Patricia Cano was born in Sudbury, where she began her career on stage as a young dancer, and later, as a community theatre player. After studies in Theater and Spanish Literature at the University of Toronto, she embraced the career of traveling artist, first with Tomson Highway, the Cree writer and composer, then with le Théâtre du Soleil.
In 2001, Patricia performed the lead role of Emily Dictionary in Highway’s play Rose, followed by the title role in his play The Incredible Adventures of Mary-Jane Mosquito, commissioned by the Stratford Music Festival. Since then, the two have traveled the world together performing Tomson Highway’s songs and stories in cabaret form! In August 2009, they premiered a brand new Cree cabaret entitled “KISAGEETIN”, written and composed by Tomson Highway, and performed for the first time in Sudbury, ON at Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario. In June 2010, this new Cree cabaret toured to the Banff Centre for the Arts, as well as Toronto’s Canadian Stage Berkeley Theatre.
The second collaboration of great importance for Patricia’s artistic career is that which began in January 2003, when she joined the Parisian-based theatre company, Le Théâtre du Soleil, under the direction of renown theatre director, Ariane Mnouchkine. Patricia worked four years with the company, first on the music stage under the direction of the legendary Jean-Jacques Lemêtre, and later as ‘comédienne’ and finally as a singer. Madame Mnouchkine sent Patricia to Seoul, South Korea in 2005 to study traditional Korean singing with a voice master, and this experience, along with a growing desire to sing, changed her path forever, leading her away from the Old World and back to the New World.
Since 2007, Patricia has invested her energies towards building a singing career. Her partner in this pursuit is a Brazilian friend, guitarist and composer, Carlos Bernardo. In 2008, Patricia spent 6 months in Rio de Janeiro, befriending exceptional musicians of the ‘Carioca’ jazz scene, as well as beginning to write music of her own.
In August 2009, Patricia recorded “This is the New World”, her first album. There are twelve songs (and one poem) on the album, nine of which are original works composed in collaboration with Carlos Bernardo, in no less than four languages.