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Comedian Jean-Paul Is living high on the Fringe

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Caribbean Humour Is Winning In The Fringes By Stephen Weir - Caribbean Camera
After a week of non-stop plays the annual Toronto Fringe Festival has a run-away comedy hit with a Caribbean Canadian connection.Coconuts, Cedar Trees and Maple Leavesstarring Trinidadian born comic Jean-Paul and Lebanese funnyman Habib Siam has been sold out almost every performance for the past six days, and patrons are being turned away! “Right after our preview performance last week, the show has been sold out – it is a small venue and they have had to turn away people,” Jean-Paul told the Camera.“Before we did our first performance, I thought this would be a one-off thing. But the response has been so so good, we are looking at taking this out to other cities and other festivals.” “This is a lot of fun and a much different experience for us in terms of the people taking in the show. They see our performance as theatre, which is a long way from Improv in a comedy club.” “Coconuts, Cedar Trees and Maple Leaves

A laneway for Charley

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Charles Roach’s name soon to take to the street. City of Toronto names St Clair West laneway after the father of Caribana By Stephen Weir Caribbean Camera In one week the late Charley Roach will have his name immortalized on a mid-town Toronto alley.The City of Toronto is about to give name to a small laneway in the St. Clair Avenue West neighbourhood where the late prominent human rights lawyer, artist, musician and a founding father of Caribana, worked. The City will be holding the laneway celebration in the memory of Charley Roach on Wednesday, July 18th at 7pm.Hosting the event will be local Councilor Joe Mihevc. The soon-to-be Charles Roach Lane, is just north of St. Clair Avenue and runs from Feel Good Lane east to Rushton Road. Charley Roach was born September 18, 1933, in the community of Belmont in Trinidad and Tobago. He and his first wife, Hetty, immigrated to Canada in 1955 and settled in Saskatchewan so that Charley could study theology at the provincial university.They soon m…

JUSTINE TRUDEAU's CARNIVAL TIME

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Pet Marchan and Justin Trudeau talk Caribbean food TRUDEAU COMES TO CARNIVAL BOOT CAMP By Stephen Weir
Last Friday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came to Toronto to meet with Mayor John Tory at City Hall. When he finished the tete-et-tete and went out onto Nathan Phillips Square, he got 45-minutes of Carnival boot camp training that touched on all aspects of the carnival arts, from pan, to costume making to carnival food! “I met the Prime Minister of Canada this morning!” said Noel Audain, a longtime costume maker for Louis Saldenah’s Mas K Camp. “ It was exciting to show him the art of wire bending.” “ I set up a display to show the Prime Minister the fresh fruit and vegetables that are grown in the Caribbean and used in our cooking,” explained long time Carnival associate Petronilla Marchan. “ I had it all. Peppers, mangos, yam, casaba and something he had never seen before. Caribbean Tamara,” continued Ms. Marchan. “ He was very pleasant and took his time looking at the produce and talkin…

Brand New Caribbean Canadian photography association looks beyond the Carnival for its first group exhibition

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The media gets an advance look at the costumes kids will be wearing in the Junior Parade

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Charles Roach’s name soon to take to the street.

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