Bob Marley’s grandson Jo Mersa Marley dies at age 31

Bob Marley’s grandson Jo Mersa Marley dies at age 31

Last Tuesday, January 17, Jo Mersa Marley was interred at Nine Miles, St Ann, like his legendary grandfather, Bob Marley. Jo Mersa (born Joseph Marley) passed away suddenly in Miami, at the tender age of 31, on December 27th. The Reggae singer is survived by more than 50 family members, including his wife, Qiara, and […]

T&T Consulate hosts repast to celebrate the life of the late Horace Thorne

T&T Consulate hosts repast to celebrate the life of the late Horace Thorne

The Trinidad and Tobago Consulate in Toronto held a rare repast early last Saturday evening. The community event was in honour of the Horace Thorne, the president of the Trinidad and Tobago Association in the province. Consul General Tracey Ramsubagh-Mannette arranged the reception. She told the attendees that Thorne’s volunteer dedication to the T&T community […]

The late Horace Thorne – a community man to the end

The late Horace Thorne – a community man to the end

He was a proud Trinidadian Canadian who never said no when asked to help the community.  Last week Horace Reginald Thorne passed away at the age of 85. A photographer, a community organizer, a tireless long-time Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Caribana) volunteer and a loving family man, he will be remembered and honoured at the Trinidad […]

Toronto youth service worker dies at 82

Toronto youth service worker dies at 82

Robert (Bob) Ellis who worked for many years as a youth service worker/supervisor at St.Christopher House (now West Neighbourhod House) in Toronto where he coached lacrosse, basketball and other sports, died at his home on December 18 last. He was 82. His wife, Estelle, said he had been suffering with cancer. After retiring from St. […]

Black Stalin – The Caribbean Man – dies at 81

Black Stalin – The Caribbean Man – dies at 81

Black Stalin, who has died aged 81, was a modern calypsonian of the old school, dedicated to keeping political and social commentary at the heart of his music when other exponents of the art were becoming purveyors of frivolous party music. His determination to stick to what he saw as the righteous course allowed Stalin […]

Oakwood Wesleyan Church mourns the passing of Pastor Ira Taylor  

Oakwood Wesleyan Church mourns the passing of Pastor Ira Taylor  

By Lincoln DePradine Dr Ira Moulton Taylor spent several decades pastoring in various places, from Antigua and Trinidad in the Caribbean to Toronto and Maryland in North America. He died December 29 in Toronto, two days short of his 101st birthday. However, those who knew Taylor – a national of St Kitts & Nevis – […]

Black Stalin jolted our collective consciousness to injustice

Black Stalin jolted our collective consciousness to injustice

“Black Stalin” (Leroy Calliste), the Trinidadian calypsonian, popularly known as “The Caribbean Man,” died at his home on December 28 last after a long illness. He was 81. In 2014, he suffered a stroke which affected his speech and movement on the right side of his body. ‘Black Stalin’ was crowned calypso monarch in Trinidad […]

Singing Francine dies at 79

Singing Francine dies at 79

Barbados-born calypso artiste Francine Edwards, better known onstage as Singing Francine, died in Queens, New York last Friday. She was 79. She was reported to have suffered a heart attack. Singing Francine won the National Calypso Queen competition in Trinidad in 1972, 1973,1981 and 1983. A news release from the Trinbago United Calypsonians Organization (TUCO) […]

The passing of Jaqueline Irving Forde – a great loss to Toronto Mas community

The passing of Jaqueline Irving Forde – a great loss to Toronto Mas community

By Stephen Weir Toronto’s Mas community is in utter shock after learning of the passing of Jaqueline (Jackie) Forde, a long-time designer, writer, mas camp leader and cultural champion.  She passed away on Sunday. She was born in Nova Scotia, went to high school in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and attended the Ontario College of Art and Design. Mrs. […]

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