|CANADIAN IDOL EVA AVILA TO VISIT MARYMOUNT ACADEMY|
MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 7, 2007- Eva Avila, the 2006 winner of CTV's Canadian Idol, was warmly received in a visit to the English Montreal School Board's Marymount Academy September 7.
Avila was in town to promote her September 25 benefit concert at the Theatre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts benefiting the organization LOVE (Leave Out Violence), which helps youth who have lived with violence to end the violent behavior in their lives, and to use their experience to become community leaders in violence prevention. LOVE is active at a number of EMSB schools, including Marymount.
The 20 year old native of Gatineau, Quebec recently released her debut album called Somewhere Else. Avila was raised in Gatineau, by her Quebecois mother and Peruvian father. As a child, her father had a recording studio in the basement of the home and it wasn’t long before his little girl was knocking on the door to put her voice on tape for the first time. By the time she was seven, she had progressed to recording covers of pop and show tunes in the basement studio. Avila continued to hone her stage skills as she entered her teens by performing at countless community events including high-school assemblies, Latin festivals and regional TV shows. At 16, she decided to enter her first high-profile singing competition and ended up taking the title in the prestigious, province-wide Jeune Diva du Quebec. In the spring of 2006 she auditioned in Ottawa for Canadian Idol. Her website is www.evaavila.com.
More than 800 students jammed the school gymnasium to learn more about LOVE and Avila. With her CD playing in the background she entered the gym to loud applause. Four Marymount students-Andrew Wilcock, Yelena Ashton-Cheung, Amanda Warf Laraby and Beatrice Yankey - began the program by describing the LOVE mandate. Avila then spoke about her career and her commitment to the mandate of LOVE. She then answered questions. When one student asked if she would sing a song she agreed to do so acapala with a beautiful version of her hit single Meant to Fly. Music teacher Tracy Mangal then introduced a surprise for the special guest as three students – Hong Nguyen, Olga Zelman and Kurtis Sewell – sang for her. Afterwards she presented them all with copies of her CD.
In presenting Avila with a bouquet of flowers, Principal Paola Miniaci called the singing star a wonderful role model.
Tickets for Avila's LOVE concert are now on sale at the Place Des Arts box office. VIP tickets, which include a pre-concert cocktail reception, are available only through the LOVE office. Proceeds from all ticket sales go to LOVE. For more information visit www.leaveoutviolence.org or call (514) 938-0006.
Michael J. Cohen