Catarina Cardeal & Mike Siracusa FADO BLUES
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Catarina Cardeal & Mike Siracusa FADO BLUES

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"Andy Barrie"

"The best word for there music is "mesmerizing". Breathtaking, The real test came On an especially noisy night at a Toronto nightclub when the whole room was stunned into silence by the magic of
Catarina's voice and Mike’s magnificent music. Fado's never been finer"
- Host of CBC's Metro Morning

"Global Divas"

One of the most enjoyable divas to perform Catarina Cardeal, she possessed one of the most beautiful voices. It was sensual, soulful and delivered with a range rarely equaled, Cardeal (and Siracusa performed) four songs. The audience seemed captivated by the quality of her voice, and the great emotions (their) songs conveyed.

Global Divas
Karen Mason-Williams
Recognize Magazine

- Recognize Magazine

"William Littler"

Live at Glenn Gould Theatre.. Inventive and enjoyable music making, it represented an expansion of the parameters of Fado..

William Littler
Toronto Star
- Toronto Star

"Toronto Star"

These two Torontonians...are taking the music they used to hear around the dinner table and mixing it with Led Zeppelin, to them, it just feels right. By combining Fado, with rock, jazz, and blues they are creating something at once new and familiar. The modernized sound lures a diverse crowd, “people in there 20’s right up to 80-year-olds; they are from all walks of life. About 75% don’t know a word and they stick around” Siracusa says. “it’s the spirit of the music”.
Nelia Raposo
Toronto Star
- Nelia Raposo

"Garvia Bailey"

They are the darlings of the CBC…whenever we put 15 on the air we are inundated with phone calls.

Garvia Bailey
Big city, small world

"Merriam Music"

" 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 you’re hooked.

Alan Merriam
The Merriam School of Music

- Alan Merriam

"Micheal Brooks"

Through the speakers in my vehicle there suddenly materialized some of the most beautiful music I have heard in a long time: an ethereal, haunting woman's voice accompanied by an acoustic guitar that struck me as equal parts flamenco and modal jazz.

Micheal Brooks
Historian and Journalist
- Historian and Journalist


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




Catarina and Mike were invited to perform FADO BLUES songs at the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards. The awards took place on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at Dominion Chalmers Church, Ottawa Ontario CA

FADO BLUES on new smash hit Canadian T.V. series "Cra$h & Burn"
Mike and Catarina's original compositions will be featured on the 13 part series produced by WHIZBANG FILMS and CANWEST airing SHOWCASE. Musical Director Jack Lenz, LENZ PRODUCTIONS.

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Catarina Cardeal has wrapped her Portuguese heritage around her singing career from an early age, In the year 2000, Catarina competed internationally and won best interpretation in Portugal's "Festival de Comunidades", by RTP (Portuguese National Radio and Television). The following year she recorded with ZECA MEDEIROS on the soundtrack for the Portuguese film "Gente Feliz com Lagrimas", produced by Zeca Medeiros.

As a producer, arranger, musical director, session player and performer, Mike has traveled and toured with many acts. He has contributed his talent to theatrical works, jingles, television scores, concerts and festivals. Mike has produced many bands in various genres of music.

Catarina and Mike met for the first time working in a put together band in 2002 and the rest... as they say, is

Catarina Cardeal and Mike Siracusa are pushing the definition of Portuguese Fado to new areas that touch the universal exploration of blues. Cardeal and Siracusa founded Fado Blues, passionate Portuguese song with a contemporary twist, in 2003. This fusion has garnered attention from around the globe. The ensemble has been celebrated at Global Divas 2003 and 2004, and Karen Mason-Williams of Recognize Magazine Describes them as “sensual, soulful and delivered with a range rarely equalled. The audience seemed captivated by the quality of her voice, and the great emotions (their) songs conveyed”.

In 2004 Fado Blues and Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana recorded a sold out concert for CBC’S live at the Glenn Gould, and for CBC Televisions Opening Night. Since its formation, Fado Blues has been performing actively at events like

The Luminato Festival
Global Café
Toronto’s Historical Distillery Summer Serenades
Winter City
Toronto City Hall
Jazz Out Of This World
Summer Concert Series
Fieldcote Museum
CBC Sounds of the Season
Live Concert for the Consulate General of Portugal

Along with playing the street festivals around southern Ontario, Fado Blues has given many concerts at leading live music venues such as
The Glenn Gould Theatre
Lula Lounge
Hugh’s Room
The Silver Dollar
IMC Camp Rock
The Living Arts Centre
Crush Lounge

Catarina Cardeal and Mike Siracusa’s first CD, released in June 2007 with the support of CBC Radio, was recorded in Toronto at the Glenn Gould Studio, CBC Radio Studio 211 and live at the Lula Lounge. The CD, entitled “Fado Blues”, was produced by Malcolm Gould and engineered by Juno Award winner Ron Skinner.
Catarina and Mike also recorded “Silent Night” for the CBC Sounds of the season Christmas CD Released Oct 24/2006, and a live CD "15" Live at the Backroom Studios 2006.
A favourite of the CBC with several sold out concerts, they have been featured on numerous CBC national Radio shows…
Metro Morning
Here and Now
Big City, Small World,
The World, In Performance,
Fresh Air,
On Stage,
CIRV Radio,
CFRB 1010,
Sounds of the Season,
Radio Canada Montreal,

T.V Appearances include
Opening Night/ Sunday Encore
Omni TV,
Festival Portuguese
Global T.V..