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Jamaica's Heritage Moment for Jamaican Canadian University Students

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Like magic the Obeah dancers made 3,000 clap like crazy!

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Miami Carnival has Canadian content

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Brother wins Toronto Book Award

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DAVID WINS BIG ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT Story by Stephen Weir 
On Wednesday night Trinidadian Canadian writer David Chariandy’s award winning novel, Brother has won this year’s Toronto Book Awards.
David Chariandy’s book is a devastating story about the love between a mother and her sons, the impact of race, masculinity and the senseless loss of young lives in Scarborough, in the violent summer of 1991.
Brother was one of five books on the City of Toronto and Toronto Library‘s 2018 Toronto Book Awards shortlist. Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the awards honour books of literary merit that are evocative of Toronto.

The 2018 shortlist
 Dionne Brand “The Unpublished City“ David Chariandy “Brother“ Carrianne Leung “That Time I Loved You“ Lee Maracle “My Conversations with Canadians“ Kerri Sakamoto “Floating City“The winner of the 2018 Toronto Book Awards was announced last night at the Toronto Reference Library. This is the 44th year of the Toronto Book Awards. The annual awards offer…

Tarragon Theatre opens the new season with a 21-year old drama

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There is a Rose in this Canadian Harlem Review by Stephen Weir Harlem Duet, currently on stage at the Tarragon Theatre is attracting much attention. It is selling out most nights of its Toronto six-week run. There is nothing new about this 21-year old drama. Certainly not with the script which was written by Guyanese/Jamaican/Canadian Djanet Sears back in 1998. Nor is there a new message found in the plot line of the North American Black experience. It is a story of loyalty, revenge, love, madness and, of course, racism depressingly repeated over three generations in Harlem and the Deep South.  So why is Harlem Duets packing the mid-town Tarragon Theatre these days?  It is the acting – the passion that some of Toronto’s best known Caribbean Canadian actors bring to the stage in a telling of age-old social problems that still impact the community today. The standout star is Virgilia Griffith (who the Camera wrote about in reviews of Soulpepper’s Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and Obsidian’sO…