Richardo Keens-Douglas, award-winning comedian, storyteller, author and host of the CBC “Cloud Nine” radio series, will join five-time Calypso Monarch winner, Macomere Fifi; renowned calypsonian, King Cosmos and legendary Toronto-based folklore chorale, La Petite Musicale to help The African Caribbean Cultural Potpourri Inc. (ACCPI) celebrate three decades of helping others this weekend.
Based inHamilton, the not-for-profit organization was founded in 1984 and has made significant contributions to education, humanitarian causes and the arts, both locally and globally.
The ACCPI Caribbean Potpourri is dedicated to preserving the heritage of youths of African-Caribbean descent and providing a forum to showcase the talent of African-Canadian youngsters; fundraising for a wide variety of worthy causes in the community and providing annual scholarship awards to reward and celebrate high school students for academic excellence and outstanding community service.
Over the years, the ACCPI Caribbean Potpourri has donated to Caribbean and African Disaster Relief, Neighbour to Neighbour Food Bank,SickKidsHospital, McMaster Children’sHospital,EthiopiaRelief Fund and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Foundation.
The celebration, hosted by award-wining author and storyteller, Itah Sadu, will also feature veteran pannist, Steve Perez, complemented by solo pannist Alexandra Thomas and the HYSO Steel Orchestra, winners of the People’s Choice in the Toronto Pan Alive festival and competition.
Singers Andrea Henry, a former member of the group Sugar Jones and Berklee College of Music protégé, Tiana Traficante, will showcase their skills at the celebration.
In addition, the celebration will feature performances by the Guava Tree Dancers, groomed by artistic director, Michelle Daniel. As a special treat, the Pass the Torch calypsonians will also show off their moves. They are tiny tots and pre-teens nurtured in theCaribbeanart form by the father of Canadian Calypso, Jason Perez and popular calypsonian, author, and storyteller, Dick Lochan.
The ACCPI Caribbean Potpourri celebration will be held on Sunday, June 1 at 3 p.m. atMohawkCollege, McIntyre Performing Arts Centre,135 Fennell Ave. West(at West 5th),Hamilton. Doors will open at 2 p.m.
For more information, visit http://caribbean-potpourri.wix.com/accpi or call 905-575-0338, 905-545-9331, 905-527-5651 or, in Toronto, A Different Booklist: (416) 538-0889.