Something for everyone at Jambana!

This year’s annual JAMBANA festival will feature a new media sponsor, Global Toronto.

Presented by Air Jamaica and produced by Jones and Jones Productions Inc., JAMBANA is one of the largest family friendly events in Ontario. Last year’s festival drew over 40,000 patrons, almost doubling its attendance from previous years.

“Global Toronto is thrilled to embrace the vibrancy and diversity of Toronto’s multicultural community by supporting JAMBANA for this exciting event celebrating the tastes and sounds of the Caribbean and beyond,” said Silvana Sciortino, Director, News Marketing & Community Partnerships for Global.

“We are delighted that Global Toronto recognizes this phenomenal event as an opportunity to bring communities together in this great city. There is much to see, do and experience at JAMBANA, and we are confident that 2010 will be the best yet,” said Denise Jones, CEO, Jones & Jones Productions Ltd.

Featuring food, music, dance, comedy and good times, JAMBANA is the perfect way to spend a fun day with family and loved ones without emptying the bank account. Admission is $5 in advance, $7 at the gate, with partial proceeds being donated to not-for-profit organizations including “Friends of the Poor” and “Helping Hands Jamaica”. Children age seven and under will receive free admission.

One of the more popular components of the JAMBANA festival is its variety of villages that cater to people of all ages.

Featuring Kisco pops and rides, the Children’s Village provides carnival-like fun for kids. Culinary lovers will enjoy Caribbean, Latin and European dishes in the Food Village. For those in the market for a getaway, the Travel and Trade Village will provide valuable travel/vacation information.

In the Domino Village, winners of the Lick-A-Six Domino Tournament will be awarded with a trip for two to Jamaica.

Those seeking advice on health can visit the Health Village, which will provide information on everything from healthy eating to various types of cancer, sickle cell, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

And those looking for something extra can experience the exclusive VIP Village. This popular all-inclusive area provides seating, a complimentary meal and a beverage for a fee of $20.

Throughout the event, the rhythms of jazz and gospel will be accompanied by performances from internationally acclaimed reggae bands and JUNO award winners. Some of the artists scheduled to perform are Byron Lee’s Dragonaires, Admiral Bailey, Blessed, Steele, Kim Davis, Ammoye, Kay Morris, Sabu Grant, Baby Boyz and more. Entertainment will also be provided by dance troupes and comedians.

JAMBANA will be held on Monday, August 2 from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Road.

For more information call, 905-452-1911 or visit

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