Patricia Cano

Patricia Cano

Patricia Cano was born and raised in a Spanish speaking Peruvian household in Sudbury, ON. Upon graduating from U of T in Theatre and Spanish Literature, Patricia spent four years working in Paris, France with the world-renowned theatre company le Théâtre du Soleil. In 2009, she launched her music career here at home with her debut album THIS IS THE NEW WORLD, composed in collaboration - and in four languages - with her Brazilian musical partner, Carlos Bernardo. Since that time, Patricia's band has toured extensively in Ontario, Quebec, and parts of Western Canada, playing multiple jazz and folk festivals, as well as music venues, along the way. An exceptional musical influence in Patricia's artistic career is Tomson Highway, Canada's premiere Cree playwright, novelist and composer. Since 2001, Patricia has toured the world alongside Highway, performing Cree Cabaret, featuring songs in English, French, Spanish and Cree. In 2013 Patricia's voice was featured on Highway’s first studio album, PATRICIA CANO SINGS SONGS FROM THE (POST) MISTRESS, which was nominated for a 2015 JUNO award in the Aboriginal Album of the Year category. In January 2017, Patricia reprised her role in a Vancouver production of Highway's one-woman musical THE (POST) MISTRESS (Arts Club), and in the fall of 2016, she performed the role in a Toronto (TFT/Pleiades) production - in both French and English - for which she won the 2017 Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She is a featured guest vocalist on Toronto multi-instrumentalist Louis Simão's album A LUZ - released in November 2016, and her songs have been featured on TVO's medical drama HARD ROCK MEDICAL. Patricia will be releasing her sophomore album MADRE AMIGA HERMANA on October 4th, 2017.

Writers Festival Appearances