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 […]

‘Development is not measured only in economic terms’ – Sir George Alleyne

‘Development is not measured only in economic terms’    – Sir George Alleyne

Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), who received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Toronto yesterday, had a special message for graduates  in the ” health and cognate disciplines.” Addressing convocation after the doctorate was conferred upon him, Sir George, the Barbados-born physician recognized […]

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. […]

Jamaican historian receives honorary doctorate from the University of Toronto

Jamaican historian receives honorary doctorate  from the University of Toronto

  Fifty years after Jamaican historian Robert Hill graduated from the University of Toronto, he returned to his Canadian alma mater to receive an honorary  Doctor of Laws degree  ” “for his transformative scholarship in black history and Pan-Africanism.” Hill, a professor emeritus at University of California, Los Angeles, is considered the world’s leading authority on […]

University of Toronto to hold first Black Graduation celebration

University of Toronto to hold first Black Graduation celebration

About 70 students are expected to attend Canada’s first Black Graduation celebration at the University of Toronto next week. The  event will be held at Hart House  on the St. George campus on June 22, the final day  of convocation at the University of Toronto. Graduates will already have received their parchments at one of […]

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 […]

Morton goes ‘Beyond’ for carnival 2017

Morton goes ‘Beyond’  for carnival 2017

Bandleader Will Morton ‘s face lights up when he talks about his mas’ presentation for Peeks Toronto Caribbean carnival 2017. In Morton’s own words:”It’s beyond  imagination.” In fact his  theme this year is ‘Beyond.’” Will said Michelle, one of his associates, came up with the idea for “Beyond.” ” This mas’  is going to blow […]

Hilariously dysfunctional Jamaican characters

Hilariously dysfunctional Jamaican characters

Border Patrol Part Two Review by Meegan Scott Title  Border Patrol Part Two Playwright  Andrea Wright Co-directed by David Tulloch Starring Andrea “Delcita” Wright Venue JCA City Toronto Year 2017 Final Show Sunday, June 4, 2017 The next time I am invited to attend a Jamaican Roots Play by Andrea “Delcita” Wright, I’ll buckle my […]

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 […]

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