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We will no longer stay silent. While the rest of the country focuses on the US-Mexico border, no one is paying attention to the con job that is being pulled in the north. At the risk of losing it all, we decided to take the LATINO REBELS to the center of the crisis: yes, be very careful, America—the real threat is up north. It is time to expose Canada and build a northern fence.


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The following review was written by Randy Zahara, manager of the Kelowna Community Theatre in British Columbia, Canada:

On April 19, 2011 something amazing happened at the Kelowna Community Theatre, and although, widely anticipated, the impact on the audience was completely unexpected.

Fernando Varela, one of the world’s most promising young tenors took the stage and moved the audience with a performance that was an emotionally beautiful, completely entertaining and captivating blend of classical opera and classic rock. As the manager of the Kelowna Community Theatre, I have attended many great performances over the past eight years, however, I have never before witnessed such a powerful post-event audience reaction.

Fernando began the concert singing the classic “Granada’, in the wings out of sight of the audience and before he had walked the short distance to the microphone stand at centre stage he had already won the audience over. The person I was sitting beside and I just looked at one another, both mouthing the same words, “Oh, My God!” From the very beginning of the concert, through to the final notes of the encore, which was a brilliantly arranged blending of “O Solo Mio” with “It’s Now or Never” ( where Fernando holds an incredibly powerful note for an unheard of, full thirty seconds), was a span of over two hours, but, under Fernando’s spell, the time seemed to go by in a matter of minutes.

Listening to the audience reaction to the various songs throughout the concert was also a unique experience, as it became very clear that Fernando had attracted a broad spectrum of music lovers, from those who started cheering at the first few notes of Nessun Dorma, to the screams that erupted at the beginning of the Bohemian Rhapsody, to the people singing along to Orbison’s “Pretty Women”, to the women I saw weeping openly at Fernando’s delivery of Elvis’s “American Trilogy”. Although they all may have come with a specific genre of music in mind, they all left united by the brilliance and power of Fernando’s performance and of an evening that was pure magic.
It has taken me three days to write this review, as I have needed the time to truly absorb what I had witnessed the evening Fernando performed at the Kelowna Community Theatre, and in that time I have had numerous people telephone me, email me, drop into my office and stop me in the street to let me know how moved they had been by Fernando’s performance, and what an unbelievable experience it had been for them. As I have already mentioned, I saw women weeping openly, unable to speak immediately after the concert as they had been moved so emotionally by Fernando’s voice and grace on stage, and, I, myself, at one point, laughed out loud, at the surprise of hearing a sustained note of such purity, power and beauty that it was completely unexpected, and I had no personal reference for witnessing such an amazing musical moment.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the stellar group of musicians who accompanied Fernando Varela on stage, as they were nothing less than absolutely brilliant. Ron Paley on Piano is one of the finest musical arrangers and concert pianists in North America, and his sense of how to exploit the incomparable talent of Fernando Varela was a significant contribution to the success of the evening. On Bass, Gord Maxwell was flawless and his supporting harmonies were pitch perfect. The drummer, Murray Smith was fabulous, with an accurate and crisp style that showed his experience and also a deep understanding and grasp of the arrangements created by Ron Paley. On lead guitar was Mr. Lee Worden who’s solo’s were another one of the many highlights of the evening and who truly showed off his talent when he tackled Bohemian Rhapsody with all the skills of a Brian May.

Judging by the number of people who told us after the performance that it had been the best concert they had ever attended, I think that Fernando’s promise to return to the Kelowna Community Theatre in the not too distant future, will be one event that Packing the House Productions will have no problem selling tickets for.

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Canada gets a bum rap when it comes to its southern neighbors. (Yes, that would be we Americans.) Sure, we like to make fun of Canadians, but we never stop to appreciate what Canada has given us: Bob and Doug, Rush, Michael J. Fox, Michael Bublé, hockey, Molson, bacon for our Eggs Benedict, Montreal, Toronto, and so much more.

And you know what else Canada gives us? Some of the best, yes we truly mean, THE BEST, people on Twitter. Don’t know why, but there is something about Canadians and Twitter. They are cooler, more laid back, more savvy with social media, and (gasp) just unbelievably nice and supportive.

So today, our Follow Friday list is all about (and pronounce that with a Canadian “out” please) about the Great White North. Don’t be a hoser, eh, and just follow these amazing tweeps:

scottshugehead_bigger @unmarketing: If you are NOT following Scott Stratten, then you don’t know social media. Scott is one of the best Twitter minds out there, and guess why? Because he is himself, he is authentic, he does it right, and we love him for it. When Scott shows up in my stream, I smile.

Marvins_bio_shot_thumbnail @mdouble: I have known Marvin for about 10 months now (wow) and he is one of the kindest, most authentic souls I have met on Twitter. He has been a huge supporter of Fernando Varela just because he is a giver and wants to help. We truly appreciate what Marvin does. Follow him. Follow him now.

twitter_bigger @1800GotJunk: don’t let the name fool you, Travis runs the social media for 1-800-GotJunk and he is awesome. I truly believe that this is one of the ONLY brands on Twitter that gets it. Why? Because Travis says what he says, he is true to himself, he helps his customers, he doesn’t blatantly push his brand, and yes, he is an awesome football (soccer) fan, even tough he roots for United and I root for Arsenal.

martin_waxman_photo__2008_bigger @martinwaxman: Martin is from Toronto. Martin is Canadian. Martin is proud to be a Canadian. Martin has already told me that I could become a Canadian if I needed to. But seriously, Martin knows his PR and he is a great connector on Twitter.

Me_and_Wally_bigger @ashleyjill: Hey, yes, Canada has women too (just realized my list is all guys), and Jill is so cool, a Canadian living in Boston. She loves her FNX and her Red Sox, and that is reason enough for us.

And we have a bonus follow today:

kmann-profile-bw-1_bigger @knealemann: When Kneale made up my FAVORITE tweet of all time (about the Housemartins, one of the best bands ever), I was hooked. For those you know the Housemartins, here is what Kneale wrote in less than 140 characters: “Me and the farmer bow down during happy hour, think for a minute about people who grinned themselves to death.” That, to me, is Twitter poetry. Also, Kneale is a great guy and posts EXCELLENT content. He is a “Must Stream,” that is, someone who must be in your Twitter stream.

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