Sunday, 7 May 2017

KOMAGATA MARU and other true stories in Brampton

Tough Stories are an Important Part of Canada's Past

A nation’s history can hurt. This spring there are exhibitions at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) in downtown Brampton that explore tough stories of Canada’s past as the nation celebrates its 150th year. These are questionable historical events that are told for learning and reflection and as catalysts for positive change for this country’s collective future.

Passengers aboard Komagata Maru in 1914, Vancouver Public Library.

Runs until June 11, 2017

 Last month the city of Brampton named on park after the ill-fated Komagata Maru.  Why would a landlocked city pay homage to a tramp steamer that sailed the North Pacific a 103 years ago?
The story begins in May 1914, when the Japanese registered ship, the Komagata Maru arrived at the Port of Vancouver. Her passenger list included 376 British subjects (most were Sikh, Hindu and Muslims) from India who wanted to immigrate to Canada. They were and all were denied entry.  Now in the 21st century the Canadian government has apologized to the descendants of that voyage. Canada Post has issued a stamp in their honour, and here in Brampton the new park and the PAMA exhibition are key to exploring racism and are part of  the museum and gallery’s Canada 150 program.

Upper Canada Gazette 19 August 1795 N31 ARCHIVES OF ONTARIO

Runs Until - September 4, 2017

Most people don’t realize that Black enslavement existed here in Canada. But it did from the 1600s until it was abolished in 1834. This exhibition, presented in partnership with the Archives of Ontario, looks at untold stories that are now being told for our understanding of true Canadian history.

On now - Sept. 4, 2017

This small but impactful exhibition shares some of the results of PAMA’s ongoing research into the history of Black residents of Peel in the 1800s. To date, this research has raises more questions than answers. However, they are essential questions to ask in order to better understand our history and our communities.


Opening June 29 – October 15, 2017

This early summer exhibition will turn the spotlight on First Nations artist James Simon Mishibinijima. The 63-year old painter lives and works on the Wikwemikong Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island. Though given the name James Alexander Simon by the missionaries who could not pronounce his native name, he proudly signs his work Mishibinijima.
James Simon Mishibinijima, Angels came to me              
Simon Mishibinijima, @the artist
There are 45 paintings in the show and they are all about Mishibinijima’s mother and her experiences while she was a student at a Residential School in Spanish, Ontario. They present in symbolic forms her trauma as a student.


This permanent exhibition was created in collaboration with an Aboriginal Advisory Committee in Peel.

Aboriginal people have lived in Peel for generations, but, their personal stories, music and art aren’t known by many outside of the Aboriginal community. This exhibition changes that - visitors are invited to come into the lodge and listen. The show also looks at the genocide, which took place within the residential school system.

PAMA is a located at the corner of Wellington Street and Main Street, opposite Brampton's City Hall. We are open seven days a week except on some civic and statutory holidays. Check the website for hours of operation 
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Friday, 5 May 2017

MOMS are Magnificent in Mississauga this afternoon

Happening This Afternoon in Mississauga
Mothers of Magnificence - honouring 100 mothers
Pre-Mothers’ Day Event

For immediate release: On Sunday afternoon, May 7th, Smile Sharing will be holding a one-of-a-kind pre-Mother’s Day event at the Mississauga Convention Centre with Judge Pamela Appelt and comedian Jay Martin.The inaugural afternoon event is a reception to celebrate and acknowledge the sacrifice and the commitment of women nominated by their families, schools, faith and community organizations.

“We are recognizing 100 women who have lived out an exceptional example of motherhood and are community minded individuals helping to build and nurture those in their local and wider society,” explained Smile Sharing organizer Mark Taylor. The organization was established in 2014 to create projects that support and build strong communities.

Where:         Mississauga Convention Centre, 75, Derry Road West, Mississauga, L5W1G3 (Derry and Hurontario)
What:           This event celebrates and acknowledges the sacrifice and the commitment of women
Who:            Smile Sharing, Judge Pamela Appelt, Jay Martin
When:          Sunday May 7 4-7pm

Background for the Media: MOM Stories

Two of the nominations received by the organizer who you will meet on Saturday

Tanya Hayles

Event planner by day, Founder of an online group for black mothers focused
on issues tha timpact us. She provides excellent content daily whether she is highlighting blogs, sharing resources, financial topics etc. Just an all around awesome mother with so much to offer to us and the world.

Meghan Fraser

Written by Maya Wilmot: My Grandma is one of the strongest, most courageous,
most intelligent, person I've ever met. She came to Canada over 45 years ago,
looking for a better life with her husband and children. Life was good until my grandfather passed away. At the age of 47 my grandmother went back to school and became the best Lab Technician, while working two jobs. After her husband died she had to raise 5 kids on her own, she had to adapt to her new situation, and she adapted well she raised my 3 uncles, my aunt and my mom, and she did a pretty good job at it too. For over 28 years she worked very hard at her
job, and has helped so many people though out the years. When I say, my Grandma is the best Lab Technician, is because she is like a superstar to her patients. Every year at Christmas, she receives many gifts and when her patients see her out and about they give her hugs and appreciation for how gentle she is with them. She is an amazing mother, grandma, sister, and friend to everybody she meets. This is why I would like to nominate my Grandma as a Mother of Magnificence recipient.


The Media is invited to Attend

Please contact:

J. Henry
Event Coordinator
(647) 891-3239


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