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Time Capsule For The Ages - The Ghost of Honest Ed

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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

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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)

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Soweto plays North Toronto Heavy on Revolution – Gospel Takes A Back SeatBy Stephen Weir The Soweto Gospel Choir has been around the world more than a few times since their formation back in 2002. The South African singing group is so much in demand that they now have two choirs performing and touring simultaneously this December in the United States and Europe. The city got to see the Soweto Gospel Choir for two nights last Thursday and Friday in North Toronto.They swooped into town, won the hearts and voices of an almost filled George Weston Theatre (North York), sold a whack of autographed CDs then hit the road to perform the next night in Montreal and the night after that in New Jersey. The Choir has dedicated their two exhaustive international tours to the celebration of the late Nelson Mandela in this his 100th birthday year.The 90-minute songfest, called Songs of the Free included – judging by the raised clench fists of the 20 singers on stage – historic songs about South African l…