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Juan Gabriel (1950-2016)
by Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation and the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto
Alberto Aguilera Valadez, better known by his stage name Juan Gabriel, was a Mexican singer and songwriter, known for his flamboyant style and breaking barriers within the Latin music market.
Pedro Linares Lopez (1906 – 1992)
By Casa Cultural Mexicana
Pedro Linares Lopez was a cartonero artisan born in Mexico City, known for creating the alebrijes – the world-renowned, unique, fierce yet fanciful creatures sculpted of papier mâché and cardboard.
Motion and Death
By Clay and Paper Theatre
Two ofrendas, The Unknown Migrant and The Unknown Cyclist, recognize that journeys many of us take for granted – moving to live elsewhere or using a bicycle as transport – are fatal for others.
Nezahualcoyotl: the philosopher king of Texcoco (1402–1472)
Nezahualcoyotl (‘Hungry Coyote’) was a philosopher, warrior, architect, ruler (tlatoani) of the city-state of Texcoco and considered by many to be the greatest poet of pre-Columbian Mexico.
María Sabina (1894 – 1985)
By Alberto Cruz
María Sabina was a Mazatec curandera (healer or native shaman), from Oaxaca, Mexico, who was the first to allow Westerners to participate in the healing vigil known as the velada, a communion with the sacred using hallucinogenic mushrooms to find the cure.
Joan Sebastian (1951 – 2015)
José Manuel Figueroa Figueroa, better known as Joan Sebastian,was the most awarded Mexican singer-songwriter in Grammy history. His music is a mixture of Latin pop, ranchera and grupera music.
Tin Tan (1915 – 1973)
By Rodrigo Castro (BOMI)
Germán Genaro Cipriano Gómez Valdés de Castillo, better known as Tin-Tan, was an actor, dancer, singer and comedian, known for incorporating pachuco – the old school subculture of Chicanos and Mexican-Americans associated with zoot suits, street gangs, nightlife, and flamboyant public behavior – into many of his films.
Los Tres Grandes
By Ballet Folklorico Puro Mexico
Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros are the “Three Great Ones” of Mexican muralism, a movement from the 1920s to the 1970s, that was primarily focused on themes of nationalism – particularly the Mexican Revolution, mestizo identity, and Mesoamerican cultural history.