Carnival Kiddies Hits It Outta The Park

Carnival Kiddies Hits It Outta The Park

By Stephen Weir New venue. New vibe. New Super Cool costumes. The Junior King and Queen Showcase was held outdoors last Sunday afternoon at the Malvern Town Centre in Scarborough.  The event attracted an estimated 2,000 people; many stayed all afternoon to see the new big costumes that will be worn in this Saturday’s Children’s […]

Trini jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles here for TO Carnival

Trini jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles here for TO Carnival

By Stephen Weir World travelling Trinidadian jazzman Etienne Charles is going to put the dingolay into this year’s Toronto Caribbean Carnival. Earlier this week the trumpeter called the Caribbean Camera from Spain to say that he was going to lead a guest Mas Band in the Carnival’s grand parade and hopes that revellers will jump […]

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, […]

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