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Great Grandson visits the Mandela exhibition in Toronto and talks peace


Front Page News: Court brings back two original owners


Feeling no pain on Reggae Lane

Jay Douglas and Jamaica's DJ General Trees drop a big one!

Toronto’s all-time favourite reggae performer Jay Douglas has a new song out and a new “album” in the works. Still going strong after 45-years of performing, the Toronto singer has just “dropped” Jah Children, a single he has recorded with Jamaica’s Dancehall DJ General Trees.
Saying that Douglas is part of Toronto’s reggae scene, is unfair to the singer.  Better to say he started the reggae scene in the Six back in the late sixties with the group The Cougars and continues to be the big draw for the sound.
While the Yorkville and Yonge Street scenes have long since disappeared, Douglas continues to soldier on. You have probably seen him on stage at Caribana and Carnival concerts, headlining at the CNE, on TV as he accepted his Junos, and performing at some of the GTA’s most popular watering holes.
“ We have never stopped,” Jay Douglas told the Caribbean Camera. “I started as a kid in Montego Bay in the early early 60s and we h…

CArt is Jamaica bound!


Jerk Chicken Fit For the Queen (and the rest of London, UK)

and then some Real Jerk UK marks 1-year anniversary 
By Stephen Weir 
The Caribbean Camera spied a small news item which appeared in a Toronto newspaper’s food section saying that Toronto’s Real Jerk was about to open a outlet in London England.  While it is not unusual for a British restaurant to open in Toronto, it is newsworthy when a Canadian resto decides to set up shop within pickup and delivery distance of the Queen of England!
When I contacted Edward and Lilly Pottinger, the founders and owner of The Real Jerk (TRJ) on Gerrard Street (where Drake and Rihanna shot their crazy popular music video) they said yes indeed there is now a Real Jerk in Streatham Hill only 5 miles south of Buckingham Palace.
But, then they told me, neither the news story nor the resto is  new. In fact, “The London location was in fact opened in May 2018!” they said. “They recently celebrated their anniversary!”
“Same menu. Same sign. Same vibe.”
I took a look at the resto’s website and saw that the London outl…

Trinidadian Canadian Wins The $100,000 Giller For His First Novel: Reproduction

Salad Days of Literature Brings Lots Of Cabbage to Ian Williams
These are salad days for Caribbean Canadian authors. Earlier this week another Trinidadian-born author won big, really big, and the country has sat up and taken notice. On Tuesday evening Ian Williams won the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his very first novel “Reproduction”, published by Random House Canada, taking home $100,000. Earlier this month Trinidadian Canadian author André Alexis won big as well capturing the $50,000 Writers’ Trust fiction prize for his English language novel “Days by Moonlight”. He is only the second author in the country to capture the award twice. Days by Moonlight is his seventh novel. The book is about Alfred Homer who takes a Southern Ontario road trip to investigate the story of John Skennen, a poet whose ghost haunts a few souls around the province. If the two men won big, two other writers Trinidadian Canadians David Chariandy and Jamaica Canadian Lorna Goodison went nuclear when they were…