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“Celebrating our Diversity”

-  May 24th, 2017 by

“Celebrating our Diversity” at the Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest this summer!

It’s BACK!! It’s BIGGER!! It’s BETTER!! The 6th annual Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest, taking place on August 26-27, 2017 inside Albert Campbell Square at the Scarborough Civic Centre, brings you live musical performances, exciting entertainment from local and international artists, mouth-watering ethnic cuisine, vendor exhibitions and marketplace, visual arts, drum and dance workshops, kid’s zone, dance competitions, business expo and much more! The event is FREE and welcomes over 25,000 people from across Canada and internationally. “Celebrating our Diversity” is the theme for this annual event that invites people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the richness of the city’s diverse communities. Presented by Heritage Skills Development Centre (HSDC) with support from the Government of Ontario, the event fosters civic pride and demonstrates the richness of the Afro-Caribbean cultures and other ethnic groups that make up the fabric of Canada. Uniquely Canadian, the Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest merges two rich cultures; African and Caribbean, in an effort to build community, bridge social, cultural and economic gaps through sharing music, dance, cuisine, arts and culture. To learn more about the festival, please visit www.scarboroughafrocaribfest.com Sponsorship/Partnership Opportunities, please contact: info@scarboroughafrocaribfest.com. Phone: 416 345 1613 Vendor Opportunities: http://scarboroughafrocaribfest.com/vendor Media Contact: Madeline Nwokeji. info@hsdconline.org. 416-345-1613 About Heritage Skills Development Centre (HSDC): HSDC is a non-profit organization established in 1993 to promote the health, social, cultural, and economic self-sufficiency of new immigrants, low-income, at-risk and marginalized groups in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). For information about HSDC, please visit: www.hsdconline.org.

PLAYERS BALL – ALL STAR SOIREE – REGGAE & R&B

-  February 4th, 2016 by

TORONTO, ON – FRI.FEB.12th — Freedom Time Media, Vision Newspaper and ILLMATIC ENTERTAINMENT team up to bring “PLAYERS BALL – ALL STAR soirée – REGGAE & R&B” making history for Canadian Reggae music, these three veteran powerhouses in the entertainment industry have created a platform for Reggae artists and industry leaders to network for over a decade.

This time around to celebrate the ALL STAR game in the 6ix, they have helped merge their contacts in the sports and in the entertainment world to bring the “who’s who” all under one roof for one night to remember.

The Trio have created events that have featured Reggae artists like Exco Levi, Wanye Wonder, Korexion, Ammoye,  IsaxLindo PBlessed, Papa Levy, GULLY BOP, Carl Henry III, , Melodic YozaDylan Murray, Nkrumah, Mel Dube, JUNIOR REID just to name a few!

The TRIO is pleased to announce another exciting party that will be broadcast live through

LIVE95 powerful online network.

” PLAYERS BALL – ALL STAR SOIREE – REGGAE & R&B “

CO – Hosted By
PROMOTER & M.C. DON POPA
THE @6IXMAYOR DEWITT LEE,  

UPSTATE NEW YORK’S LIVE 95 RADIO CEO PHARAOHGAMO

+++ SURPRISE CELEBRITY DJ’S & GUESTS+++

MUSIC BY:

THE WORLDS #1 FEMALE REGGAE DJ:

 TASHA ROZEZ OF GNR SOUND

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ALWAYS PLAYING FOR THE LADY’S: MADMAX OF ILLMATIC SOUND

INTERNATIONAL SOUND SYSTEM BLACK MAGIC SOUND

TORONTO’S BEST KEPT SECRET – DJ TWISTED MINDZ

DJ MIKE STOAN

We have created the foundation for this special event series to create engagement and community among business leaders from south of the Canadian boarder, with the intention to help create commerce between business leaders from the U.S. and Canada

Venue: REIGN TORONTO –

3454 Danforth Ave.. TORONTO, ON M1L 1E3

Contact:

Leroy: (647) 769-9433 or justboutit@gmail.com

Event Details:

” PLAYERS BALL – ALL STAR SOIREE – REGGAE & R&B “

Date: FRI.FEB.12.

Time: 9:00pm – 3:00am

 

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Canadian Reggae Artist JASON WILSON on Tour

-  October 7th, 2014 by
October 6, 2014 – Award winning Scottish-Canadian reggae artist JASON WILSON is known for concocting innovative musical pairings, whether it be genres or artists.  Lion Rampant, his 2014 release with iconic English fiddler DAVID SWARBRICK, is no less of a collaborative tour de force, a folk-reggae epic that fans will be able to experience in person during the duo’s Ontario tour this November. They will be joined by legendary saxophonist PEE WEE ELLIS  for some dates as they explore the intersections of various rebel musics of the past 300 years, including a provocative blending of Scots poet Robert Burns‘ “My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose” with Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” as well as the late Scots singer/songwriter Alistair Hulett’s poignant “Among Proddy Dogs and Papes”. Several cuts from the album have already received extensive play on various BBC radio stations across the UK.Lion Rampant, which includes both traditional and self-penned titles, as well as a few modern covers, has been described by English folk music critic Ken Hunt (fRoots) as “Head and shoulders, the most eclectic, catholic and coherent musical banquet of 2014 thus far. Toppling unlikely.” Similarly, Michael Hunter (Fiddlestix) described the album as “predictably high quality, well-produced musi
Lion Rampant is not the first collaboration for Wilson and Swarbick: Swarbrick performed on the murder ballad “Matty Groves” on Wilson’s last Juno-nominated and Canadian Reggae Music Award-winning double album  The Peacemaker’s Chauffeur (2008), while Wilson and his band recorded a reggae version of “Spanish Ladies Medley” for Swarbrick’s critically acclaimed release raison d’être (2010).c with intelligently considered arrangements…this music works because it is in exactly the right hands.” Unchained from the purists’ convention, the album boasts several special guests including guitar virtuoso Jerry Donahue; American sax master Pee Wee Ellis; the inimitable Peggy Seeger; and English folkicon Martin Carthy MBE.2014 Ontario tour dates are as follows:
5 Nov. London Music Club, London, ON

6 Nov. Hugh’s Room w/Pee Wee Ellis, Toronto, ON

7 Nov. Orangeville Music Theatre w/Pee Wee Ellis, Orangeville, ON

8 Nov. Lebovic Centre (Nineteen on the Park) w/Pee Wee Ellis, Stouffville, ON

9 Nov. Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (matinee) w/cast members from Soldiers of Song, Toronto, ON

 

 

 

JASON WILSON

Dr. Jason Wilson is a two-time Juno-Awards nominee and Canadian Reggae Music Award winner from Downsview, Ontario. He is the protégé of Studio One keyboardist Jackie Mittoo and cousin to UB40’s Michael Virtue. He has performed and recorded with UB40, Alanis Morissette, Sly & Robbie, Ron Sexsmith and many more. Wilson has five books to his name, including Soldiers of Song, a work that has recently been adapted for the stage as tribute to Canada’s “Dumbells” of the First World War. Wilson’s recognizable and self-styled “reggae impressionism” combines reggae with jazz, and folk musics from the Scottish and English traditions.  www.jasonwilsonmusic.com

 

DAVE SWARBRICK

 

Perhaps the most important living fiddler in England, Dave Swarbrick made his mark at an early age with Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger and Charles Parker. In the 1960s, “Swarb” joined the Ian Campbell Folk Group (father to UB40’s Campbell brothers) and later teamed up with legendary guitarist Martin Carthy. In 1969, Swarb famously joined Fairport Convention whose Liege and Lief is today generally regarded as the most influential folk-rock album of all-time. A double-lung transplant recipient, Swarb was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards, the Gold Badge (English Folk Dance and Song Society), and the Gold Badge of Merit from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. www.folkicons.co.uk/swarb.htm

 

PEE WEE ELLIS

 

Widely credited with inventing funk jazz, Pee Wee Ellis is a saxophonist, arranger and composer who was an essential part of James Brown’s band in the 1960s, contributing to hit projects like “Cold Sweat” and “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”, “Lickin’ Stick,” and “The Chicken. ” He has also worked with artists such as George Benson, Hank Crawford and Esther Phillips, Miles Davis sideman David Liebman and Oumou Sangare, and for several years served as bandleader for Van Morrison. www.peewee-ellis.com

 

 

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GIMME ONE RIDDIM

-  May 18th, 2014 by

Opening Night of Gimmie One Riddim 2014 had a full house Thursday night.  Full of positive, dynamic energy in the atmosphere! A seem-less, engaging fusion of contemporary and traditional dance and theatrical performances to the Riddim of Ska!

This production presented contemporary dance, from the best of North America’s dance talents. Their body language was more than just dance, they expressed the Jamaican culture in mannerism and Patois dialect.

Using both audio and visual media, producers and choreographers Jasmyn Fyffe and Natasha Powell creatively incorporated a tribute to the pioneers of Ska music; A time when Jamaica’s independence penetrated the world and became the forerunners in music, media and performing arts. –I really enjoyed the use of Monica Simon from JBC News, Walk Good LOL.

Big Up to triple threat artist Jasmyn Fyffe on a stellar live vocal performance. –Irie J.  The intertwined dance choreography; the silhouettes and the tableaus were an ingenious work of art that climaxed on the sounds of a 7 piece band under the musical direction of Gerald Heslop. Gimmie One Riddim delivered back to back acts that expressed authentic stories of life, love and levity!  This production is more than just a must see, it is an enlightening experience and tribute to the culture of Ska!

-1Love Lady Sharon

Behind The Scenes Gimme One Riddim``
Behind The Scenes Gimme One Riddim“

Cast of Gimme One Riddim
Cast of Gimme One Riddim

 

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