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Vikings. Season 2, Episode 7

Season 2 of Vikings continues to be exciting. This show has me so whipped that I’m constantly checking the time to see how much of the 45mins is left, hoping more of the story will unravel before each episode ends.

I’ve just seen Episode 7 and men, I’m pumped! The episode begins to hint at betrayals to come. I’m thinking…ahahhhh….I see where the lies and deceit will come from, then WHAM!….the plot takes a turn that dissolves whatever theories I imagined.

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Slushy Day

The last couple of weeks have been ‘not funny’ kind of cold. There were days I hit the road with my camera, only to come back home without touching the shutter. Finally, the weather seems like its taken a right turn into Warm Avenue, one can only hope it continues down that path. Wishful thinking? Guess we’ll see.

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Trevor Kidd – Dude’s only 18!

Thinking back to 18years old, can’t really remember doing anything substantial to propel whatever I assumed my talents were. Like most young adults then, I was consumed with music and dance fashion, Timberlands and baggy jeans, the opposite sex and anything that would bring me popularity or respect, even if underserved.

Perhaps it’s the reason I’m moved when I encounter an 18yr old that’s not just coasting through youth, but exploring his talent with an incredible sense of direction. Ok, ok, I’ll quit the rambling and get on with it. His name is Trevor Kidd and he’s the winner of the “My Song For Change” contest put on by Make Music Matter. Now he’s recording that song for change in the company of multi-platinum selling bands like Sum41 and Billy Talent.

The notion of using music to effect change and influence the lives of people in Africa is great and all, but I’ll be honest, the whole time filming this, all I could think about is the big voice coming from this young man. Scary thing is…..he’s just beginning. Dude’s only going to get better as he matures in his art. I tip my hat to Trevor in anticipation of the many emotions his voice may gift us over time. He may not be “The Man” yet, but he’s surely “The Kidd”.

Miss AfriCanada 2013

Africa, however beautiful, isn’t known for breeding the most happy-ending stories. Like many Africans here, Canada has become our home away from home. Despite the tragic reality of life in our homeland, MsAfriCanada Pageant reminds us of the beauty, strength and resilience inherent in our bloodlines. This beauty pagaent reunites us annually to face both our history and present.

I’m excited about the opportunity to create their video this year, especially because I’m a believer in what the Pageant stands for. Here are some of the highlights from the evening.

The talent part of the show is when the crowd is loudest. Kudos to all the ladies for putting on an awesome show. Here’s one performance I had a great time editing.

Twerk Miley Miley Twerk

If you’ve been paying attention to lyrics lately, you’ve probably heard the line…..Twerk Miley Miley Twerk! No doubt there’s been a twerking uprising since Ms.Cyrus made it official its not a ‘sistas-only’ party. So what happens when twerking meets DJ 4Korners at My Apartment? Khaled and I showed up with our camera to get that story.

Coffee – Short Film

Why did I choose to make a short film on Coffee? Wish I had some profound reason to hand you but the reality is, I simply drink lots of coffee and love it. Follow me a on quest to learn more about coffee and meet some interesting people along the way.

Making this film was so much fun and I’m so grateful for all the help I got from the people in it. Without you guys, this would still remain an idea, floating in my head. But its now a reality, because of your help. Thanks to Susan – coffeetree.ca, Jeff – fairgroundscoffee.ca, Andria – andriabarrett.com, Amira – amiradevera.com, Mike & Olyana – cafeolya.com, Healthy Planet – healthyplanetcanada.com, Rendez Vous Restaurant – ethiopianrendezvous.com, Seven Grams Expresso Bar – sevengrams.ca.

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Canadian Black Caucus Celebrate Obama’s 2nd Inauguration

Many say heroes are not born, they are made. Made from desire, vision, persistence, knowledge, wisdom, the list goes on. Barack Obama’s election into a second term in office made him heroic to many people, and for good reasons. Another historic moment for anyone in the world, growing to embrace the possibilities of ‘change’.

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Afro-Cuban Dance Night

Salsa, Reggaeton, Rumba, Kizomba, Bachata, Samba, Zumba….gosh! So many different dancing styles out there. It amazes me that people can seamlessly switch styles on the dance floor, all from hearing a change in the beat. After minutes of envious gazing and feeling inspired, I hear myself whispering……I want to dance like that someday. But to achieve this, I’ll have to take lessons. That’s where my buddy was just months ago, check him out now, already part of the Afrolatino Semi-pro dance team, performing a routine tonight.

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Toronto Gourmet Food & Wine Expo – 2012

I chose to checkout this year’s expo on a Friday because I figured there would be less people. More of a workable crowd; that would allow me room for composition while taking pictures. So as usual, I left my car at the subway and took the train. Destination – downtown Toronto, Metro Convention Centre, where the event happens every year.

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Oktoberfest – 2012

Oktoberfest is the biggest Bavarian beer festival in Canada. Opening ceremonies kicked off in Kitchener, its host city for over forty years. The festival originates from Germany, where millions of people take part in its celebration. So how did it make its way to Kitchener Ontario? Hmmm…I did some digging to get the story.

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Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show

Creative minds in the pastry and sweets industry gather this weekend at Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show. In its second year running, the show’s already attracting huge crowds. So what is it exactly, simply put….Pastry Heaven.

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Ms. AfriCanada 2012

Miss Africanada last weekend featured some very hot ladies of all shapes and sizes.  We know the definition of beauty to Africans in many ways contradict North American standards, as they appreciate; celebrate both curves and some thickness.

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Caribbean Carnival Toronto

Ok, so its me taken over a week to post my carnival pictures. I was sorting out shots of people taken from the front rather than ‘the behind’. Temptation to shoot from the back is ever present on a day like this. As you may have noticed, the carnival is now called Caribbean Carnival Toronto and no longer Caribana. Lots of people I know have grown out of walking the parade; nonetheless, it’s never shy in attendance. It seems to be gaining new fans as fast as its losing older ones. When I ask friends if they are attending this year, I mostly get a flat no or a lazy sitting on the fence type response, which in reality turns out to be the same thing. However, most of them still have their post-carnival events and festivities planned like boat cruises, parties, barbecues, to mention a few.

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Festival of India – 40th

Always wanted to get on the ferry and cross over to Centre Island, I got a chance to do just that last weekend. The 40th Annual Festival of India took place on the island. To board the ferry, you’ll have to get to the Queens Quay dock which is actually quite convenient by TTC. I got off the subway at Union Station and walked for about 10mins to the dock. There’s also a street car that goes there from the station in less time, if you choose not to walk. Ferry fare for adults is $7 round trip, travel time on water to the island is no more than 15mins.

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Afrofest

After years of attending Afrofest at Queens Park, many were concerned when news came of the venue being changed. Not knowing what kind of reaction the change would cause, some feared the future of the event was on the fence. From what I saw last weekend, dismiss all worries folks, Afrofest is still a banger!

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Salsa on St.Clair

Afrofest was the chosen destination for the days’ outing but since already downtown, I made a quick stop at the Salsa festival on St.Clair. Approaching the closed off street, soon heard was the melody of musical instruments prevalent to the culture, pulling visitors in. Once inside it was hard to focus, I felt like my senses were being teased all at once. The mixed aroma of different edibles in the air, the colorful jewelry and clothing being sold, the music and people dancing, this party was ALIVE!

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Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day y’all. It was a beautiful day, the weather couldn’t have been better.  With celebrations going down all over the city, I was out to take pictures with two words in mind – Maple Leaf.

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Luminato

Whenever I walk downtown and see groups of people flocking in the same direction, then hear what seems to be live music from a distance, its almost a reflex reaction to tail the crowd to the center of attraction. That’s how I found myself at Luminato, watching the last stage performance of the day, featuring the music artist – K’Naan.

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Woofstock

Remember the song “who let the dogs out”? Hmmmm…I wonder what ever happened to those guys, a one hit wonder I suppose. Anyway, I heard that track play repeated last Sunday and yeahhhh….I was into it. It was my first time at this event labelled Woofstock which apparently takes place every year.

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Carassauga 2012

Last weekend brought in some good weather, calling for outdoor activity. Looking outside and feeling that itch in my feet, I scooted down to Carassauga to check it out. My 1st “wow” was entering the parking lot of the Hersheys Centre where some of pavilions for this event were set up. Past scavenging for a parking space, I braced myself for a “shoulder rubbing-breaking through a crowd” evening, and yup…..this time I called it right.

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