Venezuelan native Luis 'EL PANA' Tovar has developed a reputation for his outstanding percussion, Since arriving in Alberta 9 years ago he has made his mark on the Western Canadian music scene. He has played with Brian Hughes,Oscar Lopez, Pavlo and Rik Emmett at ExpoLatino 2010, and more recently, with The Mike Lent Trio at Wordfest. In addition to performing with several local artists including The Oscar Lopez Trio, The Mocking Shodows, los morenos ,Alberto San Martin, jory kijo, joanna borromeo. “EL PANA” has also played with many groups from outside the Calgary area such as The Doug Berner Trio, The Retrofitz, and The Marc Beaudin Trio. Internationally he has performed with Ric Fierabracci, Hilario duran luis bonilla, jerry rivera, david pavon, oscar d leon,
Currently working on a new recording project, Luis “EL PANA” Tovar is one of the original founders of the World Fusion band Cumako, as well as the contemporary Salsa band Distrito salsa Regardless of the musical genre, and with whomever he plays, Luis "EL PANA" Tovar brings a unique energy and positive dynamic to the stage blending Venezuelan and Canadian musical cultures.