the society we live in today thru her lyrics. both videos are brilliant in the choreography, cinematography and effects that they use. But now I pose the question…Which one do you prefer and why?? Comment and let me know what you think!

With Love,

Christie

|FAT| 2011- CALL 4 FASHION DESIGNERS & ARTISTS

23 Nov

FAT is fast approaching and they are currently looking for artists and designers to showcase at the events and shows that will be held during the week. FAT is an excellent way to put your name or brand out there, and will provide you with an opportunity unlike any other. I was recently sent this info by the organizers and I felt it was important to share it with you.

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CALL 4 FASHION DESIGNERS AND VISUAL ARTISTS

Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week |FAT| is looking for contemporary fashion designers and visual artists to showcase their work in the upcoming festival in April 2011.

Starting this month, those who are interested in participating can download an application through our website: www.getfat.ca

DEADLINE: DECEMBER 22, 2010
LATE DEADLINE: JANUARY 9, 2011

We are currently accepting proposals in:

FASHION DESIGN / INSTALLATION / MUSIC / PERFORMANCE / PHOTOGRAPHY / VIDEO

ABOUT |FAT|

Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week is a platform for inventive, pioneering and contemporary expression. This annual multi-arts event features 200 national and international fashion designers, visual artists, bands and performers each year. The festival delivers a packed schedule of runway shows, live performances, music, photography exhibits, video screenings and installation exhibits, to celebrate leaders in a wide range of art forms. Held every April, the festival welcomes 5,000 people including stylists, buyers, curators, critics, members of the media, the arts, music and fashion related industries as well as the general public.

2011 THEME “FASHION SCHEMATICS”

The |FAT| 2011 theme “Fashion Schematics” explores the messages, systems, schemes, symbols and concepts inherent in the notion of fashion, through photography, video, fashion design, performance, installation and music. The festival will look at the ways we create visual dialogues and make sense of the world through fashion and creative expression. “Fashion Schematics” will examine how we build the systems in which we function, the strategies we use in creating our identities and the messages we convey through codes, currencies and narratives.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: WWW.GETFAT.CA

QUESTIONS CONTACT:
vanja@alternativefashionweek.com

647-834-0061

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Good Luck on your admission!

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

Wisin y Yandel Live in Toronto!!

23 Jul

Wisin & Yandel, huge performing artists in Latin American and North America will be performing for the 1st time in ever in Canada on August 4th, 2010. Of course, yours truly, was second (yes, second) in line to get tickets!

This concert is a huge deal for the latin american community in Canada, I would say Toronto, but the truth is I was second in line for the tickets since the guys in front of my in line had driven all the way from Montreal just to ensure that they had these tickets! Pretty brilliant! So stay tuned for a review of the concert which I’m sure is going to be a huge success!!

With Love,

Christie