Three Art Stories You Don't Want To Miss

Three Short Arts Items That Didn't Make It Into This Week's Caribbean Camera, But are worthy of your attention (I hope)

· Calypso Mucho is a modern-day acoustic big-band revue show featuring local performers of West Indian origin, hearkening back to the 20th-century Calypso tent tradition in Trinidad. Calypso Mucho is anchored by SHAK SHAK featuring frontman Roger Gibbs and led by Dr. Chris Wilson, along with special guests Panman Pat, Monty Hama, Susan G, and Garth Blackman. Also featured is dance and rhythm troupe John Orpheus Wednesday, August 1 8pm Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. West

· The Toronto Book Awards has released its long list for books in the running for the 2018 $15,000 award. On that longlist is Trinidadian Canadian David Chariandy for his book Brother. The book, which has already won the Writer’s Trust Prize, is a novel about growing up in a poor in Scarborough. The winner of the 2018 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on October 10 at the Toronto Reference Library.

· Toronto-born actor Vinessa Antoine is about to become the first Black Canadian woman to star in a prime-time CBC drama. The new series, Diggstown, will air nationally on the CBC this fall and winter. Vinessa will play Marcie Diggs, a lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Nova Scotia. Vinessa Antoine once toured as a hip-hop dancer for P. Diddy is best known for her roles in the TV series Being Erica, and in the daytime soap opera, General Hospital. Her parents are from Trinidad and live in Ajax.


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