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Sharron McLeod is a jazz vocalist who is well established in Toronto and New York City. Sharron has shared the stage with some of jazz's most exciting musicians such as Jane Bunnett, Greg Tate, Archie Alleyne, Salome Bey, Jimmy Lovelace, Jackie Richardson, Yoron Isreals, Gord Webster, Duane Burno, Elliott Levine, Lewis 'Flip' Barnes and Frank Falco. Along with regular club and festival appearances in Toronto, Sharron has performed in Europe and the United States. Trained as a classical flutist and trombonist, Sharron's focus naturally evolved to encompass jazz. Following the success of For the Love of Abbey at the Trane Studio in December, Sharron is bringing her tribute to the late great jazz diva Abbey Lincoln to the Rock Paper Sistahz 10th anniversary festival. She will perform and recall the music of Ms Lincoln along with her own personal anecdotes and observations about this legendary and iconic artist. During our interview Sharon talks and shares about growing up in a household were her mother was a fan of opera, classical, reggae and world music, the moment when she fell in love with jazz, her first musical performance as singer, her special relationship with her "musical mother" the late great Abby Lincoln and how her tribute came into being, how her performance at this year's "Rock Paper Sistahz " came about ; and her future plans. To find out more about Sharron, please go to : www.myspace.com/sharronmcleodRock Paper Sistahz Festival Opener - Sharron McLeod in a Tribute to Abbey Lincoln Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Artscape Wychwood Barns (http://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=103504369285256632619.000463ae727d781146556&source=embed&ll=43.646494,-79.39667&spn=0.134153,0.263672&z=12 ), 601 Christie St. Toronto, Ontario Please feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a message at 1-866-280-9385 (toll free). Please feel free to "Like" the "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vibe-and-Vegas-Show/155099174532923 God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.comPodcastTwitter"The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook Fan PageiTunes

Ms. Peters grew up in Toronto, Ontario. She moved with her family to Weymouth Falls, Nova Scotia with her family at the age of 13. In the early 1980's, she started her media career in rural Nova Scotia as the afternoon Newscaster for Annapolis Valley Radio. She then went on to anchor the CHSJ television news out of Saint John, New Brunswick before joining CBC Television News. In 1996, she left the world of broadcast news and started her own production company. During is a founding member of Women In Film and Television-Atlantic, a member of Actra Maritimes and has served as Chair as the Diversity Board and is also a member of The Writers Guild of Canada. She has appeared in more than 20 films and numerous stage plays. During our interview, Ms. Peters shares some of her journey with us from growing up in Toronto and moving to the east coast of Canada, her first performance doing a one-woman show with seven characters, her first commercial playing the role of a five year old when she was eighteen, some of the challenges of being a Black and female news anchor in the 1980's, why she started her own production company, the story behind her latest film "AFRICVILLE: CAN'T STOP NOW". Ms. Peters also gives some advice for those who would like to follow in her footsteps. If you would like to find out more about Ms. Peters, go to: If you would like to contact Ms. Peters, please go to: "Africville: Can't Stop Now" is ; part of "Flimsy Things!" on Wednesday, May 11th from 8 p.m. to

Gary Pieters is a school administrator in the Toronto school board with over 15 years of experience in the education sector and sits on many community boards. He was born in London, England then went to Ghana at four months of age. Gary was raised by grandmother until he was seven years old. He then went to Canada for a bit then went back to Guyana until he was nineteen years old. Gary has a Bachelor of Arts in African History and Politics and Bachelor of Arts in Teacher Education (Primary and Junior). He has been a teacher in Southern California. In 1999, he became a teacher in the Toronto District School Board. In 2005, he became a principal at a school in the Toronto School Board. In this interview which was recorded just before the recent Canadian federal election, Gary talks and shares about various subject including the importance of minorities getting involved in the current federal elections and the importance of voting and it is important to vote, what he felt was the number issue of the recent Canadian election, the importance of cities in Canada, the many examples of current Black leadership in Canada, time is now for Blacks to get involved in the political process and what it will it take to get more young Blacks involved, ; the importance of Africentric schools and the contrast between American vs. Canadian schools. During the recent Canadian election, Gary was a volunteer citizen blogger for CBC News during the last election. You can read his final entry at You can also read Gary's article, "Who's afraid of Africentric?", in which he comments on why Africentric secondary school in Toronto

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Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 9:34pm EST

Marlon Reid is Vice President, Treasury Credit, Investment Banking - TD Securities and Past President of The Urban Financial Services Coalition - Toronto Chapter . During our interview, Marlon shares shares some of his challenges he encountered with the educational system when he was younger and what was the gamechanger that sent him into another direction, shares some of his challenges he encountered with the educational system when he was younger and what was the game changer that sent him into another direction, how he stayed strong and didn't quit, the importance of mentorship, how he got involved with the conference, memories from last year's conference and how it impacted him, what needs to be done to maximize young Black men's talents and words of inspiration and encouragement for young Black men. The conference is being held at George Brown College on May 5, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Neil Le Grand is an analyst at Trez Capital Corporation in Toronto, Ontario. He was born in Oakville, Ontario and has a degree in Economics from the University of Windsor. Neil is also the Chair Of Community Outreach for . During this interview Neil shares about his experience with the educational system, how he got involved with "Stand Up! Young Men's Conference" and some of his experiences from last year's conference, what do young Black men need help with, why he takes his time to help out young Black men and the importance of events like "Stand Up! Young Men's Conference". Please note that our show will be using various forms of social media for this event. We will will be sending tweets, sending out messages via our show , recording interviews and streaming some of them live and for later broadcast and other stuff. Here is how you can follow us during the conference: Twitter: or @vibeandvegas Please feel free to "Like" the "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook fan page at Please feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a message at 1-866-280-9385 (toll free). Please feel free to "Like" the "The Vibe and Vegas Show" Facebook fan page at God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.com


On May 5, 2011, the second annual "Stand Up - Young Men's Conference" conference will be held at George Brown College at 290 Adelaide Street East, Toronto, Ontario from 9 a.m. To 3 p.m. Gary Crossdale is the principal of Lord Dufferin public school in Toronto, Ontario. Gary along with Ainsworth Morgan is one of the organizers of the conference. Gary talks and shares about some the challenges that Black boys encounter with the public school system, the history of "Stand Up! Young Men's Conference", memories of last year's conference, what to look for at this year's conference and the importance of legacy for Black men. Please note that we will be using various forms of social media for this event. We will will be sending tweets, sending out messages via our show Facebook Fan Page, recording interviews and streaming some of them live and for later broadcast and other stuff. Here is how you can follow us during the conference: Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas or @vibeandvegas ... please feel free to "Like" our God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.com


Reigning calypso monarch of Canada, Macomere Fifi (Eulith Tara Woods) will stage her first concert in eight years in Toronto on Saturday May 7, 2011 at the Cecil Street Community Centre. The show aptly titled, "Mother and Daughter" takes its cue from Fifi's classic calypso of the same name. Fifi burst onto the calypso scene in 1998 when she captured the calypso monarch of Canada title, the people's choice, and went on to win the first ever Calypso Queen competition in Canada that same year. A longstanding member of La Petite Musicale Toronto, Fifi began singing with this legendary choir immediately after moving to Toronto in 1987. When in one of the choir's theatrical productions she played a character named Macomere Fifi, this name stuck on her and it was not a difficult decision to adapt this moniker for her calypso career. Fifi's achievement is myriad, having copped the Miami Calypso Monarch title on four occasions, Canadian Calypso Monarch, Pan Kaiso Monarch, Canadian Soca Monarch, Calypso Queen , in addition to capturing such special prizes as People's choice on numerous occasions. Joining Fifi for this momentous Mothers Day Eve concert is her daughter, Lavonne 'Mandy' Woods who has been making quite a name for herself on the Canadian urban music scene. Last year, Mandy was awarded two Canadian Reggae Achievement Awards for Single of the Year and Best Female Vocalist. During this interview, Macomere Fifi talks about growing up in Tobago and signing in the choir, why she came to Canada (a twenty three year holiday and still going strong), why she has started performing again after not performing for eight years, ; the most special award that she has received and why is she performing with her daughter. To purchase tickets and reservations call 416-750-1764 Ext 1 or Glenda at
Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 8:20pm EST