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The Canadian city of Toronto will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence with several major activities, Consul General, Anne-Marie Bonner has announced.
“Jamaica 45 will kick-off on February 9 with a musical tribute at the Harbourfront Centre in downtown Toronto,” Ms. Bonner told journalists on Tuesday, (Jan. 23) at a Media Appreciation Luncheon co-hosted by the Jamaican Consulate General (JCG), Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).
The free show, which will be a part of Harbourfront’s Kuumba Festival, will feature 45 years of Jamaican music, arts, and culture, with Jay Douglas and the All-Stars, Humble, Anthony Malvo, DJ Empress and comedian Jay Martin. There will also be a tribute to the late keyboardist virtuoso Jackie Mittoo.
Other events to mark the independence milestone include Island Soul Focus on Jamaica, which will see gold medalists from the island’s annual festival competitions and local Jamaican/Canadians showcasing their talent at a three-day extravaganza from August 3 to 5.
Ms. Bonner thanked the media practitioners, which included writers, editors, radio announcers and television reporters, for their positive coverage of Jamaica and the Jamaican community during the past year.
“It is very important to acknowledge the efforts of our media to create a comprehensive picture of who we are as Jamaicans and we appreciate all that you have done,” she said.
The Consul General also mentioned the upcoming expo being organized by the CARICOM Consular Corps – the second Caribbean Canadian Literary Expo – which will highlight the best in the Caribbean’s literary arts under the theme, ‘Word Waves’. Scheduled to be launched in March, the expo will take place from June 7-9.
Among those in attendance were: Sandra Scott, Regional Director of the JTB; Dale Jones, Consul at the Jamaican Consulate; Neil Armstrong, Editor of the Jamaica Weekly Gleaner; Andria Case, anchor for CTV News; Raynier Maharaj, Editor of Caribbean Camera; Lorna Simms, Editor for Dawn Newspaper; Steve Tustin, City Editor at the Toronto Star; Lorrie Goldstein, Associate Editor at the Toronto Sun, and freelance journalists Eddie Grant, and Ned Blair.