TD IRIE Music Festival celebrates 15th anniversary

TD IRIE Music Festival celebrates 15th anniversary

The 15th annual TD IRIE Music Festival gets underway  at Mississauga Celebration Square on Friday June 23. This two-day festival (June 23 to June 24) celebrates African-Canadian culture with music, dance, spoken word, art, food and drink from the Caribbean and across the African Diaspora. International and Canadian musicians representing genres from reggae, soca, and […]

Moses Revolution’s ‘Thank you Canada’ to be released June 19

Moses Revolution’s ‘Thank you Canada’  to be released June 19

When,  as a youngster, Moses Lewis started playing the drums with Sound Revolution in his native Trinidad, he didn’t have a career in music in mind. He’ll tell you he  just loved the drums. And so  he went on playing with the Sound Revolution for 22 years until the musical ensemble disbanded back in 1998. […]

Menu labelling for healthy choices

Menu labelling for healthy choices

The Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015 (HMCA) and its regulations become effective on January 1, 2017. The new legislation, passed by the province of Ontario, requires food establishments, such as restaurants, coffee shops, convenience stores, grocery stores and movie theatres, with 20 or more locations to post calorie information for food and drink items. The […]

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

This week’s question: Kenneth Jeffers, a member of the Toronto Police Services Board, has called for the suspension of a school policing program. Through the program, armed, uniformed police officers are now placed in  75 schools  across  the city. At last week’s meeting of the board, several persons spoke of the negative  impact of  police […]

Two lawyers from the Caribbean community receive awards

Two lawyers from the Caribbean community  receive awards

Two outstanding lawyers from the Caribbean community were among eleven honourees at the annual Law Society Awards ceremony held  last week at Osgoode Hall  in Toronto. Guyana-born Patrick Case  received the Law Society medal  and Jamaica-born Thora Espinet was presented with the Lincoln Alexander Award. Case who was called to the Bar in 1988, has […]

Black parent to receive apology from York Region District School Board

Black parent to receive apology from York Region District School Board

When  the York Region District School Board meets next Tuesday, its director, Kathi Wallace, will read an apology to a Black parent who was called a nigger by one of its  trustees, and to members of the Black community. The apology is part of a settlement with Jamaica-born Charlene Grant who had launched human rights […]

Muhtadi Drumming Festival at Woodbine Park on the weekend

Muhtadi Drumming Festival  at Woodbine Park on the weekend

The 18th edition of Muhtadi International Drumming Festival (MIDF) will be held at Woodbine Park in Toronto on the weekend. The two-day festival  (June 3-4) is multicultural extravaganza that showcases 30 plus performers/groups playing an eclectic array of drums, music and dance from many nations. One of the themes of this year’s festival  is “Canada […]

Jamaicans urged to ‘ partner with each other’ to build their homeland

Jamaicans urged to ‘ partner with each other’ to build their homeland

“One han caan clap.” That was the message from Jamaica’s foreign affairs  minister, Senator  Kamina Johnson Smith, at the Canadian launch on Tuesday night of the Jamaica  55 Diaspora Conference. Addressing more than a  hundred Jamaicans at the Eaton Chelsea hotel in Toronto, the foreign minister noted the theme of the  conference: “Partnering for growth.” […]

Bandleader Belasco launches ‘ Looking into D Future’

Bandleader Belasco launches ‘ Looking into D Future’

Hundreds  of  carnival  aficionados showed up  on Saturday for the launching of Whitfield Belasco’s” Looking into D future” at the Toronto Plaza hotel  on Wilson Avenue. The  veteran carnival artiste and bandleader  impressed mas’ enthusiasts  with no fewer than  seven sections of  amazing “futuristic presentations  – equality, equity, hope for the future, freedom, prosperity,  golden opportunity and serenity […]

Toronto mas’ takes a ‘new direction ‘ for its 50th anniversary

Toronto mas’ takes a ‘new direction ‘ for its 50th anniversary

The Toronto Caribbean carnival which for most of its life was officially known as Caribana, will be taking a ” new direction” this summer  when mas’ aficionados  celebrate its  50th  anniversary. The parade of bands will still be heading down ” de boulevard” (Lakeshore Boulevard West) but there are new plans  to  make the carnival  […]

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