Check out the interview at
Thankful for a new home
Latin musicians hosting concert to show city their gratitude
By: Erin Lebar
Posted: 10/6/2018 3:00 AM| Last Modified: 10/6/2018 2:23
Latin singers, songwriters and guitarists Onna Moreno, who performs as Onna Lou, and Marco Castillo are hosting Thanksgiving from the South on Sunday at the Park Theatre; they will perform original songs with a full band as a way to express their gratitude to the music community in Winnipeg for welcoming them and their music stylings with open arms.
Moreno and her husband, Julian Vidal, have been in the city for 2½ years and chose Winnipeg because Vidal has family here. Previously, the Argentine couple lived in Buenos Aires (where they met in music school) and then travelled to the United States for Morena to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
The first year was rough — Vidal had a job lined up, but Moreno had to hustle to build up a network of musical contacts from scratch. However, things quickly took a turn for the better.
"It was like a jump into emptiness, a complete leap of faith, and then I started meeting people... The first year was planting seeds everywhere and then almost like clockwork, when the year mark passed, work starting coming my way," says Moreno, who also teaches music lessons in addition to being an active performer.
"I really learned the last few years that you can’t do it on your own; you need people, you need a community and that’s here," she says.
"And that was another surprise of the Winnipeg music community, that there was a space for Latin American music in particular. Like, I perform every week and people love it and that was very surprising."
Onna Lou at Manitoba Music's New Music Night.