Robert Young, the storyteller behind Unmask Fear Canada

Robert Young, the storyteller behind Unmask Fear Canada

Toronto-born of Jamaican heritage, multimedia storyteller Robert Young is a creative who strives to produce work that resonates and inspires through strong visual messaging. “I create earnestly from the core to build a better life for myself and others,” explained Young. When I asked my mother what I was like as a child, she said that […]

Hundreds walk against gun violence in Toronto

Hundreds walk against gun violence in Toronto

Mother’s Peace Walk against Gun Violence and recognizing the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Homicide was held on Saturday, September 25th. It started with a couple hundred people at Yonge and Bloor with land acknowledgement and multi-faith prayers made on the way to Nathan Phillips Square. Leading the walk were bikers from Out […]

Ògo Tàwa  plans to create  gardens of statues of Black Canadians across  the GTA

Ògo Tàwa  plans to create  gardens of statues of Black Canadians across  the GTA

By Lincoln DePradine Khalidah Bello, a creative entrepreneur, wants to see more images in public spaces that honour the contributions to the country of Black Canadians. Bello, founder and CEO of the non-profit Ògo Tàwa Inc., noted that while a few African-Canadians have had places such as schools and roads named after them, statues of […]

Art depicting Viola Desmond displayed on building where she was arrested in 1946

Art depicting Viola Desmond displayed on building  where she was arrested in 1946

NEW GLASGOW, Nova Scotia  — An art display paying tribute to Viola Desmond is nearing completion on the building where the civil rights icon took her most high-profile stand against racial inequality in Canada. Desmond, a Black Nova Scotian who is commemorated on Canada’s $10 bill, refused to leave her seat at the Roseland Theatre […]

Absence/Presence: Morant Bay opens In Toronto

Absence/Presence: Morant Bay opens In Toronto

While all art galleries are closed in Ontario, there is a new curated photography show on display in downtown Toronto. It’s an exhibition of the work of Jamaican-Canadian photographer Christina Leslie launched by The Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue (BAND) gallery . Although the BAND building on Brock Avenue (near Dufferin and Dundas West Streets) […]

Jamaicans celebrate the life of Marcus Garvey at Boonoonoonoos

Jamaicans celebrate the life of Marcus Garvey  at Boonoonoonoos

Jamaicans celebrated the life and legacy of Black nationalist leader Marcus Mosiah Garvey on Sunday at the annual Boonoonoonoos brunch held at the Jamaican Canadian Centre in Toronto. In the keynote address at the brunch, Thando Hyman, an adjunct professor at York University’s faculty of education, reminded the gathering that  Garvey’s aim was “to build […]

Marley Berot’s “Faces On The Wall” exhibit at the People’s Residence

Marley Berot’s “Faces On The Wall” exhibit at the People’s Residence

by Stephen Weir It is just her second art show and sale, and the show has only been open for an hour, and already a painting has been sold and taken home by a happy buyer. Marley Berot, a 19-year old painter, is happy but also a little worried she might run out of replacement […]

Jamaica Tourism delivers good news in Toronto

Jamaica Tourism delivers good news in Toronto

It wasn’t a good sign – an hour late, no one was at the Jamaica Canadian Association Hall microphone and reporters waiting to meet Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett. It was a planned reception that Bartlett had invited prominent Canadian Jamaicans, travel experts and the media to attend in North Toronto.  He wanted to brief […]

The Caribbean Women’s Power Lunch for women of power

The Caribbean Women’s Power Lunch for women of power

By Jennifer Slay That saying “build it and they will come” made famous by the movie Field of Dreams over 30 years ago still holds true today.  Kerra Denel, a Trinidadian entrepreneur, humanitarian and founder of CWPL – Caribbean Women Power Lunch, was looking for a space where she could connect and develop relationships within […]

The story of the JCA Cultural Centre

The story of the JCA Cultural Centre

By Nicole Georges  On August 6, 1962, a group of Jamaican-Canadians, celebrated the independence of Jamaica from colonial rule. The patriotic fervour of this group led to the founding of the Jamaica Canadian Association, and the desire to have a Centre – a physical space which would act as a hub for its social and […]