Sunday, 9 April 2017

SOME MORE UPCOMING EVENTS IN APRIL AND MAY: Justice Tulloch's presentations, Endangered identies in Grenada, Mayworks, and more

Justice Michael Tulloch will present his report of police oversight review in five cities to community and policing stakeholders.
In Toronto on April 11, 6:30-8:30pm at Ryerson University, Ryerson International Living Centre, International Room, 240 Jarvis St.
April 12: Ottawa, at the Ottawa Conference & Event Centre, Room 110, 200 Coventry Rd., 6:30-8:30pm
April 18: Windsor, at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts, Waterfront Ballroom, 201 Riverside Drive West. 6:30-8:30pm
April 20: Thunder Bay, at Da Vinci Centre, Marco Polo Room, 340 S. Waterloo St. 6:30-8:30pm
April 24: Hamilton, at Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, Centre Ballroom, 116 King St. West. 6:30-8:30pm
Space is limited. RSVP at

Endangered Identities in Grenada: A conversation with LGBTI activist Nigel Mathlin will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 6-8pm at Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St., Toronto. FREE

Endangered Identities in Grenada: A conversation with LGBTI activist Nigel Mathlin on Wednesday, April 12, 6-8pm at Room 301, The 519, 519 Church St., Toronto. FREE

For anyone thinking about running in the upcoming 2018 elections and don’t know where to start, the JCA’s Political Advocacy Committee presents “So You Think You Can Run” on Saturday, April 15, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the JCA, 995 Arrow Rd., Toronto. Panelists: Matthew Green, City of Hamilton councillor; Rob Davis, founder of Campaign Solutions Inc.; and Tiffany Gooch, political strategist, Enterprise & ENsight Canada. Moderator: Idil Burale, former candidate, Toronto City Council. RSVP to Danielle Dowdy at

Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators presents its 3rd annual Provincial Conference and AGM “Re-Imaging Education: Inspiring Leaders & Fostering Community to Achieve Powerful Outcomes” on April 21 & 22 at York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto. Featured speakers include: Mitzie Hunter, Ontario’s Minister of Education, and Carl James, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, York University.

The 6th annual Gospel Praise on Steel will take place on Saturday, April 29, doors open at 6pm, show starts at 6:45pm at Canada Christian College, 50 Gervais Drive (Don Mills & Wynford Drive).

Featuring steelband performances by: Nativity Steel Angels, Each One Teach One, Worship in Steel, Gemini Pan Groove, Malvern Praise on Pan, and St. Paul’s Steel Orchestra.
Vocalists: Highest Praise Gospel Singers. Calypsonian vocalists: Guney Cedeno, alongside Joy Lapps & other special guest performers.
MC: Itah Sadu. Tickets: $25(advance), $30 (at the door)
Tickets & Info: Wendy Jones (416) 525-2391 & Earl La Pierre Jr. (416) 953-0905

The Story of Albert Jackson will be presented on Wednesday, May 3, 7-9pm at A Different Booklist, 777-779 Bathurst St., Toronto as part of the Mayworks Festival, April 28- May 7, 2017.

All Mayworks events are FREE; as space is limited, RSVP is required:

Racialized workers experience higher rates of unemployment and precarious work. We are making a link between the Albert Jackson story of 1882 and the intersection of racism and precarious work today, as Canada celebrates 150 years of Confederation in 2017.

The event will see the launch of a new picture book by and for children about the story of Albert Jackson, Toronto’s first black postal worker who faced racism from the other postal workers.

Following the book launch is a panel discussion moderated by Itah Sadu (A Different Booklist) and featuring Maryama Ahmed (Jane Finch Action Against Poverty), Mark Brown (Canadian Union of Postal Workers), and Kingsley Kwok (Ontario Public Service Employees Union).

Co-presented with Ontario Black History Society, The Elementary Teachers of Toronto, Toronto Workers’ History Project.

More information at

[During Panamania in 2015, Appledore Productions presented “The Postman” a play about Albert Jackson conceived by David Ferry and written by Joseph Pierre, Lisa Codrington, Andrew Moodie, Leah-Simone Bowen, Sugith Varughese, Roy Lewis and Ferry. It was an outdoor play, starring Laurence Dean Ifill as Albert Jackson, which took place along Jackson’s delivery route in the Annex.]

Scene from Appledore's production, 'The Postman,' about Albert Jackson, Toronto's first black postman. The play was held along Jackson's mail delivery route in the Annex where he lived. It was part of PANAMANIA in 2015.

'The Postman' starring Laurence Dean Ifill in the Annex during PANAMANIA in 2015.

Joyful Rebellion (a Blackness Yes! fundraiser) will be held on Friday, May 5, 10pm-2:30am at Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St., Toronto.

Walk Good fundraiser – the JCA’s 35th annual walkathon will be held on Sunday, May 7. 5k or 10k routes. Walk, jog, run or cycle! Pledge forms are available for the Jamaican Canadian Association or online at or Sandra Whiting, Chair, 416-573-1375

Black Action Defense Committee presents the annual Dudley Laws Scholarship Fundraising Brunch on Sunday, May 7. Doors open at 1:30pm, starts at 2pm and ends at 6pm at the Jamaican Canadian Association, 995 Arrow Rd., Toronto. Keynote speaker: Royson James, municipal affairs columnist of the Toronto Star.
Tickets: $50 (includes meal and entertainment)

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