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Alexis Puentes


Smithers, BC
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Alex Cuba - born in Cuba in 1974, the son of guitar player and music teacher Valentin Puentes - is one of the most successful indie singer-songwriters of our time, four-time Latin Grammy winner, five-time Latin Grammy and a Grammy nominee. He started playing guitar at age six and immigrated to Canada in 1999 after marrying a Canadian in Cuba. Alex launched his solo career in 2004 after moving to Smithers, British Columbia, the hometown of his wife, Sarah. Alex has collaborated with Ron Sexsmith and Jason Mraz. "Lo Mismo Que Yo," a duet with Sexsmith, reached #52 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2009, he co-wrote and recorded a duet with fellow Canadian Nelly Furtado, "Mi Plan”, the title track for her fourth studio album, for which Cuba co-wrote more than half of the songs. His discography covers 6 solo albums.

I think the future of Smithers’ business community is bright. There’s a new generation of people starting out and taking over old businesses in the community, supplying new ideas and breathing life into this town. The people here are friendly and support each other, but I think that the best thing about our town is the diversity of people here.

-Peter Krause, Owner, McBike & Sport and Chamber Member since 1983

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