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    King’s Southern bites are the perfect bite-sized dose of cornbread, fried chicken, and a glaze of sweet chilli sauce (Photo Courtesy of King Catering)  35-year old Deon King knows the exact date he was ready to take King Catering, his catering service, to the next level: March 28, 2016. King’s childhood memories were the starting fuel of his catering vehicle and why he picked up cooking. Born in Trinidad, King, the son of a baker, vividly remembers his father baking pies and selling them in their local neighbourhood. Coupled with his mom’s ability to make anything out of nothing, cooking…

    Clinton Davis at Le Salon Dieppe/LSD Beauty (Photo Courtesy of Clinton Davis) Clinton Davis is a Toronto-born and bred entrepreneur, husband and father who relocated to the east coast eleven years ago. During his time as an entrepreneur, he’s owned several businesses.

    Little Jamaica, a strip of bustling Black commerce along Eglinton Avenue West has been under threat of disappearing for years now. Whether it's from the damning effects of endless LRT construction or from the pandemic, or from gentrification, this Black neighbourhood is in need of some major support.

    Jayde Riviere with her gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics  Before this past August, the last time Canada’s National Women’s Soccer Team beat our bitter rivals, The United States, was a 3-0 victory that came in the Algarve Cup in March 2001. Jayde Riviere was still in diapers.

    Donté Colley has become a Canadian gem and internet sensation over the past few years. You’ve probably seen his infamous dancing posts on Instagram, which include emojis and positive affirmations that give his followers motivation to conquer their day. Colley’s dancing and content creation has created many opportunities, including a recent stint for Vogue Magazine and the Met Gala. 

    With Gordon Shadrach’s latest exhibition at United Contemporary Gallery, Trade, the artist continues to explore Black masculinity and speak to the present, while referencing the important legacies of Black Canadian history.

    "Pisces" Courtesy Montano St. Jules | Scarborough is east of everything. A maze of tree-lined streets and houses framed within unyielding strips of road, carrying a truly multicultural cast of players identified as newcomers, second-gen in-betweens, and some who have been around the block and back. It is part of that living, breathing organism that is Toronto. Far from its centre, it will never be referred to as the heart of the city; that moniker is held on to for dear life by downtown. The people of Scarborough have never really been allowed to lead politically, therefore, being considered the head…

    When you think about where to find a great slice of pizza in Toronto, you probably envision College Street’s “Little Italy” or, if your tastes are a little more pedestrian, your corner Pizza Pizza. If you wouldn’t have selected “Little Jamaica” in the fantasy round of a Levar Burton-hosted Jeopardy, boy do I have a surprise for you! Toronto’s first-ever Caribbean-themed pizzeria is launching soon on Eglinton West and if you ever wanted to know what Jerk chicken would taste like on a slice of ‘za, here’s your chance to explore.

    Searching for Jamaican recipes became especially popular during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown as people sought comfort by replicating homestyle island cooking or just went looking for something different to make for dinner! Lots of people turned to Jamaicans.com, a popular Jamaican community platform that has over 400 recipes for authentic Jamaican dishes. Here are the top 12 recipes most downloaded by Jamaican food lovers in Canada.

    Are you missing the tantalizing flavours of the Caribbean? Selwyn Richards is an award-winning Executive Chef and food stylist who is presenting his work at a mini food festival organized by the Jamaican Canadian Association and the Art of Catering. The food festival will take place on August 21, 2021, from 12PM to 8PM.

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