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Vocalist and composer Catarina Cardeal has wrapped her Portuguese heritage around her singing career from an early age. Singing with family at campfires and summer vacations led to formal training that has intertwined the influences of her father's lessons, inspirational mentors in the community and the essential Fado songbook.
In the year 2000, Catarina competed internationally and co-won the award for best interpretation in Portugal's first annual Festival de Comunidades, broadcast by RTP (Portuguese National Radio and Television). She was also featured on the soundtrack for the Portuguese film Gente Feliz com Lagrimas, produced by Jose Medeiros.
- RTP Radio Television Portugal


“Over the past 17 years, I have had the privilege of working closely with many of Canada’s most gifted musicians, some who have launched very successful recording and performing careers. Catarina Cardeal and Mike Siracusa are destined for greatness. 15’s tender, passionate and sometimes searing delivery of Fado will leave you breathless and enchanted, just one listen and your hooked.

Alan Merriam
CEO & President
The Merriam School of Music


“The best word for there music is “mesmerizing”. The first time I heard them, it was on our show “live before dawn”. Breathtaking, but that was me alone in the studio. The real test came On an especially noisy night at the popular Toronto night club The Lula Lounge when the whole room was stunned into silence by the magic of
Catarina’s voice and Mikes magnificent music. Fado’s never been finer”

Andy Berry
Host of CBC’s Metro Morning
- Andy Berry - Metro Morning


"15" Live at the Backroom Studios 2006
CBC Sounds of the season Christmas CD Released Oct 24/2006
"15" Fado Blues to be Released June 20, 2007

Radio Play
Metro Morning
Here and Now
Big City, Small World
The World, In Performance
Fresh Air
On Stage
CIRV Radio

TV Play
Opening Night/ Sunday Encore
Omni TV
Festival Portuguese



In 2001 the versatile Duo “15” was formed by an undeniable fate. While working together for the first time in a “put together band” for a corporate party the award winning vocalist and composer, Catarina Cardeal & respected producer drummer/guitar player Mike Siracusa met for the first time. The rest as they say is history.
The duo took their own brand and style alongside original and traditional Fado music into small clubs and to their surprise found out there was an audience for this type of music. Always wanting to give the audience more they started to incorporate into there set lists some classic Rock, Blues and Jazz tunes with a twist. If that wasn’t enough they came up with ways to incorporate all of this into Traditional Fado songs. This creativity did not go unnoticed; within the first year the duo was performing to sell out audiences in large clubs in Toronto and performing at a number of Festivals throughout Canada, and continues to do so.
They have become a favorite with the CBC with 3 sold out shows(Live at the Glenn Gould) and 2 live recordings both featuring Canadian Jazz Legend Jane Bunnett, they also have been featured on many of there national radio shows.
As well as being on the stage performing, Catarina and Mike are both well respected music teachers. This Duo takes pride in the many festival and school workshops that they are asked to be involved in across the country, along with rock and blues camps.
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