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News: #BlackCanada > Tropicana Community Services’ Art of Caribbean Carnival Exhibit.
The Art of Caribbean Carnival launches on July 17, 2017 with a reception at Tropicana Community Services’ Centre of Excellence. The exhibit runs from July 17-31, 2017.
Toronto – Tropicana Community Services and the Toronto Caribbean Carnival Festival Management Committee have joined forces to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival. The halls of Tropicana’s Centre of Excellence will be adorned with the work of local artists to commemorate this milestone within the Toronto Caribbean diaspora. The exhibition runs from July 17 – 31, 2017 with an opening reception on July 17, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm at 1385 Huntingwood Dr., Scarborough, On. An announcement will also be made by Freedom Mobile revealing their donation of $25,000 to Tropicana’s digital media centre, The Lab. “We are thrilled to be celebrating such a milestone for the Caribbean community and to couple it with our new partnership with Freedom Mobile. The impact of this donation will benefit our service users to further develop their skills and gain employment in an increased technological world,” said Sharon Shelton, Tropicana Executive Director.

The exhibition is one of three events that will be taking place at Tropicana during the week of July 17, 2017 to mark the anniversary. On Tuesday July 18, 2017, young competitors of the Grace Junior Chef competition will be sharpening their cooking skills at an orientation session with Tropicana’s in-house chef Fred Alexander. The youth will be judged at the Junior Toronto Caribbean Carnival parade on July 22, 2017 held in the Malvern community. Following the orientation on Wednesday July 19, 2017 there will be a head piece making workshop for youth.

About Tropicana Community Services
Tropicana Community Services, a Toronto-based multi-service organization, provides all youth, newcomers, people of Black and Caribbean heritage and others in need with opportunities and alternatives that lead to success and positive life choices. Our mission is achieved through culturally appropriate programs such as counselling, child care, educational and employment services and youth development. For more information visit www.tropicanacommunity.org

About Toronto Caribbean Carnival
The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is the official Caribbean festival overseen by the Festival Management Committee recognized as a major international event. It’s the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. www.peeks.com

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For more information contact:
Heather Douglas
Manager, Community Relations and Resource Development
(416) 439-9009 ext. 221
hdouglas@tropicanacommunity.org
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EVENT: #BlackCanada > Father’s Day fair marks fun and firm foundation for Toronto’s first parenting center for men


TORONTO – The Young & Potential Fathers (YPF) Initiative, a Toronto based
non-profit organization with a mission to help Black men to become better role models and parents, is celebrating its first year as an independent organization with an inaugural festive Father’s Day Village Fair.

The Father's Day Village Fair will take place on Sunday June 18th, 2017 at Ujima House located at 1901 Weston Road, Unit 18. The community celebration will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fathers, potential fathers, their friends and families will be treated to a free BBQ, a Dad's ‘Olympic’ Challenge, drummers, dancers, children's arts and crafts, and many
man-to-man talks. All are welcome.

Young & Potential Fathers has its home at Ujima House, Toronto’s only father-focused parenting centre. Designed to be a friendly space where young fathers can learn and bond with their children, men receive mentorship and support to help manage issues they face as young racialized youth and parents. After initially receiving funding from the Ontario government and the United Way of Toronto’s Youth Challenge Fund, YPF is now proud to mark its first year as an independent organization that’s ready to welcome supporters and members from across the Greater Toronto Area.

“We know that supporting African Canadian fathers to become committed and involved parents profoundly impacts the lives and experiences of African-Canadian children. The social determinants of health are positively affected when there is an increase of committed and involved fathers and father figures in children’s lives,” says Rudi Quammie Williams, a Board Director at YPF. “Now that we have established our organization over the past year, we are hosting our Father’s Day Village Fair to welcome the support of those who also share our goals of building a stronger community of positive men.”

The fair will take place after Young & Potential Father’s inaugural Annual General Meeting. At the AGM, the organization will officially launch its crowdfunding campaign aimed at building a community of strong Black fathers. To support the organization’s new campaign and to find out more information about the Young Potential Fathers Initiative go to www.youngpfathers.org.


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Members of Young Potential Fathers are available for in-studio or Facetime/Skype interviews prior to and during the Father's Day Village Fair on Sunday June 18. To arrange interviews contact:

Source:
Dayo Kefentse
DAYO Media & Communications
dayo@dayo.ca

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EVENT: #BlackCanada
UNITY FESTIVAL 2017
Presented by Tangerine
Featuring Performances by
Main Source / Full Circle / The Sorority
Justus / TOBi / Dynesti Williams / and more!


The 9th Annual Unity Festival returns with the best visual art, spoken word, breakdancing, and beatboxing by local youth and international artists July 13-15, 2017 at Geary Lane, Underpass Park and David Pecaut Square in Toronto.

Unity Festival will kick off with the MC/Spoken Word and Graffiti Showcase at Geary Lane on July 13, 2017. Toronto's most prolific poets, musicians and visual artists will showcase alongside the most promising youth performers from after school and drop-in programs. Unity graffiti artists will paint new murals on Geary Lane's garage doors during the event, and completed works will be on display throughout this creative hub.

On July 14, 2017 Unity will be the first community organization to host an event at Toronto's Underpass Park, located under the Eastern Avenue, Richmond and Adelaide overpasses, with their Dance Exhibition and Beatbox Competition. This event will include all styles dance showcases and cyphers, followed by spits and beats from the best Beatboxers in Canada.

Unity Festival will close July 15, 2017 with an all-day concert at David Pecaut Square, spotlighting new and established hip-hop performers in music, dance, spoken word and graffiti. Headliners include the legendary trio Main Source, local rapper TOBi, and hip-hop collective The Sorority.

The 2017 Unity Festival line-up includes the following artists in various hip-hop art forms: DJ Andy B Bad, Zakisha Brown, Bubz, Lola Bunz, Chris Castello, DJ Adrian Chan, Charmie Deller, Jane Doe Smith, Ebhoni, Emstro, Full Circle, Keysha Freshh, Gene One, Yannick Green, Dr Audrey Hudson, Jayd Ink, Igho Itebu, Justus, Kizmet, Stephen "Buddha" Leafloor, Los Poetas, Main Source, DJ M4RS, DJ Mensa, Mobi Mawla, Millie Mogudala, Michael Morales, Nasim, Nekkrak, Obuxum, Sanae Paris, Phade, Peter Rahul, Red Slam Collective feat. Mahlikah Awe:ri, Rock, Prince Rose, Samba Squad Youth Troupe, The Sorority, Soulofjl, Maria T, TOBi, Vicki W, DJ Wavgods, Dynesti Williams, Brooke Whitely, XOLisa, and more!

The Unity Festival is Unity Charity’s annual showcase event presenting the most dedicated and talented youth performers from across Canada recruited from Unity’s school and community programs. Unity works with partners such as RISE, Beatbox Canada, SKETCH, Art Starts, and Vibe Arts to provide access to a cohesive community and a unique cultural experience; a place for self-growth, physical activity and artistic expression.

Founded in 2007 by Michael Prosserman aka “Bboy Piecez”, one of Toronto’s most preeminent B-boys, Unity Charity has reached over 200,000 youth across Canada with after school and community programs in break dancing, graffiti art, spoken word poetry, beat boxing and more. Through hip-hop arts based programming, Unity engages and inspires youth between the ages of 12 - 24 from underserved communities from Vancouver to Halifax.


UNITY FESTIVAL 2017 SCHEDULE

Thursday, July 13, 2017
MC/Spoken Word & Graffiti Showcase
5 - 11pm • Pay What You Can
Geary Lane, 360 Geary Lane

Friday, July 14, 2017
Dance Exhibition & Beatbox Competition
5 - 11pm • Free
Underpass Park, 29 Lower River Street

Saturday, July 15, 2017
Unity Concert
3 - 11pm • Free
David Pecaut Square, 215 King Street West

For more information please visit unitycharity.com/unity-festival

Twiter, Instagram and Snapchat:
@UNITYCharity / Facebook.com / UNITYCharity


Supporting Partners:
Department of Canadian Heritage, Tim Hortons, MOVE93.5
source: Media Contact: Damien Nelson, FLIP PUBLICITY
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News: #BlackCanada > @torcarnival > 50th Year For Caribbean Festival in Canada
Media Launch (Thur June 1/2017) With Minister of Tourism
Costumes, New Parade Route and New Sponsors

MEDIA LAUNCH ADVISORY

We have been celebrating our Caribbean Canadian heritage for the past 49 summers here in Toronto. On June 1st, Minister Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, will be the keynote speaker at the Media Launch for the 50th annual Caribbean festival. The 11.45 am press conference will be held at Toronto’s Ontario Science Centre.
The highly visual media/social media only event is to announce several important changes to the festival including a new direction for the August 5th Grand Parade, a new corporate sponsor for the event, new 50th anniversary events during the month long festival and a fashion show of 22 new costume designs – both male and female - that will be worn on the parade route this year. Music. Food.

When: Thursday, June 1, 2017
11.45 Sharp.
Doors open at 11am. Please allow 10-minutes to travel from Science Centre entrance to the Hot Zone. Camera crews contact Science Centre for parking near the Hot Zone entrance on the Southside of the building. Caribbean Reception to follow

Where:
Toronto, Ontario Science Centre
“The Hot Zone” Hall
770 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C 1T3

Who:
The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Culture. The Honourable Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, Toronto Police. Costume Designers. “Face of the Festival” model in costume, 22 parade models, mas camp leaders, corporate sponsors. Master of Ceremonies for the event is CP24/Bell Media’s Patricia Jaggernauth. Pannists. Calypsonians. Carnival Run founder. Grace Food’s Junior Carnival Chef.

Why:
The Toronto Caribbean Carnival will run from July 7, 2017 to August 7, 2017 with events showcasing originality, culture, and history to millions of spectators who come to the events in downtown Toronto or watch it on television and on-line. The theme this year is Celebrating our heritage from then to now'. It is the theme for the entire festival from the parade route, to the shows and all our performers including Singers, Panists and Calypsonians.
Media should register at the event for Event credentials this festival.

Action Requested:
Information on the carnival https://torontocaribbeancarnival.com/
To RSVP and for further details, please contact:

Source:
Stephen Weir
Carnival Communications
@sweirsweir

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NEWS : #BlackCanada > #Toronto TROPICANA COMMUNITY SERVICES’ @Tropicana_comm > LAUNCHES THE 2017 PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM FOR AUTOBODY AND DAMAGE REPAIR
An announcement will be made for the 2017 training year and there will an opportunity to meet the 2017 class

Please join us on Monday April 3rd, 2017 at 1:00 pm as Tropicana Employment Centre will be welcoming the next generation of talent to enter the Auto Body Collision (Trade Code 310B) industry. Following a 3-day marathon of interviews, these 20 successful candidates stood out because of their passion and desire to enter a career field in the Auto Body Collision industry.

The Pre-apprenticeship program now in its seventh year, is 30-week program that offers participants an introduction into to the basics of the autobody trade. Students also receive 6-weeks of pre-employment training, including interview preparation, resume writing, WHMIS training, employment counselling and job coaching. Upon completion, graduates receive a Level 1 Autobody and Collision Damage Repairer certificate from partnering school, Centennial College and a 12-week paid work placement.

Also at this event, we will be introducing our 2017 program sponsors and will be making a significant training announcement regarding the 2017 training year. Minister of Education the Honorable Mitzie Hunter will be on hand to congratulate the successful applicants.

This event will be held at Tropicana Community Services located at 1385 Huntingwood Drive. Please note that the event will require a reservation as space will be limited.

About Tropicana Community Services
Tropicana Community Services, a Toronto-based multi-service organization, provides all youth, newcomers, people of Black and Caribbean heritage and others in need with opportunities and alternatives that lead to success and positive life choices. Our mission is achieved through culturally appropriate programs such as counselling, child care, educational and employment services and youth development. For more information visit www.tropicanacommunity.org

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Source:
Marc Tremblay
Coordinator, Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program
mtremblay@tropicanaemployment.ca

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ARTS > #BlackCanada > NFB @thenfb line-up at HOT DOCS 2017 @hotdocs > Four world premieres among 17 NFB documentaries #hotdocs17
featured at Hot Docs 2017

Powerful new features directed by Attiya Khan and Lawrence Jackman, Marie Clements,
Charles Officer and Tasha Hubbard―as well as retrospective screenings
Powerful, life-changing stories are at the heart of this year’s lineup of National Film Board of Canada (NFB) films at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, with four world premieres of feature documentaries in the festival’s Canadian Spectrum program, as well as a wealth of retrospective screenings of classic NFB works.

Attiya Khan makes her directorial debut alongside co-director Lawrence Jackman with A Better Man (Intervention Productions/NFB), premiering April 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre. Twenty-two years ago, 18-year-old Attiya feared for her life―fleeing her ex-boyfriend Steve, who’d been abusing her on a daily basis. Now, all these years later, Attiya wanted to know how he remembers their relationship and whether he’s willing to take responsibility for his actions. Their emotionally raw first meeting, filmed by Attiya with Steve’s consent, is the starting point for a fresh and nuanced look at how healing can happen when men take responsibility for their abuse. A Better Man is produced by Christine Kleckner for Intervention Productions and Justine Pimlott for the NFB’s Ontario Studio, based in Toronto. The executive producers for Intervention Productions are Sarah Polley, Kathy Avrich-Johnson and Janice Dawe. The NFB executive producer for A Better Man is Anita Lee. Jane Jankovic is the executive producer for TVO.

Premiering April 30 at 9:30 p.m. at TIFF Bell Lightbox 2, writer/director Marie Clements’ The Road Forward is an electrifying musical documentary that connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with First Nations activism today. Interviews and musical sequences describe how a tiny movement, the Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood, grew to become a successful voice for change across the country, as this feature documentary seamlessly links past and present through superb story-songs, blues, rock and traditional beats. The Road Forward is produced and executive produced by Shirley Vercruysse for the NFB’s BC & Yukon Studio in Vancouver.

Premiering May 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre, Charles Officer’s Unarmed Verses presents a thoughtful and vivid portrait of a community facing imposed relocation, taking a look at marginalized Toronto Community Housing residents in the city’s north-east end. At the centre of the story is a remarkably astute and luminous 12-year-old black girl, whose poignant observations about life, the soul, and the power of art give voice to those rarely heard in society. Unarmed Verses is produced by Lea Marin and executive produced by Anita Lee for the NFB’s Ontario Studio.

Directed by Tasha Hubbard and written by Tasha Hubbard and Betty Ann Adam, Birth of a Family premieres May 2 at 9:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Theatre 3. The film follows three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, as they meet together for the first time. Separated as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, in which 20,000 Indigenous children were removed from their families and placed into foster care or adopted into white homes, the four are now all in middle age, with no shared memories. Together, they piece together their history, deepen their connections and take the first steps in building their family. Birth of a Family is produced by Bonnie Thompson and executive produced by David Christensen for the NFB’s North West Studio in Edmonton.

Redux

Redux is a Hot Docs program for older films that festival programmers feel deserve another showing on the big screen. This year, the lineup will consist entirely of Canadian films made by Canadian women filmmakers, with the following NFB titles:

· Tu as crié LET ME GO (1998), dir. Anne-Claire Poirier

April 28, 12:30 p.m., TIFF Bell Lightbox 2



· Assembly (2012), dir. Jenn Strom

Proudly She Marches (1943), dir. Jane Marsh

Tiger Spirit (2008), dir. Min Sook Lee (NFB/ Storyline Entertainment)

April 28, 4 p.m., TIFF Bell Lightbox 4



· Augusta (1976), dir. Anne Wheeler

April 29, 10:15 a.m., TIFF Bell Lightbox 3



· Forbidden Love (1992), dir. Aerlyn Weissman and Lynne Fernie

April 30, 1:15 p.m., TIFF Bell Lightbox 4


· Christmas at Moose Factory (1971), dir. Alanis Obomsawin

Mohawk Girls (2005), dir. Tracey Deer (NFB/Rezolution

Pictures)
Nimmikaage (She Dances for People) (2015), dir. Michelle Latimer

May 3, 1:15 p.m., Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 7



· Black Soul (2000), dir. Martine Chartrand

Sisters in the Struggle (1991), dir. Dionne Brand, Ginny Stikeman

Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia (1992), dir. Sylvia Hamilton

May 6, 12:30 p.m., Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 7


Focus On: Maya Gallus
Gemini Award-winning director and producer Maya Gallus is the subject of the 2017 Focus On retrospective, showcasing the work of a mid-career Canadian filmmaker. Included in the retrospective is her 2011 Red Queen Productions/NFB co-production The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche.

Quick Facts

Complete screening schedule of world-premiere films
Date Time Venue

A Better Man
April 30 6:30 p.m. Isabel Bader Theatre
May 1 1:15 p.m. Isabel Bader Theatre
May 6 4:00 p.m. Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 3

The Road Forward
April 30 9:30 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
May 1 12:45 p.m. Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 3
May 6 8:45 p.m. Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 7

Unarmed Verses
May 1 6:30 p.m. Isabel Bader Theatre
May 2 3:00 p.m. Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 4
May 5 10:00 a.m. Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (Docs for Schools screening)
May 6 3:15 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox 1

Birth of a Family
May 2 9:00 p.m. Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 3
May 3 3:00 p.m. Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 4
May 6 6:00 p.m. Innis Town Hall

About the filmmakers

Attiya Khan
Attiya Khan (co-writer, co-director) is a Toronto-based feminist, intimate partner violence survivor, and long-time advocate and counselor for abused women and children. She conceived the idea for A Better Man in 2012, drawing on her personal and professional experience with intimate partner violence. Together with her family, she recently co-founded a YWCA Toronto scholarship program for domestic violence survivors.

Lawrence Jackman
Lawrence Jackman (co-writer, co-director, editor) is a Toronto-based filmmaker/editor. Over the past 15 years, he has worked on many award-winning films, focusing primarily on independent documentaries and dramas. In 2011, his NFB short doc How Does It Feel, about the importance of creative fulfillment for Kazumi, a singer with cerebral palsy, received the 2012 Golden Sheaf Award for Best Documentary Biography.

Marie Clements
Marie Clements (Métis/Dene) is a writer, director and producer of film, television, radio, new media and live performance. Her films include the award-winning 2015 docudrama Number 14 and the 2013 short drama Pilgrims, which screened at TIFF and Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent program at the Cannes Market. Her short documentary The Language of Love was an official selection at Hot Docs in 2012.

Charles Officer
Charles Officer’s debut feature, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, garnered 10 Genie nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Charles made Playback magazine’s “10 to Watch” list in 2009 and received the Ontario Premier’s Emerging Artist Award that same year. His debut feature documentary was the 2010 NFB production Mighty Jerome. He was the recipient of Hot Docs’ Don Haig Award of Merit in 2012. His most recent documentary project, The Skin We’re In, recently aired on CBC.

Tasha Hubbard
Tasha Hubbard (Cree) is an award-winning filmmaker and educator whose 2004 NFB film Two Worlds Colliding won the Canada Award at the Geminis as best multicultural production, as well as a Golden Sheaf Award. Her animated short Buffalo Calling screened as part of the Ga Ni Tha exhibit held on the occasion of the 2015 Venice Biennale, while her short hybrid documentary 7 Minutes won Tasha her second Golden Sheaf Award.
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Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
Intervention Productions
TVO
Storyline Entertainment
Rezolution Pictures
Red Queen Productions

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About the NFB
The NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, and groundbreaking interactive stories, installations and participatory experiences. NFB producers are deeply embedded in communities across the country, working with talented artists and creators in production studios from St. John’s to Vancouver, on projects that stand out for their excellence in storytelling, their innovation, and their social resonance. NFB productions have won over 5,000 awards, including 18 Canadian Screen Awards, 17 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To access many of these works, visit NFB.ca or download the NFB’s apps for mobile devices and connected TV.

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