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

Toronto: summer in the city

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.

Pick of the month

Caribbean Bookshelf (May/June 2001)

New and recent books about the Caribbean.

Feathers in the city. Photograph by Nathalie Taghaboni

Word of mouth (July/August 2013)

Join the fun at Caribbean Carnival Toronto and Barbados Kadooment, and celebate fifty years of Trinidad’s Marionettes Chorale.

Sandra Brewster. Photograph courtesy Sandra Brewster

The shape of a name: Guyanese-Canadian artist Sandra Brewster

For Guyanese-Canadian artist Sandra Brewster, the phone book, with its long lists of names, sums up the way individual lives can disappear into .

Drew Gonsalves. Photograph by Paul Wright

Kobo Town: Sing the beloved country

Based in Toronto but drawing on the musical traditions of Trinidad, Kobo Town fuses old-time calypso with up-to-the-moment poetic lyrics. .

Ian Harnarine outside a doubles shop in New York City. Photograph by Elizabeth Harnarine

Ian Harnarine: Family Ties

Trini-Canadian filmmaker Ian Harnarine’s debut Doubles with Slight Pepper is already an international prizewinner..

Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Island girl

Wintering on a Canadian island, Donna Yawching was reminded – surprisingly – of her tropical home.

Traditional Caribbean Christmas cake. Photograph by Shirley Bahadur

Festive favourites: five Caribbean celebrities on their Christmas food favourites

Nazma Muller asked some Caribbean celebrities what they like to eat – especially at this time of year. They offered recipes, secrets and tips.

Gabriel, Simone and two of their staff members in front of their wall of local awards. Photograph courtesy D Hot Shoppe

Hot Shoppe in a cold country

It’s not just homesick and hungry West Indians who visit this Caribbean outpost in Canada. Debbie Jacob finds out why .

Patrick Parson. Photograph by Peter Stipcevich

Patrick Parson: soulful messiah of Ballet Creole

Patrick Parson brought Afro-Caribbean dance to Toronto two decades ago. He told Donna Yawching how he made history.