Friday 28 June 2013

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto: MEDIA ALERT

Kids from Carnival Nationz helped out at the Children's Parade media preview



JULY 1, 2013  (Toronto) On the morning of July 2nd the media is invited to join Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto’s CEO Denise Herrera Jackson, local MPPs, city of Toronto councillors, and members of the Caribbean Canadian community for the releasing of important information about this year’s Junior Carnival/Family Day which will be held July 20th at Downsview Park.   The festival will be releasing key information about major changes to the children’s parade route and the introduction of  a Junior Soca and Caylpso Showcase into the day-long event. For the first time also, there will be a Junior Steelband Showcase, sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Steelpan.

This outdoor media preview will be both colourful and visually exciting. Approximately 100
children in costumes (with signed model releases) from a dozen mas camps will be showing their new costumes for the first time!  There will also be Junior Calypso singers, a dance group and steelband performances.

The media preview will be held at Downsview Park near where the actual parade will take place.  The parade moved last year from Jane/Finch to Downsview because of traffic safety concerns and because of space limitations. This year over 2,000 children in mas costumes are expected to take part in the parade, making it the largest children’s carnival parade in North America. The Family Day Event follows the Parade until 8pm.

Representative from two corporate supporters – Chevrolet and Scotiabank. Spokespeople from the Parade, MPPS, and councillors will speak at the press launch. Children in costumes will play mas for the cameras. Steel pan orchestra will perform. Calypso singers will sing!

: 11.30 a.m to 12.30pm TUESDAY, July 2, 2013

  35 Carl Hall Road, east of the John Drury Drive (within Downsview Park - enter on John Drury Drive - off Sheppard Ave W)

Stephen Weir
Stephen Weir & Associates |
2482 Yonge Street, Unit 45032, Toronto, ONT.
Tel: 416-489-5868 | Cell: 416-801-3101


Stephen Weir

Tuesday 25 June 2013

Dameian Muirhead - Media Alert - Hearing on Wednesday


 The disturbing Police Services case of Dameian Muirhead continues Wednesday in Aurora as community supporters prepare to attend a public York Regional Police Services Board  Meeting.  They will attempt to question the police chief about the treatment of Officer Muirhead.
Dameian Muirhead is a Jamaican Canadian police officer with ten years sterling service with the York Region Force. He is currently involved in a lengthy police displenary hearing for his conduct at an event in York Region. He is, in part, accused of misconduct over an investigation where racial slurs were yelled at him at a drunken farm party where a woman had been run over by a vehicle. As the Toronto Star reported "oddly, Muirhead, in part, is accused of not properly investigating the racial taunts made against him." He is also charged for not picking up a leather coat owned by a party goer at the racous party incident. The coat fell off a motorcycle when Officer Muirhead was checking its plate.

Supporters of Officer Muirhead plan to attend and asked questions the next public York Regional Police Services Board meeting which will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Supporters unable to attend will be sending questions and comments to the Board meeting via email.  Chief Eric Jolliffe and his senior staff will be attendance.

The public meeting will be held at:

York Region Administrative Building
... Committee Room A
17250 Yonge Street
Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4W5

Issued by:

Stephen Weir
Stephen Weir & Associates |
2482 Yonge Street, Unit 45032, Toronto, ONT.
Tel: 416-489-5868 | cell: 416-801-3101 twitter: sweirweir

Thursday 13 June 2013


PEACH, The York Centre For Education and Community and three high schools will be on the road this Friday taking a Walk of Excellence to York University

Students graduating from C. W. Jeffreys, Westview Centennial and Downsview Secondary Schools will be taking a “Walk of Excellence” to York University. Sponsored by Toronto's PEACH (Promoting Education and Community Help), The York Centre For Education and Community, York University and the Toronto District School Board, this first annual parade will celebrate the passage of age from high school to post secondary education for local youth. A group of Caribbean Carnival Parade Marshals will be volunteering their help and guiding over 300 students along their way.

Friday, June 14th 11.00 am – 2.00 pm

June 13, 2013  (Toronto) – The media is invited to witness the first annual Walk of Excellence Parade. The parade brings together students, families, the school community and the wider community to walk, gather and witness a rite of passage as students take a symbolic walk to York University and begin the post-secondary phase of their lives.  The students will walk from the C.W. Jeffreys Collegiate Institute at 340 Sentinel Road (near Keele & Finch) to the Telus Centre, York University.

What:         15 Caribbean Carnival volunteers will join with other organizations and act as parade marshals during the Friday parade from C.W Jeffreys High School to the Telus Centre, York University.
Why:          Organizers expect over 300 students will be taking part in the assembly, parade and awards reception.

:        Students. Parents. Teachers. Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke. Media Supporters. Volunteers from the annual Caribbean Carnival Parade.
Best Photo Op:    Rain or Shine. The parade will travel north along Sentinel Road from the high school to the university. It is expected to take 40-minutes. Best visuals at Sentinel and Finch Avenue West. Students have been issued photo waivers.
When:        10 a.m.  Assembly at C.W Jeffreys School  11 a.m.  Expected start of parade along Sentinel Rd to York University   Noon – 12.30 p.m.  Presentation in Telus Centre.  Reception follows

Parade Contact:   Community Organizer Itah Sadu 647 - 521 7874
For more information: Stephen Weir  Festival Publicist. Phone 416-489-5868 Cell: 416-801-3101

Sunday 9 June 2013

McMichael Gallery has a very successful fundraiser

Holly Cole performs at the McMichael - Tom Sandler
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection held a very successful fundraiser Saturday night in Kleinburg, Ontario. Okay so there wasn't a full moon on June 8th, but the stars came out to the Moonlight Gala to help support the only public gallery that has 100% Canadian content.
This unforgettable evening featured internationally acclaimed East Coast jazz chanteuse Holly Cole performed outdoors in front of the log cabin gallery.  Host of the evening was CTV's Marci Ien (Canada AM).  Guests were treated to culinary delights especially designed for the evening by Chef Jamie Kennedy. There was also -- cough, cough, a cigar bar,  and thanks to Via Allegro Ristorantea scotch bar and a martini bar!

Proceeds of this event support educational programming and exhibitions at the McMichael, creating a lasting impact on Canadian art and culture now and in the future. The gallery is located in the village of Kleinburg, Ontario, just a few kilometers north of Toronto.

Marci Ien and Gala chair Tina Tehranchian. Tom Sandler
Pictured are two photographs by well know celeb picture taker Tom Sandler. Holly Cole performs (top) and above Canada AM's Marci Ien and Gala chair Tina Tehranchian at the Moonlight Gala.