Award winning arts educator, multi instrumentalist, vocalist, community worker and band leader of New Tradition Music
Ruben “Beny” Esguerra arrived as a child to Tkaronto from Bacatá (Bogotá, Colombia) as a political refugee with his parents, who were receiving threats for their human rights activism. Today, he is a two-time JUNO nominated multi-instrumentalist/producer, spoken-word poet, arts educator and community worker. In 2021, he was chosen as the laureate of the 2020 Ontario Arts Foundation Arts Educator Award and was nominated and chosen as a finalist for the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Community Arts Award. Most recently, Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music received a 2022 JUNO Award nomination for Global Music Album of the Year.