Community Listings for January 26-12

Grenadian Dance Performance

The Grenadian SpyceLand Dancers, on their first official visit to Canada, will perform at the 24th Annual International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference and Festival in Toronto hosted by dance Immersion. Under the artistic direction of Teheria Viechweg, SpyceLand will present their piece, A Glimpse of Carnival, at the Emerging Artists Showcase on Thursday, January 26, at 6 p.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

For ticketing information, visit

CBW Scarborough Meeting

The Scarborough Chapter of the Congress of Black Women of Canada will host their monthly meeting on Thursday, January 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic School, 3530 Sheppard Avenue.

For more information, call 416-299-3837, 461-292-0362 or 416-283-1452.

T&T 50 Plus Meeting

The Trinidad & Tobago 50 Plus & Seniors Association will meet on Sunday, January 29, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Birkdale Community Centre, 1299 Ellesmere Road, Scarborough.

For more information, call 416-493-1047, 416-546-4654 or 416-782-2639.

Rastafarian Culture Festival

Rastafest, hosted by the Upfront Theatre Foundation, is a festival showcasing Rastafari culture. The festival, which is held in recognition of Jamaica’s 50th year of Independence, includes music, dance, drumming, arts and crafts, ital food cooking, film screening and a concert. Rastafest kicks off with an Open House on Friday, January 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Upfront Studio Theatre, 1290 Finch Avenue West, Unit 17, (inside the Keele Plaza).

For more information, call Wallo Judah at 647-341-9031 or email:

Environmental Film Screenings

Film Screening

Planet in Focus and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) present Green Screens Monthly Screening Series, Urban Roots, featuring Canadian and international films exploring environmental issues. Tickets are $5 and can be bought in person at the NFB’s box office. Green Screens will take place on Wednesday, February 1 at NFB Mediatheque, 150 John St., Toronto.

For more information, visit or email:

Actresses in Conversation

In celebration of Black History Month, the Canadian Film Centre and Clement Virgo will host an evening in conversation with actresses Pam Grier and Jennifer Beals who will explore their personal experiences and the position of Black actresses in the film industry. The discussion will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, at Cineplex Varsity and VIP Cinemas, 55 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Tickets are $20.00 and proceeds go to the CFC Diversity Scholarship.

Tickets can be purchased in advance through T.O. TIX in person, online at or at the venue the night of the event.

Jamaican Film Screening

CaribbeanTales and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will present two separate screenings of Better Mus’ Come, Storm Saulters’ coming of age drama set in Jamaica in the 1970s. The first, on Saturday, February 4, includes a screening and VIP Brunch and the second, on Sunday, February 5, is a Youth and Community screening. Both events will be held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. West, Toronto.

For more information, call 416-598-1410 or email

CBW Panel Discussion

The Congress of Black Women in Canada (Ontario Region), along with the Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba Festival, will present a panel discussion called “Black Women in the 21st Century – How are we doing?” Moderated by media personality and president of The Media Huddle, Nneka Elliott, the seven panelists will discuss issues facing Black women in the contemporary era. The free event will take place on Sunday, February 5, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Harbourfront’s Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West.

For more information, visit or

Children’s Fundraiser

‘Be My Valentine: Roses, Chocolates & Diamonds’ is a fundraising event that benefits children mostly from the Caribbean in need of special care at medical institutions in Canada, the U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago. Conditions treated included congenital heart disease, cancer, physical deformities and brain tumors. The event will take place on Saturday, February 11, at Empire Banquet Hall, 246 Brockport Drive in Toronto.

For more information, contact Sayeeda Hosein-Silochan at 416-493-3959 or

Caribbean Storytelling

Author and storyteller, Bernadette Gabay Dyer, will be singing songs and telling stories of Caribbean heritage on Thursday February 16, 1:30 pm, at the Parliament St. Library, 269 Gerrard St E.

For further information, call 416-393-7663.

Black History Month Concert

The Peel United Cultural Partners (a collaboration of the United Achievers’ Club & Congress of Black Women of Canada, Brampton Chapter) presents its 11th Annual Black History Month Concert on Saturday, February 18, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lester B. Pearson Theatre, Brampton Civic Centre, 150 Central Park Drive, Brampton. The event will feature music, song, dance, steel pan, drums, poetry and guest speaker, Robert Small. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 10 and under.

Call United Achievers at 905-455-6789 or 905-459-1942, or the Congress of Black Women of Canada – Brampton Chapter at 905-789-1551 for tickets and information.

Grenada Celebrations

Prime Minister of Grenada, Tillman Thomas, will be the special guest of honour at the Grenada Independence Dinner & Dance which takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 18 at the Liberty Grand, 25 British Columbia Road in Exhibition Place. Tickets are $75 per person. Other events taking place throughout the month include an Independence Church Service, Flag Raising Ceremony, Grenada Expo Showcase and Literary Night.

For more information, call the Grenada Association-Toronto at 647-669-5178 or the Consulate General of Grenada at 416-595-1343, and for a listing of planned Independence activities in Toronto, visit

Pancake and Samosa Supper

Christ Church Scarborough Village will hold a Pancake and Samosa Supper at 155 Markham Road on Wednesday, February 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, call Beverly A. Baird at 416-261-4169.

Jamaican Patty Day

Jamaican Patty Day is being celebrated on Thursday, February 23, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at A Different Booklist, 726 Bathurst Street.

In 1985, the federal government tried to have the Jamaican Patty renamed as “Caribbean Pie”. Following an outcry from the community and patty vendors, the government relented. Michael Davidson of Patty Palace in Kensington Market will be among those commemorating that victory for the Jamaican Patty.

For more information, call 416 538 0889 or email:

Shouters Liberation Celebration

The Shouters, National Evangelical Spiritual Baptist Faith (NESBF) Archdiocese of Toronto and all of Canada, will be celebrating 61 years of freedom to worship as Shouters Spiritual Baptists NESBF. Celebrations will be held on Sunday, March 24, from 12 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Scarborough Civic Centre, Rotunda.

Free Clinical Course

Dr. Harrionson Mungal PhD, counselor at Age to Age Clinic in Mississauga, is offering a free course to the community for those interested in counseling. The course, entitled Psychotherapy 1, usually costs $480.00. It is a commitment of 15 weeks of teaching and 15 modules to cover in the field of psychotherapy. Students will receive a completion of course certifying the amount of hours attended. The course will commence in January. All Students are required to register in order to guarantee one of the 50 seats. Classes will take place at 5750 Timberlea Blvd, Suite 7, Mississauga every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

For more information, visit

Computer Skills for Seniors

The Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto District (LDATD) has successfully passed its one-year landmark with the computer skills for seniors program. LDATD continues to train individuals who have no previous computer skills. All services are free of charge but a $10 contribution per month is greatly appreciated. We do provide light refreshments. The program runs every Monday to Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. except statutory holidays at 121 Willowdale Avenue, Suite 203.

To sign up, contact Bipul Dev at 416-229-1680 or

Workshop With a Difference

Miracle Temple Ministries, in conjunction with Faith Health Initiative, hosts ‘Workshop With a Difference’ for seniors 65 and older every Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7 Sheffield St., (Keele & Lawrence), Toronto. There is also a general session every 3rd Saturday on healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, diabetes, hypertension and cancer.

For more information, call 416-697-3680 or the church at 416-247-1769.

Wellwood Cancer Support Programs

Wellwood is conducting a quilting group for individuals affected by cancer on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Wellwood Juravinski House, 501 Sanatorium Road, Hamilton. Wellwood is dedicated to helping people live well with cancer and offers supportive care programs to individuals diagnosed with cancer, as well as their families.

For more information on the quilting group or other Wellwood programs, call 905-667-8870 or visit

Diabetes Information

Free diabetes information will be provided at Rexdale Community Health Centre, 8 Taber Road, Etobicoke.

For more information, call 416-744-0066.

Prenatal Program

Toronto Public Health is conducting a prenatal program called “Having a Baby, Becoming a Parent” at eight community locations across the city. The program is for women three to six months pregnant and will be held in a series of four evening sessions from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. New classes will begin every month. Partners are welcome to attend.

To register, call 416-338-7600.

Black Youth Helpline

Black Youth Helpline, a registered charitable organization serving all youth, provides ongoing culturally appropriate professional assessments, support and guidance for youth with complex needs. The organization is focused on identifying, understanding and addressing the root causes of problems. Strong emphasis is placed on addressing the needs of Black youth and their parents in a culturally appropriate manner. To access the organization’s supports, youth, parents, schools and other youth-serving partners can contact the helpline at 416-285-9944 or by email at:

For more information, visit

Volunteers Needed

The Sickle Cell Association of Ontario (SCAO) is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education and support to those affected by sickle cell and other red blood disorders. The SCAO is currently looking for volunteers with a range of skills and experience working with the community and managing funds for its Board of Directors.

Please apply in writing, with cover letter and curriculum vitae as soon as possible, to or 3199 Bathurst St., Suite 202, Toronto, ON, M6A 2B2.

Cricket Club Practice Schedule

The North Star Cricket Club will hold indoor practices for youths ages 17 and under every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 130 Melford Drive, Unit #5 (corner of Markham Road and Finch Avenue).

For more information, call 416-556-5684 or email the Cricket Club at

Young Mothers Group

The Brampton West-Mississauga Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC) invites young mothers (up to age 22 with a child or children up to age 6) to join its Young Moms Group. The group provides young mothers and their children with the opportunity to participate in various activities, play games, network and have fun. Meetings are held every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the OEYC, located at 57 Mill Street North, Unit 105. Snacks and one bus ticket per person are provided.

For more information, call 905-452-1973.

Volunteers Needed

ESS Support Services needs volunteers to help in the Adult Day Services program that runs Monday to Saturday. If you are available once a week from approximately 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., become a volunteer who assists with meals, crafts, games and exercises. A more flexible schedule is also available as a volunteer driver to help get seniors around.

For more information, call 416-255-5969 or visit

Mental Health Support

The Krasman Centre, a community mental health organization serving York Region and South Simcoe, runs a support group every second Thursday for African-Canadians who live with a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health issue. No fees are required for any of the services provided. The Krasman Centre is located at 10121 Yonge Street, (one block north of Major Mackenzie Drive), Richmond Hill.

For more information, call 905-780-0491, ext. 115.

Volunteer Tutors Sought

The Adult Literacy Program at St. Christopher House is seeking volunteer tutors to help adults learn to read, write or perform basic math. Ideal candidates should enjoy working with people and live or work in downtown/west Toronto.

St. Christopher House, located at 248 Ossington Avenue (Dundas St. West), comprises a team of volunteers, participants and staff which develops programs in response to community needs and promotes socio-economic conditions in which individuals and families can thrive.

For more information, call 416-539-9000 or email:

Free Women’s Workshops

The Multicultural Inter Agency Group of Peel is offering free workshops for women from the African and Caribbean communities. The workshops’ objectives are to maintain family relationships, provide safety and self-support tips, improve life skills and build capabilities.

Child care will be provided and light refreshments served. In addition, a draw on participant’s names will be held. Limited seating is available.

For more information, call 905-270-6252 or email:

Free Soccer Clinics

B’ELKA Enrichment Centre and the Vaughan African Canadian Association are conducting free soccer clinics for youth taught by dedicated soccer players, including professionals. A clinic is now underway at Beverley Heights Middle School (Keele and Wilson) and pre-registration is currently being held for a free clinic which will be held in Vaughan. The program is open to all Vaughan residents.

To register, email:

Visions of Science Clubs

“The Science Zone,” a free 10-week forensic science program for youth from Grades 5 to 8, will be conducted by Visions of Science Network every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call 416-266-6464, 647-887-1294, visit or, or email: or

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