alicia borisonik and the argentinian project

Alicia Borisonik

Before Alicia Borisonik moved to Canada in 1994, she had enjoyed countless musical successes in her native Argentina.As a singer, arranger, composer and performer, Alicia's talents were regularly called upon in the thriving musical scene of Buenos Aires. She performed and toured with rock groups, Broadway-type musicals and theatre companies.

Since arriving in Canada, Alicia has performed with different groups at the National Gallery, Museum of Civilization, Tulip Festival, International Jazz Festival in Ottawa and many other venues in Canada and Argentina An important turning point in her career, was receiving an Ontario Arts Council Composition Grant that allowed Alicia to put together her band and release her first CD "Esa Locura de Vivir". Her songs were played by CBC radio ( Out Front, This Morning, Global Village, Roots and Wings) That first CD, a combination of Latin Music and Jazz was a great first step in her musical carrier in Canada but after 7 years of playing in festivals and other venues, Alicia felt that she needed a change.

Her Latin Jazz CD represented more what people will expect a person from Latin America will do, music to dance, happy music, salsa, meringue but that wasn't true to her musical nature.

Finally Alicia's dream came true when she received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec to create new compositions based in her research of Argentinean music.

Alicia has also developed a career in music education. She has received 4 grants from Ontario Arts Council (Artists in education) and SOCAN. She is part of a program based in Toronto called, Learning Through the Arts. She has been offering musical workshops of Latin Music in schools, summer camps and museums for 10 years. She also founded a Latin American band for children called "DEL FUEGO" that has been part of the Ottawa International Children's Festival, the Ottawa Folk Festival and Ottawa International Jazz Festival.

Alicia is now ready to show herself to the world. She is preparing a new CD, updating her promotional material and booking future events.


"…This music explores Latin roots with a Canadian twist…" Bill Stunt/ CBC Outfront

"…sensual and cheeky, lots of fun …" Craig Jones/ Kingston Jazz Society

"…Alicia has created a CD that reflects a beautiful combination of the jazz she loves and her Latin roots. Her original music makes you pay attention with its mood swings and lively beats…" Daylle Deannes Schwartz, author of "The Real Deal" published by Billboard.

"… Alicia creates simmering Latin jazz brew…" Wes Smiderle/ Ottawa Citizen

"… Alicia demonstrates a deep commitment as a musician…she is dedicated in her interest in presenting the music of Argentina to Canadian audiences…" "As I listened to My Argentinean Roots by Alicia Borisonik, I got a sense of the old world charm of South American culture before the coming of the salsa craze and latin pop. The rich diversity of cultures that co-exist in Argentina is reflected in her music along with her own European heritage. Presenters find Alicia's music is hard to define. She would be as at home in a classical series as she would in a jazz or world music series. Her added gift to presenters is her strong ability to collaborate with other musicians and her skill as a teacher. She is an artist of many strengths." Chris Dray, Executive Director Yukon Arts Center


Ottawa International Jazz Festival
Yukon Arts Centre Longest Night Ensemble, Whitehorse, Yukon
Auberge Symmes, Aylmer QC
Harbourfront Center, Toronto
The Fourth Stage, National Arts Centre, Ottawa
Teatro La Nostalgia, Argentina
Waterloo Community Centre
Canadian Tulip Festival