Cesar Ricardo
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Cesar Ricardo

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Band Latin World


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Coming 2nd out of 30 participants, 8 finalists is no easy feat! Cesar Ricardo has done it two years in a row by placing 2nd in the annual world song-writing competition with Carelton University-Chin Radio. What a merengue he wrote and sang!

- Bev Ricardo

"We need an event like this that can add to the multicultural flavour of Ottawa" Festival favourites Caridad Cruz (and band) from Cuba...are returning to the festival stage.

Zuleyka Yazbek - The Ottawa Citizen

"Caridad and her quartet (includes Cesar) will bring the warm sounds of Cuba to the Grange, slipping from salsa to jazz, from boisterous to Latin romantic"

Celeste Mackenzie - Celeste Mackenzie


CBC Radio - Libro Abierto
Chin Radio - Si sigo Pensando en ti



Musically born Cuban national, Cesar Ricardo advanced his career in the area of performance and recording 5 years ago when he first moved to Canada. Playing for 1000's of tourists in some of Cuba's best hotels, Cesar was always in demand. Cesar has quite a Canadian following already and looks forward to more integration of his latin music in the amazing Canadian music scene. Currently working on his first CD, Cesar composes and scores his own music at his home base studio and plans to move his group to a professional studio end of 2010. Traditionally a baritone singer, Cesar is unique in the variety of styles he can sing and play. Along with his professional dynamic voice, Cesar is an accomplished guitarist and an emerging bassist. Cesar continues to develop his talents in all areas of music - the passion never dies!

In 2009 Cesar won 2nd place at the Chin Radio-Carleton University song-writing competition, and in March 2010 was showcased on Rogers Daytime Ottawa where he and his 5-piece band played to very impressed hosts.

Working with many other talented artists and friends from Cuba, Mexico, Colombia and Canada, Cesar has performed twice at the Ottawa Jazz Festival (2010 will mark his third time), The Ottawa Blues Festival, 3 times at the 4th stage at the NAC, one with the Canadian sensational travelling show "Babes for Breasts Charity" with the energetic Caridad Cruz. Cesar continues to play in a host of festivals, pubs and restaurants both solo and with his band and enjoys the intimate setting of small venues, a chance to connect with the people. The Ottawa Tulip Festival, Quebec's 400th celebration, Chelsea's Musical Tuesdays, Zaphod's, Carnival of Clutures, Help Heal Hati fundraiser and Ottawa's Race Day for Cancer are just a handful of events that Cesar has played in the past few years.

Cesar is versatile, determined, talented and never fails to excite the audience in a performance, he can move the people and get them on their feet.

Cesar directs his band and can tailor the band to meet your needs. Why not check out his website at www.cesaricardo.com for all your events.