Winnipeg singing sensation Maria Aragon is the voice behind Gap’s new “I Want Candy” campaign that launched on Monday.
Under the GapKids brand, the “I Want Candy” collection “evokes the feeling of what it’s like to be young again during the holidays—it’s fun, optimistic and captures the magic of the season,” the retailer said in a release.
The 11-year-old also appears in the ad herself, which is now being shown on major television networks throughout North America.
Aragon made headlines earlier this year when she sang a cover of the Lady Gaga hit “Born This Way.”
Conservative leader Stephen Harper was in Winnipeg on Tuesday, firing up party supporters at a campaign rally.
Speaking to a crowd of about 1,000 people at the Victoria Inn, Harper reiterated that if Canada elected another minority Conservative government, other party leaders would form a coalition.
It was expected Harper would announce a candidate for Winnipeg South Centre, but that wasn’t on the agenda. Rumours suggested school trustee Joyce Bateman would be a candidate.
Before delivering his speech, Harper paid a visit to local YouTube sensation Maria Aragon. Harper sang a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” at her home after hearing the 10-year-old’s cover of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” — the song that shot her to international stardom last month. Aragon also performed the national anthem to open up Tuesday’s rally.
Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff will be in the city this evening and we’ll bring you video from his campaign rally at the Franco-Manitobain Cultural Centre.
The Winnipeg Police Service Patrolmen Hockey Club will face off against the NHL Legendary Hockey Heroes tonight at MTS Centre.
The 22nd Annual Old Timers’ Hockey Challenge will benefit the Rainbow Society, helping to grant the wishes of children with life threatening illnesses.
The game will open with YouTube singing sensation Maria Aragon performing the national anthem.
A full roster of NHL hockey legends will be participating, including Johnny Bower (coach), Glenn Anderson, Bryan Trottier, Billy Smith, Councillor Thomas Steen, Ab McDonald (coach), Laurie Boschman, Dave Babych, Dave Ellett, Jimmy Mann, Theoren Fleury, Trevor Kidd, Valerie Bure, Bernie Nichols, Cliff Ronning, and Bob Bourne. Referee Ron Hogarth and TSN’s Rod Black will also be in attendance.
Free entry will be given to Winnipeg School Safety Patrols who bring their patrol ID or vest.
Police Chief Keith McCaskill will be coaching the Patrolmen. Game time is 7 p.m.
Winnipeg’s Maria Aragon landed in Winnipeg Friday afternoon to a throng of media at the James Richardson International Airport.
The 10-year-old YouTube sensation performed in Toronto Thursday night with Lady Gaga, where the two sang “Born This Way” together.
Aragon arrived carrying her now famous orange monkey, which was on stage with her during the concert. She bought the toy in New York while doing one of many interviews last week. In a post-concert news conference last night, she said the monkey symbolized her cousin, who couldn’t make it to Toronto for her big night.
Aragon has been on a whirlwind media tour ever since her YouTube video was posted on February 18. Her cover of Gaga’s current hit has more than 17 million views after the pop superstar tweeted the link and it went viral.
Now that she’s back home, Aragon is most looking forward to returning to a normal life and seeing her friends. She also didn’t drop any hints about signing with a record label, saying she wants to take it slow and put her education first.
Ten-year-old Winnipeg singing sensation Maria Aragon met and performed with her idol Thursday night in Toronto.
The YouTube star shot to fame in February after posting a rendition of Lady Gaga’s hit “Born This Way,” which has now been viewed more than 17 million times.
Gaga tweeted the link to Aragon’s video, saying it brought her to tears. Thursday at the Air Canada Centre, the pop superstar cried again while Maria performed the song on a piano while sitting in Gaga’s lap. She introduced Aragon as, “Lady Maria from Winnipeg.”
The two spoke briefly on the phone during an interview on February 18 — just two days after Aragon’s video went viral around the world. It was at that time that Lady Gaga invited Aragon to join her on stage at her upcoming concert.
The Grade 5 student has appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and “Good Morning America,” just to name a few of her press stops. GMA did a follow-up story on Thursday, flying a camera crew out from New York to visit Aragon and her family at their Winnipeg home.
Following the concert, Lady Gaga tweeted a photo of the two backstage, saying, “Myself +10 year Old Lady Maria of Winnipeg. She signed my t-shirt, she ate my heart, just like you.”
Winnipeg’s newest celebrity, Maria Aragon, appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday after a successful Facebook campaign (video above).
The 10-year-old singer’s cover of Lady Gaga’s current hit Born This Way shot her to instant fame last week and has now passed 10 million YouTube views.
Asked by Ellen why she chose to cover that particular song, Aragon said, “Because of the meaning of the song. It’s a really great meaning. It’s about just being yourself because God may you who you are and you’re no different than anybody else.”
Aragon performed her famous cover for the TV audience, which she taped on Monday, followed by a standing ovation and a gift basket from Ellen.
On Friday, Aragon spoke to Gaga herself during a radio interview, and was invited to perform a duet in Toronto on March 3.
Aragon is also scheduled to appear on “Good Morning America” Thursday morning.
Winnipeg YouTube sensation Maria Aragon will meet the woman who shot her to overnight fame after the two spoke during a radio interview on Friday.
The 10-year-old singer posted a cover video of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” on Wednesday, which has gone from a few thousand views to two million and counting.
The video caught the eye of Gaga herself, who tweeted about it to her more than eight million followers one day later.
After a round of media interviews in Winnipeg on Thursday, Aragon was originally scheduled to fly to Toronto for another media blitz, but was grounded due to a blizzard.
Aragon was speechless when Gaga herself phoned in during an interview on Virgin Radio Toronto, which was handled through a coordinated effort with Hot 103. Gaga praised the young singer, saying she was having a rough day on Wednesday until she saw her video, which made her begin to cry.
Listen to the entire interview:
Asked if Aragon had any questions for her idol, she asked, “Where do you get your outfits?” The Grammy Award winner’s answer was the “House of Gaga,” a group of close designer friends.
But perhaps the highlight of the interview was the invitation to join Lady Gaga on stage during her concert on March 3 in Toronto. Gaga asked Aragon if she’d be up to perform a duet on stage of her current hit, “Born This Way.” Of course, there was no objection to the invite.
Virgin Radio said they would put Aragon and her family up in a suite when they make the trek out east.
Meanwhile, the video itself has made the front page of YouTube today as “Most Viewed” and continues to ride the wave of its viral status.
The next part of this journey is to get Aragon on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” A Facebook campaign has been launched and has nearly 1,000 members.
View the photo gallery below of Maria’s media scrum following her chat with Lady Gaga.