Friday 3 May 2024


Canada’s Goodwill Ambassadors to the World

Famous PEOPLE Players Celebrates 50 Years of Exceptional Entertainment
Toronto, ON - May 1, 2024 - Famous PEOPLE Players, the renowned black light theatre founded by Diane Dupuy, CM, is gearing up to celebrate its 50th Anniversary on June 1st, 2024. The milestone will be commemorated with a Gala event held at the Dine and Dream Theatre located at 343 Evans Ave, Etobicoke, ON, M8Z 1K2.
Since its inception in 1974, Famous PEOPLE Players has captivated audiences with its unique performances, featuring talented individuals with exceptionalities. In addition to its award-winning productions, the organization has launched the Stars of Tomorrow education program, aimed at empowering vulnerable, at-risk youth through the arts.
Liberace, the legendary entertainer, was instrumental in bringing Famous PEOPLE Players to the spotlight, featuring them as his opening act in Las Vegas for a decade. The Gala will be graced by the presence of the Chairman of Liberace's Foundation, adding to the star-studded line-up. Including Keven Hearn from The Barenaked Ladies. Kobe Japan will be represented with a delegation who are coming to thank FPP for their outstanding support during the Kobe 1995 Earthquake. Their performances in Japan helped to care for children with disABILITIES who tragically lost their parents in the Kobe earthquake. Kobe has invited FPP back in 2025 for the 30th anniversary of the earthquake for the city to thank them. Other countries’ Consulates will be present at the Gala, as FPP are Canada’s Goodwill Ambassador to the world.
The event will also welcome distinguished guests including Canada's Ambassador to the U.N., the Honourable Bob Rae, and Arlene Perly Rae. Footage of stars like Tom Cruise, Phil Collins, Paul Newman with Diane Dupuy will be available for use in TV coverage.
Famous PEOPLE Players will present the musical "Believe in Magic".
Reflecting on the people in the organization's journey, Diane Dupuy remarked, "After all this time, the Sun said to Earth 'I never said you owe me'. At Famous PEOPLE Players, we've always believed in earning our way, which is why we pride ourselves on working without operating government grants."
All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Famous PEOPLE Players' Educational Stars of Tomorrow Program, aimed at enriching the lives of its performers and enabling them to pursue their dreams. (see attached.)
For media inquiries, please contact:
Diane Dupuy, C.M.
People Players Inc
o/a Famous PEOPLE Players
343 Evans Ave.
Toronto, ON, M8Z 1K2
Tel: 416-532-1137 or 1-888-453-3385 ext. 36

Saturday 2 March 2024

AIDWYC notes the death of Terry Swinton


Innocence Canada acknowledges the death of Terry Swinton 

Innocence Canada wishes to acknowledge the recent passing of Terry Swinton and celebrate his contribution to the innocence movement in Canada.  Many Canadians will remember Terry as one of the “The Canadians” who played a pivotal role in freeing Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.  Terry would go on to help form the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) later to be renamed Innocence Canada.  He and his friends Sam Chaiton, and Lindy Green contributed generously to the ongoing fight for justice for wrongly convicted individuals in our country.  Terry was justly proud of his support of social justice organizations and Innocence Canada gratefully acknowledges being a recipient of that support.

Terry and Sam enjoyed a lifelong friendship from which we at Innocence Canada benefited from on a practical financial bias and inspirationally.  As we continue to work towards freeing innocent individuals, we are ever mindful of the seeds of justice sown by Terry, Sam, and Lindy. The greatest tribute we can pay to Terry’s memory is to carry on the fight for justice he helped start.  He was known to say the fight is long but winnable and we accept his challenge to continue that journey.


“Thank you, Terry, for a life well lived, we will do our best to live up to your example.” – Innocence Canada

Issued on behalf of Innocence Canada

Friday 16 February 2024




The City of Kitchener is gearing up for an unprecedented summer cultural extravaganza as it partners with the Caribana Arts Group to bring Caribana Ignite to the heart of the city from August 23-24, 2024. This marks a significant expansion of the iconic Caribbean carnival beyond its traditional Toronto roots.
Caribana Ignite promises to be a dazzling celebration of Caribbean culture, featuring a shift from the usual parade format to a street performance and street party spectacle. The event will showcase emerging carnival designers, the rich diversity of the Caribbean, and the vibrant essence of carnival itself.
Mayor Berry Vrbanovic expressed his excitement about the collaboration, stating, “This celebration will contribute to the social, cultural, and economic vibrancy of Kitchener.” The event is expected to bring together communities, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for Caribbean traditions.
With Carl Zehr Square in Downtown Kitchener transforming into Carnival Village, attendees can anticipate an immersive experience where they can enjoy Caribbean cuisine, music, and arts. The departure from the traditional parade format aims to give festival-goers a front-row seat on the carnival runway, providing a unique perspective on the cultural explosion that is CaribanaTM.
Davina Reid, Chair of the Caribana Arts Group, expressed gratitude to the City of Kitchener for co-hosting the event and highlighted the goal of introducing the region to the vibrant culture of Caribana. Lannois Carroll-Woolery, President of the Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the alignment of the event with the organization's mission of promoting the social, cultural, and economic interests of the Caribbean community.
Caribana Ignite was officially announced by Mayor Berry Vrbanovic at a special KW Titans game, accompanied by live performances from the Dance Caribe Performing Company and Acoustic Steel. As anticipation builds, event organizers encourage the community to stay updated on festival details by subscribing to or visiting

Friday 5 January 2024


Breaking news from Innocence Canada.

JAN 4, 2024 This afternoon Robert (Bobby) Mailman and Walter (Wally) Gillespie were acquitted by Chief Justice Tracey DeWare of the King’s Bench Court in Saint John, New Brunswick, 40 years after they were wrongly convicted in the murder of George Leeman

Thursday 4 January 2024

Mailman and Gillespie will be appearing before Chief Justice Tracey DeWare of the King’s Bench Court re: murder

Bench Court today 40 years after they were charged and convicted in the murder of George Leeman


Innocence Canada is announcing that this afternoon, Thursday, January 4, 2024, at 1:30 p.m., Robert (Bobby) Mailman and Walter (Wally) Gillespie will be appearing before Chief Justice Tracey DeWare of the King’s Bench Court in Saint John, New Brunswick, 40 years after they were charged and convicted in the murder of George Leeman.


On November 30, 1983, Mr. Leeman’s body was found by a jogger in a wooded area in Rockwood Park, Saint John.  Mr. Leeman was the victim of a significant beating, and his body was partially burned.  Mr. Leeman was living in Saint John in a rooming house when he was murdered.


Between January 19 and 21, 1984, the Saint John Police Service charged Wally Gillespie and Bobby Mailman with the murder.  


Mr. Gillespie and Mr. Mailman both had strong alibis with multiple witnesses placing them kilometers from the crime scene on the day of the murder.  Nevertheless, they were convicted of the murder on May 11, 1984.  Both were sentenced to life imprisonment without parole eligibility for at least 18 years.  Not for one day since then have they wavered in insisting on their innocence.


Mr. Mailman who served 18 years in prison, sadly, is terminally ill.  He is 76 years of age.  He also lives in Saint John. Mr. Gillespie served 21 years of his life sentence in prison and is presently living in a halfway house in Saint John.  He is now 80 years of age. 


On December 22, 2023, Justice Minister Arif Virani quashed the murder convictions of both men on the grounds that there was a reasonable basis to conclude that a miscarriage of justice likely occurred in their case. The Minister directed new trials for both.


Tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. will be Mr. Mailman and Mr. Gillespie’s first appearance in court since the Minister’s decision. As noted, they will be appearing before the Chief Justice at 1:30 p.m. The courthouse is located at 10 Peel Plaza in Saint John. Mr. Mailman and Mr. Gillespie will be accompanied by Innocence Canada counsel Jerome Kennedy and James Lockyer.