Shaggy to headline UWI Virtual Toronto Benefit Awards

Dr Gracea Machel, Ms Naomi Campbell, Mr Denham Jolly, CAMH, Ms Wendy Beckles, Ms Pamela Coke-Hamilton and Professor Kevin Fenton.

Two-time Grammy award-winning recording artiste Shaggy will be the headliner at the University of the West Indies Virtual Toronto Benefit Awards 2021, on Saturday, May 22.

Shaggy (Orville Richard Burrell) who hails from Kingston, Jamaica, will be appearing at the Awards for the second time. In 2015, he received the Toronto Gala’s Luminary Award and closed the event with a surprise live performance of some of his biggest hits.

The University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Awards supports the University’s Scholarship Fund, and honours leaders and organisations of Canadian and Caribbean heritage, or those whose body of work have had an impact on the Caribbean.


This year’s honourees include:

Graça Machel and Naomi Campbell – Luminary Award

Denham Jolly, C.M. – G. Raymond Chang Award

CAMH: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Chancellor’s Award

Wendy Beckles, Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Professor Kevin Fenton – Vice-Chancellor’s Award

Since its inception, the University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Awards, has provided  more than 600 scholarships to students in financial need. The event  is the largest fundraiser for The University of the West Indies in Canada.

 Due to the pandemic health and safety guidelines, the Awards will be streamed online..

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