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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

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.

For more information contact:
Heather Douglas
Manager, Community Relations and Resource Development
(416) 439-9009 ext. 221


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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


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:

Dayo Kefentse
DAYO Media & Communications

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EVENT: #BlackCanada
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.


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

Twiter, Instagram and Snapchat:
@UNITYCharity / / 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


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

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

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.

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
To RSVP and for further details, please contact:

Stephen Weir
Carnival Communications

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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

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Marc Tremblay
Coordinator, Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program

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News #BlackCanada > The Second City Toronto
Announces >
The 2017 Bob Curry Fellowship Recipients

The Second City Toronto is proud to announce an exciting group of performers for The Bob Curry Fellowship, who will write and perform an original sketch revue on Monday, April 24, 2017 on The Second City Mainstage. The fellowship honours The Second City's first African American alum, Bob Curry, who performed on the mainstage in 1966.

The 2017 Bob Curry Fellowship recipients for Toronto are Nicky Nasrallah (Panacea!), Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll (Kim's Convenience), Franco Nguyen (Tallboyz II Men), Foad HP (JFL42), Paul Barnes (TVO's Hi Opie!), Jonathan Shaboo (Twice Upon a Time), King Chiu (Not Oasis), David Travaglio (Theatre Orangeville), Tim Blair (Tallboyz II Men), Andrea Marston (The Kweendom), Kayla Lakhani (Kim's Convenience), Celeste Yim (The Follies), Isabel Kanaan (Hey 90s Kids You're Old), Alia Rasul (Fusion Comedy), Liza Paul (Soulpepper), and Aliya Kanani (No Filter Comedy). The Bob Curry Fellowship Showcase will be directed by Nigel Downer, writer and performer in four critically-acclaimed Second City Mainstage revues.

The Bob Curry Fellowship is the first master comedy fellowship of it's kind offered at Second City Chicago and Toronto locations. This program was launched by The Second City Diversity and Training Center divisions and allows the Fellows to work with various Second City Artists to create an Industry Showcase from start to finish. These performers will also have a chance to be a part of the Second City and NBC Breakout Festival happening in Chicago in Summer 2017.

Brandon Hackett and Ann Pornel, current Mainstage cast members in The Second City's Everything is Great Again, are graduates of the inaugural Bob Curry Fellowship in Toronto in 2015.

The Second City Outreach & Diversity program is seeking talent including but not limited to those who identify as Asian Pacific, Sub Continent Asian, Black, Hispanic, First Nations, Metis, Inuk, or Middle Eastern. For more information, please visit:

About The Second City: The Second City, a 100% Canadian-owned company, is the world’s premier improv and sketch comedy theatre company with resident stages in Toronto and Chicago; Training Centres in Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as touring companies performing throughout the world.

51 Mercer Street, Toronto

The Bob Curry Fellowship Showcase
Monday, April 24, 2017 at 8pm
Tickets are $15

Everything is Great Again
Until June 30, 2017
Tues – Thur @ 8pm • Fri & Sat @ 7:30pm & 10pm • Sun @ 7:30pm
Tickets starting at $26

All Tickets and Group Packages are available online at,
or The Second City box office at 416-343-0011 • @SecondCityTO •

Source:: FLIP PUBLICITY - Damien Nelson
Photo by: Racheal McCaig

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