Caribbean promoter music dies in Tobago at 69

Caribbean promoter music dies in Tobago at 69

Clyde McNeil, widely known promoter of Caribbean music who owned  Club Trinidad, died  at hospital in Tobago on January 3 last. He was 69. Friends of  the promoter  said that  he  had been ailing with kidney problems and high blood pressure McNeil who came to Canada in 1966, worked as a lab technician at the […]

Former Trinidad Carnival queen dies in Toronto at 75

Former Trinidad Carnival queen dies in Toronto at 75

Betty John who created carnival history in Trinidad by winning both the national carnival queen  contest in Port of Spain and the  local queen contest in her  hometown, San Fernando, in 1962, died at Bridgepoint hospital in Toronto  on November 17 last. She was 75. Her son, Joel, said his mother who suffered from diabetes […]

Caribbean community loses a business leader

Caribbean community loses a business leader

The North American Caribbean Community is mourning the loss of a business giant, Lowell Hawthorne, who killed himself in one of his New York establishments on last week Saturday. The 57-year-old Hawthorne, who started the successful patty empire Golden Krust in 1989, with one storefront store in the Bronx, New York, was reportedly caught on […]

Former secretary of the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes dies at 87

Former secretary of the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes  dies at 87

Arlayne Margaret  Shepherd  (nee Walker), a former secretary of the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA) who was well known in mas’ making circles in Toronto’s Caribbean community, died on Saturday. She was 87. Carnival aficionados recall that she sewed costumes for the first Caribana parade in 1967 and played mas’ that year. Calypsonian Cosmos […]

Daisy Peterson Sweeney dies at 97

Daisy Peterson Sweeney dies at 97

Canadian music teacher Daisy Elitha Peterson Sweeney who taught some of the most notable Canadian pianists, including her brother, the late Oscar Peterson, died in Montreal on Friday. She was 97. Sweeny co-founded the Montreal Black Community Youth Choir (now called the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir) with Trevor W. Payne in 1974. She earned a music diploma from […]

Mas’ producer Lystra Pierre dies at 65

Mas’ producer Lystra Pierre dies at 65

Trinidad-born mas’producer and bank executive Lystra Pierre died on Sunday at Scarborough Centenary hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was  65. In 1989, soon after she arrived in Canada from Trinidad, Pierre became a Member of Scarborough Caribbean Sports Club (SCSC) and its Scarborough Caribbean Youth Dance Ensemble (SCYDE). For more than 20 […]

Questions raised about the drowning of Guyana-born teenager

Questions raised about the drowning of Guyana-born teenager

Investigations are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the death last week of Jeremiah Perry, a 15-year old student of C.W. Jeffreys Collegiate Institute who drowned in a lake in Algonquin Park. The Guyana-born teenager who was with a group of students on an educational trip, was reported to have been  swimming in Big Trout Lake […]

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