Friday, 14 April 2017

The Voice Coming to Toronto this Saturday to sing for Jamaal

photo from 2016 Reveller's Costume Launch by sweirsweir


The Toronto Revellers Masquerade Band, participants in the annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival parade, will be launching their costumes on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Parkview Manor at 9:00pm, under this year’s theme: MUSIC: LET THE RHYTHM MOVE YOU.

Hosted by Toronto Revellers Band Leader and Raptors Assistant Coach, Jamaal Magloire and special guest emcee, Giselle D’Wassi One, the evening is expected to attract more than 400 guests for dancing, celebration to signal the start of registration for the 2017 festivities.
The Band Launch marks the beginning of the carnival season, and will feature an elaborate show, display of costumes, live performance by Aaron “Voice” St. Louis – Trinidad’s Soca Monarch’s back-to-back champion; live music by NYC’s hottest DJ Young Chow; and Revellers DJ’s DOC, D’Ultimate Sting, DJ Tony Styles, DJ Undavover, Eternal Vibes, and the world’s youngest DJ Dex.

WHAT: Jamaal Magloire’s Toronto Revellers – Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2017 Band Launch
DATE: Saturday, April 15th, 2017
TIME: Media Call 10:00 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.
WHERE: Parkview Manor – 55 Barber Greene Rd, Toronto
WHO: Jamaal Magloire - Toronto Raptors Assistant Coach and Toronto Revellers Band Leader
Aaron “Voice” St. Louis – Trinidad’s Soca Monarch’s Champion (2016, 2017)
Giselle D’Wassi One – Special Guest Emcee

Whether with the Toronto Revellers or with his new charitable organization, Jamaal Magloire Foundation, Magloire’s passion has always been about building the community. In a recent interview, FAN 590’s Paul Jones asked about the impact that the Toronto Revellers has with his Foundation. “It’s a way to fellowship the comradery,” Magloire responded. “The mature people are integrating with young people sharing ideas, sharing project management skills. It’s a way for good people to come together to help others.”
Tickets for the Toronto Revellers band launch event still available at For more information and online costume registration, please visit

Mas K Club Says Saturday Night (and early Sunday Morning) is Celebration Time in Toronto

Picture from last year's Mas K Club Launch - photo sweirsweir


Louis Saldenah got it right, this long weekend is CELEBRATION TIME in Toronto. His Mas K Club and its hundreds and hundreds of supporters are going to be spending Saturday night and Sunday morning dancing, eating and watching a costume launch fashion show (and don't worry there is a bar).
"We have captured the Band of the Year 17-times," said Louis Saldenah. "We have brought the most spectacular parade presentations that Toronto has ever seen! This summer we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Carnival in Toronto and the 150th Anniversary of Canada."

Mas K is the largest carnival band in the country, bringing over 4,000 costumed revellers onto the parade route for the annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival. This Saturday they will be holding a giant launch party to show people what costumes are available to order for the parade. There will be a lot of choice - 15 sections will take turns on stage, showing the new looks for 2017.
The doors open at 9am Saturday. The party and Costume Launch stage show will run until the wee hours of Sunday. The evening is hosted by well-known DJ Eman with music provided by Dr. Jay, the Soca Prince.
CELEBRATION TIME takes place at the huge (1,400+ capacity) Chandni Grand Ballroom in Scarborough. 3895 McNicoll Avenue.
Admin: $20 in advance and more at the door.

Sunday, 26 March 2017


Charles Pachter and Sikh Heritage Month Festivities 
(this April) 

BRAMPTON, ON  – The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA), and,  the Sikh Heritage Month Committee invite you to a sneak peek of Sikh Heritage Month festivities planned for April along with a preview of PAMA’s upcoming art exhibitions: What Makes This Country Tick? Selected Works by Charles Pachter and Komagatu Maru: A Journey to Canada

Interview Opportunities at PAMA Wednesday, March 29 

Sikh's aboard the ill-fated Komagatu Maru

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Interview opportunities with spokespeople for the Sikh Heritage Month celebration this April: 
 Gurratan Singh, and members of the Sikh Heritage Month Committee 
 Curator Annemarie Hagan and guest Curator Lally Marwah 
 Artists from the Sikh Heritage Community Curated Art Exhibition 

Charles Pachter and his flag paintings

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. 

 Contemporary Artist Charles Pachter and Curators Tom Smart and Gerrie Loveys 

Light refreshments will be provided 
 Exhibitions on at PAMA

 April 1 – June 11 - “What Makes this Country Tick?” Selected Works by Charles Pachter 
  •  Colourful, contemporary, iconic emblems of Canadian history and identity
 April 1 – June 11, Komagatu Maru: A Journey to Canada 
  • A 1914 Canadian story of immigration denied
  April 1 – 30, Sikh Heritage Month Community Curated Exhibition 
  • Showcasing the artwork of local Sikh artists

Sikh Heritage Month in Downtown Brampton
April 1 – April 30
Sikh Heritage Month at PAMA provides everyone with an opportunity to learn about Sikh and Canadian culture and history through art, history, performances and workshops.Opening Event at PAMA: April 1 from 6 – 10 p.m. 
Closing Event at Brampton City Hall: April 29 from 6 – 10 p.m
  • FREE General admission at PAMA in April is sponsored by the Sikh Foundation of Canada. *Groups of 10+, fees will apply
Visit, to learn more

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. Brampton. 


Marketing Co-ordinator 
Peel Art Gallery, 
Museum and Archives 
905-791-4055, ext. 7596

Stephen Weir & Associates 
Tel: 416-489-5868 | cell: 416-801-3101
 twitter: sweirsweir 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

YOWronto Music Festival presents

Michie Mee

The Women of YOWronto 
is a FREE evening of performances showcasing  Michie Mee and the talents of many other community women

This Friday, March 10th, from 7-10 pm there will be a free evening of reggae music and inspirational female speakers at Woodbridge's Belleeny's Restaurant, 4000 Steeles Ave. West. The event is to provide an opportunity for the community to meet and network with female leaders, in a friendly and fun environment.
'Women of YOWronto' includes motivational speakers, live music performances and a turntablist, all led by local women who believe in the betterment and celebration of womanhood. Scheduled to perform are popular rapper Michie Mee, Kandice Kash, Jay Harmony and Kim Davis. The emcee is well-known DJ Baby G. Inspirational speakers include Allison Harvey, CEO of the Networking Diva Group and Woodbine Mall’s Michell Barker.
Belleeny's Restaurant is a popular restaurant and nightclub unique to Canada. West Indian and Italian Fusion food are their specialties, and complimentary snacks will be available at the Friday night event.  
The March 10 event is a lead up to this summer's YOWronto Music Festival which is an annual International musical extravaganza which this year embodies a celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. YOWronto is a tribute to Canada, boasting a diversity of activities. This two-day musical event takes place at the Woodbine Mall on Saturday July 1 and Sunday, July 2, 2017.
The YOWronto Music Festival will have performances from various music genres including Reggae, Gospel, R&B, and Soca. Other performances will include Spoken Word, drumming and dancing. The festival is perfect for the entire family, music lovers, artistes, or the person who just wants to experience something unforgettable.


To contact Yowronto:
Twitter @yowronto 
phone 416-668-0945

Media contact:
Stephen Weir
Stephen Weir & Associates
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