PERFORMANCE PRESENTATION: Saturday August 13 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Fito Blanko is an irresistible new artist from Canada whose charisma and passion have propelled him to the forefront of the Latin music scene. Hit single ‘Pegadito Suavecito’ (where he featured with merengue icon Elvis Crespo) reached #1 on the Billboard Latin Tropical Chart in November 2012. Fans and industry professionals agree Fito Blanko is one of the hottest new talents to enter the Latin Crossover market. Fito emigrated from Panama to Canada as a youngster, and he began writing lyrics in English and Spanish at age 14. He expanded into the American market in 2011 with the independent release of the catchy mambo track ‘VIP’, which charted on three U.S. Latin Billboard Charts: Latin Rhythm, Tropical Latin and Latin Pop. From New York to L.A. to Miami, Fito quickly developed a reputation for turning up the heat at parties with his electrifying performances and dazzling charm. The year 2012 kicked off with Canada’s largest daily newspaper, the Toronto Star, giving Fito front-page coverage in its People to Watch 2012 feature. The recent #1 Billboard Tropical Chart success of ‘Pegadito Suavecito’ has the industry buzzing with anticipation over Fito’s upcoming projects. As the co-owner and president of Crown Loyalty Entertainment (Music Company), directed by some of Toronto’s brightest young entrepreneurs, Fito has the support and know-how for advancing into the international spotlight.
In 2013 Fito shared the stage with Icon Elvis Crespo performing the #1 Tropical Latin Billboard hit ‘Pegadito Suavecito’ during the Premios Lo Nuestro 25th Anniversary awards ceremony. During the week of the 2013 Latin Billoboard awards Fito Blanko had 4 Songs charting simultaneously and became the1st Canadian Latino to achieve these chart positions. ‘Mi Princesa’, ‘Esta Fiesta Remix’, ‘Pegadito Suavecito’ and ‘Si Te Agaro’ all appeared in various Billboard charts at the same time. In July of that same year, Fito was nominated in the ‘Cancion Del Verano’ (Song Of Summer) Category at Premios Juventud where he performed live, with DJ Chino and Papayo, their hit single Si te Agarro. Adding to the list of nominations, Pegadito Suavecito for the Best Party Song (Canción Comienza-Fiestas) at the Premios Tu Mundo in Aug 2013, has made Fito a leading voice in Tropical music. In Oct 2013, ‘Pegadito Suavecito’ in which Fito was a composer and featured artist was nominated in the ‘Best Urban Performance’ category for the Latin Grammys. In 2014 Fito was awarded a BMI Award of Excellence for his song ‘Pegadito Suavecito’ being one of the most songs with airplay in the US.
In 2015 Blanko was featured on the original motion picture soundtrack for Furious 7 (previously known as Fast & Furious 7). The grammy-nominated artist’s “Meneo” has been heard during the movie and appears on the 16-track soundtrack by Atlantic Records. The Album went #1 on the Billboard 200 and The Movie was #1 in the world setting a record for the fastest movie to reach 1 Billion dollars in sales. Fito Blanko’s was also named Ambassador / Spokes Person of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am games. The Pan Am games provided the perfect platform for the young artist to step up as a community leader and give back. Meanwhile, Fito is currently promoting his video for the “Show Privado,” featuring Black “Jonas” Point and Jowell, which is the first single of his highly anticipated Project #ParaisoNocturno.
His fresh style, signature voice, sexiness and congeniality will likely see Fito continue to dominate the charts well into the future.