Monthly Archives: January 2011

HONOURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: AN INTERVIEW WITH ROOTS REGGAE STAR RUPERT HARVEY AND A REVIEW OF “MAPLE LEAF RAG”

Maple Leaf Rag Reviewed by Jorge Antonio Vallejos “I chose Maple Leaf Rag as my book’s title because if it fuses jazz music with our national symbology. While the title celebrates the unity of black culture and Canadian culture, it … Continue reading

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BLACK MUSICIAN CHAYA AUSTIN SINGS A SONG

Chaya Austin is a self taught musician who writes her own songs.  Constantly evolving, Austin experiments with her guitar and piano and learns something new with each session. Influenced by artists of different genres, Austin is coming up with her … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH YOUNG BLACK ARTIST CHAYA AUSTIN

Chaya Austin is a mixed race, Toronto based, multidisciplinary artist.  Currently finishing up high school, Chaya writes music and practices playing her guitar and piano regularly.  Taking vocal lessons for the last year, Chaya is working on an album and … Continue reading

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THE BEST OF ETTA JAMES

The Best of Etta James Reviewed by Jorge Antonio Vallejos If you do not know Etta James by name and face you have probably heard her music in films, coffee shops, at events, and on the radio.  She is “The … Continue reading

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LEANNE AVERBACH READS HER POETRY

I read Leanne Averbach’s first book Fever three years ago.  It was one of those amazing finds in a sale bin at Toronto Women’s Bookstore.  The name attracted me first.  Once reading the personal poems inside I new the book … Continue reading

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COME CLOSER

Come Closer        By Leanne Averbach Reviewed by Jorge Antonio Vallejos Reading Leanne Averbach’s first book Fever will leave you floored.  If you’re a poet, her poem The Funeral will have you thinking of how much you need … Continue reading

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I DREAM: HONOURING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  I remember hearing his famous speech as a young child.  It was always something I enjoyed hearing.  And it was always something of inspiration and importance.   Since the time Dr. King recited … Continue reading

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