Cantares Venezuelan Cultural Foundation

A reference for Latin American cultural expressions in Calgary

The Choir history

The holiday season in 2010 was the debuting time for Cantares. They performed at: the Calgary Carol Christmas Fest 2010; community concert at the First Baptist Church; Christmas Dinner of the Venezuelan Canadian Association of Calgary (VCAC); and the Canadian Latin-American Chamber of Commerce.

In 2011, the Choir accompanied the Venezuelan musician, 2010 Latin Grammy winner, Ilan Chester, in his concert at the Boyce Theatre, Calgary (below). The choir was awarded gold medals in the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Alberta Choralfest South; and returned to both the Calgary Carol Festival 2011 and the VCAC’s Christmas Dinner.

Cantares rehearsing with Ilan Chester, February 2011

In 2012, the Choir was invited as an official participant to the XV International Choral Kathaumixw (held in July in Powell River, BC) to compete in the Folk & Cultural Traditions category, thus fulfilling the Choir's mission for promoting the diffusion of Latin-American culture through musical expressions. Also, in coordination with the Foundation, Cantares organized and performed at its 1st Christmas Charity Concert with Family and Friends.

In March 2013, Cantares returns to Alberta ChoralFest South, the same year in October the Choir participates with renowned Venezuelan group El Cuarteto in the First edition of Venezuelan Culture Days, a special event organized by the Foundation to continue fulfilling its mission of disseminating culture within Calgary and Alberta.

2014 was a busy yet rewarding year, we hosted our 2nd Let's Sing Together: A tribute to Simon Diaz; received and hosted musician ensemble C4 trio (Latin Grammy Award 2014 for best engineered album)  and coordinated our 3rd Christmas Charity Concert.

In March 2015, the Choir gave a golden performance at the Alberta Choralfest South. Also this the year for Cantares celebrates its Fifth anniversary and; so, the Foundation planned several special events.
For our traditional Let's Sing Together (May 2015) we invited renowned Venezuelan Choir Conductor Raul Delgado Estevez to perform a special reppertoire "A Journey to Latin-America". Also as guests artists we had Calgary Zhi-Yin Choir (Conductor: Shana Yang) and Spiritus Chamber Choir (Conductor: Timothy Shantz).

In September 2015 we hosted the Gala Concert for Venezuelan Culture Days and presented a prestigious Venezuelan ensemble with Eddy Marcano (violin), Hector Molina (cuatro), Manuel Rangel (maracas) and Edwin Arellano (bass).

At the Alberta Choralfest South, in March 2016, the choir obtained its first Platinum score. 

"Thank  you  for sharing your  wonderful music  with us. A pure joy"

Dr. Robert Filion at the Alberta Choralfest South, March 2015