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Queen Ifrica at Harbourfront’s Island Soul

By 14.07.2010

Tropical grooves and vibrations take over the waterfront when the 13th Annual Island Soul Festival returns to Harbourfront Centre from July 30 to Aug. 2. This free, long-weekend festival is dedicated to Caribbean culture and explores the lively music, colourful dance, insightful film and delicious food from the islands – all without leaving the city!

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Something for everyone at Jambana!

By 14.07.2010

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.

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Critically acclaimed play, Feminine Justice is back!

By 16.06.2010

The popular Jamaican play, Feminine Justice, will be performed for two bonus performances this weekend.

Written by Basil Dawkins, Feminine Justice has been acclaimed as one of the best plays ever produced by Marcia Brown Productions. Although the subject matter of Feminine Justice is serious, Dawkins’ script also provides several humorous moments for the audience.

Directed by Canute Lawrence, Feminine Justice is a complex play which addresses the misconceptions that certain domestic situations are ailments of the so-called lower class, underprivileged, uneducated, or associated only with common-law relationships.

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Renowned blues artists to perform in Toronto

By 02.06.2010

Although Black blues singers and musicians are not as prolific as they were in the past, Canadian artist

is doing her part to keep the proud tradition of the genre alive.

Dubbed a “national treasure” by BLUZ FM radio host Danny Marks, Braithwaite, along with renowned multi-instrumentalist Chris Whiteley, will celebrate the release of their new CD, Deltaphonic Love Letter, by performing in Toronto.

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‘Serious Business’ brings Shebada to T.O.

By ed 19.05.2010

Serious Business is a hilarious Jamaican comedy written by Paul Obeale and starring Keith ‘Shebada’ Ramsey, Volier Johnson and Deon Silvera.

Serious Business opened in Jamaica and has played to large audiences. Following the Toronto shows, May 28 – 30, the play will tour New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Baltimore and other cities in the United States.

Serious Business is a highly rated play from Stages Production that follows in the footsteps of their success with Bashment Granny.

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Oliver Samuels faces temptation in Puppy Love

By ed 05.05.2010

The Oxford Dictionary defines puppy love as “an intense but shallow romantic attachment, typically associated with adolescents”.

Puppy Love is also the apt title of playwright Patrick Brown’s romantic comedy, which examines how people react to temptation.

Young Karen Cross (performed by Natalee Cole) is adamant that her feelings for Dick Johnson (Oliver Samuels) — the married, middle-aged friend and business partner of her father — is not puppy love, and sets out to win his affection.

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Tobermory’s ‘New Music’ program by youth for youth

By ed 05.05.2010

By PAT WATSON

A youth group that had its start practicing in the halls and stairwells of the highrises on Tobermory Drive in northwest Toronto celebrated the next stage in its growing success last week by doing what it does best – throwing down some of the most positive lyrics you could hope to hear from a dedicated group of musical youth.

The celebration marked the first open house of the Tobermory ‘New Music’ Program, guided by Steven Fullerton, which has been provided a space by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation at 15 Tobermory from which TNMP will operate for the next year.

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Kay Morris wins inaugural gospel calypso crown

By ed 05.05.2010

By RON FANFAIR

She claims she penned the lyrics for the song, “God is in Control: Satan’s Time Has Expired”, 10 years ago during a difficult period in her life.

Last Saturday night, Kay Morris was rewarded for the creation with the Kingdom of Light Gospel calypso crown at the inaugural finals at Faith Assemblies Mission in Rexdale. She was one of six finalists.

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The Color Purple coming to Brampton

By ed 21.04.2010

The Broadway smash theatrical production, The Color Purple, will be performed in an exclusive and limited run in Brampton next month as part of its first North American tour.

Nominated for 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Color Purple opened on December 1, 2005 at the Broadway Theatre, where it ran for over two years. The play is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the film by Stephen Spielberg. It is an inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her place in the world.

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TDSB Idol Challenge judged a huge success

By ed 21.04.2010

By RON FANFAIR

Dede Kelly has a lot for which to thank her Richview Collegiate Institute classmates.

They encouraged the Grade 10 student to enter the first ever Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Idol Challenge and when they felt she was not listening to them, they took it upon themselves to sign her up.

Last week, Kelly emerged runner-up in the inaugural competition at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

“It’s sort of funny, but I did not even want to be in it,” she said.

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