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Jamaica 50 Toronto Presents, Jamaica Land We Love GALA, August 11, 2012

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On Saturday, August 11, celebrate Jamaica’s 50 years of independence at the Jamaica Land We Love GALA – an evening dedicated to the splendour, rhythms, heart and soul that is Jamaica. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., this star-studded celebration will be taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South Building), 255 Front St W. Hosted by CBC Television’s Dwight Drummond and Anne-Marie Mediwake, the evening features presentations and top entertainment toasting Jamaica and honouring great Canadian-Jamaican achievements.

The spectacular, four-part evening is as follows:

The ’62 Reception: A media-graphic black and white snapshot peek into the euphoria of 1962 when Jamaica raised the black, gold and green.

Dinner in Hope Gardens: All that glitters is golden in the GALA’s elegant dining room. Feast on fine Jamaican cuisine in a fresh, fragrant and scenic dining experience inspired by Jamaica’s iconic Hope Gardens – a creative collaboration of guest designers of The Jamaica Horticultural Society. Performances during dinner include Jessica Yap, Marc Trinidad and Mutabaruka.

Jamaica Jubilee: Lights, camera, action! A jaw-dropping cast of Jamaican and Canadian artists and personalities will be part of a multi-media showcase of visuals, music, dance, comedy and spoken word. Performances and appearances during the jubilee include performances by Jay Douglas with the All-Stars Orchestra, Derrick Harriott, Leroy Gibbons, Kreesha Turner, Steele, Nana McLean, Ammoye, Blakka Ellis, DJ Eugene Chang, Dwayne Morgan, Heritage Singers, Iyah Yant Drummers, Kafaye Rose, KasheDance, Letna Allen, Rachael-Lea Rikards, Robert Owen, Stephen Lewis & the KCC Choir, Wire, and Miss Universe Jamaica 2012 Chantal Zaky.

The After Party: The thunderous energy and electric colours of Jamaica’s nightclubs today – partiers dance the night away – with set performances by featured artists – old and nu-skool.

Tickets for the four-part gala evening including The ’62 reception, Dinner in Hope Gardens, Jamaica Jubilee and The After Party are on sale now for $175, $350 and $500. For the ’62 reception, Jamaica Jubilee and The After Party only, tickets are available for $75. To purchase tickets online please visit www.ticketgateway.com or visit www.jamaica50.ca for more information. Part proceeds from the Jamaica Land We Love GALA will be donated to The Jamaican Canadian Association Legacy Endowment Fund.

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