Showing posts from February, 2018

Carnival photographer Ian Grant part of downtown Toronto Group Show

Art of Black History Month extended March  By Stephen Weir Although the books on Toronto’s 2018 Black History Month closed yesterday, a Danforth Avenue art gallery will continue to celebrate for a few more days.  The Black History Month Visual Arts Exhibition will remain on the walls of the Areej Gallery until March 3rd. The small, street level gallery is showing and selling photographs and paintings by six artists from Africa, Canada and the Caribbean.All of the works on display explore different aspects of the Black experience from Ethiopia to Canada to Grenada. You can’t miss the Carnival pictures taken by Grenadian Canadian photographer Ian Grant.The framed pictures dominate one whole wall at the Areej Gallery.
The dramatic pictures were taken in Grenada at the annual August Spicemas street festival.Grant’s pictures are from both sides of the fence – playing mas on the street on one hand, and watching from the sidelines through a festival gate. “Our gallery brings a fresh and innovative…

Three receive Governor General's Meritorious Service Medal

News Story By Stephen Weir
Caribbean Camera

On February 16, in Toronto, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada awarded Mary Anne Chambers, Gordon Cressy, and Dr Joseph Y.K. Wong the Meritorious Service Medal.
The three founded the Harmony Movement in 1994. This is an organization that was at the forefront in promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in Ontario.  "Today, Harmony Movement continues to offer youth leadership programs in schools, diversity training in offices," reads the GG's citation. "This is an award program that recognizes champions of social equality and inspires civic leaders of tomorrow." Mary Anne Veronica Chambers, is a former provincial politician in Ontario. The 67-year old Jamaican Canadian  was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2003 until 2007. 75-year oldJoeCressy is a social worker and former city councillor. He worked as executive director of a group home for teenagers, and as a p…

BANG BANG. Only the audience dies with laughter.

Theatre Review By Stephen Weir, Caribbean Camera

Toronto’s Factory Lab Theatre has given auidences an extra few days to see a very funny dark play about the police shooting of an unarmed black man.Bang Bang (guess what it is all about) was to close earlier this week, but, due to overwhelming demand for tickets five additional performances have been added- the curtain drops February 24th.
A rookie female black police officer (Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah) shoots an unarmed black youth, and a white playwright (Jeff Lillico) uses the incident as inspiration for his new hit play. Problem is, the playwright changes an important fact about the outcome of the shooting –the victim survived the shooting but the very successful play (which everyone believes) has the victim dying from his gun shot wound.The black community believe the play and turn against the rookie cop. The play which got its world premier late in January, is set in the living room of the cop’s mother (Karen Robinson), keen on prote…



Trinidadian / Canadian Author, Recording Star and now Taylor Prize Mentorship Programme


Obsidian’s latest play doesn’t leave the audience hanging