PLAN-C

PLAN-C

BandWorldLatin

Plan C mixes up a diverse blend of traditional latino rhythms with cutting edge beats; hip–hop and funk. This cocktail is fortified with Afrobeat-infused horns and powerful lyrics, many with biting social commentary.

Biography

In 2002, Plan C joined Toronto’s collective musical consciousness and quickly found themselves ascending to become one of the most recognized and appreciated musical cooperatives in the city. Like a breath of fresh spring air, Plan C broke Toronto’s musical winter with their own combination of globally inspired grooves and street smart bravado. Their 2004 debut release, ‘Tercer Mundo’, took them to the top of many World and Latin music charts at the most popular university radio stations in Toronto, Montreal, London, Hamilton and Guelph and soon they would be playing to fans in some of the hottest clubs across the province.

With a powerful buzz behind them, Plan C was taken out of the clubs and onto internationally recognized stages across the province for a series of electrifying performances at some of the most important music festivals in the country, including: a number of performances at the Distillery Jazz Festival, the Toronto Street Festival, several appearances at Harbourfront Centre’s Ritmo Y Color and Extravaganza Festival, London’s La Fiesta Del Sol Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Plan C capped-off these incredible years of performances with a series of exciting nominations for awards including: Best Song 2004/2005 and Best Group of the year by The Canadian Latin Industry Awards 2005 (TorontoHispano.com), Best Latin Fusion Album of the year by the SHOCK Awards 2005 (Shock Magazine, Bogota, Colombia), Favorite Indie Latin Alternative Group at the 2005 Canadian Independent Music Awards (CMW), Latin American Achievement Awards - PREMIOS SOMOS 2004 and 2005 - Talent of the year and a win for Favorite Indie Latin Alternative Group at the 2004 Canadian Independent Music Awards.

Following such an incredible debut, Plan C decided to take a year to focus on their sound. Made up of a large collective of international musicians, many of Plan C’s disciples left Canada to individually seek out a new musical perspective by looking for the roots of their own cultures in their homeland. Eventually, Plan C regrouped with suitcases full of ideas and a fresh perspective on our global village. The group immediately crowded their recording space and began to share their travel stories.

Stories and life experiences became songs and the outcome of their journeys has been captured on the exciting new sophomore album ‘Volar’, a more mature musical journey through the Latin Diaspora that doesn’t shy away from a necessary conscious message. The rhythms reflect new paths blazed into Afro-Beat, Cumbia and Jazz as voices chant for Peace and Justice. With ‘Volar’, Plan C gives a vision of the world from the Latino perspective, an experience wrought with neo-colonialism, illegal wars, exploitation of the poor and weak, and yet Latin America remains full of life, full of hope and still standing after so many storms, definitely a powerful example of how culture can save us from ourselves. ‘Volar’ represents hope in the face of immense opposition; it represents how the music can take you to new heights when you’re feeling so low.

All of Plan C’s early achievements have put them on par with such groups as: Yerba Buena (USA), Manu Chao (FRANCE), Ozomatli (USA), Sargento Garcia (France), Ojos de Brujo (Spain), Macaco (Spain) and SideStepper (Colombia) - making them Canada’s answer to the World-Latin-Fusion movement. Plan C has helped shape Canada’s idea of what Latin music should sound like and has been a pioneer and leader in the Latino Community, encouraging others to look outside their own environment for inspiration so that they too may be able to take bigger musical risks.

They’ve already taken the first big steps and now Plan C is prepared to take their savoury mix of Latin Soul and World Funk onto the dance floor once again, this time bringing a little hope and a whole lot of passion to the people.

-Nominated once again for THE CANADIAN INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD - BEST LATIN ALTERNATIVE BAND - 2005.
http://entertainment1.sympatico.msn.ca/Music/CMW/

- The album "Tercer Mundo" nominated for Best Latin Fusion Album of the year by the SHOCK Awards 2005 (Shock Magazine) - Bogotá-Colombia.

-WINNER OF THE CANADIAN INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD - BEST LATIN ALTERNATIVE BAND - 2004.
http://www.cmw.net/indies.htm

-Nominated as TALENT OF THE YEAR 2004 and 2005 by the "Latin American Achievement Awards"

Lyrics

Volar

Written By: Juan C. Valencia/M.Garrido/Diego Las Heras

VOLAR
Music by Juan C. Valencia and Diego Las Heras
Lyrics by Juan C. Valencia/M.Garrido

HOOK 1
Every body
Keep on movin’
With the music
Lets get high

Every body
Keep on groovin’
Let it drug you
Up all night

VERSE 1
Ya viene se queda
y no va a parar
Ya viene que se pega
esto ya va a empezar

Parate y sacudete
Y deja de pensar
Que la cumbia vino por ti
Pa’ que te dejes llevar.

A mi no me importa
Lo que diga esa gente
Que no tengo verguenza
Que soy un indecente

Yo me paro en una mesa
Y me pongo a brincar
Que esta cumbia
Ya me puso a volar

HOOK 2
Vole, volar
Quiero volar contigo
Vole, volar
Para nunca vajar
Vole, volar
Ven y vuela conmigo
Vole, volar
Pa’ que no haya final

HOOK 1
Every body…

VERSE 2
Parence y acerquense
Que afuera nadie se quedara
Esta cumbia es solo nuestra
La vamos a gozar

Arriba todas las manos
Con PLAN C todos bailamos
Ritmo latino y fino
De mi tierra yo te traigo

Cumbia Reggaeton
Todos quieren menear
Moviendo la cintura
Y un pasito pa’ tras

Sigueme cierra los ojos
Ya no pienses mas
Que esta cumbia
Ya te puso a volar.

HOOK 2
Vole, Volar…

RAP
Tocando al cielo
Le canto al miedo
Que toma riego
Que cambia el juego

Ay!
You don’t need much
but a deep breath mami
To get hi

vamos acercándonos
que este beat esta bien fly
Levantándonos
and now we are feeling alright
ron apretón
sin habana no hay
no hay, no hay

FlaKKo con Plan C
ya dale avancen

Quiero ver tus manos en el aire
I want to see your hands en el aire
Quiero ver encendedores en el aire

Aquí tristesa no hay
Aquí violencia no hay
Hey every body get hi
You know you are feeling alright

You know we keep it flowing
You know that is how we do it.

FlaKKo con Plan C

VOLAR (Fly Away) -Translation
Music by Juan C. Valencia and Diego Las Heras
Lyrics by Juan C. Valencia/M.Garrido

HOOK 1
Everybody
Keep on movin’
With the music
Lets get high

Everybody
Keep on groovin’
Let it drug you
Up all night

VERSE 1
It’s coming to stay
and will not stop.
It’s coming, it’s catchy and it’s gonna start right now

Stand up and shake yourself
and stop thinking now,
because Cumbia came for you
so you can let your self go.

I don’t mind
what people say
that I have no shame, that I’m insane.

I’ll stand on this table and I’ll jump all night long,
because this Cumbia
it’s making me fly

HOOK 2
fly, fly away
I want to fly with you
fly, fly away
So I will never come back
fly, fly away
Come and fly with me
fly, fly away
So there’s no end

HOOK 1
Everybody…

VERSE 2
Every one stand up, get closer because
no one can get behind.
This Cumbia is only ours and
we will enjoy it all night.

All hands up
with PLAN C everyone dance to the fancy Latin Rhythm that
I brought you from my native land.

Cumbia Reggaeton
shake it up,
shake your body
and take one step back.

Come with me, close your eyes
stop thinking now
because this Cumbia
it’s gonna make you fly.

HOOK 2
fly, fly away …

RAP
Touching the skies
I’ll sing to fear
That takes off
That changes the game

Ay!
You don’t need much
but a deep breath mami
To get hi

We are getting closer
that this beat is really fly
rising up
and now we are feeling alright
ron, a tight hug
with out habana, there is nothing
there is nothing

FlaKKo and Plan C
Lets proceed!

I want to see your hands in the air
I want to see lighters in the air

There is no sadness here
There is no violence here
Hey everybody get hi
You know we got you feeling all right

You know we keep it flowing
You know that is how we do it.

FlaKKo con Plan C

El Vaquero

Written By: D. Las Heras

EL VAQUERO
By Diego Las Heras

VERSE 1
El vaquero ha salido
a matar otra vez,
con sus botas de oro
y su revolver calibrado.

Durante largos años
se ha preparado
para someter al mundo
a su divino pecado

Su caballo es grande
para poder cargar
la riquesa de los pueblos
que acostumbra a robar.

Pantalones rojo y azul
y estrellas por todos lados,
representan las almas
de todos lo hombres
que ha fusilado

CHORUS
Como te voy a extrañar
cuando no estes conmigo
no quiero que este sea
nuestro ultimo suspiro X 2

VERSE 2
El odio y la miseria
inundan su corazon
y arremete con violencia
sobre al opresor

Es traicionero y miente
y esconde su vocacion
de verdugo impaciente
todos al paredon!

Pantalones rojo y azul
y estrellas por todos lados
representan las almas
de todos lo hombres
que ha fusilado

CHORUS
Como te voy a extrañar
cuando no estes conmigo
no quiero que este sea
nuestro ultimo suspiro X 2

PREGON
Oye mira, te digo
Que el Diablo tu amigo
Pronto te va a cobra

Todo lo malo que el hizo
Oye Jorge lo vas a pagar

Camina conmigo, te digo,
Mira, ese man no es tu amigo

Yo no quiero mi amor
Que este sea no! no!?nuestro ultimo suspiro

THE COWBOY - Translation
By Diego Las Heras

VERSE 1
The cowboy left his town
to kill once again,
with his golden boots
and his perfect gun.

All these years
he’s been getting ready
to have the world
under his command

His horse is huge
so he can carry
the riches
of those he stole.

His pants are red and blue
covered in stars
that represent the souls
of those he killed

CHORUS
I will miss you so much
when you’re gone
I don’t want this to be
our last breath X 2

VERSE 2
His hear overflows with
hate and misery
and attacks with infinite violence
the ones who oppose him

He is a liar and betrayer
And he manipulates situations
that when you’re not aware
he’ll shoot you down

His pants are red and blue
covered in stars
that represent the souls
of those he killed

CHORUS
I will miss you so much
when you’re gone
I don’t want this to be
our last breath X 2

PREGON
Hey look, I’ll tell you
That the Devil, your friend,
Soon will serve you the bill

All the evil that he’s done
Hey George! You will pay

Walk with me, I say:
Look that man is not your friend

I don’t want my love,
This to be our last breath.

Estoy Contigo

Written By: J. Valencia/M.Senitt

ESTOY CONTIGO
Music by Juan C. Valencia and Max Senitt
Lyrics by Juan C. Valencia

Verse 1
Ay! Mi amor no llores
el cielo te canta.
Oye Sandra no llores
el cielo te canta

Ahora la tormenta cae
Pero al rato escampa
Ahora la tormenta cae
Pero al rato escampa

Mira el arco iris
Tu papa te canta
Mira el arco iris hija
Tu papa te canta

Las nubes de luto
Con el sol que encanta
Las nubes están de luto
Con el sol que encanta

Y yo estoy contigo
Voy!

CHORUS
Voy a subir
Voy a bajar
Voy a caer
Y me voy a para X2

VERSE 2
Ay! Mi amor no llores
Ya no sufras mas
Oye Sandra no llores
Ya no sufras mas

Que el se fue a la gloria
Y te va a esperar
El se fue a la Gloria Santa
Y te recibirá

Y yo voy contigo
voy

CHORUS
Voy a subir
Voy a bajar
Voy a caer
Y me voy a para X2

I'M WITH YOU - Translation
Music by Juan C. Valencia and Max Senitt
Lyrics by Juan C. Valencia

VERSE 1
Oh! My love don’t cry
The sky is singing to you
Listen Sandra don’t cry
The sky is singing to you

Now the storm is falling
but soon it will stop
Now the storm is falling
but soon it will stop

Look at the rainbow
Your dad is singing to you
Look at the rainbow my daughter:
Your dad sings to you

The clouds are mourning
With the sun that enchants
The clouds are mourning
With the sun that enchants

and I’m with you

CHORUS
I will go up
I will go down
I will fall
and I will rise X2

VERSE 2
Oh! My love don’t cry
Please don’t suffer
Oh! My love don’t cry
Stop suffering

Because he went to the Glory
and he’ll be waiting for you
He’s gone to the Sacred Glory
and he will receive you

And I will go with you

CHORUS
I will go up
I will go down
I will fall
and I will rise X2

La Fiesta

Written By: J. Valencia/C. Roberts

LA FIESTA
Music by: Juan C. Valencia
Lyrics by: Juan C. Valencia and Casey Roberts

CHORUS
Es la fiesta
vamos todos
es la fiesta
y contigo voy a gozar X2

VERSE 1
Aquí ya no hay tristeza
existe la alegría
aquí ya no hay pobreza
porque vivimos en armonía

Levantemos las manos
cantémosle a la vida
vivamos como hermanos
y gocemos todos los dias

CHORUS
Es la fiesta
vamos todos
es la fiesta
y contigo voy a gozar X2

VERSE 2
Yo sigo, sigo el camino
sigo buscando mi destino
no paro, y no comparo
pues tu y yo somos lo mismo.

Lo mismo blanco,
lo mismo negro
lo mismo grande
lo mismo chico
lo mismo pobre
lo mismo rico

somos lo mismo!

BRIDGE
Un poquito mas
suave
como lo mueves tu
suave
tómalo con suavidad
suave
que eso es mas natural
suave
a mi me gusta gozar
suave
contigo quiero bailar
suave
la fiesta va a empezar
suave
suave y nos vamos ya!
suave

Un poquito mas rápido
se mueve
un poquito mas rápido
la gente
un poquito mas rápido
con Plan C
un poquito mas rápido
la fiesta sigue, sigue X2

CHORUS
Es la fiesta
vamos todos
es la fiesta
y contigo voy a gozar X2

VERSE 3
People come feel this
This music is contagious,
your soul seeps into it,
we gotta dance tonight

if you think you feel alone
when you hear that wicked song
it’ll bring you back on to the track
that takes your spirit home

We are all a family
and vanity won’t match the music
tonight

Yeah! yeah! yeah!

THE PARTY - Translation
Music by: Juan C. Valencia
Lyrics by: Juan C. Valencia and Casey Roberts

CHORUS
It’s a party
let’s go together
It’s a party
and with you I will have fun X2

VERSE 1
There is no sadness here
only happiness
there is no poverty here
since we all live in harmony

Let’s raise our hands
Let’s sing to life
Living like brothers and sisters
and enjoying every day

CHORUS
It’s a party
let’s go together
It’s a party
and with you I will have fun X2

VERSE 2
I keep, keep on my path
I keep searching for my destiny
I won’t stop to compare
because you and I, we are the same

the same white
the same black
the same tall
the same small
the same poor
the same rich

we are all the same!

BRIDGE
a little more
soft
like the way you move
soft
keep it cool
soft
since that’s more natural
soft
I like to enjoy
soft
with you I would like to dance
soft
the party will start soon
soft
softly, let’s go now!
soft

a little faster
it moves
a little faster
the people
a little faster
with Plan C
a little faster
The party keeps moving X2

CHORUS
It’s a party
let’s go together
It’s a party
and with you I will have fun X2

VERSE 3
People come feel this
This music is contagious,
your soul seeps into it,
we got to dance tonight

if you think you feel alone
when you hear that wicked song
gonna bring you back into this track
and take this spirit home

We are all a family
and vanity won’t match the music
tonight

Yeah! yeah! yeah!

Universo

Written By: Juan Valencia/Celia Palli

UNIVERSO
By Juan Valencia/Celia Palli

VERSE 1
Soy vida
soy alma y naturaleza
belleza que todo lo cura
soy todo lo que puede ser

Soy guerra
soy sombra, soy la que aniquila
tiniebla que todo oscurece
soy niño perdido en mi ser

soy carne
soy idea y sentimiento
con pulso en cada momento
soy verdad que no puedo ver

Soy agua
soy tierra, soy la que alimenta
hogar donde todos despiertan
soy todo lo que quiere ser

CHORUS
Soy único
universo
único
tu universo

VERSE 2
Soy tiempo
lugar, espacio, el momento
soy el dia, la noche y el viento
que vuela sin volver a atrás

soy la luz
impulso que todo lo mueve
soy verdad que todo lo puede
soy fuerza que del alma bebe

soy pensamiento
imagen que crea el momento
soy imán que atrae lo incierto
de mi mente causa y efecto

porque soy vida
soy alma y naturaleza
belleza que todo lo cura
soy todo lo que puede ser

CHORUS
Soy único
universo
único
tu universo

RAP
gi-, gi-, gi-,gira, gira gira
Gira la vida
on es lluita de valent
a cada moment,
en ocasions quan el mon don voltes
afogante amb aigua ardent.
Un, dos, tres,
i a la quarta ja has apres,
que l'atencio, el.leccio, conviccio,
aporten a la teva propia creacio.
Tots! (tots! tots!)
venim d'alla mateix
Tots! (tots!, tots!) 
tenim un Deu a dins.
A dins meu, a dins teu, a dins seu...
(Como?)
A dins meu, a dins teu, a dins seu...
(Eso)
El got mig ple,
es el cami a la plenitud,
amb positivitat en l'actitud.
"That I'm gonna do",
que es el que faras tu?
Soc l'unic univers i ne'm de fer-ne us.

BRIDGE
soy agua, vida, tierra
soy el que respira
Aire, pulso, vida
soy alma perdida

CHORUS
Soy único
universo
único
tu universo

UNIVERSE - Translation
By Juan Valencia/Celia Palli

VERSE 1
I’m life
I’m soul and nature
The beauty that cures everything
I’m all what can be

I’m war
I’m shadow; I’m the one who destroys
The darkness that covers all things
I’m a child lost in my own being

I’m flesh
I’m idea and feeling
with pulse at all times
I’m the truth that I can’t see

I’m water
I’m earth. I’m the one who feeds
The home were all awakens
I’m all what wants to be.

CHORUS
I’m unique
I’m universe
I’m unique
Your universe

VERSE 2
I’m time
Place, space, the moment
I’m the day, the night and the wind
That flies with out coming back

I’m the light
Impulse that moves it all
I’m the truth that makes all possible
I’m the force that drinks from the soul

I’m thought
Image that creates the moment
I’m the magnet that attracts uncertainty
From my mind, cause and effect

Because I’m life
I’m soul and nature
The beauty that cures everything
I’m all what can be

CHORUS
I’m unique
I’m universe
I’m unique
Your universe

RAP
Life takes its turn
as you fight with all your strength
every moment,
in occasions where the world spins too fast
drowning you with "auga ardiente" One, two, three...
and by the fourth time you’ve already learnt
that attention, choice and conviction
contribute to your own creation
We all! come from the same place
We all! have a God within.
Within myself, within yourself, within him/herself
What?
Within myself, within yourself, within him/herself
Right...
The glass half full
is the way to plenitude
with positivity in your personality
That I’m gonna do.
what do you think you’ll do?
I’m the only universe
and we gotta make use of it.

BRIDGE
I’m water, life, earth
I’m the one who breath’s
Air, pulse, life
I’m a lost soul

CHORUS
I’m unique
I’m universe
I’m unique
Your universe

Lies

Written By: T. Stoke-rees/J.Valencia/A.Campusano

LIES
Music by: T. Stoke-rees/J.Valencia/A.Campusano
Lyrics by: T. Stoke-rees

VERSE 1
A man stands
and speaks to a crowd
and from a script
he reads out loud

who actually
believes his false tone
the usual politician’s drone

No one admits
it could be a lie
but this speech
wasn’t written by this guy

Speeches crafted
with precision
that don’t include
what lead to their decisions

CHORUS
What is he saying?
Mentira
Lies
Mentira x 3

BRIDGE
You haven’t seen
outside your own country much
why don’t you go
see the people
who lives you’ve touched

the ones you’ve bombed
and the ones you’ve attacked
you always give reasons
but the truth it always
always lacks

you claim your purpose
for being there
is to clean up their mess
but you’ve created your own share
in the name of self interest

you fail to tell us
you were the ones
who sold them their guns
and now you say their check came back
marked insufficient funds
insufficient funds

VERSE 2
A nation needs
a leader to guide
but what motives
really lies behind

They represent
the people behind the scene
we hear what they say
but what do they mean

they don’t want us to know
anything more
so truth only comes out
behind close doors

he reads a speech
but some one else contrived it
if he really understood it
why wouldn’t he memorize it

CHORUS
What is he saying?
Mentira
Lies
Mentira x 3

lies, lies, lies

MENTIRAS - Translation
Music by: T. Stoke-rees/J.Valencia/A.Campusano
Lyrics by: T. Stoke-rees

VERSE 1
un hombre se para
y le habla a las masas
de su discurso
lee bien fuerte

Quien se cree su falso tono,
el típico tono de los políticos

Nadie admite
que pueden ser mentiras
sabiendo que este discurso
no fue escrito por ese hombre

Habladurías talladas con precisión
que no incluyen la razón de su decisión

CHORUS
que es lo que dice?
Mentira
Lies
Mentira x 3

Bridge

Tu no has visto
afuera de tu propio pais
porque no vas
a observar
la vida de la gente que has tocado

Los que has bombardeado
y los que has atacado
tu siempre das razones
pero verdadera la razón
nunca esta presente

Según tu, el propósito
por el cual estas allí
es para ayudar a limpiar el desorden
pero has creado tu propia ración
para tu propio interés

se te olvido decirnos
que fuiste tu
quien le vendiste sus armas
y ahora dices que el cheque ha sido devuelto
marcado: sin suficientes fondos
sin suficientes fondos

VERSE 2
Una nación
necesita de un líder que guíe
pero, cuales son
sus verdaderos motivos

Ellos representan al pueblo
atrás de escena
escuchamos lo que dicen
pero que es lo que realmente quieren decir

Ellos no quieren que sepamos
mas de la cuenta
por eso es que la verdad se encuentra
al otro lado de la puerta

el lee su discurso
pero alguien mas lo ha planeado
si realmente lo ha entendido
porque no se lo ha memorizado?

CHORUS
que es lo que dice?
Mentira
Lies
Mentira x 3

lies, lies, lies

Discography

VOLAR - Coming in July 5th, 2007
TERCER MUNDO (ISSI Records) 2004
EP - PLAN-C ElectroLatinoAlternativo - 2003

Set List

PLAN C's shows are a unique mix of styles from Cumbias, Salsa, Afrobeat, Funk, Electronica and Hip-hop that keeps the audiences dancing all night long.
The band can provide 3 hours of music featuring exciting original tunes and the best songs by some of the most popular artist of the New Alternative Latin scene.
In the audio section of this EPK you will be able to hear some original tunes from the new album VOLAR. However, if you'd like to hear additional examples, we recommend you to visit http://www.planc.ca/music.htm