Panfest 2018

Another successful year of over 500 students participating in the 29th Annual TDSB Pan Fest at Bickford Centre. With the participation of over 20 schools over a period of 5 days, the last day proved to be standing room only as students performed their selected songs. Special performance by Earl La Pierre had the students on their feet and jammin'.
#tdsbpanfest @TDSB_music

Pan School T.O. Launch

Special THANKS to all who attended the launch of Pan School T.O. on Monday March 19th at West Humber Collegiate Institute. The objective of this workshop was to launch Pan School T.O. as a resource for Itinerant/Music Teachers and students interested in playing the steelpan.

Fundraising for education through The Barbados Canada Foundation

Met some amazing people and talented musicians at the Valentine's brunch, an annual fundraiser for the Foundation's John Rollock Memorial Scholarships Program.

Celebrating Canada Day, Canada 150, At Nathan Phillips Square

July 1, 2017, 150 steelpannists, Indigenous, tassa, djembe & taiko drummers, brass musicians and members of No Strings Theatre came together to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday by performing the Canadian national anthem. 

Watch 150 musicians perform the Canadian National Anthem

Flashback | Black Women Paving The Way

Trent University Durham hosted its annual Black History event on last February 27th, 2015. The event celebrated the history and culture of black peoples under the theme of Black Women Paving the Way. It was composed of three prongs; community, cultural and educational, bringing together members of the community to share their experiences and visions. The event included drumming, singing, inspirational talks, food and crafts. Among the featured performers were Afiwi Grove, All Our Relations Métis Drum Circle, steelpannist Suzette Vidale, singers Nicolle Coco LaRain and Jonie Davis. The evening culminated with the presentation of the Local Hero Award.

BOOK LAUNCH : Grandma, I Love You

Celebrate the book launch of "I Love You, Grandma!" with author Sheila Mitchell, who proves that it is never too late to go after your dreams. As a grandmother herself, Sheila wrote her first children's book to celebrate grandmothers across the world, and the grandchildren who love them! http://www.harlemrestaurant.com/livemusic/2015/9/17/i-love-you-grandma-book-launch

Golden Island FilmWorks Launch at Spice Route

 Performed at Spice Route for the launch of Golden Island FilmWorks during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Above photo by Jamea Zuberi.  Hover over or click on the images to see larger.  Photos below by John LIberty.

Performed at Spice Route for the launch of Golden Island FilmWorks during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Above photo by Jamea Zuberi.

Hover over or click on the images to see larger.  Photos below by John LIberty.

Barbados Ex-Police Choir Concert

The Barbados Ex Police organization "was born out of a desire of a number of Barbadians who once served in the Royal Barbados Police Force and wanted to maintain fellowship" with one another within the Toronto community. During the year they hold events for the community and usually raise funds to aid in the support of education for aspiring students.

Barbados Ball Canada Aid

Please take a moment to view the new look of the Barbados Ball Canada Aid website. http://www.barbadosballcanada.com/
Our steelpan trio had the opportunity to participate in this year's elegant gala. Their mission is to support initiatives in healthcare and the education of our youth, in Canada and Barbados; and to enhance in Canada the awareness and understanding of Barbados, its people, history, culture and traditions. It was a grand night full of fabulous entertainment & information. Check out the photos by Howard Prendergast Photography. Click on images to see larger. 

Caribbean Tales Film Festival presents PAN! Our Music Odyssey

 

"CTFF, which runs alongside the Toronto International Film Festival, also features an intensive five-day Incubator Program for Caribbean and Diaspora filmmakers, followed by a Pitch Breakfast at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and many exciting networking events.

CTFF’s 2015 programming committee, consisting of movers and shakers from the Caribbean film community, has worked hard to put together a line-up that will surely WOW audiences. The festival’s uniquely themed Program consists of evenings of features and short films including Trini-to-the-Bone, a celebration of old and new Trinidad culture; Queer Caribbean, spotlighting new LGBTQ films; Shifting Perspectives, a partnership with the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival, that focuses on mental health issues; After The Exodus, exploring themes of reparations, slavery and trafficking, and #AllBlackLivesMatter – Caribbean, that addresses in fiction and documentary the escalation of tensions between Haitians and Dominicans in the DR."  #CTFF

Source: http://www.caribbeantales.ca/caribbeantales-international-film-festival-2015-celebrates-10-years/

Love is patient, love is kind...

"Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale."

The Serenity of the Steelpan

Another blissful wedding with steelpan! The crowd was so appreciative to hear & see live pan. #LeParcBanquetHall #LeParcBanquetHallofVaughan