We had an opportunity to interview Sandra Whiting, the co-Chair of the Gala and Performing Arts for the “Jamaica 50” celebration.

The Jamaica 50 organization itself is 2 years old and started with the goal of celebrating Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence (1962 to 2012).  Funds raised will help to pay tribute to Jamaica.

Sandra Whiting says that Jamaicans have been in Canada since the 1700s with the Maroons followed by waves in the 50s and 60s.  Jamaicans love Toronto for its diversity, and acceptance of people form many parts of the world allowing them to share their culture and who they are.  Sandra came to Toronto for adventure and wants to share what Jamaica has given to the world with others.

When we asked Whiting what Torontonians love about Jamaica she replied that Torontonians love that Jamaica has the warmest, welcoming people, the reggae music, rum, and cool vibe.  It’s an “irie” place where you feel like you’re part of the “sinting”.  We can’t disagree with that.

What’s next for Jamaica 50 after the series of festivities? Money raised will help charities in Jamaican and Canadian charities.

We look forward to the celebrations at the Jamaican Rhythms Gala at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on June 28th starting at 7:30pm!

The evening will feature Roots, Rock and Reggae:

‘60s: Iconic Fab 5 Band – paying tribute to SKA
‘70s: Classic John Holt
‘80s: Magnificent Marcia Griffiths
‘90s: Fantastic Yellow Man
2000: Grammy Winner Maxi Priest
2010: King of the Dancehall, Grammy Award Winner Beenie Man
CAN CON: 2012 JUNO NOMINEES: Jay DouglasSteeleExco Levi backed by Mountain Edge.

For more information and to get tickets click below or call 647-799-6546

http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004873F9E1A1E4?artistid=1710446&brand=sony&camefrom=cfc_sony_centre_sonyweb_Jamaican

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