Snowflakes on Steel celebrates Pan Arts Network 25th anniversary

Snowflakes on Steel celebrates Pan Arts Network 25th anniversary

A tonic for the winter blues After a two-hiatus, Snowflakes on Steel is back on the stage this year. The Pan Arts Network is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the steelband community and supporters. It was 25 years ago when Earl La Pierre Jr. & Wendy Jones called a meeting asking all the bands to […]

Hamilton’s Afro Canadian Caribbean Association celebrate Lincoln and Martin day

Hamilton’s Afro Canadian Caribbean Association celebrate Lincoln and Martin day

By Lincoln DePradine The support of the federal Liberals, headed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, for the Southwestern Ontario Black Entrepreneurship Network is one indication of the Canadian government’s commitment to ensuring “excellence’’ in the Black community, according to Hamilton MP Filomena Tassi. “Our government is committed to fostering and encouraging Black excellence and access […]

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 […]

Words from the heart

Words from the heart

By Yolanda T. Marshall     Tonna Thomas is a Grenadian Canadian mother and author of “Beautiful Like My Heart.” She is a Registered Early Childhood Educator who revels in the joys of motherhood and adventures with her son. This is Tonna’s first book, told from the child’s perspective, as he invites readers into a […]

Winners of Third Annual SiriusXM Black Canadian Music Awards announced

Winners of Third Annual SiriusXM Black Canadian Music Awards announced

The SOCAN Foundation has named the recipients of the third annual SiriusXM Black Canadian Music Awards. They are Adria Kain, AHI, Desarae Dee, Nonso Amadi and Zach Zoya. The Black Canadian Music Awards were created to recognize and celebrate the artistic merit demonstrated by Black music creators of any genre. This year, SiriusXM Canada has […]

Toronto dancer about to take to the big stage with Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre

Toronto dancer about to take to the big stage with Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre

By: Stephen Weir Not only is it the first weekend for Black History Month in Toronto, it will also be two days of first for dance fans.  On February 3rd and 4th “America ‘s Cultural Ambassador to the World” the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre will kick off its 2023 North American tour with a trio […]

Durham to rise for Black History Month

Durham to rise for Black History Month

Cameron Bailey, Chief Executive Officer, and Artistic Director of The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will deliver the keynote address at “Together We Rise Durham: Excellence Through the Arts”, a special event to be held at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa on February 2 to celebrate Black History Month. The event will feature the […]

St Maarten Carnival troupes mandated to depict more of the country’s culture

St Maarten Carnival troupes mandated to depict more of the country’s culture

  Carnival is looking too much like Trinidad-style costumes The St Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has mandated that all troupes taking part in the Grand Carnival Parades must have a section of 15 persons or more, depicting St Maarten’s culture, at the front of their troupes. Alternatively, should troupes not be able to field […]

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warns about ‘epidemic of self-censorship’

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warns about ‘epidemic of self-censorship’

In 2020, Adichie’s 2006 novel Half Of A Yellow Sun was voted the best book to have won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in its 25-year history. In a lecture on freedom of speech, the writer said young people were growing up “afraid to ask questions for fear of asking the wrong questions”. Such a […]

This summer 5,000 revellers will be “unmask” – Louis Saldenah

This summer 5,000 revellers will be “unmask” – Louis Saldenah

By Stephen Weir How fitting.  The Louis’s Saldenah Carnival (formally the Mas K Club) holds the record of 21 “Band of the Year” titles for the annual Caribbean Carnival parade and will be starting their campaign to get Win 22 on, wait for it, April 22nd. Saldenah recent winner of an Impact Award told the […]

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