In a moving ceremony held on Thursday, August 3, 2017, Consul General Porfirio Thierry Muñoz Ledo presented the Ohtli award to Mexican guitarist Jorge López Blackmore, in recognition of his valuable contribution to the promotion of Mexican culture and the preservation of the highest Mexican artistic traditions in Ontario.
In his speech, the Consul General noted that the awarding of the Ohtli to Jorge López constitutes a well-earned recognition of his work promoting our country’s culture while displaying the pride, tireless effort and creative capacity of Mexicans abroad.
He highlighted the fact that Jorge López has played a central role in the cultural life of the Mexican community in Ontario, having founded and directed the first professional mariachi band in the province, thereby enhancing the exceptional value of this style of music, which is recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
On accepting the Ohtli award, Jorge thanked the Mexican government and his family and friends for their support during his more than thirty years of promoting traditional Mexican music in Ontario.
The ceremony was attended by the Director of Economic, Financial and Global Network Affairs from the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME), Tania Miranda González.
Also present were close to a hundred prominent figures from the Mexican and Canadian communities, including Ontario’s former Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism Tony Ruprecht, and the directors of the Harbourfront Centre, the Textile Museum of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Hot Docs and TIFF film festivals.