Exercise TRADEWINDS 17 underway in the Caribbean

Exercise TRADEWINDS 17 underway  in the Caribbean

Close to 100 sailors and soldiers from the Canadian Armed Forces  are now in the Caribbean as part of Exercise TRADEWINDS 17, a multinational maritime interdiction, ground security and interagency operation led by the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). A news release from Canada’s Department of National Defence says that with a crew of 40, […]

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. […]

It’s now Peeks Toronto Caribbean carnival

It’s now Peeks Toronto Caribbean carnival

Back in 1967 it started out as Caribana. By the first decade of the twenty-first century it came to be known as the Toronto Caribbean carnival. Recently, it was called the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean carnival. And now as it gets ready to hit the streets of Toronto for its 50th anniversary, it ‘s called Peeks […]

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 […]

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 […]

Drake beats Adele’s record at Billboard Music Awards

Drake beats Adele’s record at Billboard Music Awards

  Toronto rapper Drake picked up 13 awards at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, beating the previous record of 12 held by Adele. Drake had earned 10 awards in early winners announced Sunday morning and won an 11th for top male artist in the first minutes of the show He beat out Beyoncé, […]

CAG out of Toronto Caribbean carnival 2017

CAG out of Toronto Caribbean carnival 2017

After months of negotiations between the  Caribana Arts Group (CAG) and the Festival Management Committee (FMC) which has been running the Toronto Caribbean carnival for the last ten years, talks have irretrievably broken down. And, according to Monica Pollard, CAG chairman, the  CAG will not be playing any role in the Toronto Caribbean carnival this […]

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