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Jamaica 50 Celebration Inc.

JAMAICA50 CELEBRATION INC.

Under the Patronage of the Jamaican High Commissioner, Her Excellency Sheila Sealy Monteith and Jamaican Consul General to Toronto, Seth George Ramocan Jamaica 50 Canada Patron Canadian Senator, Honourable Reverend Don Meredith

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Honourable Margarett Best, Minister of Consumer Services Councillor Michael Thompson, City of Toronto Jamaica 50 Toronto Celebrations On midnight, August5, 1962, thousands of Jamaicans packed the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, to witness the final lowering of Britains Union Jack and the unfurling of the black, green and gold, to signify the birth of an independent Jamaica. The pride experienced by Jamaicans on Independence Day, Monday, August6, 1962, is being replicated 50 years later in 2012 as Jamaicans worldwide celebrate the golden anniversary of independence. In Toronto, a group of Jamaicans the Jamaica 50 Celebration Inc. Committee has planned a series of festivals and events in the areas of visual, literary, performance and culinary arts, to celebrate the islands vibrant cultural heritage. The year-long program, under the banner, Jump for Jamaica, will highlight the positive contributions Canadians of Jamaican heritage have made to Canada their adopted home. Jamaica 50 Celebration is an exciting calendar of events and installations showcasing Jamaican ingenuity from the arts to academia to athletics. Jamaica 50 Celebration boasts the best of the best, Jamaican-born personalities, second-and third-generation Jamaicans, as well as friends of Jamaica, renowned experts and artistes from Canadian communities and around the world. We invite all Canadians and the world to experience our Jamaica 50 Celebration events and to partner with us tocelebrate in the warm, vibrant, one-love spirit that is Jamaica.

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Jamaica 50 Steering Committee


The Jamaica 50 Celebration Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that has established a Steering Committee for Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area to plan an exciting and wide-ranging program of events and activities. The Committees goal is to show case the outstanding contributions of Jamaicans In Canada; to foster tourism to Jamaica; to encourage youth of Jamaican heritage to be better informed and to support Jamaica; and to provide a legacy to Jamaica and Canada through charitable and other social and cultural initiatives. The Toronto Committee will also collaborate with various community organizations in celebrating the 50th anniversary. These are the persons responsible for planning and bringing you Jamaica 50 Celebration Events in Toronto:

ABOUT US

The Executive Joe Halstead - President Trevor Massey - Vice-Chair +Secretary Pamela Appelt- Director Tiffany Harris - Treasurer

Co-Chairs Joe Halstead & Pamela Appelt Jamaica 50 Steering Committee


Joe Halstead & Pamela Appelt Co-Chairs, Steering Committee Paula deRonde, Jennifer Walcott, Darrell McCalla Co-Chairs, Art + Literature Gail Scala, Diana Burke, Sandra Whiting Co-Chairs, Marketing +Sponsorship Nadine Spencer Co-Chair, Communications + Sponsorship Cayla Allain, Tka Pinnock Co-Chairs,4WD (Youth) Trevor Massey, Dr. Avis Glaze Co-Chairs, Future Leaders Institute Sandra Whiting, Audrey Campbell Co-Chairs, Gala Diana Burke Chair, Online Presence & Golf Tiffany Harris, Anne Marie McLeod Co-Chairs, Legal & Administration Kevin Ormsby, Sandra Whiting Co-Chairs, Performing Arts Kamala-Jean Gopie Chair, Publication Nadine Mendez, Olive Parkins-Smith Chair, Multi-Faith Service

Project Management
Len D. Henry Brand Director Michelle Gordon Secretary Marsha Brown Volunteer Coordinator Donald F. McLeod, The McLeod Group Legal Advisor

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CHARITY
Empowering at risk Youth through education to elevate and celebrate for future successes and reduction in poverty. RISE YOUTH-Jamaica RISE (Reaching Individuals through Skills and Education) Provides services in the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders; community based health and education interventions violence, drug and HIV/AIDS prevention programs for at-risk youth and families. risejamaica.org Health based projects to achieve 100% Immunization of 0-6 year olds.

CHARITY

Scholarships through Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) Proceeds benefit post-secondary students.
"The JCA Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to worthy students from the Caribbean/ African community, who are pursuingpost-secondary studies in Ontario Universities/ Colleges." Audrey Campbell, President

PEOPLE BRIDGE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION Net proceeds from the celebrations will be donated to the People Bridge Charitable Foundation (Registered Charity#869790766RR0001). The Foundation is dedicated to reducing poverty and promoting good health care in communities around the world, while also being responsive to emergencies wherever they may be. The organization provides financial assistance to a wide range of charitable causes and will have a special focus on initiatives for Jamaica in 2012.

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JAMAICANS IN CANADA: WHEN ACKEE MEETS CODFISH

PUBLICATION
Jamaicans in Canada: When Ackee Meets Codfish is a celebration of Jamaican-Canadians migrating to Canada over the past 50 years. It documents and highlights the contributions and achievements of Canadians of Jamaican heritage to the country they now call home. From doctors to lawyers to teachers, from scientists to politicians and athletes, they have all made a positive contribution to their adopted home and share their experiences in this book. The title represents the meeting of the Jamaican Ackee with the Canadian Salted Codfish; converging the items that make up Jamaicas national dish, Ackee & Codfish.

The 192-page coffee table book is a musthave for every Canadian home.

CCODFISH

Publication Media Spokesperson | Chair, Kamala-Jean Gopie Email: kjgopie@jamaica50.ca

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EXCLUSIVE GOLF & TOUR


Golf in Jamaica |April 22 30

EXCLUSIVE GOLF TOUR EXCLUSIVE GOLF TOUR

The golf tournament show cases Jamaicas unique historying old and some of the finest courses in the Caribbean. The tour also provides opportunities for participants and accompanying non-golfers to learn more about Jamaica through visits and exploration of the many attractions, beaches and historic sites on the island. Playing on the OLDEST Golf course in the Western Hemisphere, Manchester Golf Club, now identified as a World Heritage site, brought visions of men in knickerbockers with wooden head drivers enjoying this beautiful nine-hole double tee golf course, located in the centre of the town of Mandeville. Golfer shave played here as far back as 1865.

Golf Media Spokesperson Chair, Diana Burke Email: dburke@jamaica50.ca

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ART+ LITERATURE
The talent of Jamaican artists is often described as unprecedented and unequalled. The country boasts a significant number of gifted individuals who have brought honour and pride to all Jamaicans. The Art + Literature Committee will showcase the work of Jamaican artists and feature authors of Jamaican heritage.

ART + LITERATURE ART + LITERATURE

On May 28, renowned author Malcolm Gladwell will be presented at the Toronto Reference Library and from July 12September 8, the Art Gallery of Mississauga will feature masterworks from the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Jamaica.

LITERATURE
An Evening with Malcolm Gladwell

Official Media Partner

On May 28, 2012, Jamaica 50 will present An Evening with Malcolm Gladwell at the Bluma Appel Salon, in the Toronto Reference Library, as part of the Canadian celebration of Jamaica's 50 years of Independence. As a showcase of Jamaican cultural heritage and to make this affordable to all, there will be no admission charge to attend. Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell was born in Fareham, Hampshire, England. His father, Graham Gladwell, is a civil engineering professor emeritus at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. His mother, Joyce (nee Nation) is Jamaican-born, and a psychotherapist. Malcom has said that his mother, who published a book titled, Brown Face, Big Master in 1969, is his role model as a writer. Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine since 1996, and in 2005 he was namedone of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. He is the author of four books including The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking and Outliers: The Story of Success, all of which were number one New York Times bestsellers. His fourth book, What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures is a compilation of stories published in The New Yorker.

AN EVENING WITHMALCLOM

GLADWELL

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Fifty Years of Contemporary Art in Jamaica The National Gallery of Jamaica was established in 1974, as the first national art gallery in the Anglo phone Caribbean, and has a comprehensive collection of early, modern and contemporary art from Jamaica, along with some Caribbean and international holdings. This summer, the Art Gallery of Mississauga will host an exhibition of master works from the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Jamaica. Circa 1962/ Circa 2012, Fifty Years of Contemporary Art in Jamaica will open on July 12, 2012. It has been 27 years since the last major art exhibition from the National Gallery of Jamaica took place in Toronto. The National Gallery of Jamaica and the Art Gallery of Mississauga will partner to present this eight-week exhibition that will feature works by Barrington Watson, Edna Manley, Mallica "Kapo" Reynolds, Eugene Hyde, Karl Parboosingh, Milton Harley, Osmond Watson, Ebony G Patterson, Marlon James, Petrona Morrison and Leasho Johnson. This exhibition will explore changing ideas about contemporary art in Jamaica from the period of Independence in1962 to the present day. As part of the Canadian celebration of Jamaica's 50 years of Independence, as a showcase of Jamaican cultural heritage and to make this event affordable to all, there will be no admission charge to see this exhibition.

ART ++LITERATURE ART LITERATURE

The exhibition is a showcase of Jamaicas artistic patrimony, a gift we share with our fellow Canadians.

Artand Literature Media Spokesperson | Chair, Paula deRonde Email: pderonde@jamaica50.ca

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JAMAICAN RHYTHMS- Decades of Dance, Music, Words | June28 2012, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
How does a country of less than three million people have such an impact on the world musically, culturally and creatively? JAMAICAN RHYTHMS, a three-hour rocumentary, will feature Jamaicas performance arts in its finest forms and will answer that question. Location:Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Tickets:Available at Ticket Master. $40 - $160 JAMAICAN RHYTHMS will walk through the five decades of reggae music with icons from each decade. FAB 5, Jamaicas hottest live band, will present the rhythms of the 60s; JOHN HOLT will strut through the 70s; Reggae Queen MARCIA GRIFFITHS (member of Bob Marleys I Threes) will rock the 80s; Grammy nominee KING YELLOWMAN, will chant the rhythms of the 90s; silky smooth Grammy nominee MAXI PRIEST will have Sony Centre swooning through 2000; and BEENIE MAN, Grammy winner and King of the Dancehall, will jump into this decade. The decades of JAMAICAN RHYTHMS will be connected with dances and talk of the decades. From the arrival of the first European in 1492 to the 1500s when Africans first arrived in Jamaica, a foundation was laid that has created a small nation with a performance arts fraternity that has impacted the planet over and over again in music, folk, jazz, classical, reggae, dance, and the spoken word.

JAMAICAN RHYTHMS | A ROCUMENTARY

rROCUMENTARY

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JAMAICAN RHYTHMS | A ROCUMENTARY

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From the Bruckin Partys parent Dinki Mini of the 1800s through to the reggae rhythms of today, Jamaican culture has significantly impacted the world. Lyrics and verses have told the history of our nation, cultural nuances that bring laughter to our ears and rhythms that have soared to the top of the charts internationally. The acclaimed movement of Jamaicas National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) and Usain Bolts dancing Gully Creepa to celebrate his Olympic & World records ricocheted across the globe, generating a vibe that engaged Jamaicans and the millions of friends of Jamaica. JAMAICAN RHYTHMS will play tribute to Reggae icon Bob Marley, whose international reach has touched people on every corner of the planet. Among the top catalogue musicians in Canada today, he sits snugly between Elvis and the Beatles. Bobs One Love, the song of the last century, is an anthem of peace and love which flows from the lips of millions of people. Our Folk Music has been well-preserved and remains engaging and current. Aswecelebrateour50th year of independence, in a three-hour rocumentary, we will showcase the best of our performance arts as we present highlights of the finest worksofourfirst50 years of independence, reinforcing the Jamaica brand- Denise Jones

Jamaican Rhythms Media Spokesperson | Denise Jones Email: denise@jonesandjones.ca

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4WD Youth Initiative


There are many youth involved in the Jamaica 50 Celebration supporting and leading the development of this successful year. The 4WD Committee events are run by young people, our leaders of tomorrow. The events focus on our future success and the contributions that will be made to our communities and each other. Our mission is to empower each other by harnessing our potential and showcasing our talent through various events and activities in 2012. 4WD Vlog Series This guerrilla-style video series follows the 4WD team as we explore why young people are excited to celebrate Jamaicas golden anniversary in 2012. Its A Roots Sinting Writing Competition March 15 to April 15, 2012 A competition which invites young Canadians in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to celebrate the Jamaican influences in their lives. Contestants will submit a short story, prose, poem or song lyrics to a maximum of 500 words that speaks to how Jamaica, its culture and/ or people, has positively impacted them. The contest is open to residents of the GTA between the ages of 12 and 25. Rooted in the mosaic of our home, the competition is not limited to those of Jamaican background butis open to all young people. Six winners will be selected by a panel of esteemed authors and young people.

4WD Youth Initiative 4WD Youth Initiative

Afro Chic Cultural Exhibit Four women bring their collective ideas and interests to create a forum to address, embrace and reconstruct the portrayal of the Black Female, including the stigma attached to natural hair and natural beauty, coupled with the emotional and touchy sentiment tied to those concepts.

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JAMBANA | SUMMER SINTINGS

JAMBANA Independence Day | August 6th Annual reggae festival Jambana takes place on Independence Day 40,000 attendees annually
SPECIAL FEATURE THE JAMAICA 50 VILLAGE @ JAMBANA Jamaica 50 Celebration Community Pop-Up Semi-finals live performances by the top semi-finalists as voted on by fans Live Text Voting to pick the top 3 winner announced at the Jamaica Land We Love Gala

SUMMER SINTINGS-DANCE+ EXPERIENCEJAMAICA Community PopUps | May& June


The Jump for Jamaica Summer Sinting is a series of lunch time Events celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence (1962-2012), organized by the Jamaica 50th Committee which is holding 5 Summer Sintings and numerous other events this year around Toronto to increase public awareness of this important anniversary and to foster the coming together of families from all communities in common celebration. Sing the Jump for Jamaica song! Dance the Jump dance and celebrate. Dates: May 21 (Hours 12 4pm) and June 5-25 Hours 11:30 to 2pm (TBC) Locations: Two Downtown Toronto; one in North York; one in Scarborough and one in Mississauga. Locations TBC The Sinting features: MC and Celebrity Speakers and Speakers from the JA50th Committee DJs who are public on-air personalities from radio stations G98.7 JA50th JUMP DANCERS performing to the 50th Anniversary JUMP SONG and teaching audience participants the JUMP FOR JAMAICA DANCE choreography in Flash Mob style persuading people to upload their dance moves 1 or 2 Celebrities 1 or 2 Caribbean food vendors Board games A Soul Train style "Real People Fashion/Jamaican Stylin'" fashion/dance show* to be judged by a celebrity Proceeds from merchandise sold at the sintings support RISE via Every Mickle Mek a Muckle Campaign

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JAMAICA LAND WE LOVE GALA JAMAICA LAND WE LOVE GALA

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On Saturday, August 11, 2012, the Jamaica 50 Committee Inc., in partnership with the Jamaican Canadian Association, presents the Jamaica Land We Love GALA a spectacular, four-course evening that warmly welcome sall Canadians to celebrate and feast on the splendour, rhythms, heart and soul that is Jamaica. Location: Toronto Metro Convention Centre (South building) Full Course Evening: The 62 Reception, Dinner in Hope Gardens, Jamaica Jubilee, The After Party $500, $350 and $175 benefitting the Jamaican Canadian Association Endowment Legacy Scholarship Fund. Show Only: The 62 Reception, Jamaica Jubilee, The After Party $75& $50 CBC Televisions Dwight Drummond and Anne-Marie Mediwake host over 1,500 dinner guests through a lush program of special presentation and top entertainment toasting Jamaica and honouring great Canadian-Jamaican achievements. Appetizer:62 Reception FlashbacktoatimewhenJamaicawasheadywithhighhopesandoptimismsweet, swinging, 1962the year Jamaica became an island nation. Everywhere, the air was explosive with fireworks and celebration. We kick-off the Jamaica Land We Love GALA with The 62 Reception a media-graphic black and white snapshot peek into the euphoria of 1962. On arrival, guests are swept up in a sensory feast of taste, sight and sound.
CBCs Dwight Drummond and Anne-Marie Mediwake

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JAMAICA LAND WE LOVE GALA

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Entertainment: Jamaica Jubilee The GALAs intimate Hope Gardens setting unfolds into the Jamaica Jubilee theatre and an additional 1,000 show-only guests join over 1,500 dinner guests to celebrate Jamaicas th golden, 50 Jubilee. The floating in-theround100 long wood carving of the map of Jamaica with its floating mobile of vertical, multi-media projection screens become prime focus. Lights, cameras, actionvisuals, music, dance, spoken word a jaw-dropping flow of top Jamaican and Canadian stars and personalities take centre stage in a spectacular showcase of sight and sound the honouree, our beloved Jamaica. The show is created and seamlessly woven by veteran producer Len D. Henry.

The dcor: Famous Jamaican streets, signs and intersections, where the crowds would have gathered to cheer its independence: bars, lounges, stores, celebration installations and projections. At the epicentre, guests step into a time tunnel of displays, a fore telling of whats to come in the future JAMAICAINCANADA the events ,milestones and achievements of Jamaicans in Canada Arts, Athletics, Business, Community Service, Health Sciences, Leadership, Media & Entertainment, Technology & Innovation.

MainCourse:Dinner inHope Gardens All that glitters is golden for the GALAs Garden of Hope. Feast on fine Jamaican cuisine created by The Art of Caterings star-chef, Selwyn Richards in a fresh fragrant and scenic dining experience inspired by Jamaicas iconic Hope Gardens decorated through a creative collaboration with celebrated guest designers of the Jamaican Horticultural Society. The After Party

Starry tropical night skies; the thunderous energy and electric colours of Jamaicas nightclubs today Partiers dance the night away into the wee hours of the morning with set performances by featured artists old and nuskool hosted by Torontos G98.7.

We invite you to share this special evening as we present the very best of us!
Gala Media Spokesperson|Co-Chair, Sandra Whiting swhiting@jamaica50.ca

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Performing Arts at its Best


Presenting and showcasing the creativity of Jamaica and Jamaican Canadians Throughout 2012, the Performing Arts Sub-Committee will showcase and present the wealth of creativity emanating from Canadians of Jamaican heritage. Our unique perspective is that no celebration of a countrys milestones and history can be represented without the presence of its culture. Jamaica 50 Celebration Inc. invites you to join the various performing arts events as we share Jamaicas enormous contributions to arts and culture. We also look forward to continuing this journey in the future and nurturing the development of new talents and art forms, perpetuating our beloved Canadian-Jamaican culture. There are many events which will take place across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) during this year-long celebration of the Performing Arts, reflective of the diversity of the Jamaican culture. Our calendar of events will include creative endeavours in the following areas: Film Dance Music Theatre Performance Art Spoken Word

PERFORMING ARTS PERFORMING ARTS

Culture is the heart of society, and at the heart of culture has always been artistic expression. The Jamaica 50 initiative and a comprehensive celebration of Jamaicas 50 years of independence would be incomplete if it didnt involve an exploration and celebration of the very things that make Jamaicans who they are. Kevin Ormsby CoChair

Performing Arts Media Spokesperson | Co-Chair, Kevin Ormsby Email: kormsby@jamaica50.ca

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SONG | JUMP FOR JAMAICA

A STAR-STUDDED WORLD RECORD A Solid Gold International Anthem


JUMP FOR JAMAICA! joins Canadian powerhouse Chris Smith Management agents to top stars such as Nelly Furtado, Fefe Dobson, Tamia, Kreesha Turner and Jarvis Church; Yendi Phillips (Miss Jamaica Universe/Miss Jamaica World), Chef, Roger Mooking; Athlete, Rohan Ricketts and more.

MAKING OF VLOG Online, backstage pass into the behind-the-scenes, making of the song and the video. Fans live the experience and follow the stars -Jamaica 50 website + Social Media This collaboration brings top recording artists to get here from around the world as Jamaica goes Gold in 2012, both at the Olympics and its milestone celebration of 50 years of Independence- to raise funds and awareness for RISE Jamaica. THEME SONG + MUSIC VIDEO Written by Canadian-Jamaican chart-topping deejay Mr.Lexx Sung by top international music stars from Canada, Jamaica + USA. Available on iTunes target sales 1 million worldwide. Net proceeds from sales benefit youth in Jamaica + Canada through People Bridge + RISE Jamaica (Reaching Individuals through Skills and Education)

Jump for Jamaica Song Media Spokesperson Email: lhenry@jamaica50.ca

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OFFICIAL + COMMUNITYEVENTS Theres something for everyone.


2012 will be a jam-packed year of events honouring Jamaicas 50th - all over the world. In Canada, the Jamaica 50 Celebration Calendar of Events is a series of free and ticketed events produced by the Jamaica 50 Celebrations Inc. Toronto Committee combined with a series of select events planned and produced by partnering community organizations located in the Greater Toronto Area.

OFFICIAL + COMMUNITY OFFICIAL + COMMUNITY EVENTS EVENTS

4WD 4WD On-Line Writing Contest | Mar.7 Apr.15 Jam for Jamaica | Apr. 21 4WD Sports Launch | May 6 Afrochic Cultural Art Exhibit | June 4WD Short-Video Competition | September Art+ Literature Jamaicans in Canada: When Ackee Meets Codfish Launch | Apr. 12 A Book Sinting | A Different Booklist | May 11 An Evening with Malcolm Gladwell | May 28 Circa 1962 Circa 2012 | Art Exhibit | Jul.12 Sep.9 Authors at Harbour front Reading Series | Sep.19 Jamaica Golf Constant Spring Golf Club | Apr.22 Manchester Golf Club | Apr.23 Tryall Golf Club | Apr. 25 Cinnamon Hill Golf Club | Apr. 27 Cayman as Golf + Country Club | Apr.28 Jamaica Land We Love Gala The62 Reception | Aug.11 Dinner in Hope Gardens | Aug.11 Jamaica Jubilee | Aug.11 The Jamaica 50 Celebration After Party | Aug.11

Jamaican Rhythms | Jun 28 Charities Charities | jamaica50.ca The People Bridge Charitable Foundation | peoplebridgecharity.org JCA Scholarship Awards Program | jcaontario.org/scholarship Evry MickleMek a Muckle | peoplebridgecharity.org Promotional Jamaica 50 National Launch | Mar.22 Hallelujah Pepperpot | May 6 & 12 Summer Sinting Launch | May 21 Jamaica50.ca Online Talent Contest | May 21 Jump for Jamaica International Anthem | buy it on jamaica50.ca + iTunes Jump for Jamaica Music Video | Buy it on Jamaica50.ca + iTunes Soccer fest | July 17 Flag Raising | Aug.5 Multi-Faith Service | Aug.5 Independence Day | Aug.6 Culinary Sinting | Aug. & Sep. Performing Arts Reel World Film Festival | April 14 Jamaican Rhythms | Jun.28 Jambana | Aug.6 Skating Party | Dec

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JAMAICA 50 Celebration Inc. Media Contact

MEDIA CONTACT

Planet 3 Communications Ltd. - Joanne Smale /Tristan Torralba / Jennyfer Sanchez Email: info@planet3com.net T: 647 346 4101 F: 647 346 4104

Corporate Information The Jamaica 50 Celebration Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that has established a Steering Committee for Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area to plan an exciting and wide-ranging program of events and activities. The Committees goal is to showcase the outstanding contributions of Jamaicans in Canada; to encourage youth of Jamaican heritage to be better informed and to support Jamaica; and to provide a legacy to Jamaica and Canada through charitable and other social and cultural initiatives. The Toronto Committee will also collaborate with various community organizations in celebrating the 50th anniversary.

Gail Scala Co-Chair, Marketing & Communications gscala@jamaica50.ca PH:647 799 6546

Nadine Spencer Co-Chair, Communications & Sponsorship nspencer@jamaica50.ca PH:416 708 0521

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SPONSORS

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

SPONSORS|COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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