When Marco Castillo moved to Winnipeg in 2006 he could hardly speak english. This weekend he converses easily with host Bruce Ladan on SCENE.
When Castillo arrived here, there wasn't much Brazilian music to be found, aside from some bossa nova groups about town. But it didn't take long for him to get connected.
"People were very supportive and very curious. I ended up making a lot of friends in the Latin community," he recalled. "My mother is from Guatemala so I lived there too but people were surprised when I could speak Spanish."
This all helped Castillo connect with the Latin community. He noticed right away that there was a lot of support for the arts in general in Winnipeg.
"In Brazil we have so many great poets and lyricists including Antônio Carlos Jobim who wrote the lyrics to The Girl from Ipanema," he said. "Now in my music I have so many different influences."
Even though he hasn't returned to Brazil since moving here, when he picks up his guitar, he is transported home.
"Music has this magic that can take you immediately to somewhere else," he said.
Marco Castillo launches his new cd on Saturday March 15 at the Park Theatre. Just before that gig, you can hear him in conversation with CBC host Bruce Ladan on SCENE On Air. The show airs every Saturday from 5 - 6 p.m. on CBC Radio One, 89.3 FM/990 AM/97.9 FM in Brandon.