Entertainment

Film fest a showcase for visible minority talent

By ed 28.05.2009

By RON FANFAIR

Actress Tonya Lee Williams founded the Reel World Film Festival to showcase Canada’s diversity and provide a platform for visible minorities to display their artistic talent and in the process motivate audiences through film.

As the festival approaches its 10th anniversary next year, Williams thinks she has been able to achieve some of her goals.

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Jazz at the Drake fundraiser for YAAACE

By ed 28.05.2009

The Drake Hotel will be humming with the sounds of live jazz music in a fundraising effort for the York/Westview Partnership and the Youth Association for Academics, Athletics and Character Education (YAAACE) on Sunday, June 14 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

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Celebrate French culture at Harbourfront’s Franco-Fête

By ed 20.05.2009

Every June, thousands of Francophones and Francophiles gather at Harbourfront Centre to celebrate Franco-fête, Toronto’s premiere event celebrating French culture.

From its origins as a mini St.-Jean-Baptiste festival 27 years ago, Franco-fête has evolved into a diverse, multi-ethnic celebration of francophone culture. This year’s event will feature art, dance, culinary creations and, most of all, “musique francophone”.

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Washington Savage shared his talent willingly

By ed 14.05.2009

By RON FANFAIR

Washington Savage, considered one of Canada’s brightest young musical talents, was laid to rest last weekend in Toronto.

The British-born pianist, composer and arranger, whose musical career spanned nearly 25 years and included jazz, rock, blues and contemporary, died of heart-related complications. He was 46.

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Toronto gets more of ‘Mi Get Mi Landed’ – Ottawa too!

By ed 14.05.2009

Toronto can’t seem to get enough of Devon Haughton’s Mi Get Mi Landed.

The hilarious and thought-provoking Jamaican comedy is coming back to the Jamaican Canadian Centre – by popular demand – on Monday May 18. Showtime is 6:00 p.m.

Mi Get Mi Landed has captivated and thrilled thousands of patrons in Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Barrie, Oshawa and Hamilton and is booked to play Ottawa on May 16 – one performance only – at the Bronson Centre Theatre, 211 Bronson Avenue, before returning to Toronto for its May 18 date.

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The ‘Soul of Ireland’ hits T.O.

By ed 14.05.2009

By RYCH McCAIN

“There weren’t a lot of Black people, honestly,” said singer, Laura Izibor, from her hotel room in North Carolina, when asked what it was like growing up as a young Black woman in Ireland. “Now I think, in a way, it was a blessing …because I really (learned) to see people and not colour. And the more I travel, the more I realize that.”

Izibor, who has been dubbed the “Soul of Ireland”, will be in Toronto this Friday, opening for India.Arie at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at the CNE.

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Oliver Samuels back in T.O. for Mother’s Day show

By ed 07.05.2009

For the past 10 years or so, Ebony Nile Ventures has been bringing well-known Jamaican actor/comedian Oliver Samuels to Toronto for its annual Mother’s Day special. This Sunday, May 9, faithful supporters will once again have the opportunity to watch the renowned actor live at Sir John A. MacDonald Collegiate Institute in Scarborough.

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Wassup in Hollyhood

By ed 07.05.2009

By RYCH McCAIN

BIRTHDAY:

Happy B-day wishes go out to actress Cherrelle Noyd, who celebrates her 20th this weekend! She is a member of Rych McCain’s Family of Artists!

MUSIC:

Natalie Cole will tour from May through October to support her album, Still Unforgettable, which won two Grammy’s and an NAACP Image Award for “Best Jazz Artist”.

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