Happy 97th Birthday Lillian Johnson

HONOURED to have performed for #LillianJohnson's 97th Earthstrong! She is the founder of the Sickle Cell Association of Ontario @sicklecellontario & was instrumental in having #sicklecellanemia added to newborn screening in Ontario. It wasn't easy, she had her share of challenges, but she prevailed.
We owe a lot for her tireless efforts.
Family, friends & people from the community came out to pay respect and tribute.

She has received numerous awards for her achievements:
Toronto Public Health Champion Award in 2009.

  • Recipient of the Order of Ontario in 2010.

  • Black Health Alliance Legacy Award in 2014.

  • Ryerson University Viola Desmond Award in 2015.

  • 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women Honoree in 2016.

  • Long-Term Care Lifetime Achievement Award – Ontario Long Term Care Association in 2016.

International Women's Day

Looking forward to performing at Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre in celebration of International Women’s Day. The event is open to the public with a $5 donation. Hope to see you there.

5:30-5:40—Introductions and Welcomes
5:40-6:00—Healing Harmonies Music and Song with Cathy Nosaty
6:00-6:10—Healing Harmonies Dance with Anita Baah
6:10-6:45—Food will be served and Slide Show
6:15-6:30—Suzette Vidale Steelpannist
6:30-6:45—Yanira’s Women Theater Group
6:45-6:50—Maddie’s Kung Fu demo
6:50-7:20—Panel of Seniors- What is life like as a senior that lives alone?

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Black Futures at Hart House

Hart House celebrated Black History Month with a theme entitled “Black Futures”. Using the lens of Afro-Futurism, they offered “a series of programs using the lens of Afrofuturism to explore and present arts, dialogue and well-being at Hart House” (http://harthouse.ca/black-futures/)

SHOUT OUT to @harthouseuoft @hhstudents for inviting me to be a part of your Afro-Caribbean lunch event. It was fantastic meeting students of different cultures and showing them the versatility of the instrument.
Big up to Jessica, Ata & Yin for your assistance & great conversations. Thank you Ms. Dille for the opportunity.
#steelpanwithsuzette #panvibes #kalhonaho#harthouseblackfutures

Barbados Foundation Canada presents Bring On The Spring

Honoured once again to perform for Barbados Foundation Canada as they present Bring On The Spring. I am looking forward to listening to the speech that will be presented by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies.
Performances also by the phenomenal Jay Harmony and storyteller Richardo Keens-Douglas.

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Diversity Week at Concentrix!

I can appreciate when companies take it upon themselves to implement an afternoon, day or better yet week, to giving time and space to their employees to share their cultures with one another. Sometimes the way to getting along lies in finding out our similarities and the creative, funny and intriguing differences.
I was invited to partake in a portion of a week long celebration of culture at Concentrix based in Oshawa.
Throughout the week the cultures of India, Mexico, the Caribbean, Italy and Canada were celebrated.
I performed as well as brought some instruments to allow the employees to explore a bit about the art from within my culture (Trinidad). Needless to say, WE HAD A BLAST!

Culture Days Weekend is Here!

Are you ready?!? Culture Days weekend is here!
I had the opportunity to help kick off this national celebration of arts & culture at the CBC with some of Canada’s top talented artists.
This is the ninth year that Culture Days has been in existence. Drawing it’s inspiration from Quebec’s Journées de la culture, Culture Days has been one of Canada’s exceptional annual events giving opportunities for literally everyone to either share or be a part of something greater.
This weekend you can find lectures, workshops, concerts and more happening in neighbourhoods all around you. Get out, grab a friend or two, and DISCOVER something new!

Culture Days Weekend National Launch 2018

Article reposted from culturedays.ca website

Debajehmujig Theatre Group

Culture Days is excited to be hosting a national event to kick off the 2018 Culture Days weekend. Together with media partner CBC, we will be welcoming visitors to join us for performances, activities and speeches as we launch Canada’s annual weekend to celebrate arts and culture.

Location: CBC Barbara Frum Atrium, 250 Front St W, Toronto 

Time: Doors at 8:30AM. Remarks and performances at 9AM. 

Performances include:

  • Flamenco dancing with Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

  • Beat poetry from Toronto's Bam! Youth Slam

  • Live steel pan performance from steelpannist, Suzette Vidale

  • Dancing with Holla Jazz

  • Performances by Manitoulin-based Debajehmujig Theatre

Full performer details are listed below.

This launch is made possible thanks to the support of Chicago Title Insurance Company, our broadcast partner CBC and program partners Aga Khan Museum and Civic Theatres Toronto.
READ MORE

Culture Days is ALMOST HERE!!!

STEELPAN WITH SUZETTE WORKSHOP organized by the Toronto Centre for the Arts
WHERE: Toronto Centre for the Arts, Upper Gallery
WHEN: Saturday September 28, 2018

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WORKSHOP #1
Let’s Learn
1pm-2:30pm (All ages)

Join Suzette Vidale as she speaks about the steelpan, a percussive instrument invented in the 20th century. Interactive discussions will include the origins, evolution & current innovations.
Registration required

 
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WORKSHOP #2
Hands On Fun
2:45pm-3:45pm (Ages 8-18)

Learn a simple song, no musical knowledge required.
Youth Workshop for ages 8-18.
Registration required

Celebrating the Centenary of Nelson Mandela

It was an HONOUR to CELEBRATE the CENTENARY of Nelson Mandela. 28 years ago he stood at Queen's Park, only 4 months after been released from prison, and delivered a memorable speech to 15,000 people. Special thanks to Dewitt Lee for making this celebration possible, as well Isaiah Vidale-donawaJeff Walcott, photographer Shekinah Ashanti Holt and international students. 
TheMandela100 #Mandela100 #BeTheLegacy #LivingTheLegacy
#MandelaDay ‬

Barbados Ball 2018

"Having a ball for charity."

Source: https://bentphoto.pixieset.com/barbadosball2018/

Nocturnal Notes

Having fun at Berczy Park

Spring Steelpan Weddings

CONGRATS to newlyweds Adam & Nicole! The rain held up for the guests to enjoy their blessed union.
SHOUT OUT to Chris & staff from @granitebrewery for all of your help, much appreciated!
#SteelpanElegance #weddingvibes#steelpanmusic #steelpanwithsuzette#panvibes #PanWOMANonduty

Every Step of the Way Tour with Sunwing!

What a great evening playing for #Sunwing's 'Every Step Of The Way Tour' at the Paddock at Woodbine Racetrack. The Sunwing team really know how to set the vibe and have fun! THANKS for the hospitality! 
#1tothesun #sunwingmode #vacation #vacay#sunwingsteelpan #panvibes

RIEP Emmanuel "Des" Dickie | A Monument of Love

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HONOURED to have performed at the funeral for former National Cycling Coach for Canada/Trinidad, Emmanuel Desmond, aka "Des" Dickie.
I was taken on a journey described by his family, friends and athletes. They reminisced about stories of sacrifice, cheating death, discipline, charitable giving as well as him and his family embracing others as their own family. 
He was an amazing man who selflessly lived a life of LOVE -helping, coaching, motivating, encouraging, inspiring and uplifting those around him.
If we ALL took a page from his life, the world be in a better place. RIEP Des.
#desdickie #cyclingworldicon #monumentoflove #lifeisgood

Steelpan Surprise at the Glen Eagle Golf Club

SURPRISE! Sometimes families gift their loved ones with a steelpan performance. In this case, it was a surprise for both the newly wed couple and their guests right after the wedding ceremony.
Congrats to newlyweds Kara & Irvin!
#springlove #SteelpanElegance @gleneaglegolf club #steelpansurprise #steelpansundays

Panfest 2018

Another successful year of over 500 students participating in the 29th Annual TDSB Pan Fest at Bickford Centre. With the participation of over 20 schools over a period of 5 days, the last day proved to be standing room only as students performed their selected songs. Special performance by Earl La Pierre had the students on their feet and jammin'.
#tdsbpanfest @TDSB_music