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The heart of downtown Toronto. Photograph by Gary Blakeley/Shutterstock.com

Toronto: summer in the city

Issue 134 (July/August 2015) | 0 comments
Home to one of North America’s biggest Caribbean populations, Toronto comes alive in the summertime, with festivals, street fairs, and — this year — the Pan Am Games. Some of the city’s Caribbean residents give Donna Yawching their advice on the best of Toronto, from music to food to outdoor fun

Jenny Lee in the Central Market, Port of Spain. Photograph by Dimitri Tolstoi

Pan cakes

Issue 49 (May/June 2001) | 0 comments
Caribbean Cookup (May/June 2001)

Heading for the Nylon Pool, Buccoo Reef. Photograph by Sean Drakes/Blue Mango

Tobago Thrills

Issue 44 (July/August 2000) | 0 comments
Tobago has a different kind of excitement, one that makes the tiny island overflow with unexpected delights. It's full of life – human, animal and bird– and its natural wonders surpass those of much larger islands. It's hard not to have a good time in Tobago. Donna Yawching explains

Roger Mooking. Photograph by publicity photographer Geoff George

Roger Mooking: his middle name is Multi-tasking

Issue 108 (March/April 2011) | 0 comments
Trinidad-born Roger Mooking is in demand in Canada as a chef, TV host, singer-songwriter…Donna Yawching tries to count his talents

Patrick Parson. Photograph by Peter Stipcevich

Patrick Parson: soulful messiah of Ballet Creole

Issue 108 (March/April 2011) | 0 comments
Patrick Parson brought Afro-Caribbean dance to Toronto two decades ago. He told Donna Yawching how he made history

Anton Gabriel with some of his carnival memorabilia. Photograph by Donna Yawching

Anton Gabriel: the man with the golden boots

Issue 107 (January/February 2011) | 0 comments
T&T Carnival now has a home in the east end of Toronto, where Anton Gabriel has founded his own museum of mas. Donna Yawching dropped by

Frank Francis, owner of The Trane, a jazz bar in Toronto. Photograph by Donna Yawching

Frank Francis: riding Toronto’s jazz trane

Issue 98 (July/August 2009) | 0 comments
Donna Yawching gets on board the little jazz bar that could, and then man — Frank Francis — who can

Green dendrobium orchids and orange Chinese lanterns. Photograph courtesy Preston Bailey Entertainment and Set Designs/John Labbe

Preston Bailey: “for a party you want people to remember… Enough is not enough”

Issue 97 (May/June 2009) | 0 comments
That might be the motto of Preston Bailey, who designs décor for the stars. Donna Yawching was dazzled by his Panamanian pzazz

Brownman Electryc Trio, 2007 Canadian National Electric Jazz Group of the Year. Photograph courtesy Brownman Music Inc/Jason Hendrik

Brownman blows up a storm

Issue 96 (March/April 2009) | 0 comments
This young jazz trumpeter, based in Toronto, leads no fewer than seven bands, and can switch styles as easily as he changes his socks.

Iqbal Hosein, owner of the Caribbean Roti Palace. Photograph by Donna Yawching

King of the roti palace

Issue 91 (May/June 2008) | 0 comments
Donna Yawching takes refuge from Canada’s cold in the heat of the Roti Palace