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Marcia Ien gets Social with the voters of Toronto Centre.

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Marci Ien is getting social with voters in Cabbagetown, Rosedale, The Gay Village and Regent Park
By stephen weirMarci Ien has left the world of TV and if the voters in Toronto Central agree, is on her way to starring in the Big Show.Caribbean Canadian journalist, TV personality and soon-to-be author is the Liberal candidate for a Federal By-election that is being held on October 26 in downtown Toronto.Ien has been a fixture on morning television in Canada for almost 30-years. The Ryerson graduate has been an anchor on CTV’s Canada AM and for the past five years as a panelist on the midmorning talk show The Social.She has taken a leave from the show to run for the seat recently vacated by embattered Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Although Toronto South is considered one of the safest Liberal seats in the country, rookie candidate Ien is up against nine other candidates from both established and fringe parties.Of note is that newly minted Green Party leader, Caribbean Canadian l…

Lisa La Touche On Tap And Online for National Dance Festival.

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Fool's Gold For Smart Toronto Fans of Tap
By Stephen Weir  Lisa La Touche, one of this country’s best jazz tap dancers ever has returned to Canada and is currently avoiding the virus in Calgary. Once the lockdown is over she hopes to perform her newest tap dance work  – Fool’s Gold - live in Toronto and maybe even one day in Trinidad, the land of her father’s birth.For now Torontonians will have to catch her online this Saturday October 3rd.  She is taking part in the Fall For Dance North’s  “ The Flip Side ” Project and has created an eight minute tap dance for the Toronto online and live event. The Festival began earlier this week and runs until October 18. LA Touché along with five other Canadian dance choreographers and troupes, are performing world premier dances live on stage and on tape this weekend.This 2 pm ticketed live-stream event www.ffdnorth.comfrom the Harbourfront Fleck Theatre blends live dance and music with surprise guests and pre-recorded presentations from Calga…

Malpaso Is A Five-Hanky Movie

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Third Caribbean Tales Film Festival Entry To Look At The Caribbean Identity
By Stephen Weir
As the 15th annual Caribbean Tales Film Festival (CTFF) “reels” towards its Saturday night conclusion we have noticed a sub theme running through three of the keynote movies that are showcased this fall.  This trio of principal films is all about identity – be it race, colour or sexual orientation.Writing in the Caribbean Camera I have reviewed two of those movies in past issues of the paper; But You’re Not Black and Queer Coolie-tudes.   Yesterday the paper screened the disturbing third movie, Malpaso, made by Hector Valdez, a Dominican Republic moviemaker who did his schooling in Montreal at McGill University.ButYou’re Not Black is a quirky 30-minute documentary made by Toronto comedian and filmmaker Danielle Ayow. She is a Chinese-Caribbean-Canadian woman who, driven by people’s inability to separate her skin colour from her culture, tries to own the Trinidadian identity she knows should feel …

Leaving the Hoi Polio behind.

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Ian Williams reaches the Stars with his Poems and Books By Stephen Weir One day earlier this month Trinidadian Canadian writer Ian Williams passed over from being a rising talent to that of an honest to goodness literary star.  In September the award winning poet and author was made a spokesman for Canada’s richest fiction prize, was featured in an exclusive magazine for the country’s well-heeled and oversaw the publishing of his new book of poems. Williams was born in Trinidad in 1979 and moved to Brampton with his family when he was 9.   He earned his PHD at the University of Toronto and is currently a professor of poetry at the University of British Columbia. Last year his first novel, Reproduction won the $100,000 Giller Prize and was shortlisted for two other significant Canadian book prizes. Williams’s poetry books have been shortlisted and won many Canadian Literary Prizes!  Word Problems, his latest book is a mash-up of poetry and prose and is currently being printed in do…

Announcement made on Tuesday September 22 in the UK. Cundill Shortish list.

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10 make short(ish)list This year’s shortlist of ten authors for the major history prize has been announced