HONOURED to have performed at the funeral for former National Cycling Coach for Canada/Trinidad, Emmanuel Desmond, aka "Des" Dickie.
I was taken on a journey described by his family, friends and athletes. They reminisced about stories of sacrifice, cheating death, discipline, charitable giving as well as him and his family embracing others as their own family.
He was an amazing man who selflessly lived a life of LOVE -helping, coaching, motivating, encouraging, inspiring and uplifting those around him.
If we ALL took a page from his life, the world be in a better place. RIEP Des.
#desdickie #cyclingworldicon #monumentoflove #lifeisgood
SURPRISE! Sometimes families gift their loved ones with a steelpan performance. In this case, it was a surprise for both the newly wed couple and their guests right after the wedding ceremony.
Congrats to newlyweds Kara & Irvin!
#springlove #SteelpanElegance @gleneaglegolf club #steelpansurprise #steelpansundays
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'.
Enjoy an evening of Toronto's best steelbands. Get you tickets early as this event usually sells out!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
"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