Nefarious – Jamaica’s first horror gangsta film

Nefarious – Jamaica’s first horror gangsta film

Lock the doors. Bolt the windows.  And whatever you do, after you seen Jamaica’s horror film Nefarious don’t go walking the streets of Kingston, Jamaica at night. No matter what. This Jamaican  horror film – it was made in 2018 – is coming to Canada for its first public showing at the 15th annual Caribbean […]

Past and present racist violence will shape the way viewers see ‘The Book of Negroes’-Clement Virgo

Past and present racist violence will shape the way  viewers see ‘The Book of Negroes’-Clement Virgo

When Clement Virgo saw the video of a white police officer pressing his knee on a Black man’s neck, he recognized the image immediately. The visual horror of George Floyd’s death is seared into our collective consciousness, the Canadian director says, because it’s symbolic of a hateful, ongoing history. “That’s not the first time that […]

15th annual CTFF goes online with nine feature films

15th annual CTFF goes online with nine feature films

Best break out bags and bags of popcorn. You will need a shopping basket full to get through this year’s Caribbean Tales Film Festival (CTFF) – and, oh gosh. you are going to have to pop them all yourself. The festival is going online this year. So all the movies will have to be  seen […]

In a state of limbo

In a state of limbo

In conversation with Rhoma Spencer In a state of limbo By Stephen Weir Rhoma Spencer is an actor, director, storyteller and broadcast journalist who began her career in her native Trinidad. Up until the virus  lockdown, Spencer was one of the busiest live performers – on stage, in TV shows, movies parts, and public events. […]

‘Crazy but True’ cancelled ‘fuh true’

‘Crazy but True’ cancelled ‘fuh true’

The deadly COVID-19 virus has changed many routines and negatively impacted many traditions, including a Caribbean Mother’s Day event held annually in Ontario. For 19 years, well-known Jamaican actor Oliver Samuels has been entertaining Caribbean nationals in the province with a Mother’s Day show. And for his 20th-year show in 2020, he was scheduled to […]

Thirteen-year-old violinist to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thirteen-year-old violinist to perform  at Carnegie Hall

A 13- year-old violinist from Vaughan, Ontario will perform at one the most prestigious concert venues in the world – Carnegie Hall in New York City. Lincoln Haggart-Ives has been chosen to perform  before hundreds this June after his mother entered him in the American Protege Music Competition. “I couldn’t believe it, I thought I […]

Obsidian Theatre going through change

Obsidian Theatre going through change

Theatre Shorts By: Stephen Weir The Obsidian Theatre, Canada’s leading culturally diverse theatre company is now going through a major change.  After twenty years, the theatre’s founder and CEO has retired. He has been replaced by a young African Canadian director who will take over the running of the company in August. Philip Akin has been acting […]