Quique Escamilla was born and raised in the warm, tropical southern lands of the state of Chiapas, Mexico. He is a Mexican-Canadian, multi-instrumental singer-songwriter and producer, recipient of the 2015 Juno Award for World Music Album of the Year with his first full-length and self-produced album, 500 Years of Night.
He breaks down language barriers through his powerful voice and passionate delivery while fusing traditional Mexican styles of music such as ranchera and huapango with modern sounds of rock, reggae, ska, pop, jazz, cumbia, bolero, and a variety of other Latin American rhythms.
Despite the distance from his homeland, Quique remains strongly attached to his Mexican roots. He is honored to be in Canada to share with his audiences a flavor of Mexican culture, heritage and traditions through his music and live contemporary performances.
His 2019 full-length album release, Encomienda, represents Quique’s “mestizaje of the Music of the Americas” and an instrument to tell stories from around the world and amplify the voices of the oppressed, the forgotten and the marginalized.
He has toured across North America and Europe with his culturally diverse band based in Toronto, and has shared stages with world-class artists such as Los Lobos, Michael Franti, Gustavo Santaolalla, Cyril Neville and the Royal Southern Brotherhood, Mokoomba, Calypso Rose, Alabama Shakes, Alex Cuba, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Fred Penner, Puerto Candelaria, etc.
“He’s a unique talent who hold to the traditions of heavyweights like Bob Marley and Manu Chao. Quique’s really one to watch!” —Garvia Bailey, CBC Radio Canada