Celebrating Jamaica’s 50th Year of Independence, the Jamaica 50 Gala was a well-attended event held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre featuring Master of Ceremonies Dwight Drummond and Anne-Marie Mediwake and guest speakers including Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty (who arrived to much fan-fare).

The “1962 reception” featured DJ Eugene Chang and about 4 tables of Appleton Estate each with their own variety of Jamaican rum cocktail and each table had a ballot to vote for our favourite Appleton Estate bartender.  Clearly we favoured the cocktail with the pouring of liquid flame!  What a beautiful sight!

The evening was jam-packed with speeches and music performances including Miss Jamaica Universe 2012 and Canadian-Jamaican pop and R&B music artist Kreesha Turner.

There was also a silent auction and an energetic live auction on stage.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics with Jamaica winning the 1st, 2nd and 3rd and also breaking the world-record for the men’s 100m relay with Usain Bolt, there was much to celebrate at the Jamaica’s 50th year of independence and we give them much congratulations on having such grand gala and throwing a whirlwind of Jamaica 50 celebrations this year. Great job to Sandra Whiting and the rest of the committee!

See also, our Jamaica Rhythms post where Sandra Whiting tells us about the Jamaica 50 Celebration Committee.

For more information visit http://jamaica50.ca/the-gala/

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