The One Love Festival is North America's only four day Caribbean festival

The One Love Festival is North America's only four day Caribbean festival

One Love Festival returns with festival favourites, new additions and features

The One Love Festival (OLF) 2019 is Labour Day weekend, August 30th, 2019 to September 2nd at Downsview Park; 70 Canuck Ave, North York, ON M3K 2C5.  The One Love Festival is organized by the One Love Festival INC. who have been producing and curating live music events for over 15 years.

“One Love’ is a Caribbean expression of unity. The saying refers to universal love and respect for all people, regardless of race, social status or any other defining characteristics.'s mission is to promote the message of love through music originating out of the Caribbean diaspora and contribute positively to the multicultural fabric of Canada" says organizer Eb Reinbergs, co-organizer for One Love Festival.

The 2019 One Love Festival returns with festival favourites, new additions and features like our food village, discounted student tickets and a kids/family zone. The One Love Festival encourages people of all ages and ethnicities to come and celebrate their love of Caribbean music.

Each year, more than 14,000 people attend the One Love Festival, 2018 being the most attended event to date.  The 2019 edition of the One Love Festival headliners include performances by Grammy Award winner Shabba RanksMr. KillaSizzlaMavadoKes the Band (with full band), Bunji GarlinCocoa TeaNessa PreppySpragga BenzBaby ChamAgent SascoPatrice Roberts and Fay-Ann Lyons.

If you're a supporter of local, emerging artists, you will enjoy the One Love Festival welcome party and Canadian Caribbean artist showcase on the first night (Free admission to Canadian Showcase Night). On the second night of the festival, patrons will dance the night away under the stars with live performances and a fun foam fete party.  Night three of the four-day festival features Jamaican Dancehall artists. The festival would not be complete without a Reggae night, headlining classic, reggae music and artists. 


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About One Love Festival

The One Love Festival is designed by One Love Festival Inc. whose principals have been producing and curating live music events for over 15 years. As a result, the company is the premier event management company within the Reggae, Dance-Hall and Hip-Hop community in the GTA. Each year, more than 14,000 people have passed through our events with 2018 being our biggest year-to-date. Our loyal patrons come out to support our signature productions, event after event, year after year.

MEDIA RELEASE Glow Gardens 2019 - Christmas Glow will illuminate Toronto this holiday season

Christmas Glow will illuminate Toronto this holiday season

World’s largest indoor Christmas festival lights up Canada from coast to coast

TORONTO, ON (October 23, 2019) -- Let it GLOW! The world’s largest indoor Christmas festival, Glow, will soon illuminate Toronto with the twinkle of over a million lights. Set inside the Toronto Congress Centre from Thursday, November 28, 2019, through Saturday, January 4, 2020, visitors can escape the winter elements and enjoy family-friendly and festive holiday activities while they laugh, stroll and play in the lighted displays and interactive exhibits stretching over thousands of square feet.

The 2019 theme for Toronto is “Santa’s Lost Presents,” which invites guests to explore lighted trails and help elves uncover Santa’s lost presents. With traditional holiday themes, including Santa’s sleigh and his glowing reindeer, visitors will be sure to get into the holiday spirit. Glow’s illuminated structures are the perfect backdrop to create holiday family photos, lifelong memories and even the perfect selfie. Interactive activities and festive playgrounds provide fun for the whole family and are sure to entertain the kids for hours.

“Sharing the glow and warmth of the season with friends and family has long been our family’s tradition. Now we have the joy of sharing it through Christmas Glow events around the world,” said Lawrence Jansen, CEO of Glow Gardens. “It’s a truly magical experience to share with family and friends, making new holiday memories together. Seeing kids of all ages faces’ light up with wonder and excitement is what Glow is all about.”

“Glow Toronto’s unique appeal comes from using local vendors for the marketplace, food and beverage options, and engaging local charities, organizations and entertainers,” added Jansen.
While enjoying live music, visitors are invited to kick back with seasonal beverages at the licensed bars. Another highlight will be the pop-up marketplace featuring unique gifts and decorations from local vendors and artists for Glow visitors to make their list and check it twice. It’s the fun and joyful experience of an outdoor holiday market and festival hosted inside a warm and spacious venue.

Visitors can save 20% on selected tickets and 30% on seasons passes, while tickets last, at Vendors and entertainers interested in participating are invited to apply through the website.

Toronto is one of just two Christmas Glow locations in Ontario this year, with the other event being held in Ottawa. The very first Christmas Glow was held near Vancouver, B.C. in 2017, and expanded to Ontario and Alberta the following year. The events’ success sparked a desire to spread joy and share this magical experience across the country—with locations in Abbotsford, Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax—and internationally to Denmark. Globally, Christmas Glow features over 10 million Christmas lights and is expected to draw up to 1.5 million visitors.

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About Glow Gardens:
Glow is an indoor Christmas festival, bringing people together to laugh, stroll and play under the twinkle of a million lights. The creators of Glow, the Jansen family, have deep roots within their
community and have found a way to connect families and neighbours and celebrate the warmth of the season. Christmas Glow first launched in 2017 near Vancouver, Canada, and guests who
attended were captivated by the event. In 2018, Glow expanded to three locations across Canada, and in 2019 features in eight cities around the world including Vancouver, Abbotsford, Edmonton,
Saskatoon, Toronto, Halifax and Ottawa in Canada, and Odense in Denmark. 1.5 million people are expected to visit Glow across the holiday season. Visit for more information.

MEDIA RELEASE NIA Centre for the Arts Makes History: Building Canada's First Black Arts Centre
MEDIA RELEASE NIA Centre for the Arts Makes History: Building Canada's First Black Arts Centre

NIA Centre for the Arts Makes History: Building Canada's First Black Arts Centre

TORONTO—On Friday, October 16, 2020, Nia Centre For The Arts unveiled plans for their $7.5-million capital project which will transform their 14,000 square foot facility into Canada’s first multi-disciplinary professional arts space dedicated to showcasing art from the Afro-diaspora.
Located at 524 Oakwood Avenue, just south of Eglinton Avenue West, Nia Centre will house a range of multimedia learning spaces, a performance area, artist studio, co-working space, and a safe, culturally affirming place for Black youth to explore their creative talents. These upgrades to the facility and location in a historic neighbourhood will position Nia Centre as a key destination for Toronto’s Black communities to gather and for Black artists to showcase the full range of their creative expression to audiences year-round.
“Today we start building a legacy for our community. A consistent space to support Black artists and youth — nurturing their talents and sharing their work with new audiences,” said Alica Hall, Executive Director, Nia Centre. “The Centre ensures that Black art and culture is available year-round. Through exhibitions and public programming rooted in modern and traditional Black expression, we will expand our collective understanding of the Black Canadian experience.”
Hosted by Alica Hall, who was joined by supporters and major funders to celebrate the occasion, including Adam Vaughan, MP of Spadina—Fort York,
John Tory, Mayor of the City of Toronto and Nation Cheong, Vice President, Community Opportunities & Mobilization, United Way Toronto and York Region, as well as community members who tuned in through a livestream.
“The building of the Nia Centre for the Arts – Canada’s First Black arts centre – is not only momentous for this city and country, but it is a support system that is much needed. I am pleased that the city is able to support the Nia Centre in bringing this new building to fruition,” said Mayor John Tory. “Through its expansion, the Nia Centre, with the support of the City, will further the work and reach of Black artists and ensure that the sector is not only thriving but that opportunities are provided to Black Torontonians. I want to thank Alica and the Nia Centre for the Arts for their persistence and commitment to bringing this project to life and for seeing it through.”
By Fall 2021, Nia Centre will expand their in-house programs, which range from artist residencies, film screenings, camps, youth engagement, and much more. These programs will take place inside a facility designed for learning, collaboration, and showcasing Black art. Once renovated, Nia Centre will have expanded capacity to present music, dance, photography, film and theatre. Construction highlights include:
● a multi-purpose performance space with capacity for over 100 seated guests
● multimedia, collaborative artistic spaces including a digital media lab, a recording studio, as well as a collaborative artist studio space
● a youth hub, and private, rentable event space with outdoor recreational use
● a board room and co-working spaces
● hallway galleries on 2 levels
The Centre has also launched their capital campaign to raise $1.5 million which will go towards completing the renovation and purchasing equipment.
“On behalf of the Youth Challenge Fund Partnership Committee, we are elated at this ground-breaking. It has been a labour of love and dedication for young Black leaders to reach this milestone. This space would not be possible without United Way's partnership with the City of Toronto and dedicated community leaders,” said Nation Cheong. “We look forward to experiencing the renovated facility filled with young Black artists learning, creating, and strengthening community.”
Cultural and Geographic Significance:
Nia Centre is located in the heart of the Oakwood-Vaughan Village, steps from the Eglinton West area, which has officially been designated as “Little Jamaica”. With a rich artistic history, this Caribbean neighbourhood is in the midst of its own dramatic transformation based on the installation of the Eglinton Crosstown, and overall community development. Nia Centre’s milestone construction intersects with important and timely investments which will benefit the local Black community in a generational way, promoting positive development for youth, and offering a safe, welcome space for Black artists.
Before Nia Centre opened in 2015, the space, which opened in the early 1920s, has served as a banquet hall, bowling alley, nightclub and Toronto Public Health office. Notable for the Black community, 524 Oakwood was known as Isabella’s Ballroom, which hosted reggae, calypso, or soca shows in the 70s and 80s.
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AFROFEST 2021 features first ever drive-in show at the Guildwood GO Station on July 17th and 18th, 2021

A concurrent, second consecutive virtual concert returns July 16th to 25th with ALL artists eligible for a first-time prize for best overall performance. 

TORONTO (June 23, 2021) - Music Africa of Canada Inc., parent company of the largest free African Music Festival in North America, AFROFEST, is proud to present AFROFEST 2021, July 16, to July 25, 2021. The 33rd annual edition of Afrofest is taking place in two unforgettable installments; a first edition, live drive-in performance showcase at Guildwood GO Station, 4105 Kingston Road, Toronto, and a sophomore free of charge virtual event. The special two-night showcase, AFROFEST 2021 Drive-in Edition, produced in collaboration with the Beaches Jazz Festival, takes place on July 17, 2021 and July 18, 2021, while the online version is ongoing July 16th to July 25th, 2021 inclusive. 

Other firsts at AFROFEST 2021 include an inaugural cash prize of  $1,000(CDN) to the best overall performance, as well as AFROFEST Talks, a dialogue between East African and South Asian communities about COVID-19.

“AFROFEST 2021 offers the maximum exposure to African culture. This year, we will include a first ever highly anticipated Drive-In segment with great music, food and other exciting elements as well as our regular virtual festival with over 25 artists from 20 different African and diaspora countries. Other inaugural elements of AFROFEST 2021 are talks which will offer an insight into the interdependencies between India and East Africa and the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic in that region,” said Peter Toh, AFROFEST Executive and Artistic Director. “There will also be Community Shield awards given to individuals who are making a difference in the African and Diaspora communities. We look forward to meeting our audiences at the drive-in and online events, and to having our entire artist lineup deliver their best show and compete for the $1,000 cash prize”.

The lineup for the drive-in showcase delivers a signature AFROFEST cross continental intersection of dynamic African and diasporic talent and musical stylings. Performers include Imah (Senegal), Steele (Jamaica), Donne Roberts (Madagascar), Slim Flex (Ghana), and DJ Shaqt (Rwanda). 

This contact-free experience will be enhanced by the cultural backdrop of merchandise and food vendors, providing fashion, crafts and other shopping, as well as a variety of delectable onsite cuisines representing tasty menu offerings from across Africa and the Caribbean. 

Online, audiences can enjoy the likes of Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble (Nigeria), Tich Maredza (Zimbabwe), Hassan El Hadi (Morocco), Zambe (Togo), Afrogospel Band (Congo), Kaisha Lee (Jamaica), Kaabi Kouyate (Guinea), Beenie Gunter (Uganda), Sweet Maria (Angola), and the list is still growing!

AFROFEST is a top cultural draw on the Toronto events calendar. The 2 day event has attracted crowds of up to 125,000 in a single year, and grown from previous maximum capacity at Queen’s Park to Woodbine Park. As a marquee celebration of African culture, the Music Africa Team has risen to current unprecedented times by programming a multidimensional, immersive festival experience to ensure that audiences can enjoy maximum AFROFEST 2021 exposure. 

This year’s event promises to be informative, engaging and entertaining. With various artists expressing their work through multiple mediums and platforms, AFROFEST 2021 is a definite “must do” and “must see” for summer.


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About Music Africa Inc.

Music Africa is a not-for-profit community-based organization that promotes African music in Toronto through its annual flagship music festival AFROFEST. Established in 1990, Music Africa is among the oldest and most respected organizations promoting African music in Canada. Through its activities and events, such as the annual Black History Month Concert Series, Music Africa is committed to enhancing appreciation and awareness of African music among Canadians and continues to strive to establish Toronto as a thriving global center for African music.


About Afrofest

Afrofest is organized and presented by Music Africa Canada Inc. in collaboration with the Beaches Jazz Festival. This is the 33rd edition of the festival, where it remains the largest free African cultural festival in North America. Its highly passionate fanbase has been breathing life into the event while weathering challenges and celebrating triumphs since 1989.


About Beaches Jazz Festival

The festival began in 1989, when local jazz artists were booked to perform at the Kew Gardens Bandshell in the beach area of Toronto. Now celebrating its 32nd anniversary, the festival has blossomed into a month-long mid-summer event that attracts thousands of fans and makes a major contribution to promoting Canadian jazz excellence locally and on the world stage.


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