Showing posts from 2018

Caribbean Canadian Books And Authors Continue To Be HOT

2018 Books in Review – 8 For 18.  By Stephen Weir (original story from edited version in the Caribbean Camera) Caribbean Canadians and authors who write about Caribbean issues in the Great White North continued to hold their own on the Canadian literature scene this year.From award-winning novels to children’s titles about the black experience, these are top 10 books that book sellers, the media and of course the Caribbean Camera recommend you consider before the clock ticks out on 2018.

1. WASHINGTON BLACK.  Esi Edugyan’s latest novel is truly the book of the year in Canada, and, is also racking up sales the US and the Caribbean. No, she isn’t Bajan – the BC writer’s parents are from Ghana -- but she nails 19th century slaving Barbados better than anyone else in Canada ever has.  Her most recent novel, Washington Black, won this year’s $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for both the prestigious UK Man Booker Prize and Canada’s 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction honours. …

Mighty Sparrow joining Snowflakes concert - second show added

Same day afternoon show added Mighty Sparrow surprise guest for Snowflakes Tribute to Greats By Stephen Weir If you saw the advertisement for the giant Snowflakes Tribute to the Greats concert in last week’s Caribbean Camera, did you catch organizer Wendy Jone’s drift when she mentions special guest star in the ad?No? Well, the cat is now out of the bag, the special guest is the world’s most famous Calypso singer: The Mighty Sparrow and an afternoon show has been added to accommodate the demand for tickets! It has been a long long time since the Mighty Sparrow was last in Toronto.  He did make an appearance in 2014 at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival screening of the biopic The Glamour Boyz but he did not sing.  That will all change January 26 thanks to Patricia Ward (Sparrow’s Canadian based daughter) and Pan Fantasy’s Wendy Jones for making it all happen. “We have invited him to come and perform many times,” Wendy Jones told the Caribbean Camera. “ Last year he didn’t think the timing w…

Olatunji wings in from Trinidad to perform at Sagi Time

X Marks The Spot For Last Big Fete Before Christmas
By Stephen Weir for the Caribbean Camera The X-factor at last weekend’s Sagi Time fete was an early early Sunday morning performance by raising Soca starOlatunji. The Trinidadian singer flew into Canada just hours before taking to the stage in Toronto to entertain a room filled with his fans. With the holidays almost here, the  annual Sagi Time (short for Sagitarius Time) had a near full house for the last big bash before Christmas. Held at the Eglington East Latvian Community the fete combined good food, Trinidadian and Canadian performers and a well used large dance floor. Trinidad's Olatunji Olantunji (Edward Yearwood) earned global recognition when he won Trinidad's  International Soca Monarch in 2015, after singing his blockbuster single "Ola” (which he sang at Sagi Time). In September he was a contestant on the UK X Factor and competed on the wildly popular televised show before being eliminated. Sagi Time’s live music p…

Time Capsule For The Ages - The Ghost of Honest Ed

Bathurst and Bloor Underground. See You In 100 Years. By Stephen Weir A time capsule to mark the role that the Bathurst Bloor Annex Corridor has played in the history of Caribbean and African peoples in Toronto is soon going to be buried in the ground in a busy city construction site.  “ This is another way that we as a community can mark our history,” explained Itah Sadu, the owner of the A Different Booklist.  “This area, around the intersection of Bathurst and Bloor, has a real history – here we can trace our peoples right back to the Underground Railroad!” For now the time capsule sits in the front window of the Bathurst St bookstore and cultural space. And, as customers and the curious come inside, everyone is encouraged to sign small pieces of paper and place themselves inside equally small bottles and put it into the waiting plastic box time capsule. The Different Booklist is a fitting place for the Time Capsule to be created. The store features books written about and for the diasp…

Quest for the 20 - Saldenah seeks 20th Band of the Year Carnival title

Like a bolt of lighting, PayPal’s Xoom jumps out of the starting blocks on Tuesday in Toronto

By Stephen Weir
PayPal fired a bolt over the bow of Jamaica’s GraceKennedy Currency Trading Services (Western Union).Yesterday PayPal’s money transfer company, Xoom launched a new Canadian service by announcing it had just signed eight-time Olympic Jamaican gold medalist Usain Bolt as its global brand ambassador. “At Xoom, we’re deeply committed to delivering the fastest possible money transfer experience to our customers, so Mr. Bolt was a natural fit to be our global brand ambassador,” Julian King, Vice President and General Manager of Xoom told the Caribbean Camera at the company’s Canadian launch. “We look forward to working with Mr. Bolt during an exciting time as we expand our services. He will be appearing in our marketing materials and representing us at selected events,” King continued. “Is he coming to Canada? Nothing that I can announce ….just yet!” On Tuesday PayPal and Xoom hosted a p…

Holder and Older Cousin (and Olive the Family Dog)