Little Jamaica Cultural District Plan on agenda at upcoming Town Hall meeting

The documentary  “Irie People” will be screened

Little Jamaica Cultural District

On Saturday, May 27, 2023, an important event will be taking place in Toronto to address the impact of gentrification on Canada’s International Roots Rock Reggae Culture and the individuals and businesses that shaped it. The event aims to shed light on the City of Toronto’s initiative, the Little Jamaica Cultural District Plan, and discuss the equity considerations for the creators of reggae culture.

The event will be held at the Maria Shchuka Library, located at 1745 Eglinton Ave.  It will begin at 12:00 PM with a social hour, providing an opportunity for attendees to connect and engage with one another. At 1:00 PM, the screening of the documentary “irie people” will commence, followed by a discussion.

“irie people” is a thought-provoking documentary that delves into the experiences of the reggae cultural creators and the challenges they face in the wake of gentrification. The film explores the impact on their businesses, the erosion of their cultural spaces, and the loss of their community identity.

Following the documentary screening, a Town Hall Meeting will be held from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM, focusing on the Little Jamaica Cultural District Plan. This will provide an opportunity for community members, stakeholders, and policymakers to engage in dialogue, share perspectives, and collectively chart a way forward.

To learn more about the event and register for the documentary screening, discussion, and Town Hall Meeting, you can watch the “irie people” documentary trailer at irie people and sign up for the event. This gathering is a crucial step in preserving and honoring the reggae culture that has played a significant role in shaping Toronto’s vibrant cultural landscape.