The Toronto Caribbean Carnival, more commonly known as Caribana was definitely one of the events that contributed to my definition and experience of Toronto as a youth.
Recently, I attended the Caribana parade for the first time in four years and even though quite a bit had changed within the structure and administration behind the event, I had a great time and felt a sense of pride and gratitude for my caribbean, Haitian and African roots.
I felt a great deal of positive energy and happiness as I walked through the parade, photographing those that played mas as powerful soca music reverberated throughout the Canadian National Exhibition grounds.
Grime is a powerful musical movement that was birthed in the UK during the late 90s and early 2000s.
Grime is primarily influenced by UK garage, drum and bass, dancehall and hip-hop. And in addition to Dizzee Rascal and Lethal Bizzle, one of my favorite pioneers of the genre is Skepta.
Active since 2003 as an MC and beginning his career as a DJ for the Tottenham-based grime group Meridian Crew, Skepta has most recently experienced international success through his collaboration with Drake via the record “Shut Down”, wherein the Toronto-based superstar performs the intro.
This past Tuesday morning, I was fortunate enough to document Skepta’s first solo show at the Hoxton in Toronto, soon after his cameo appearance at OVO Fest.
Ai Weiwei is an artist and political activist that I greatly admire, that I have the utmost respect for and that I have made a point of photographing one day, much sooner than later.
Not only is he a prolific and versatile visual artist that has excelled at expressing himself through every medium possible, not only is he at the forefront of the modern Chinese art movement, not only is his life story a work of art, but he has also successfully challenged the oppressive nature of China’s government (and many other governments) through his poignant artwork.
“Ai Weiwei’s Appeal ¥15,220,910.50” was produced by the artist’s studio and opens with Ai Weiwei’s mother at the Venice Biennial in the summer of 2013 examining Ai’s large “S.A.C.R.E.D. installation” portraying his 81 day imprisonment.
What started as a single event has spanned into 2 years of workshops and other events that have facilitated the healing of countless people in Toronto, in Canada and far beyond.
Founded by Tara Muldoon, F-You (otherwise known as The Forgiveness Project) has been shedding a bright light on the importance of forgiveness, whether that forgiveness is self-directed or directed towards others and situations.
“The Hip-Hop Fellow” is a 78 minute documentary following Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder’s tenure at Harvard University as he teaches “The Standards of Hip-Hop” course, conducts research for his thesis and explores Hip-Hop’s history, culture and role in academia.