Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2019 ready to go

Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2019 ready to go

By Stephen Weir  Jagmeet Singh loves us.  He said so as he danced on stage last Tuesday. Mayor John Tory said he loves us, but declined to soca– “because if you really want to know I can’t dance”.  Liberal MP Adam Vaughan really really loves us — and so the love-in went on for over […]

The Autobiography of I.B.M. — Intelligent Black Men at the Fringe Fest

The Autobiography of I.B.M. — Intelligent Black Men at the Fringe Fest

By Stephen weir The Toronto Fringe Festival is back! The annual fete will present 150 plays and dance performances in theatres and bars across Toronto. One of the come-out-of-nowhere hits this year is a quirky one-man show that gives a ribald look at history through the eyes of the Jamaican Canadian dancer, actor and playwright […]

Lots of bloody action in The Yardie, while audience not happy with subtitles

Lots of bloody action in The Yardie, while audience not happy with subtitles

By Stephen Weir Yardie, a British/Jamaican action movie directed by superstar actor Idris Elba received its Canadian debut last week at the Royal Cinema in downtown Toronto.  And while the 108-minute feature film was awash with blood and murder, everybody in the sold-out theatre left on their own two feet arguing about the Jamaican to […]

44th Carifiesta carnival takes over downtown Montreal

44th Carifiesta carnival takes over downtown Montreal

Thousands of people paraded down Rene-Levesque in a vibrant, colourful celebration of all things Caribbean last Saturday. Every year, the Montreal Carifiesta carnival makes Caribbean Montrealers feel like they’re back in the islands. “My family is from Barbados,” said parade organizer Tenisha Collins. “We’re here to represent all the islands: Trinidad, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, […]

Rename Mississauga Celebration Square, “Irie Place”

Rename Mississauga Celebration Square, “Irie Place”

By Stephen Weir Happy. Exhausted. Full up to here with doubles and roti. Thousands and thousands of people spent two days soaking up the Soca and riding the Reggae wave at Mississauga’s TD Irie Music Festival. And for those that couldn’t get enough of headliner Farmer Nappy there was a perfect weather Sunday cruise aboard […]

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