Photo Credit: George Folk
Last month, Smithers BC’s own Alex Cuba attended the 60th annual Grammy Awards where he was up for Best Latin Pop Album for his latest record Lo Único Constante. This is his third Grammy nomination, and in his incredible career, he has also won four Latin Grammy Awards.
Alex will be returning to Canada for a small run of dates in British Columbia and Ontario. Tour dates are listed below.
03/07 – Sydney, BC @ The Mary Winspear Theatre
03/08 – Nanaimo, BC @ The Port Theatre
03/09 – Campbell River, BC @ The Tidemark Theatre
04/21 – Ridgeway, ON @ The Sanctuary
04/24 – Peterborough, ON @ Market Hall
04/25 – Lindsey, ON @ Weldon Performing Arts Centre
04/26 – Oakville, ON @ The Centre for the Performing Arts
04/27 – Markham, ON @ The Flato Markham Theatre
04/28 – Burnstown, ON @ Neat Cafe
This wasn’t your first trip to the Grammy Awards. Does it get any less exciting the second time around?
It is always exciting for me. I am an independent artist and to be nominated means a lot every time.
What was the highlight of your trip?
This time I did things a little bit differently. I took my family with me and it was just wonderful to be in NYC with my kids and my wife.
Your songs really touch a person’s soul, where do you get the inspiration for your songwriting?
Inspiration remains something very mystical to me. The more I think I know where it comes from, the more it keeps surprising me in different ways. The best I can say is that I seem to be in my most creative mode when I’m happy and in tune with who I am.
Your new album Lo Único Constante is nothing short of amazing, can you tell us a little bit about the making of the album?
Well, thank you very much. I wrote most of the album in the summer, and that is probably noticeable. I usually write more in the winter because summer is always busy, but I had a couple of weeks off two summers ago and a lot of the album came together in those two weeks.
How does this release differ from your previous?
With every release, keep noticing how essential my songwriting is getting, how direct and straight to the point. I guess I can say that this is the most essential album I’ve done to date.
You have some tour dates lined up, what can your fans expect to see at your shows?
Besides hearing some of their favourite songs I will say a show that takes them from Canada to Cuba and back.
Can fans in the rest of Canadian expect upcoming tour dates?
Yes of course. I’ll be in Ontario in April and festivals in the summer. I’ll be in the US May and June.
If you could collaborate with any Canadian artist(s), who would it be?
It will be Jessie Reyez
What was the first concert you ever saw?
Dizzy Gillespie and Arturo Sandoval in Havana, when I was around 8 or 9 years old.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
To be on the phone and hear the sound of running water on the other side. Ya, I know – weird.
What’s up next for you?
This year I’m working on a few collaborations with amazing artists from Latin America that I like very much what they do and respect their artistic integrity.
Last but not least, do you have anything you would like to say to your fans?
Hello everybody, Alex Cuba is coming to town.
My name is Marianne and a music lover from Nova Scotia. I am a full time working mom of 2 beautiful girls who are full of life and love. I have an absolute passion for music and writing, I jumped at the opportunity to freelance for Canadian Beats. I love local music, I grew up in a family full of Gaelic singers in Cape Breton but I also have a passion for country and just about anything else that catches my ear. Writing gives me something of my own that is completely out of my day to day activity, it somewhat allows me to escape my everyday.
When I am not working, writing and hanging out with my husband and girls, I am running, reading or riding my horse.