5th Annual Hispanic Awards launched at International Arts Premiere

5th Annual Hispanic Awards launched at International Arts Premiere.  Nominations to be declared open in Quebec. 
Toronto, March 10, 2011 – The fifth annual edition of the national awards program “10 most influential Hispanic Canadians” was launched tonight during the Canadian premiere of Luisa Fernanda at the St. Lawrence Centre of the Arts. Presented by the Toronto Operetta Theatre, Luisa Fernanda is an internationally-acclaimed zarzuela featuring Mexican tenor Edgar Ernesto Ramírez, Colombian soprano Margie Bernal, and Puerto-Rican born Guillermo Silva-Marin. Two Canadian sopranos, Miriam Khalil and Michele Bogdanowicz, also performed in the zarzuela under the musical direction of José Hernández. More than four hundred people attended the premiere. Two more functions are scheduled for March 11 and 13.
 “Bringing the zarzuela Maria Fernández to Canada is an important achievement for this country’s artistic community. It is a fitting occasion to launch the fifth annual ’10 most Influential Hispanic Canadians’, a program which recognizes outstanding contributions by Hispanics in the arts, community leadership, business, law, research, education and politics. These awards are now in their fifth year, a milestone for the Hispanic community” said Henry Ingram, Director of the Concerts Division at Dean Artists Management, which supported the zarzuela Luisa Fernanda. Silva-Marin, the only Hispanic in a leadership role in Canada’s opera world – was recognized as one the ten most influential Hispanic Canadians in 2008.
Awards organizer and Toronto real estate agent Mauricio Ospina, will be declaring nominations open during a business seminar in Quebec this June. Quebec province is Canada’s second most populous province and home to close to 200,000 Canadians of Hispanic origin. “Hispanics from across Canada are leaving their mark in every sphere of society,” Ospina said. “We’ve had winners from six provinces including two from Quebec. I look forward to declaring this year’s nominations open in Quebec in June and to the awards ceremony in November.”
The “10 most” is the only national Hispanic annual awards program which celebrates the achievements of Hispanic Canadians, a group that is the force behind Canada’s Creative Class. The forty past winners come from Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and Ontario and represent thirteen countries: Peru, Mexico, El Salvador, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Panama, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Cuba and Ecuador. The program is organized by the Canadian Hispanic Business Association (CHBA). Judges include past winners, executives and journalists from the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Canadian Business, CBC and FOCAL.
The event, which has received national and international coverage, offers limited sponsorship opportunities. Hispanic and mainstream media outlets, and community associations across Canada are invited to partner. The International Language School of Canada, ILAC, is the first official awards sponsor with another four spots open.
Last spring, Prime Minister Stephen Harper invited a delegation of “10 Most” award winners to Parliament Hill discuss issues of importance of the community. In 2006, Spanish became the third most widely spoken language in Canada and earned the title of Canada’s most widely-spoken non-official language. According to a 2008 Statistics Canada study, there are three quarter million Hispanics in Canada. The study also found that Hispanics are five years younger and more likely to be university educated than other Canadians. Most live in the GTA and more than 70 per cent arrived in the last 25 years.
For tickets to Luisa Fernanda, please visit www.torontooperetta.com
For information on the awards, sponsorship and media partnerships, please contact Mauricio.Ospina@HispanicBusiness.ca or visit www.HispanicBusiness.ca

National promotion opportunity
Please consider this opportunity to be one of our six sponsors for the 5th “10 most influential Hispanic Canadians” national awards program. The event takes place on Tuesday, November 15 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The keynote is an international figure to be announced soon. Last May, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper met with past winners and program organizers. Winners to date come from six provinces (ON, QC, MB, SK, NS, BC), making this the only national Hispanic awards program that will be launched in Quebec. Attendees include winners, diplomatic corps, media, community leaders and executives. With a small investment that starts at $2,000, your organization earns national good-will and promotion with benefits that include:
– National media promotion by including a quote from your company in the official press release 300,000 media partner readers, listeners and web surfers (ON, QC, BC, AB)
– Promotion in Quebec: – 200 attendees attending the official launch in Montreal (June 2010)
— Promotion with the 10,000 subscribers to HispanicBusiness.ca (the largest Hispanic database) plus the 400 attendees including Canadian and Hispanic diplomats, executives and media
– Opportunity to announce five of this year’s winners
– And more.!
Details: Contact Mauricio Ospina at mauricio.ospina@HispanicBusiness.ca