Amanda Martinez is a Toronto based singer-songwriter whose music is an original blend of influences from her Mexican and South African roots.
She has released four albums and her latest recording Libre is her most eclectic creation to date. Her songs have been selected for four Putumayo world music collections – Bossa nova around the world, Café Latino, Latin dreamland and Mexico.
Her most recent album Libre features collaborations with Miami based songwriter Elsten Torres, Canadian jazz singer Kellylee Evans, Malagasy guitarist Donné Roberts and her long time band mates Kevin Laliberté, Drew Birston, Rosendo Leon and Alexander Brown.
Career highlights include headlining the Blue Note jazz club in NYC, the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the Pan American Games in Mexico and Canada. She has also been a guest recording and touring artist of award winning guitarist Jesse Cook. She has sold out Toronto’s Koerner Hall multiple times and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre and Winter Garden Theatre.
Amanda has been recognized with multiple nominations as Latin Jazz Artist of the Year (Canada’s National Jazz Awards), Best World Music Artist (Canadian Folk Music Awards) and she was the winner of Best World Music Artist (Toronto Independent Music Awards) for her debut album Sola. Her albums have reached the top 10 on iTunes World Music charts.
In addition to her music career Amanda works as an actress in film and tv including roles in Hallmark’s Two for the Win, Private Eyes and The Hot Zone. Her voice may be recognized as Queen Haven on My Little Pony and Abuela on the upcoming PBS series Rosie’s rules for which she also co-composes the music.
“She captures the raw emotion and passion of Latin Music making us sit up and listen” – CBC Radio
Jazz on the Plaza sponsored by:
Dates & Times
Sat Aug 13, 2022 at 4pm
BPAC Outdoor Plaza
Approx. 75 mins. No intermission.