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Tony Camara was born in Toronto and was introduced to music at a very early age. Remaining true to his cultural roots, Tony Camaras first solo CD, released in 1999, entitled Coimbra, was dedicated solely to fados from the historical city of Coimbra, Portugal. In 2003, he composed and wrote songs in Portuguese for his second album Dei Volta. And in 2005, completed Eu e o Fado, a CD with many of the fados he grew up listening to.
Tony Camara has succeeded in developing expertise in the two distinct styles of Fado from Coimbra, developed and performed by male university students, and from Lisbon, traditionally sung by inner-city dwellers of both sexes.
His unique performance style makes Tony Camara a distinctive cultural icon in the Portuguese-Canadian music scene.
Tony Gouveia was born in Lisbon, and came to Canada at the age of 13. Fado is the urban folk music of Portugals capital. Tony Gouveia never forgot his roots nor the fados that his father sang at family gatherings.
Sonia Tavares was born in Toronto, Canada to Portuguese parents. She has been involved in music for most of her life. Sonia studied the Classical form for 12 years, the last half of those being at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. From 2002-2004 she sang with Torontos Opera in Concert as a member of the Chorus and participated on their recording of Rameaus Castor et Pollux. Sonia also has an immense love of Portuguese music. In 2004, Sonia decided it was time to focus on performing fado. She is extremely excited to launch her first CD, entitled Reformação (Reformation).
Maria Haidé Esgaio was born in Peniche, Portugal and started to sing at weddings and birthday parties at the age of 10. As an adult, Maria Haidé participated in Fado Galas in Portugal where she obtained a first prize.
Cristina Taborda was born in Vancouver, BC, to Portuguese parents who emigrated back to Portugal when she was only 5.