Tania Hernandez, aka Miss Tania Lou, is a “bawn Jamaican,” and proudly calls herself a “Jamacana”, as she is a Canadian citizen. She is a jack of all trades and a master of many – a teacher, Jamaican folklorist, author of three books, music recording artist, mentor, sponsor and actor in children’s theatre at City Kidz in Hamilton, Ontario. She tirelessly gives of her time, talents and resources to the field of special education, to philanthropic efforts to raise funds for worthy causes in Jamaica, USA and Canada, and to the arts to preserve and promote her rich Jamaican heritage. Her contributions to her community and elsewhere have won her a nomination at the 6th annual Women Who Rock Awards 2021 for her outstanding achievements.
She is well known as someone that energizes any room she walks into, and goes above and beyond the call of duty. Her heart and devotion shine. “Miss Tania Lou”, a name lovingly given by her avid followers for her exuberant performances of the works of cultural Jamaican icon, Miss Lou, has been given many opportunities to showcase her talents. Her recent performance of her tribute poem Jamaica 60!, drew thousands of Face Book followers. She has delighted audiences in Canada, Jamaica, and USA in live and virtual performances. She was invited to sing Canada’s national anthem and showcase her talents as singer, story teller on Canada Day 2021 for Hamilton’s It’s Your Festival. In association with Jamaica Foundation of Hamilton, Tania will be presenting in August 7,2022, a nostalgic children’s concert once hosted by the Hon. Dr. Louise Bennett- Coverley in Jamaica in the 60’s and 70’s – Ring Ding, a children’s concert, at Hamilton City Hall, where Jamaica’s culture will be showcased.