The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) welcomes back Mexican-American vocalist Lila Downs, who will share her eclectic and vibrant blend of boleros, jazz, rock, blues, and more on March 10, 2018 at 8pm in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. With proud Indigenous roots and a powerful social conscience, Downs last year released her tenth studio album, Salon Lágrimas y Deseo. This collection of works honouring iconic Latin American women won the 2017 Latin Grammy for ‘Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album’. Chan Centre audiences will be among the first to hear these empowering and uplifting anthems live.
Lila Downs is considered one of the most innovative exponents of Mesoamerican music. Downs has appeared at some of the world’s most high profile events and venues, including the 2013 Latino Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama in Washington, and at the 2003 Academy Awards, where she performed the Oscar-nominated song “Burn It Blue” from the film Frida.
On the political stage, Downs has taken a defiant stance against the injustices faced by her own Indigenous people of Mexico. In 2016, in response to racist comments made by Donald Trump, Downs released her single “The Demagogue”, which made headlines as a fervent protest song. Downs’ most recent album, Salon Lágrimas y Deseo, adds support to the feminist movement, with songs ranging from heart-wrenching ballads to rock-heavy hits calling for love, healing and revolution.
Highlights of her album list include Balas y Chocolate (2015), Raíz (2014), and Pecados y Milagros (2012). There will be a pre-show talk at 7:15pm in the Chan Centre’s Royal Bank Cinema. Visit chancentre.com for more details.
Chan Centre presents Lila Downs
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 8pm
Ticket prices: From $46
Address: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts University of British Columbia 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Box Office: 604-822-2697 / chancentre.com
In person at the Chan Centre ticket office
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Photo by Johnny Lopera