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Fall Fanfare is a three part digital series which will benefit the Patronato Pro Niños Project of Amistad Canada.

One ticket at any price level gives you admission to all 3 events in the series!


In Support of: Patronato Pro Niños de San Miguel de Allende


In Support of: Patronato Pro Niños de San Miguel de Allende

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Fall Fanfare is a three part digital series which will benefit the Patronato Pro Niños Project of Amistad Canada.

One ticket at any price level gives you admission to all 3 events in the series!

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September 24, 2020 7:00 PM EDT - October 8, 2020 7:00 PM EDT
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Fall Fanfare is a three part virtual series in support of Amistad Canada’s project with Patronato Pro Niños. 

The Patronato Project provides medical, dental, psychological and nutritional services for children and adolescents from economically deprived backgrounds living in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. The series will be on three consecutive Thursday evenings, running from September 24 to October 8, 2020. 

Join us first for a concert, then a lecture and finally a cooking demonstration. Funds raised will be used to support the salaries of the doctor, dentist and driver of the Amistad Canada mobile medical/dental unit, which was purchased with funds raised by Amistad Canada from 2017-2019.

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Event 1

Somos el Barco

September 24th 7:00 pm

with Amanda Martínez & Bram Morrison

Amanda Martinez is a Canadian singer-songwriter whose music is an original blend of influences from her Mexican and South African roots. She has worked as a radio host, TV personality and actress.

Amanda has traveled the world as a musician performing in locations as diverse as Ottawa's National Arts Centre, the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City, the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and the Pan Am Games in Mexico and Canada. She hosted Panamania during the CBC coverage of the 2015 Pan Am Games.                                                                                 

Her latest recording, LIBRE was released in 2019. She was awarded the Top 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians by the Hispanic Congress.

Amanda lives in Toronto with her husband and three young children.

Bram Morrison is best known as one third of the well-loved Canadian trio of Canadian children's entertainers 'Sharon, Lois & Bram. Starting in 1978 the group played major concert halls throughout Canada and the United States and sold millions of recordings and were awarded 3 Juno awards.

In 1994 they played at the Easter Egg Roll at the White House.

Bram was proudly inducted by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson into The Order of Canada in 2002.

Bram fell in love with Mexico on his first visit in the 1960's and has returned dozens of times. He spent 20 winters in San Miguel de Allende where he gave adult benefit concerts for different partners of Amistad Canada. His CD Passing Them On: Bram Morrison in Concert was recorded in San Miguel in 2015.

Event 2

Drug Wars and Cartel Violence in Mexico

October 1st 7:00 pm

with Jim Creechan & Dra. Iliana del Rocío Padilla

Dr. James Creechan has been a close observer of Mexico and its place in North America for several decades. He is uniquely qualified to speak about Mexican Cartels and drug violence having had an extensive teaching and research career in all three countries of North America. In 1998 he began a 14-year relationship with professors and students in the Faculty of International Studies and Public Policy at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa in Culiacan. While in Culiacan, he began monitoring Mexican Drug Cartels after realizing that almost all of the major cartel leaders had deep roots and connections to Culiacan and Sinaloa.

Over the years, he has taught graduate courses and mentored many Mexican students who went on to earn PhDs and undertake research and teach at Mexican Universities. He brings a sociological perspective that focuses on transnational crime and policy issues. After his early retirement from the University of Alberta, he continued to teach and do research at several Ontario Universities. The seminars in the Sociology Department at the University of Guelph serve as the basis for his forthcoming 2021 book titled "Narco Cartels: Drug Wars and Covert Netherworlds".

Dr. Iliana del Rocio Padilla Reyes is currently an Associate Professor of International Studies, at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Criminology Institute of Research at the Autonomous University of Queretaro (UAQ). Her expertise lies in the areas of urban violence, global organized crime and local reactions. In addition, she has researched the relationship between crime and public policy. She has been a guest Professor at the International Forum for U.S. Studies, at the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. Her most recent publication in 2020 is entitled “Resiliencia y estrategias de seguridad en Sinaloa”. Dr. Padilla is also developing as keen interest in gender- based violence and resilience.

Event 3

A Taste of Mexico

October 8th 7:00 pm

with Elia Herrera

Elia Herrera grew up in Veracruz State in a family steeped in Mexican culinary tradition. Her grandmother’s catering company did state banquets for the President of Mexico, her mother is a chef and Elia herself trained as a pastry chef. Leaving Mexico, she worked in Spain, France, Belgium and Italy before ending up in charge of pastry at one of Toronto’s top restaurants, Canoe. In 2014 Elia applied for the position of Executive Chef at a new restaurant, Los Colibris, with a mission to bring Mexican fine dining to Toronto. She got hired and did a marvellous job, developing a menu of Mexican classics, cooked with great finesse and influenced by her family heritage. In 2018 she took the Gold Medal in a Toronto cooking competition. Elia currently has two counters in the Assembly Chef’s Hall on Richmond Street, where she shows that casual Mexican food can be extra delicious. Her Fall Fanfare demo will show us how to make Tacos al Pastor.


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Amistad Canada
AMISTAD CANADA is a CRA-registered Canadian charity that works to improve the lives of Mexicans in need through better health, education and social justice. We currently have thirteen projects in partnership with Mexican NGOs, with proven track records. Nine are based in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, one in the Lake Chapala region of Jalisco, one in La Manzanilla, also in Jalisco, and one in La Crucecita, Oaxaca.
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