Dominican female author releases first Fantasy Short Story Collection

Nicole Georges Bennett

On a beautiful Caribbean Island, bizarre events and characters intersect under the ominous presence of a mysterious science facility, in Nicole Georges-Bennett’s “Tales of St.Marts”; a collection of fantasy genre short stories. “Tales of St.Marts” is Georges-Bennett’s first book, and explores themes of small island society, culture and politics against the backdrop of an island that is anything but typical “sand, sea and surf.” Fantasy, folklore and fear permeate the lives of the people of St.Marts: a retired policeman who struggles to solve a strange death he’s witnessed; a fisherman’s…

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Téyat Pawòl stages new play Crystal Waters Blue Skies – ‘The Case of the Fire of 1963’ Sunday May 28.

  Téyat Pawòl releases its 19th theatrical play. Téyat Pawòl takes a dramatic look at the Carnival Monday ‘Fire of 1963’ through a play Crystal Waters Blue Skies – ‘The Case of the Fire of 1963’  at the Arawak House of Culture on Sunday May 28, 2017 for one day only at 3 & 7pm. The 16 year old Dominican Theatrical-Drama Company which has produced 18 previous plays, all with relevance to the Island’s socio-cultural reality, takes a look at yet another issue – the tragic fire which claimed the…

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Dominica celebrated at Faith Event- Toronto

Featured photo: Briana Melnichuck, Kali Fernandes, Alessa, Anaiya, Eliseo Flores, Sarah Denny, Emily, Sadie and Sarah Ramkissoon and Janet Prosper.   A group of Dominican-Canadians participated recently in the United Nations  celebration of the Prayer Palace Church in Toronto (1111 Arrow Road).  The Nature Isle was one of  29 nations recognized and celebrated by the congregants.  The Dominica delegation was led by Janet Prosper and Sarah Ramkissoon who are of Dominican origin, while the rest of the group consisted of children and friends of Dominicans. The Dominica segment of the…

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First Annual St. Lucia Day Festival in Toronto, July 22-23, 2017

TORONTO, ON – This summer Toronto will come alive with the sights, sounds and tastes of St. Lucia. The St Lucia Day Festival is the brainchild of Ross Cadasse, DJ Toxic and Candice Singh who have come together to produce this first annual event on July 22nd and 23rd July 2017. The festival will transform Parkshore Golf Club into a cultural experience with St Lucia’s rich heritage through food and entertainment. The Festival is placed right after the St Lucia Carnival and one week before the start of Toronto Caribbean…

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Scarborough Progressive Cricket Club pledges support to C.D.O.A Christmas Event

The Scarborough Progressive Cricket Club has pledged increased sponsorship of the annual Children’s Christmas party produced by the Commonwealth of Dominica Ontario Association (C.D.O.A). Recently the C.D.O.A hosted its yearly family event for children of the Dominican diaspora in Toronto, at the Lawrence Heights Community Centre. Despite snowy conditions, the young patrons enjoyed free refreshments, entertainment by Intelligent Sound & Roosevelt St.Jean, games, and gifts from Santa. President of the CDOA, Hetty Lawrence said the Association intoduced the Christmas party as part of efforts to unify the diaspora, “We wanted…

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Jamaican captures trophy for first ever CWS Caribbean Christmas Cake Contest (Toronto)

President of CWS Camille Kerr with Corey Bryan, son of CWS 2016 Christmas Cake Contest winner, Valerie Bryan. Jamaican baker Valerie Bryan did her island proud and captured first place for her version of Caribbean Christmas cake, or “black cake”, at the first annual Caribbean Women’s Society (CWS) Christmas Cake competition. According to CWS President Camille Kerr, CWS is a grassroots, non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of life for the Caribbean-Canadian community; built on inclusion, diversity and innovation, “Our mission is to connect and enable Caribbean-Canadian women, in…

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Piton Noire Dominica

New Dominican Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writers Contest Launches Today The Piton Noire Dominica Sci-fi/Fantasy Writers Collective has launched a new contest for writers from the Commonwealth of Dominica and the diaspora. The Piton Noire Dominica Sci-Fi/Fantasy writers contest is open to all Dominicans ages 16 and up, to both first time writers and published authors. Stories must be either science fiction or fantasy, and the top three judged stories will be awarded $100 U.S for 1st place, $75 US for 2nd place and $50 US for 3rd place. According to Co-Founder Joffrey…

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Dominica’s Prime Minister urges Diaspora to “speak positively” of Nature isle.

Prime Minister of Dominica Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, delivered an impassioned appeal to members of the Dominica-Canadian diaspora to speak positively of the island, to aid it’s promotion and development. The Prime Minister made his comments during his address at the 2016 Madame Wob Dwiyet Canada Cultural Show, which took place in Toronto recently. Prime.Minister Skerrit urged young people in particular to take advantage of the opportunities afforded to them by their adopted country. He further called on members of the diaspora to speak positively of Dominica, while acknowledging their concerns…

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Massacre Takes 2016 Madame of Madams Crown

Shani Haynes representing Massacre emerged triumphant out of a field of seven ladies to capture the ultimate prize – The Madame of Madams, in the 2016 Madame Wob Dwiyet Canada.Cultural Show. The position of 1st runner up was taken by Marcella Durand of Petite Soufriere while Fallon Lawrence of Roseau secured the 2nd runner up spot. A total of seven contestants, all former Madams or first runners up, competed in the contest which was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit. The event was staged at…

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Introducing the Houston Afro Creole Music Festival

Come October 1st and 2nd, the city of Houston, Texas will host the inaugural Houston Afro-Creole Music Festival, which promises to appeal to the city’s diverse population. The Afro Creole Fest will take place at the Hobby Event Center on Saturday October 1st, 2016 and will feature a mélange of creole sounds from the Caribbean islands of Dominica and St. Lucia, American Zydeco Bands and African, Hip-Hop and Soca Genres via a host of DJs from around the Region. According to event organizer Jon Glen Bannis, the idea for the…

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St. Joseph captures 2016 Ti Madame Canada Title

Abigail Pierre representing St. Joseph swept the special awards and won the title of 2016 Ti Madame Canada, at the Ti Madame Canada Cultural Pageant held recently in Toronto, Canada. The spot of 1st runner up was taken by Hannah Sodhi representing Grand Bay, while the 2nd runner up position was won by Isalina Delsol representing LaPlaine. The six contestants also included, Christina Gillis for Massacre, Cassy-Ann Harris for Mahaut and Nyla Palmer for Wesley. Pierre also won several special awards including “Best Introduction”, “Best Creative Wear” and “Best in…

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“Ofurre” Designs wins 2016 AFW Student Designer Award

“Ofuure” Designs captures coveted Student Designer Award at 2016 African Fashion Week Photos: Justin Bennett Fashion designer Tehilah Abakasanga could barely contain her excitement on winning the Student Designer Competition held as part of the 2016 African Fashion Week (AFW) in Toronto, Canada recently. The fourth edition of AFW featured several haute couture events, showcasing designers of African descent or with an afro-centric aesthetic, from August 18th-21st. The Student Designer Competition was held on Day 2 and saw several student designers go head to head in a battle of innovative,…

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On Listening To a Discussion On What Makes a Song Cadence

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I try as far as possible to understand why certain statements are made these days on any cultural practice in my country of birth conscious of the fact that they are spoken by men and women with all their senses in tact. Ha-Ha. It is a profound choice to listen. Every now and then I hear a matter being distorted or, in the context of culture and love discourses, I should say, a matter needs be informed further. I seek to enhance a discourse, shifting it a bit from its…

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African Fashion Week Toronto

African Fashion Week Toronto (#AFWT2016) presented by the Fashion Ready Foundation Celebrates its 4th year inside Design Exchange August 18th – August 21st 2016 TORONTO, ON (July 29th, 2016) – Join us as we celebrate fashion, style, and diversity at the fourth edition of one of Toronto’s most anticipated fashion events, African Fashion Week Toronto (AFWT) presented by the Fashion Ready Foundation (FRF). In the last four years, the AFWT platform has helped to support Toronto’s unique and diverse cultural heritage whilst contributing to the fashion and tourism market in…

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