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Juno and Grammy winner, Alex Cuba, bringing sound to Sault

Cuba's eighth studio album, Mendó, won this year's Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop
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Alex Cuba

Juno and Latin Grammy award winner Alex Cuba will be putting on a concert at the Bondar Pavilion on Aug. 10, a news release issued by the City of Sault Ste. Marie stated.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the GFL Memorial Gardens box office or online.

Full text of the news release follows:

Grammy and Juno award winning musician Alex Cuba will perform at the Bondar Pavilion on Aug. 10, 2022 at 8 p.m. 

Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy and Juno winner. He is a singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition and possesses a vast musical vision. His eighth studio album, Mendó, won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop in 2022. The album, recorded at home, added recording engineer to his credits as musician, singer-songwriter, and producer. From the healing voice of Grammy Award winning Lila Downs on “Mundo Nuevo”, to his colourful collaboration with world-renowned flamenco artist, Antonio Carmona, and commissioning a 13-piece horn band from his native country of Cuba, the album is filled with international collaborations. 

Born Alexis Puentes in Artemisa, Cuba, he was immersed in music at a very young age, joining his father’s (respected guitarist and teacher Valentin Puentes) group of 24 guitarists. He now resides in Smithers, B.C. with his family and continues to make exceptional music that appeals to audiences worldwide. 

Tickets are on sale now at the GFL Memorial Gardens box office or online. A list of awards, video links and press quotes are included below: 

Awards:

  • 2018 –Best Latin Pop Album, Grammys –Nomination 
  • 2017 –Best Singer Songwriter Album, Latin Grammys –Nomination 
  • 2016 -Best Latin Pop, Grammy Awards –Nomination 
  • Best World Music Album, Juno Awards –Nomination 
  • 2015 -Best Singer Songwriter Album, Latin Grammys –Won 
  • 2013-Best Short Form Video, Latin Grammys, for “Eres Tu” –Won 
  • Best World Music Album, Juno Awards, Ruido En El Sistema –Nomination 
  • Engineer of the Year, Juno Awards, Joby Baker for Suspiro en Falsete (Alex Cuba) –Nomination 
  • World Recording of the Year, Western Canadian Music Awards, Ruido en el Sistema –Won 
  • 2012 -Jazz World Music Artist, SOCAN AwardBest Tropical Song, Latin Grammy, Toma Mi Vida, (songwriter), -Won 
  • 2011 -Latin Pop, Grammy Awards, Alex Cuba –Nomination 
  • 2010 -Best New Artist, Latin Grammy -WonPop Male, Latin Grammy, Alex Cuba –Nomination 
  • World Music Album, Juno Awards, Alex Cuba –Nomination 
  • 2009 -Jazz World Music Artist, SOCAN Award 
  • 2008 -World Music Album, Juno Awards, Agua Del Pozo, Won 
  • World Recording of the Year, Western Canadian Music Awards, Agua del Pozo –Won 
  • World Music Artist, Indie Awards, Alex Cuba –Won 
  • 2006 -World Music Album, Juno Awards, Humo deTabaco –Won 

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 Press Quotes 

  • “...Best performance -Alex Cuba.”-National Post 
  • “Staying true to his Spanish language Folk-Funk-Rock hybrid has paid off.”-Billboard 
  • “Wicked guitar, undeniably soulful vocals. His package is simplicity, and he wears it well”- popmatters.com 
  • “He's like Marvin Gaye singing soul to a new generation”-Boston Globe 
  • “a master at conveying emotions through songs”-Vancouver Sun 
  • “(Alex) Cuba is a groundbreaking figure, which may say something about the process of giving roots music a cosmopolitan polish”-Nashville Scene