Jamaica Day remains an Icon in our communities. "Come celebrate 2011 with us!"
As we progressed through yet another year, we are grateful for the love, patience and support that we receive from you all. We could not have made this 20th year possible without you, our patrons. Like our name "Jamaica Day Celebration" it's all about Jamaica's culture, hope, tenacity and drives that pushes us each year to make this event a great celebration for the entire family. Be prepared for more outstanding performance by our leading reggae and cultural performers from Jamaica and Canada.
We are proud to introduce to you all and feature Ms. Alana Stewart, the 2009 proud recipient of the Basil Duncan "Jamaica Day" Memorial Scholarship.
THE BASIL DUNCAN JAMAICA DAY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
I am grateful for the Jamaica Day scholarship that assisted tremendously with my university expenses. It was an honor to attend The Scholarship Awards evening, and to have been included amongst such distinguished guests and recipients.
My first year at the University of Toronto was a success. I am studying Economics, and hope to enroll in the Employment Relations program. Being a member of the Varsity Track and Field team has also kept me busy.
I understand the importance of community involvement, and continue to volunteer my time at Park Lawn Baptist Church as athe sound board technician. Thank you Jamaica Day for your financial support and for helping me to pursue my academic goals and the JCA for your community efforts.
What to expect: This festival celebrates the 47th year of self-rule in Jamaica. In honor of this celebration, we in Toronto will be enoying sweet reggae music and cultural activities along with Jamaican food, fun and games.
SUNRISE, promoters of the annual Jamaica Day celebration in Toronto is a committee of dedicated community workers who have worked together in numerous charitable projects to benefit Jamaicans at home and overseas over the years. The committee members are dedicated to the perseveration and promotions of Jamaica's cultural heritage particularly the musical and dramatic heritage.
The committee's mission is simply, "to promote a positive image for Jamaicans".
In an effort to achieve this mission the committee's dedication is bent on the following:
Promote Jamaican culture with a particular emphasis on Jamaican music, dramatic arts and visual arts
Foster goodwill and encourage participation of from all interested individual and organizations which support SUNRISE's mission particularly youths and children
Support the community's senior citizens as a way of preserving and fostering the cultural heritage in Ontario
Organize and sponsor a variety of cultural educational and recreational events
Assist and support the disadvantaged through charitable contributions to worthwhile causes in Canada and Jamaica.
There is something for everyone at Jamaica Day:
The craft vendors' market represents a variety of professional craftspeople that offer fine, jewelry, CDs, photography, magazines, clothing, souvenir items and many more to take home.
Our food vendors offer a wide variety of excellent traditional Jamaican foods ranging from jerk chicken, ital stews, patties, curried goat, oxtail dishes, fish dishes, corn soup, boil and roast corn and lots more. For the sweet tooth lovers, you will be able to pick up ice creams, pies, sweets, vegetables and festival.
We couldn't do it without these fine businesses and organizations! Please patronize our sponsors to thank them for their assistance. The success of the festival is due to their dedication, financial assistance, and efforts. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors.
Dynamic programming designed for children of all ages, youth and the young at heart features artists on stage, field events, poetry and short story reading, demonstrations and displays that encourage audiences to discover the culture of Jamaica presented by Jamaica information service (JIS). Watch videotapes in the JIS booth on the current cultural activities in Jamaica. Mid way rides for the whole family presented by the great Canadian amusement company.
And what would Jamaicans do without music!! - the Jamaica Day festival presents live, non-stop, contemporary, traditional, classical and folk music on our stage. Visitors enjoy performance by various Canadian stars as well as internationally. Theatrical performances, dominoes tournament from various dominoes clubs around the cities sponsored by tippers fast food. Soccer fans enjoy soccer games by the first female soccer team to play at Jamaica Day - added to the annual male teams. Enjoy our cultural display of fire dancing, limbo dancing and folksongs as well as spoke words by various artists.
Cornel A. Davis, President:
An active member of the Black community for many years, Cornell has been past President of community-based organizations such as Help Jamaica Now and People On the Move. With his leadership, these organizations have had tangible results through assisting Jamaicans in need of medical attention. An avid record collector, Cornel is a well known "DJ" and "Musicologist" in the black community known as “DJ Funky” . His dedication to community work as well as his music services to hundreds of parties and company functions makes him a valuable and well-respected person in the community. For the past ten (10) years he has been employed by Alliance Financial Group as Financial advisor, therefore for all your “Insurance and Investment” needs such as RRSPs, Mortgage Insurance, GICs, Critical Illness Insurance, Disability, Group Insurance etc., please contact him at 416-490-1974 ext 1028 or 647-889-6424. Please visit http://www.alliancefinancial.ca/
For all your professional DJ services, weddings, parties, private functions, community events, group/company functions call 647-889-6424.
Hewitt Loague, Public Relations:
Currently employed with St. Clair West Services for seniors. Music and helping others are among the most important things in life for Mr. Hewitt "Logie" Loague. He shares his love of music with others as the owner/operator of Logie's International Sound System. His community involvement includes past Vice President of Help Jamaica Now and People on the Move. A member of the board of directors of the BADC organization. An active member of the Toronto Bathurst Lions Club. He is a member of the Toronto Bathurst Lions Club, Lionheart Sports Club and the Commonwealth Sports Club. An avid cricketer with the Maple Leaf Masters Cricket Club. The contribution he has made to the black community is priceless and well rewarding.
For all your professional DJ services, weddings, parties, private functions, community events, group/company functions call 647-833-9079.