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CArt is Jamaica bound!

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

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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

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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…

Funeral Service Tomorrow For John Kam, Viewing This Evening At 7pm

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CARIBANA STALWART JOHN KAM DIES AT 68
Long considered the soul of Caribana and the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, John Kam, 68-year former bandleader and festival executive, passed away last Monday after a lengthy illness. The funeral will be held on Friday (tomorrow) November 22, at 10 am at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Sheppard Avenue East in Scarborough, followed by the burial at the York Cemetery. There will be also be a Thursday afternoon and evening visitation for Mr. Kam at the Highland Funeral Home on Sheppard Ave East in Scarborough. John Kam was born in 1951 to Wah Chew and Jean Kam in St. James, Trinidad, and immigrated to Toronto when he was 18 years old. He worked for Toronto City Hall as a budget analyst where he had a successful career for 34 years. He retired at the age of 52. Mr. Kam will be best remembered for his involvement with Toronto’s Carnival, be it the original Caribana, or the current Toronto Caribbean Carnival. Over the years he did it all from bandleader to CEO…

Alexis Wrote A Book Set In Trinidad But His Parents Hated It, So He Put It Away

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One day Canada’s top novelist will write about Trinidad. André Alexis wins the Writer’s Trust for his book set in Ontario
By Stephen Weir Author André Alexis is the toast of English Canada.  Last Tuesday in Toronto the Trinidadian Canadian won the prestigious $50,000 Writers' Trust fiction prize for his English language novel "Days by Moonlight". This is the fourth time Alexis has been nominated for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the second time he has won it. He is only the second author in the country to capture the award twice.  Miriam Toews also won the trophy two times. 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! Days by Moonlight is part of his  "quincunx" of five thematically linked novels. The second installment in the series, "Fifteen Dogs," took both Writers' Tr…

Slam I Am, Says Andre Newell

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SLAM Andre Newell as hard as you can
Don’t be shocked when you get a standing ovation from the audience

By Stephen Weir
Andre Newell doesn’t mind if you slam him. In fact the Toronto entertainment and events promoter says he has a stage you can stand on while you give him your best shot!
For the past 8-years Andre and his cousin actress Oluniké Adeliyi have been staging Monologue Slams here in Toronto, across Canada and in Jamaica.  The pair is getting ready to present the final Slam of 2019 and they promise the December 1st event is going to be the Grandest Slam of them all. The evening Monologue Slam Canada Finale will be held at the Bad Dog Theatre. (875 Bloor St West).
“A Monologue Slam is an acting competition where actors perform on stage in front of a panel of experts, who provide feedback and select a winner, with the audience watching on (and voting too) ” explained Newell. “ The essence of the event is to give actors a space to play, let them work on their material and build a st…

All Black Cast for the remount of Claudia Dey's weird Canadian bush comedy

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