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Welcome To (Little) Jamrock

Venue: TreaJah Isle
Date: June 9th
Time: 6-9pm

Jamaican sound systems form an important and integral part of Jamaican culture and history and are responsible for birthing American hip hop (see: Kool Herc). Come get a sampling of that genuine authentic DJ culture and musical sounds featuring Deejay Noble Works and Deejay Ruckus spinning rare vinyl, dubplates, and timeless reggae anthems as they educate attendees on the rich reggae sounds that can be found in our own backyard and Back A Yard. Refreshments and vibes available on-site.

The Importance of Self Care

Venue: Skin Tones Beauty | 371 A Oakwood Ave
Date: June 15
Time: 6pm

This workshop consists of adapting a healthy skin care routine at home…spend a few minutes a day to take care of yourself. The results translate into how you carry yourself in your day to day activities and see yourself as an individual. Enjoy this group session, with individual consultations, showcasing and demonstrating products that fit your lifestyle. Capacity is limited. One lucky participant will win a Lux Manicure and Lux Pedicure valued at $129.95.

Novi & Mati-co-owners of Skin Tones Beauty.

Natural Born Tellers

Venue: Judy’s Island Grill, 1720 Eglinton Ave W
Date: June 22nd
Time: 6pm

The Stories of Little Jamaica

Debra Baptiste and Margaret Nelson of Storytelling Toronto will engage participants in discussions about:

  • Storytelling for Community Building (why it’s needed)
  • The importance of hearing your story
  • The importance of telling your story (special benefits for seniors)
  • Appeal to the seniors of Little Jamaica and to seniors of Toronto’s Caribbean community

Also performing are Storyteller Kesha Christie & Poet Dwayne Morgan.

Voices of The Shop

Venue: Barbers of Eglinton
Date: June 24th
Time: 6-8pm

Voices of The Shop hosts have been facilitating profound conversations and events with Black men and fathers inside local neighbourhood barber shops which is an established meeting place for Black men to socialize and bond, and is a site for community building. One of the objectives is also to enhance the involvement of father figures in their children’s lives to create a positive influence. Local barbers act as leaders and resources for the assembled men.

Canadian Reggae World

Venue: Reggae Cafe
Date: June 30th
Time: 8pm
Cost: $20 at the door

BBPA & Canadian Reggae World Presents an International Reggae Day Celebration with 2 Rastafari sound legends King Stur Grav (Toronto) and African Star! Hosted by JuLion King.

$20 at the door! Niceness guaranteed!

Little Jamaica Walking Tour With Heritage Toronto

Venue: Green P Parking Lot
Date: June 30th and July 28th
Time: 6pm

Little Jamaica is a cultural hub for Toronto’s Caribbean community, and a vibrant and resilient neighbourhood. The Little Jamaica walking tour will take participants past community murals, through the dramatically changing street scape, and into some of the businesses that are at the heart of the community.

Join the BBPA and Heritage Toronto as we host walking tours on June 30th and July 28th, 2022. This tour will be hosted by Musician Carol Brown who has a deep knowledge of the musical history of the avenue.

About Heritage Toronto
Heritage Toronto is a charity and arms length agency of the City of Toronto. Through our city-wide programing and services, including Tours, Plaques, The Heritage Toronto Awards, and Emerging Historians, we are working to build a better city by bringing people together to explore Toronto’s shared past and people’s lived experiences.

BBPA & Canadian Reggae World

Venue: Reggae Café
1653 Eglinton Ave W, York, ON M6E 2H1
Date: June 30th
Time: 8pm
Cost: $20 at the door

BBPA & Canadian Reggae World Presents Celebrating Reggae with 2 Rastafari sound legends King Stur Grav (Toronto) and Mally Bless! Hosted by JuLion King.

$20 at the door! Niceness guaranteed!

July Programming

Escentuals

Venue: Roman’s N Care
1722 Eglinton Ave W, York
Date: July 6th
Time: 6pm

The must have scents in your wellness kit. Get your oils at a special price.
Facilitated by Floydeen Charles-Fridal.

About: Roman’s N Care:

Roman’s N Care is the full-service beauty salon that gives Service out of this world! They pride themselves on offering the best beauty product line, DUDLEY’S Quality Products exclusively. Wholesale and retail available to licensed hair stylist and salon owners.

Voices of The Shop

Venue: Casual Hair Salon
1572 Eglinton Ave W, York
Date: July 22nd
Time: 6-8pm

Voices of The Shop hosts have been facilitating profound conversations and events with Black men and fathers inside local neighborhood barber shops which is an established meeting place for Black men to socialize and bond and is a site for community building. One of the objectives is also to enhance the involvement of father figures in their children’s lives to create a positive influence. Local barbers act as leaders and resources for the assembled men.

Little Jamaica Walking Tour With Heritage Toronto

Venue: Green P Parking Lot
Date: July 28th
Time: 6pm

Little Jamaica is a cultural hub for Toronto’s Caribbean community, and a vibrant and resilient neighbourhood. The Little Jamaica walking tour will take participants past community murals, through the dramatically changing street scape, and into some of the businesses that are at the heart of the community. This tour will be hosted by Musician Carol Brown who has a deep knowledge of the musical history of the avenue

About Heritage Toronto
Heritage Toronto is a charity and arms length agency of the City of Toronto. Through our city-wide programing and services, including Tours, Plaques, The Heritage Toronto Awards, and Emerging Historians, we are working to build a better city by bringing people together to explore Toronto’s shared past and people’s lived experiences.

Live Music

Venue: Reggae Café
1653 Eglinton Ave W, York
Date: July 28th
Time: 8pm
Free

Arsenals Band

The Music is timeless, the show is entertaining.

The Arsenals play the history of Jamaican Music, from authentic Studio One Ska and Rocksteady to classic Reggae. You will be treated to forgotten gems and modern songs played to the ska beat, a term the band calls “Ska-ter-izing” a tune. If you like Skatelites, Prince Buster, Alton Ellis, Jimmy Cliff and Desmond Dekker to name a few, you will be in for a skanking good time.

The Arsenals is a Toronto band formed in 1994 by Crash Morgan and his brother James Morgan. They named the band after their London hometown football club.

The Arsenals are led by the energetic Dizzy Minott on Trombone with Juno winner Sonia Collymore-Dawes singing lead vocals. The band features a steady rotation of accomplished musicians including, David “Stushie” Jackson (keyboards), Dwight “Duke” Dawes (keyboards), Shane “Shaky J” Forrest (bass or electric guitar), Neil “Nemo” Morris (bass), Tony Barrett (guitar) and the drummers are, Sunray Grennan, Austin Rowe, Neison Hardy and Oniel Fuller.

The Arsenals have performed with ska legend Derrick Morgan, Toots and the Maytals, Ernie Smith, Ziggy Marley, Third World, The Toasters, The Slackers, War, Ken Boothe, Sugar Minott, Bounty Killer, Skatelites Lord Tanamo and L.U.S.T. plus many more.