Little India Bazaar

Took a walk today through what’s known as “Little India”.DSC_0381 DSC_0384 A little strip of Gerrard St.E.. basically between between Greenwood and Coxwell.DSC_0386 At this time of year I usually lament that Toronto is grey and dull, winter just finished and none of spring’s bloom has hit yet.DSC_0387 DSC_0389 Well I found no shortage of colour in Little India. From the buildings to the wares offered, lots of colours and bright scenes.DSC_0390 DSC_0392 DSC_0394 Shops here sell and represent goods and foods and music from Pakistan, India, Dubai and all points east.DSC_0395 DSC_0396 DSC_0397 DSC_0401 DSC_0402 DSC_0404 Lots of bright shiny baubles and trinkets.DSC_0405 DSC_0408 DSC_0409 DSC_0410 DSC_0414 DSC_0415 DSC_0416 DSC_0419 DSC_0421 If you can;t find your colour here, it probably doesn’t exist.DSC_0422 DSC_0423 DSC_0425 DSC_0427 Not 100% sure what this sign meant, but I guess the want you to order more than just corn if you want to sit.DSC_0428 DSC_0431 DSC_0432 DSC_0433 DSC_0434 A pleasant walk for sure and a part of Toronto well worth checking out. As always,

Enjoy Toronto!!

The Junction

Took a stroll today through “The Junction”. An area created by the coming together of all the main rail feeds into Toronto ,west, east and north. All join and feed the 5 million of us that live here. It’s old and a lot of the buildings look like they were built back in the hey-day of rail service. There seems to be an influx of newness here and there. Lots of new eateries, boutiques and shops that feature lots of curiosities. But, it seems in a lot of places that the old is fighting back. Anyways, if you get off the 40 bus at Dupont and walk to Jane, this is what it looked like to me.

Enjoy Toronto

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Tribute to Herman Sang

A whole love of Jamaica, a whole lotta love…..

Promoters of the event promised a great show with “Memba when the music was sweet? Come out to hear some of the people who made the music happen!!” They were dead on the money. From beginning to end there wasn’t an unhappy face in the crowd during the 4.5 hours that featured some of the best Jamaican music Toronto has ever seen.

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house band

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CHRY 105.5 Radio’s Danae Peart hosted the standing room only show featuring Sang and a slew of the top Jamaica singers including Derrick Harriott, Boris Gardiner, Roy Panton & Yvonne Harrison, Lloyd Delpratt and Everton “Pablo” Paul.

host, Danae Peart

host, Danae Peart

Everton Pablo Paul

Everton Pablo Paul

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Lloyd Delpratt

Lloyd Delpratt

Roy Panton

Roy Panton

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Letters of tribute from those unable to attend had Herman Sang tearing up as he was presented with an award. Sang was Clement Coxson Dodd’s first session pianist in the late 1950s and the earliest recordings of the Jamaican music industry in the pre-Ska era.

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Gardiner was hilarious, had the place hopping. The band may not have had his tracks down but the DJ did allowing the show to go on for the Jamaican singer whose song I Want to Wake Up With You topped the UK charts in 1986.

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From such a small island Jamaica’s music touches almost every genre out there from Motown classics to the latest hip-hop hit. The island vibe gets people of all ages on their feet, moving to the beat. When the vibrations can get a lady in her 70s shaking it up on the stage you know the party is rocking.

Serious dancing

Serious dancing

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Derrick Harriott

Derrick Harriott

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house band

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the guys from Henry's music

the guys from Henry’s music

In The Room, RDG Entertainment Inc.

The  event was the taping of a new show, currently in the works, called In The Room. The setting was the Glenn Gould theatre.         IMGP6441The show is hosted by Rafael Kalamat and Jason Barbeck, both actors and the show’s producers. The show is an industry roundtable discussion featuring some of Canada’s finest stars. DSC_0031 DSC_0037  This was the second episode of the new series. DSC_0038 The group was as diverse as it could get.From Art Hindle (Black Christmas,Faceoff, Murder She Wrote, ENG) who has been acting for forty seven years to a beautiful nineteen year old Zoe deGrand Maison(Orphan Back, Murdoch Mysteries, Rookie Blue, Bad Hair Day(tv movie)) .DSC_0090 DSC_0102 Shawn Doyle of Endgame and many television appearances(Rookie Blue, Covert Affairs & Reign). Tantoo Cardinal (Dances With Wolves, Legends Of The Fall, Blackstone), Philip Moran ( Total Recall ) and Kris Holden-Ried ( Lost Girl, The Listener, The Tudors ) rounded out the cast. DSC_0073 DSC_0078 DSC_0100DSC_0085 The affable hosts conducted the show in a  very comfortable , easy paced Q & A session that covered a host of topics and seemed to get the actors to feel comfortable with sharing their very diverse histories in the industry.

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When I asked both Jason and Rafael what their vision was for the future of the show they both agreed they wanted to create a platform to highlight Canadian actors to their audience. Kris Holden-Ried told me he was happy to have such a strong industry so close to home because as the father of a seven year old son he didn’t want to travel all over. Toronto has lots of filming being done and if we are to be “Hollywood North” it is nice to get to meet these great talented stars. In true Toronto fashion I got to ride the 504 streetcar home with the lovely Zoe deGrand Maison and talk about film and as I looked at her wonderful smile I knew she would be lighting up screens for many years to come.

As always,enjoy Toronto

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