Category Archives: Canada

Spero Bobetsis

Name: Spero Bobetsis

Location: Regina, Saskatchewan

Santana Fan For: 35 years

Why You Love Santana’s Music: Well I have been a rock music fan for about 35 years and in the core of all this music is Santana and my heart and soul is attached to it. The profound music of Santana has inspired me, healed me, and has influenced me in many ways.

How Many Times You’ve Seen Carlos Live and Where/When: Not enough times! Well living in the prairies, middle of Canada it was just a dream for me to see Santana do a show here. When Santana gained a huge new generation of fans with the amazing Supernatural concept, finally I got a chance to see the band in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Saskatoon last year (first show ever in my home province)! And I even went to see one of the shows at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel three years ago. All of the shows were amazing!

Random Santana-related Fact: Well when I was in Vegas hanging around the Joint during sound check on the afternoon of the show — hoping to see Carlos. No luck, but I got a chance to meet SSS (Super Security Sean) — great guy by the way. He recognized me three years later when I was at the Saskatoon show, front row center — amazing! Day after the Vegas show I was walking in the lobby after checking out and heading for the airport, I bumped into none other than my idol, the Legend, accompanied by Clive Davis. Ok I just about fainted! I thought quickly and took out my camera and Carlos approved Sean to take a pic of us (thanks Sean!). I died and went to guitar heaven in the Hard Rock Hotel! …It gets even better than this…While I was in a star stricken comatose state I failed to acknowledge Clive again which to this day I regret, and when I was invited to approach them at their table in the restaurant a few minutes later with my CDs and jiffy marker, I dropped my jiffy on Clive’s lap without acknowledging him again, my apologies to Clive Davis for my failure, you are also a Legend Sir! What was I thinking? To this day my friends still laugh at me about this.


Scott Williamson

Name: Scott Williamson

Location: Bowmanville, Ontario (40 minutes outside of Toronto)

Santana Fan Since: 1976

Why You Love Santana’s Music: It is so full of light, love and life. Santana’s music has helped me get through some tough patches in life. His guitar playing in particular fills me with joy.

How Many Times You’ve Seen Carlos Live and Where/When: Since 1990 I have seen Carlos about 12 times live. I see him almost every time he comes to Toronto.

Random Santana-related Fact: My wife was once pulled up on stage to dance with Santana along with several other women. People kept stopping her on the way to the car, after the contest, asking if she was the women dancing on the stage.


Dominic “Mico” Raso

Name: Dominic “Mico” Raso

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Santana Fan Since: 1969

Why You Love Santana’s Music: His awesome melodies, rhythms, guitar solos always manage to touch my heart and soul, always lifting my spirit. His music can inspire one to dance, sing, laugh, cry, pray, meditate, make love, hope, dream and say a resounding YES to compassion, human solidarity and to life itself!! We are all blessed to have such a human being graciously share his talents and passions and in such a positive way with the world! Oh ya – one last thing….VIVA SANTANA!! :}

How Many Times You’ve Seen Carlos Live and Where/When: At least 30 times over the last 40 years in Toronto, ON (Maple Leaf Gardens, CNE Stadium, Canada’s Wonderland, Ontario Place) as well as in Buffalo, NY; Detroit, Michigan, Montreal, Quebec… Where would I love to see him the most – my own living room of course… Seriously, his Las Vegas show!!!!!

Random Santana-related Fact: Passwords, selected from his many songs and albums (oops should I reveal this fact); Photos/pictures and album covers displayed throughout my home.