Heartwood Folk Club – Cristian de la Luna
The musical universe of Cristian de la Luna is a home where everyone can come together. Mi casa es tu casa (My home is your home). Home is where the heart is, and music is in his heart. His music is heat and light. His words are invitations to celebrate and be grateful. His rhythms are those of the heart and the simple pleasure of life. His universal message is to live in the present moment.
Cristian: nomadic troubadour and polyglot, he sings in hopes to bring people together. Colombia to Edmonton via the Lac Saint-Jean or Winnipeg, Cristian de la Luna is at home everywhere. His door is always open.
Cristian de la Luna was born in Colombia. He grew up in the noisy bustle of “Cumbia”, “Porro” and “San Juanero”. He played in a traditional Colombian music ensemble: a “papayera”, where he lighted upon the unalterable passion of his life: the music.
When he landed in Canada, he started to write songs inspirited sometimes by nostalgia sometimes by the excitement. The troublesome story of his exile from Colombia and the adoption of his new life, shaped this “new wave» Canadian.
As a culturally diverse polyglot and human rights activist, Cristian seeks with his music, promoting the unification of races and religions, crushing divisions, and dismantling the chronic neglect of those who stop dreaming.
De La Luna received a nomination to the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2013 for his album, “Puede ser” propelling him and his former band “La luna de Santiago” to various music festivals around the country. He was also recognized in the province’s most important Francophone song writing and performing contest: Polyfonik24. Where he was honoured to represent Alberta at the prestigious Western Canadian competition «Chant’Ouest» in Victoria, British Columbia. In 2017, he’s awarded the prix RGE-RADARTS and selected to do an Eastern Canada tour. De La Luna has showcased at the Alberta Showcase, Contact Ontario, Breakout west, Contact Ouest, among national Showcases and festivals: Surrey Fusion festival, Calgary Mexifest, St Jean Baptiste Festival (Ottawa) Coup de coeur Francophone (Montreal).
De La Luna’s new album “Sabes” released late 2018, was awarded Latin Recording of the year at the Edmonton Music Awards 2018 (EMA) and was nominated for the Canadian Folk Music Awards 2020 (CFMA) among other local Nominations, Cristian has been nominated Emerging Artist at the St Albert’s Mayor Celebration of the arts 2018-2019. De La Luna’s West Tour was at the begging of 2020 and two dates interrupted by the pandemic.
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