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Month: August, 2012

Halton Region’s 22nd Annual “Take Back the Night” Sept. 12, 2012


Halton’s 22nd Annual Take Back The Night Event!

The Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services of Halton (SAVIS), in partnership with Halton ADAPT, Halton Catholic District School Board, Halton Community Legal Services, Halton Women’s Place, Halton Regional Police Services, Nina’s Place, POSSE Project, The AIDS Network, The Women’s Centre and YWCA Hamilton will host Halton’s 22nd annual “Take Back the Night” (TBTN) at the Milton Seniors’ Centre (500 Childs Dr., Milton) on Wednesday, September 12 from 6-8:30pm.

“Take Back the Night” is an event that began in the 1970s in Europe as a response to a series of sexual assaults, and murders affecting women. “Take Back the Night” events and marches are now held internationally in all parts of the world, and the message is the same: women and children have a right to live free from violence, and the whole community takes responsibility for creating a safe environment.

Statistics Canada (2006) found that more than one third of Canadian women report having had at least one experience of sexual assault since the age of 16[1]. Furthermore, research shows that over 95% of all sexual violence is committed by men1. TBTN Chair, Paula Lam, says “TBTN is a chance for survivors and community members alike to speak out against violence. Many survivors have brought their families and friends to this event in the past and have said that it is comforting to know they are not alone in dealing with violence and abuse.”

On September 12th, 2012 Halton residents will enjoy an inclusive, family-friendly event including an Aboriginal opening ceremony and a keynote speech by sexual violence survivor Tracy Challenger. There will also be performances by The Naked Beat Drum Circle, the Burlington Dance Company, spoken word artist Shannon Kitchings, and singer Aysha Sayani. The first half-hour of the event is dedicated to networking amongst community information booths. The final half hour consists of a women, children, and trans people only anti-violence march through the streets of Milton, and a male ally solidarity event chaired by the Male Ally Network (M.A.N.). It is important that men attend this event and stand with women in saying that violence against women will no longer be tolerated. We know violence transcends the boundaries of race, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, class, sexual orientation and gender identity. “Take Back the Night” is an opportunity for the whole Halton community to come together and say “NO” to violence against women, trans people and children!

TBTN 2012 takes place September 12th, 2012 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Milton Seniors’ Activity Centre (500 Childs Dr.) in Milton.  The entire event is FREE! There will also be free shuttle buses from Halton Hills, Oakville, and Burlington to and from the event. For more information, and to register for the shuttle bus, contact SAVIS at (905) 825-3622,, or

Media Contact: Paula Lam, SAVIS Public Education Coordinator and Take Back the Night Committee Chair



[1] Johnson, H. 2006. Measuring Violence Against Women: Statistical Trends. Statistics Canada


TONE II – The 2012 Network Marketing Expo Sept. 15, 2012


Start A Small Business For Under $99.00 At TONE!

TONE! Will feature a unique variety of home-based businesses that can be started from as low as $39.95 with leaders who want to teach new people how to make that much needed extra money.

You can start making an extra $200-$500.00 within 90 days!

Start A Small Business For Under $99.00!

TONE II, The Network Marketing Expo 2012!
Saturday 15th September,2012
Days Inn & Conference Centre

185 Yorkland Blvd (DVP & Sheppard)

Doors open 10am-6pm

TONE! Will feature a wide variety of home-based businesses that can be started from as low as $39.95 with leaders who want to teach new people how to make that much needed extra money.  You can start making an extra $200-$500.00 within 90 days!  With 3 dynamic speakers, 2 workshops this event is unique in the small business industry and is the signature event!  TONE will level the playing field for people who are looking for an opportunity to increase their income.

Learn the truth about the MLM Industry, The day comprises of not only the tradeshow floor exhibitors but presentations and workshops that are specifically based on Network Marketing and are geared towards providing education about the Network Marketing Industry in a sound professional way without the hype.  All sessions are based on content rich information.

Advance tickets are only $25.00 “All Day Access Pass” (which includes all the seminars and workshops), if you have a group then there is an excellent group rate.  TONE will showcase cutting edge businesses that can be started on a shoe string budget!






TONE II, The Official Network Marketing Expo 2012
Info: 416-880-3622
Event Manager: The Networking Diva Group

PHOTO GALLERY: “Ghett’a Life” Jamaica’s #1 Grossing Film Canadian Premiere Aug. 27, 2012

Photos courtesy of Roy’s Creative Photography

TORONTO, ON – Winner of the 2006 Hartley-Merrill Inspirational Screenwriting Competition at the Cannes International Film Festival, Ghett’a Life made it’s Canadian debut in a one-week screening at Albion Cinemas Monday August 27, 2012 in Toronto.  The film will be screening daily until Sunday Sept. 2, 2012.  For more information about Ghett’a Life the movie, visit, and for details of the Toronto screenings, please contact

Caribbean Tales Gala offers insight to Black British Music Culture – “The Story of Lovers Rock” Sept. 5

Gala offers insight to Black British Music Culture

The Story of Lovers Rock to open Caribbean Tales Toronto Showcase

TORONTO – The 7th CaribbeanTales Toronto Showcase opens on Wednesday September 5, 2012, with a Gala Launch and the Canadian Premiere of the internationally celebrated Black British music documentary, The Story of Lover’s Rock.

The event kicks off with a reception at Harbourfront’s Lakeshore Terrace, sponsored by the Toronto Consulate of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, and featuring a live performance by Kobo Town a young “ole time kaiso” band led by Trinidadian Drew Gonzalez.

The Story of Lover’s Rock has already screened to sold out audiences in Great Britain, as well as to full houses at New York’s African Diaspora International Film Festival, the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, and earlier this year at the 3rd annual CaribbeanTales in Barbados.

The film’s director, Barbadian-born Menelik Shabazz, was raised in London and began his filmmaking career during the tumultous 70’s. His break-through first feature, “Burning An Illusion”, now a classic of Black British cinema, traces the political awakening of a young Jamaican woman in the racially charged environment of Britain at the time.

During the 90’s and 2000’s Shabazz founded and led an innovative glossy magazine and E-newzletter project profiling Black World cinema, called Black Filmmaker Magazine. He also founded and ran the BFM Film Festival for 8 years.

The Story of Lover’s Rock marks his return to filmmaking after a long hiatus.The film traces the evolution of a new genre of reggae music in the 1970’s, created by West Indian immigrants in the British capital. It is about a generation  – the first to be raised and schooled in Britain –  coming to voice, and creating a vibrant sub-culture within, even as it struggled to come to grips with an increasingly oppressive and aggressive “mainstream” culture without.

Much like Motown before it, “Lover’s Rock” began as a small record label before its sound blossomed into the wider public’s consciousness as a genre unto itself. For years Lover’s Rock was played exclusively at London house parties by Jamaican immigrants who, according to Slant magazine reviewer Chuck Bowen, “were often banned from pubs”.

As with most things West Indian, the new music was a fusion of elements: reggae bass lines provided the foundation for the soulful melodies which soared above, usually punctuated by sultry female vocals .

Coordinator, Courtney Panchan
P:  416.498.1410

Media Contact : 404 Media Group
Roger Dundas –  416.918.9045


“We were the first generation from the Caribbean who’d gone to school here….Lover’s Rock was like an escape for us. It was almost a coping mechanism.”

Burning An Illusion: A Classic of World Cinema

A short tribute for BURNING AN ILLUSION, winner of The Classic Movie Award in its 30th anniversary year at the 7th Annual SCREEN NATION AWARDS 2011. Hosted by Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood and featuring all your favourite black stars from UK film and television. IndigO2 Sun 16th Oct.

Burning an Illusion [Sneak Preview]

Casie MacFarlane and Victor Romero deliver astounding performaces in this 1981 classic film BURNING AN ILLUSION by Menelik Shabazz. The film documents the riots and unrest of 70’s Britain and tells the story of a young woman who  comes of age politically in the tumultus climate of the times.

Kobo Town: Ole Time Kaiso

Kobo Town is a Toronto-based group whose music draws its inspiration from traditional calypso, roots reggae and dub poetry. Named after the vibrant and turbulent neighbourhood in old Port-of-Spain where Calypso was born, the group strives to recover the social conscience, satirical storytelling and strong acoustic/organic rhythms that characterized Trinidadian music in the past.

Founded by bandleader Drew Gonsalves,Kobo Town strives to demonstrate the contemporary relevance of their art by engaging the pressing concerns of our time. Domestic violence, the US war on Iraq, the paradoxes of globalization, the ongoing state of Caribbean dependency, and the bittersweet experience of immigration are all treated within their wide and varied repertory.Calypso is an art that developed in dialogue with other musical forms. The members of Kobo Town, who come to calypso from all over the musical map, hope to continue and extend this tradition of rhythmic and melodic cross-pollination.


CaribbeanTales is a group of companies that produces, markets and exhibits Caribbean-themed films for regional and international distribution, including:, a non profit based on Toronto, Canada, that promotes citizen participation through the medium of film, contributing to an inclusive Canadian society;  the CaribbeanTales Film Festival Group that produces annual events and festivals in Toronto, Barbados and New York;  the Caribbean Incubator Program for Audio Visual Entrepreneurs that delivers market-driven training for filmmakers, and CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, that links producers and buyers of quality entertainment.

Coming in 2013: CaribbeanTales-TV, a Netflix style online portal aimed at Caribbean film enthusiasts.

The CaribbeanTales Toronto Showcase and Incubator is co-produced with the Harbourfront Center and this year takes place between Sept 4th – 15th 2012, with activities and screenings aimed at family, youth and the celluloid industry.

Caribbean Tales 7th Annual Film Showcase at Harbourfront Centre – Sept. 4 to 15, 2012

CaribbeanTales 2012 at Harbourfront Centre
(Sept. 4-15)
Toronto film showcase and Incubator

The creativity of Canadian and Caribbean Diaspora filmmakers will once again be the focus of the 7th Annual CaribbeanTales Film Showcase that will  take place at Harbourfront Centre, from Sept. 4 –15, 2012.

The Caribbean diasporas most dynamic film production, distribution and festival group has bases and events in Toronto, Barbados and New York, and partnerships across the region and the globe recently announced the line-up for its 2012 Toronto showcase and hugely successful Incubator Program, as well as workshops and events targeted at family, youth and industry.

At the media conference on Monday, July 23, CEO Frances-Anne Solomon also gave an overview of  the company’s progress, and introduced the festival’s new steering group, and its main sponsors.  Among the highlights announced is CaribbeanTales-TV, a Netflix-style portal currently in development, due to be launched in 2013. The project is a partnership with European film platform ONLINEFILM.ORG.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000.  Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.


CaribbeanTales is a group of companies that produces, markets and exhibits Caribbean-themed  films for regional and international distribution, including:  CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution,  that links producers and buyers of quality entertainment; the CaribbeanTales Film Festival Group that produces annual events in Toronto, Barbados and New York;  the Caribbean Incubator Program for Audio Visual Entrepreneurs that delivers training for film makers, and, a Toronto-based non profit, that promotes citizen participation through the medium of film, contributing to an inclusive Canadian society.

The CaribbeanTales Toronto Showcase and Incubator is co-produced with Harbourfront Center Sept.  4-15, 2012. The 2012 steering group is comprised of filmmakers Frances-Anne Solomon and Mary Wells, Courtney Panchan – Festival Co-ordinator, Malinda Francis – Incubator Co-ordinator, Michael  Miller – Youth Film Challenge Co-ordinator, poet and playwright Motion, and television personality Farley Flex.

Coming in 2013: 

CARIBBEANTALES-TV, a Netflix-style portal to sell Caribbean film content online.

For more media information contact:

CaribbeanTales:  Roger Dundas, 404 Media Group, 416.918.9095,

Harbourfront Centre:  Althea Linton, 416-973-4428

PHOTO GALLERY: Freddie McGregor LIVE at CNE Bandshell Aug. 22, 2012

Photos courtesy of Roy Virtue Photography

A&R Report and to present “Who Got Next” Talent Showcase Sept. 6, 2012

Who Got Next?

Showcasing some of Canada’s Most Celebrated Unsigned Artists

Toronto, Ontario – August 13, 2012 – Under the direction of A&R Report and this non-profit initiative provides an outlet for aspiring Canadian musicians and some of the music industry’s key players to connect through a showcase of music and artistry.

A proud supporter of MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS; A&R Report is 100% dedicated to discovering and providing opportunities for new talent on a national scale. With the first instalment of ‘Who Got Next?’ taking place on Thursday September 6th 2012 at the Hard Rock Café in the heart of Toronto, A&R Report is proud to showcase the talent of 10 carefully selected unsigned artists on the brink of an illustrious career. The event will also include special guest and industry heavyweight Sr. VP of Island/Def Jam Records, Max Gousse (Beyonce Knowles, B2K). With insightful critiques and feedback from some of the music industry’s most trusted names, this showcase will help groom and acknowledge the breadth and quality of talent within Canada in a unique social environment.

This event will be co-produced by one of Canada’s premiere online entertainment outlet Bestfan is a platform which features interviews with some of music’s biggest names as well as artists on the rise. A full list in honorary industry attendees and performing artists will be made available on A&R Report as well as on Friday, August 17th.

About Max Gousse

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Max Gousse is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American record executive, producer, and A&R extraordinaire. Gousse is perhaps best known for handling A&R/Production for two of Beyonce Knowles’ biggest albums (I Am…Sasha Fierce and B’Day), for discovering and developing the platinum R&B group B2K and for his A&R work on the multi-platinum Dreamgirls soundtrack album. Currently based in Los Angeles, he serves as the Senior Vice President/A&R of Island Def Jam Music Group (label is home to some of urban and pop music’s best – Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Frank Ocean) and has been an A&R executive for nearly 20 years.  Gousse works with a diverse range of artists, as well as at the development of up-and-comers in Pop, R&B and Hip-Hop music genres.

For more information contact:

Michael Asante
(647) 618-3723



August 23, 2012

Award winning R&B artist Jully Black has raised the bar with releasing NEW mixtape for free!  In anticipation of her upcoming 4th studio release “(8)ight”, Jully Black has released a teaser mix tape entitled “Dropping  W(8)”.  Having written and recorded over 40 songs for her upcoming album, Jully is showing her appreciation to the fans for their loyalty by offering an appetizer of music preceding the official release.  New and old fans alike are guaranteed to fall in love with Jully’s unique way of blending new sounds into her R&B style.  The 11 songs found on “Dropping W(8)” push the boundaries of R&B, combining the powerfully soulful voice of Black with the futuristic, rhythmic driven production styling’s of Atlanta’s own Young Pete Alexander as well as the clever and thought provoking lyrical contributions made by acclaimed choreographer Luther Brown.  Collectively, Black, Alexander and Brown are known as “The Officials”, introducing their production and songwriting team to the world in their first full length endeavor.  A mix of upbeat, feel good music as well as soft and soulful ballads, “Dropping W(8)” is a body of work that is a refreshing collection to add to anyone’s play list.

Available for a limited time, “Dropping W(8)” can be:

– downloaded for free at

– streamed and reviewed at

– acquired in physical form for media review upon request at

If  you  would  like  further  information  about  this  project,  or  to  schedule  an  interview with  Jully  Black,  please  contact



WET Entertainment Toronto presents “Sexy In The Sky” on Sept. 23

WET Entertainment Toronto introduces new entertainment concept uniting LGBT and straight communities. 

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 – 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Skybar, 132 Queens Quay East, Toronto

Aug. 24, 2012 (Toronto) – Say goodbye to Summer and celebrate the birthday of WET Entertainment’s Roanna Sabeh-Azar on Sunday September 23rd at “Sexy in the Sky” at Skybar, The Guvernment’s Rooftop Patio located at 132 Queen’s Quay East.  800 of Toronto’s finest personalities will be in attendance, 5 of Toronto’s hottest DJ’s will be catering to a united crowd from the LGBT and straight communities.  This 10 hour end of summer event will feature everything from wet T-shirt contests to drumming by The Moussou Folila Drummers.  Confirmed to perform is Pop sensation Mayou with her new single “Crazy Rush”.

What: SEXY IN THE SKY – a 10-hour extravaganza of music, food, drinks, fashion and entertainment.

Why: To create opportunities for the LGBT and straight communities to unite in music and entertainment.

Who: DJ line-up includes Black Cat, Dattrax, deepMada, Force Inc., and Matt C.  Scheduled performers include Mayou, Go-Go Dancers from Esie Mensah Dance troupe, Moussou Folila Drummers, Rainbow Ballroom Dancers, Percussionist Sahab Habibi (Thunder Drumz) and singer Petergail Williams.

How:  $20 advance tickets at O’Grady’s, 518 Church Street or call (416) 323-2822.  $25 at the door.

Roanna Sabeh-Azar, Wet Entertainment Toronto

Darling Nicky, Publicity Support |

FestCaribbean 2012 [released July 23, 2012]




International Reggae Artist Junior Kelly and legendary Calypsonian David Rudder to headline Caribbean music festival Saturday August 25th, 2012 at Branlyn Community Centre – Festcaribbean Inc.  is pleased to announce that celebrated reggae artist and preacher of social consciousness Junior Kelly along with acclaimed King of Calypso David Rudder will beheadlining a Caribbean concert event on Saturday, August 25th as part of this year’s Festcaribbean activities.

This event will take place at Branlyn Community Centre, 238 Brantwood Park Road, Brantford, Ontario. Doors open at noon with a Steel Pan workshop hosted by the Hamilton Youth Steel Orchestra and Carnival Mas costume workshop entitled “What is Caribbean Mas?” with Clarence and Jackie Forde (NBA player Jamaal Magloire’s Toronto Revellers  Design Team) as the main Family Fun activities starting at 1 p.m.  Families are encouraged to come out early and take advantage of this rare cultural opportunity.

Festcaribbean showcases a variety of music styles, energetic performances by Latin, Soca, R&B, Calypso, Reggae bands, artists, performers and DJ’s.  Rounding out the spectacular performance line-up led by Junior Kelly backed by the Fiyah Flamze Band from Montreal and co-headliner David Rudder will be  Brantford’s very own Island Pop collective Colour Quest, Canadian Reggae Artist Mello G, the Latin Power Band, Brazilian dance company Dance Migration, and R&B singer Chris Jackson.   The Master of Ceremonies will be Comedian Roy Daye and Festival DJ is Hamilton’s Verse One.

Festcaribbean Inc. is a Not-For-Profit Caribbean cultural entertainment corporation located in the city of Brantford, Ontario Canada. The team led by Courtney Dillon is dedicated to bringing quality Caribbean entertainment to the community and encourage a better understanding of Caribbean people and its culture.

In addition to the musical entertainment and cultural activities, there will be a variety of Caribbean foods for sale from local vendors, giving the community a chance to savour the flavours of the West Indies.

Advance ticket prices are $20 adults and $10 for Children 10 – 13 years of age until August 25th. Tickets are available online at, and the following outlets from Brantford to Toronto:

Lyn’s Linstead Market, 1000 Upper Gage  Hamilton, ON (905) 385-5232

The Right Stitches, 54 Queen Street South #2  Hamilton, ON (905) 296-9681

Charley’s West Indian Food Market, 3057 Hurontario St.  Mississauga, ON (905) 896-3663

Granney’s Place, 2545 Hurontario Street  Mississauga, ON (905) 272-4950

Broaster’s Chicken, 26 Brantwood Park  Brantford, ON (519) 758-9100

Crown Heights Boutique, 170 King Street West Hamilton, ON (905) 865-5051

Frontline Unisex Hair Design, 555 Upper Wentworth Street Hamilton, ON (905) 574-0845

FrontLine Unisex Hair Design,  53 Young Street Hamilton, ON  (905) 527-1886

Play De Record, 357 Yonge Street Toronto, ON (416) 586-0380

D Hot Shoppe, 4155 Fairview Street Burlington, ON (905) 631-8698



Festcaribbean 2012 at the Branlyn Community Centre, 238 Brantwood, Park Rd.,

Brantford, ON the event will take place Saturday August 25th, 2012 from 1 p.m. until 1:00am.

For more information contact: Courtney Dillon at 519-757-0886 or visit

Media Accreditation: Darling Nicky, Media and Publicity Support via