Jamaica 50 will be hosting the ‘Jamaica Land We Love GALA’ on Saturday, August 11, in order to celebrate the Caribbean country’s 50th year of independence. The evening is dedicated to the splendour, rhythms, heart and soul that is Jamaica. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the event will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South Building), 255 Front St W.
Hosted by CBC Television’s Dwight Drummond and Anne-Marie Mediwake, there will be presentations, entertainment and the opportunity to honour great Canadian-Jamaican achievements.
The four-part gala begins with ‘The ’62 Reception’, which is a media-graphic black and white peek into the year of 1962 when Jamaica raised the black, gold and green flag. Then follows ‘Dinner in Hope Gardens’, a Jamaican meal set according to Jamaica’s Hope Gardens, which was created in collaboration with guest designers of The Jamaica Horticultural Society. Performers during dinner include Jessica Yap, Marc Trinidad and Mutabaruka.
The third part is dubbed ‘Jamaica Jubilee’, a multi-media showcase of visuals, music, dance, comedy and spoken word from Jamaican and Canadian artists and personalities. There will be performances and appearances during the jubilee by Jay Douglas with the All-Stars Orchestra, Derrick Harriott, Leroy Gibbons, Kreesha Turner, Steele, Nana McLean, Ammoye, Blakka Ellis, DJ Eugene Chang, Dwayne Morgan, the Heritage Singers, Iyah Yant Drummers, Kafaye Rose, KasheDance, Letna Allen, Rachael-Lea Rikards, Robert Owen, Stephen Lewis & the KCC Choir, Wire and Miss Universe Jamaica 2012, Chantal Zaky.
Finally, it’s ‘The After Party’, a dance rivalling Jamaica’s current nightclubs and including featured artists playing old and nu-skool.
Tickets for the four-part gala evening including the ’62 reception, Dinner in Hope Gardens, Jamaica Jubilee and The After Party are on sale now for $175, $350 and $500. For the ’62 reception, Jamaica Jubilee and The After Party only, tickets are available for $75.
To purchase tickets online please visit www.ticketgateway.com or visit www.jamaica50.ca for more information. Part of the proceeds from the Jamaica Land We Love GALA will be donated to The Jamaican Canadian Legacy Endowment Fund.