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Mark Critch

Mark Critch

Mark Critch, 22 Minutes anchor and roving reporter, is one of the hardest working comedians in show business. Hitting the road every week, Mark brings the powerful and famous down to earth and into your living room.

In addition to 14 years starring on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Mark has appeared in CBC’s Winnipeg Comedy Festival, is the long-time host of CBC’s Ha!ifax Comedy Fest and has written for and appeared in CBC’s world-renowned Just for Laughs.

Mark has received numerous awards for writing and performing including the Best Actor Award at the 2013 Atlantic Film Festival for the highly-acclaimed feature film The Grand Seduction.

Mark has appeared in many film and television shows including a recurring acting role in Newfoundland’s own Republic of Doyle and co-writing a special for The Muppets.

 

GALA PERFORMANCE

Amanda Martinez

Amanda Martinez (IMBA ’99)

Amanda Martinez is a Toronto-based singer/songwriter whose music exultingly blends her unique Mexican and South African roots with flamenco soul.

Her third and latest CD “Mañana” was helmed by GRAMMY-winning producer Javier Limón. Limón, whose production credits include acclaimed singers such as Buika, Mariza and Diego el Cigala, hails Martinez as “one of the greatest voices in the world.” ‘Mañana’ and her previous solo albums have earned her three Latin Jazz Artist of the Year nominations at Canada’s National Jazz Awards.

Her songs have appeared on three Putumayo world music collections: Bossanova Around the World, Latin Dreamland and most recently, Cafe Latino.

Martinez has headlined at the legendary Blue Note jazz club in New York, at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Festivities in South Africa, and at the 2011 PanAmerican Games in Guadalajara. She also performed in a series of concerts during the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, as well as hosting several events. During the 2015 Pan Am Games, she also served as the honourary co-chair of the Ignite program.

In the media, Amanda is currently hosting PANAMANIA– a TV series she produces with CBC Sports that highlights Toronto’s cultural scene.

Amanda has worked as a radio host (launching Canada’s JAZZFM91 Latin Jazz program), TV personality (BRAVO Arts & Minds, Star TV!) and actress (Regnesis and Disney’s Life with Derek). She also hosts and co-produces Ingredients for a Good Life to promote Mexico to Canadians.

Amanda recently visited Namibia as an ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages, a global organization that helps abandoned and orphaned siblings stay united as families. She spent just over a week caring for a family of eight children. A young mother of three, Martinez calls the SOS mission “a cause close to my heart.” A regular performer in Canada’s most respected halls, her work has been highlighted by Canada’s mainstream media and most recently been recognized by CNN on the launch of her tour in the USA.

Amanda holds a masters degree in international business from York University. In 2014, Amanda was awarded Top 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians by the Minister of National Revenue.

CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Gregory McClary

Gregory McClary (MBA ’16, BFA ’13)

Gram Whitty (BFA ’12)
Gram Whitty graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from York University specializing in jazz bass.  He’ll be accompanying Greg McClary for the Gala Dinner.

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