In celebration of Trinidad and Tobago’s 50th year of independence, a special gala celebrating the twin-island republic will be held in Toronto this month.
The event, titled “Trinidad and Tobago – A 50th Anniversary Gala,” is presented by the Trinidad & Tobago Heritage Group, in collaboration with the Trinidad & Tobago Association of Ontario and the Tobago-Canadian Cultural Association. Carol Charles and Farley Flex will host the gala, with assistance from Richard Aziz and Dick Lochan.
“The purpose of this special gala event is to celebrate Trinidad & Tobago’s 50 years of independence, its many achievements as a nation, and to acknowledge its founding father, Dr. Eric Williams,” said Gloria Small-Clarke of the Trinidad & Tobago Heritage Group.
“Our three presenting groups share a similar vision of pride in Trinidad & Tobago’s many achievements. We have put together a diverse sampling of food, conversation and entertainment representative of the bounty of talent found in Trinidad & Tobago.
Among those expected to attend the gala are Orville London of the Tobago House of Assembly; former Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Basdeo Panday; former Senator Canute Spencer and Trinidad & Tobago’s Consul General in Toronto, Dr. Vidhya Gyan Tota-Maharaj.
Other special guests include Dr. Eric Williams’ daughter, Erica Williams-Connell; and historian and archivist, Colin Williams (no relation).
The event will feature performances by several artistes, headlined by calypso legend, The Mighty Sparrow, and a who’s who of Toronto-based artistes of Trinidad & Tobago descent.
“Trinidad & Tobago – A 50th Independence Gala” will be held on Saturday, August 25 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, 1 Harbour Square (Metropolitan Ballroom) in downtown Toronto. The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. An after fete will commence at 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 each.
For more information, call 647-740-0899, 647-762-2025, or visit www.tntheritagegroup.ca.