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NEWSLETTER

Updated:  December 19, 2002

 

Happy holidays and a blessed New Year to you!  I’d like to take this time to thank all my supporters and clients who have made this past year blessed for me – both personally and professionally.  I really do appreciate it – your support keeps me going!  May each and every one of us enjoy health and prosperity in 2003! 
 
 This week’s highlights include a recap on the outstanding spoken word showcase WHEN BROTHERS SPEAK (have a look in my PHOTO GALLERY for photos!), as well as a recap written by Julian King on the REGGAE SUMMIT held in November, hot events including HOLIDAY GROOVE '02, OLD SCHOOL REQUEST PARTY, fine Caribbean dining for NEW YEAR’S EVE AT IRIE FOOD JOINT, THE COUNTDOWN NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA, 10TH ANNUAL BLACK TIE AFFAIR, updates on DENZEL WASHINGTON, METHOD MAN, FRANC REYES, NAT KING COLE, ANGELA BASSETT, JAMIE FOXX, video shoot of SEAN PAUL, important hip hop CD release - STRENGTH OF A NATION, VOL. 1 and much, much more!   

This newsletter is designed to welcome all the new members, give you some updated entertainment-related news and provide you with our upcoming event listings.   To be removed from this email distribution, please CLICK HERE!  Welcome to those who are new members.  Want your events listed by date?  Check out EVENTS.

 

RECAP

 

WHEN BROTHERS SPEAK RECAP

Dwayne Morgan is surely one of Toronto’s shiniest stars!  He put together a well-balanced showcase of incredible spoken word talent from both Toronto and the United States.  The show took place in the elegant Jane Mallet Theatre – these artists shook up the place for sure!  Plus, the show was on time not to mention intensely thought provoking and fun!  Dwayne successfully introduced each artist with interesting anecdotes – a real MC!  The artists covered social issues, political issues and even the controversial sexual poetry!  Toronto’s Unblind opened the showcase as he was the winner of the poetry slam held here in Toronto in November.  Then the charming Komplex (from DC) graced the stage with his first words being, “She came.”  I won’t go any further trying to quote the rest of his lyrics.  Afterwards, he clarified for us that the poem was about the birth of his daughter. Of course!  Then Faraji Salim (New Jersey) “entered” the stage.  Remember the scene from the first Rocky when Carl Weathers came out as Uncle Sam in grandiose style?  That’s how he entered, American flag and hat and all - but I think with a little bit more attitude!  He spoke out largely on the injustices in America.  He was on point!  Dwayne Morgan introduced the intermission – thank goodness.  One had to take time to absorb all that truth.  The second set began with Osagyefo (New York) with his strong Jamaican accent and animated, spiritual renditions.  Beautiful.  Then our own Dwayne Morgan came out with some new pieces – the first one addressing the “haters” he has encountered during his 10 years performing.  Dwayne was even brave enough to do his new “sex poem” with his mother sitting in the audience!  Last but certainly not least was the eloquent Jamaal St. John (New York) whose return to Toronto was well acknowledged by the crowd.  He reminded me of an ancestor who you turn to for knowledge and empowerment.  Actually, almost each artist did that for me in one way or another.  A whole lot of talent and knowledge dropped that night and Toronto just ate it up!  Special thanks to Dwayne Morgan for the special treatment and introduction to the artists – stay tuned for When Sisters speak on January 13, 2003!

 

 

REGGAE SUMMIT HILITES

Excerpt from Canadian Reggae World:

Toronto’s reggae stars came out in support of the first in a series of Reggae Summits geared towards the growth of the Canadian reggae genre. Much information was delivered and shared and the main ‘theme’ solution by the panelists was that the artists needed to educate themselves more about the industry and to, "Get the job done on your own! Take responsibility for your career and make it happen."  There were heated debates and disagreements but over all, it was a successful meeting of The Canadian Reggae Scene with over 100 artists, songwriters, musicians, producers and promoters in the room along with panelists Ivan Berry, Dave Betts (Socan), Mark Watts (Factor), Ryan Hanes, Ray Hammond, Farley Flex, and Tony Young.
 
Ray Hammond of Chris Smith Management was extremely candid and straightforward, dealing with what an artist needed to do to gain the interest of a management company. He pointed out their need to have their affairs well in order and not to waste their time looking for management that they are unable to afford. The most important thing for the artist to focus on is whether his or her phone is ringing off the hook. If yes, it is time to seek management. If not, keep working. Go to clubs and have selectors play your stuff. Do community radio interviews. Get on the bill for as many shows as is feasible. Do a couple of appearances without great pay, but GREAT exposure.
Ray offered great advice based on tried and true methods of trial and error with artists like Lenn Hammond, Nelly Furtado and Jarvis Church all managed by his company, at various stages of development from local, to national to international.  He also mentioned to those interested, another of his companies, FIWI MUSIC is always searching for new, fresh and ready reggae talent.
 
Farley (of Flow 93.5FM) Flex’s appearance at this event certainly showed his and Flow’s interest in bridging a gap between themselves and the Canadian Reggae community. Farley has to go down as the bravest panelist of the night knowing that he was going to be under fire from a very hostile crowd. And he was attacked! Raspect to him for standing his ground and explaining the reasoning behind Flow’s decision not to cover the reggae gamut based on their listening demographic that may not appreciate this genre.
Farley spoke of his experiences with Maestro Fresh Wes and their journey and rise in the Canadian hip-hop scene and gave valuable statistics on the number of radio stations that played Maestro’s single, "Let your backbone Slide" and the translation to the success of the number of units sold. Interesting tale!  He also got into it hot and heavy with Denise Burnett of CIUT 89.5FM about Flow’s mandate to support the Canadian Reggae Market, which has not occurred to date. There was no sugar coating at this point. There was no compromise on either side! Farley pointed out Flow, in the future may have a closer look @ the industry and develop programs suitable for the Canadian Reggae artist as well as the stations’ demographic.

My personal response is that the currently 30% Black listenership may increase with playing Canadian bands with at least seven members on average with at least 20 family members each, willing to listen and support. Create local stars by playing the music when the artists are performing in the Toronto venues and educate the 55% White and remaining 15% of quality Canadian reggae performances.

Farley also stressed the fact that the artist needs to take a closer look at the visual aspects of the industry. He pointed toward the Videofact program as a means of getting the necessary dollars to make a video to better market themselves.

Showcase highlight of the night was Belinda Brady. An artist who has a song "Gifted Man" currently receiving nuff rotation on Flow 93.5FM. As per usual, Belinda gave an exceptional performance with veteran keyboardist Bernie Pitters flashing ‘de nats’. Belinda, already a gifted performer thrilled her peers with her natural stage presence. Not to mention, her good looks.  BIG UP LADY B!!!
 
Tony Young (the last speaker) of the night re-emphasized the need for the Canadian Reggae Artist to do more for themselves. He quoted past experiences of speaking with several said artists who requested spots on his VJ shows who had no videos or albums in the stores. "How is he supposed to showcase you under limited circumstances?"
Tony also went on to discuss his experience with his album release "Reggae Vibes: Session One" where the sales have been soft and many within the reggae community may not have done anything to support his or anyone else’s album sales. He stressed solidarity within the industry. Support each other’s album sales!

Not covered by photographs was Ryan Hanes – formerly of Universal Music – who has gone on to start his own company and is available for contact and advice when he is further settled. His experience with what a major label is seeking will be invaluable to artists within the reggae genre. He can be contacted @
fritzthacat@sympatico.ca.

Ivan Berry of BMG was a really informative speaker. His experiences with Beat Factory including successes such as Michie Mee, Rascalz, Dream Warriors and others and now as a person travelling the world on behalf of BMG brought the international flavour to the event. He pointed out how reggae has influenced and infiltrated many genre of popular music and is an undeniable form of music that will always have a place.

Ivan went on to point out that some of his "keys" to success that an artist should do are, getting videos done, performing and touring, branching out to be seen and heard to develop a following and unit sales which the labels would be interested in. During the Q & A period, Tony Barnes of CKLN 88.1FM (Urban Space) emphatically questioned Ivan in regards to these "keys". Tony pointed out that the Sattalites had done everything that he laid out and are still doing it, and wondered how come no one had signed them based on their track record. Ivan pointed out that he had been at BMG for only 2 years and was unable comment on past regimes and history but assured that he would keep his ears and eyes open in the future. I believe that he will!

Ivan did also point out that labels are not interested in developing talent. They are far more interested in developed, saleable products / artists. Bring something to the table and stop waiting for the miracle of getting signed! It won’t happen!

Mark Watts of Factor pointed out that there were only 24 submissions all year in the reggae category, so it is difficult to gauge whether the system woks for these artists. In the Q & A some artists felt that after applying several times and being turned down, there was a sense of futility applying again. Mark aptly countered that there needed to be more artists from within the genre getting in on the "jury’ system and judging their peers work.  For information on how to receive funds from FACTOR for single, demo, album or videos please contact
www.factor.ca.

Dave Betts of Socan spoke of the various ways for artists to earn from their own music as members of the organization. He pointed out an on average payment of $16.00 per spin on radio when songs are tracked. Also, as a member of Socan, every time one performs live, you should submit your set list and be paid for your original works. There were many technical points brought forward by Dave. I think we could use a few more session with him. For information on SOCAN please hit
www.socan.ca.

One of the major highlights of the occasion was awarding a lifetime achievement award to the great, great, JoJo Bennett who along with Fergus Hambleton founded the Sattalites.  JoJo was visibly humbled and honoured to receive this award it was a definite source of pride for all concerned. The award read,  2002 Canadian Reggae Summit Lifetime Achievement Award.  Presented to JoJo Bennett, In recognition of Longstanding Service to Canadian Reggae, As a performer as well as Selfless contributions made to the reggae community As a teacher and mentor to many. You are an inspiration to all of us.

FOOTNOTE BY JULIAN:
Though it is obvious that a gap will eventually be breached with Flow 93.5FM and Reggae Canada, there is bigger fish to fry in reaching mainstream radio. To focus only on Flow is limiting our talents and resources to the Black community. White, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Japanese as well as Native Canadians listen to reggae music too and would love to hear what we have to offer. I will constantly keep Gary Slaight abreast of our progress to achieve mainstream airplay as well as acceptability.

 

HOT EVENTS TO CHECK OUT!

 

HOLIDAY GROOVE ’02 – TONIGHT!  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19

The National Black Alliance invites you to celebrate with us at
Holiday Groove ’02 featuring music by Mark Anthony ‘ The Crowd Pleaser’.  Since its inception, the National Black Alliance has raised more than $15,000 for its respective member groups. These funds will help its member groups continue with much-needed programming and outreach activities.  This year's party will also include a food drive and toy drive for those less fortunate. So please bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item for the party and your gift will be distributed to a family in need.  Get your tickets from your local Alliance rep:

AABHS - renee.henderson@sickkids.ca
BBPA - aulysses@sympatico.ca
BFVN - jdash@mccarthy.ca
CABJ - triciad@citytv.com
UFSC - altocamino@hotmail.com
UMAC - sirjude@sympatico.ca

We are the Alliance: Association for the Advancement of Blacks in Health Sciences; Black Business and Professional Association; Black Film & Video Network; Canadian Association of Black Journalists; Urban Financial Services Coalition; Urban Music Association of Canada.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2002
THE NATIONAL BLACK ALLIANCE INVITES YOU TO CELEBRATE WITH US
HOLIDAY GROOVE ‘02
Music By Mark Anthony ‘ The Crowd Pleaser’
La Rouge Executive Club
257 Adelaide St. West
9:00 pm – 2:00 am
$15 advance tickets. $20 at the door
Info.: sirjude@sympatico.ca

 

 

SWOLLEN MEMBERS IN CONCERT – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21

The meeting of two West Coast rappers fuelled this talented Canadian band.  In 1996, solo artist, Mad Child met Prevail in his hometown of Vancouver. The two West Coast rappers joined forces and what grew out of this merger is one of the most talented Canadian bands, on the music scene.   The group released three independent singles before releasing Balance, their debut effort in 1999. A world tour and numerous performances followed until the band released its sophomore album, Bad Dreams, in 2001. The same year Swollen Members took home a Juno Award for Best Rap Recording for Balance. In 2002, the band performed with Nelly Furtado and won a second Juno Award for Best Rap Recording. Their music has been featured on soundtracks, computer games, and other outlets. They've also worked with members of the Beat Junkies and Jurassic 5, among others.

 

 

OLD SCHOOL REQUEST PARTY – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27

Toronto's best-kept secret for the mature clientele, the OLD SCHOOL REQUEST PARTY, still has one function left before 2003.  In lieu of a New Years Eve party, we will be hosting the OLD SCHOOL REQUEST PARTY -- TIME CAPSULE COUNTDOWN on Friday, December 27, 2002.  We're taking you on a musical journey through time beginning around 1975 and ending in 2002...so think of your favourite songs from all of the following artists (plus many more), and come enjoy the TIME CAPSULE rollercoaster - this one is for the TRUE MUSIC LOVERS!

1975-1980 - Marvin Gaye, Brick, Cameo, The Isley Brothers, A Taste of Honey, Earth, Wind & Fire
1980-1984 - The Whispers, 5 Star, Dazz Band, Zapp, Teddy Pendergrass, Prince, Michael Jackson, Lionel                Ritchie, Gwen Guthrie
1985-1989 - Jody Watley, Ready For The World, Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam, Troop, Levert, Janet Jackson, Big Daddy Kane, Howard Hewett
1990-1994 - Guy, Keith Sweat, Color Me Badd, Zhane, Lisa Stansfield, Whitney Houston, TLC, Tony Toni Tone, Bobby Brown
1995-1999 -  Babyface, Mary J. Blige, SWV, Total, Blackstreet
2000-2002 - Next, Eve, P-Diddy, Janet Jackson, Missy Elliot, Common, Jagged Edge, B2K

Send all musical requests to andersonc67@hotmail.com.  FREE noisemakers and plenty of old school "stuff" to giveaway.  We’re taking you on a musical journey through time to end the year!  ABSOLUTELY FOR A MATURE CLIENTELE!  We're bringing back the SOOOUUUUL TRAIN line for our final event of the year and giving away a DVD player for the best routine down the line!
                                         
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27
THE OLD SCHOOL REQUEST PARTY – TIME CAPSULE COUNTDOWN
Presented by Fanmail (Andy, Dion, Wayne) and Sean & Leon
Music by:  The "Juiceman" Jonathan Shaw, the "Chosen One" DJ Wayne, and special guest MC Choice
Savannah Lounge
69 Bathurst Street (just south of King)
$10.00 before 11:00 p.m.
NO DRESS CODE - no hats or track suits
ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

 

 

 

IRIE FOOD JOINT NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

Tired of the club scene on New Year’s Eve?  Want to experience fine Caribbean food and then welcome in 2003 with an elegant party?  Then Irie Food Joint is the place to be!  Carl Cassel is offering two four-course dinner seatings for New Year’s Eve - the first dinner seating is at 6:00 pm but you must vacate your table by 8:45 pm.  The second dinner seating begins precisely at 9:00 pm.  Then the party continues with music, party favours, free champagne at midnight and a midnight buffet – Irie style – in their heated patio!  Do something different this year and celebrate the dawning of 2003 at Irie Food Joint!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31
IRIE FOOD JOINT NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
Irie Food Joint
745 Queen Street W. (just west of Bathurst)
6:00 pm dinner seating only - $50.00 (prices do not include alcohol)
9:00 pm dinner seating only - $50.00 (prices do not include alcohol)
Dinner and party - $80.00
Party only 11:00 pm - $40.00

 

 

“THE COUNTDOWN” - NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA 2002 - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

United Professional Associates, Another Croft Original and Too Nubian Entertainment proudly present “The Countdown” - New Year’s Eve Gala 2002. 
For many years, since about 1985 to be exact, we were looked to as the leaders in quality entertainment for our adult patrons.  Our flagship product had always been our annual New Year's gala.  Featuring the DJ stylings of Juiceman Jonathan Shaw with the GTA party phenomena Mr. Kicks.  Your $50 advance ticket includes free finger food / hors d’oeuvres between 9-10:00 pm and free parking (with validation).  Come check out “Where the adults will be”. 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2002
THE COUNTDOWN - 2002 NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA
Presented by United Professional Associates, Another Croft Original and Too Nubian

 

 
 Entertainment
The Tasting Rooms Restaurant (On the 2nd floor in the 1st Canadian Place – north side of King between York and Bay)
From 9:00pm–3:00am
 $50 advance (With free finger food /hors d’oeuvres between 9-10:00 pm)
Free parking with validation – underground on east side of York, north of King
Very limited $65 door tickets, if available
Arrive Early!!!  Formal attire only

(416) 410-4653 / 1-877-2-NUBIAN / (416) 804—5143
thecountdown02@yahoo.ca OR Juiceman@toonubian.com

 

 

EXCLUSIVE ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS THE 10TH ANNUAL BLACK TIE AFFAIR - NEW YEAR'S EVE – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

Start 2003 in style, class and the elegance you deserve. Experience a flamboyant affair that truly captures the essence of this rare and remarkable occasion. The Exclusive Entertainment Family - Eddie Williams, George Fynn, Quincy, Mark Anthony, Jennifer Huntley, Glen Cooper, and Mohamed DJ proudly presents Canada's most prestigious event "The 10th ANNUAL BLACK TIE AFFAIR" inside the glamorous FOUR POINTS HOTEL 5444 Dixie road (at Hwy 401) in Mississauga. On Tuesday, December 31, 2002 join us for an affair of sheer splendor that enchants and indulges you our honored guest. Your evening begins with cocktails served upon arrival followed by a delectable Deluxe all you can eat hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, not to be outdone by our captivating Ten Year Anniversary cake. Dance the night away with Canada's #1 upscale Clientele DJs: "The Crowd Pleaser" DJ Mark Anthony, "The Mailman" George Fynn DJ Glen C, "The untouchable Mohamed DJ and the one and only Ebony Sound Crew featuring DJ Quincy. All hosted by The Voice of Choice HBO and The Advocate Eboe aka Boo. Count down live from New York City's Time Square on a jumbo video screen. It all takes place in 2 huge ballrooms....

The best DJs, the best venue, the finest cuisine and ten years of being sold out every year. If we could make one suggestion, it would to get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Limited 10th Year Anniversary special tickets are now on sale at all Nappy's, Salon Paradise, and other locations for ONLY $40.00/person until Monday December 23, 2002. Please give us a call at 416 781 1695 ext. 3 to take advantage of our Preferred Client Group VIP discounted packages.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31
THE 10TH ANNUAL BLACK TIE AFFAIR
PRESENTED BY EXCLUSIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Four Points Hotel
5444 Dixie Road (at Hwy 401)
$40.00/person until Monday December 23
Contact:  (416) 781-1695 ext. 3

 

 

NEW CD RELEASES

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2002

*NSYNC *NSync's Most Requested Hit Videos (DVD/VHS) (Zomba)
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST Rarities & Remixes
LIL ROMEO Game Time (Universal)
R. KELLY Chocolate Factory (Zomba)
STRENGTH OF A NATION, VOL. 1.
(see related story below)

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2002

KELLY PRICE
Christmas (Def Soul)


TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2003

MONICA All Eyez On Me (J Records)
TYRESE I Wanna Go There (J Records)

 

 

INDUSTRY NEWS

 

MARIJUANA TO BE DECRIMINALIZED BY APRIL. HOLLA!!

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com - 
by Tamara Smith [simplymagic@rogers.com]

In a surprise announcement last Monday, Canada's Justice Minister Martin Cauchon recommended the decriminalization of marijuana for personal use within the first four months of the New Year. The move follows a Senate Committee report in September, recommending the legalization of marijuana for anyone over 16 years-of-age, finding that the drug poses no serious long-term dangers. On Thursday, a Commons Committee echoed Cauchon's view, calling for decriminalization, with additional prevention and education on the results of drug use.   Decriminalization would mean smokers would face a fine, similar to that of a speeding ticket, rather than criminal convictions if deemed to be carrying an amount for personal use only. The exact amount deemed to be personal and not for trafficking is under debate. The minority Canadian Alliance party claims that Cauchon's recommendation of 30 grams is too high, suggesting five grams would be a more reasonable "personal" amount. Decriminalization would also result in amnesty for the more than 600,000 Canadians with criminal records for personal possession.   To no surprise, the United States showed an unwelcome response to this announcement. John Walters, head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, warned that relaxed marijuana laws would end up harming Canadians, claiming weakened sanctions will lead to more drug use. Robert Maginnis, drug policy advisor to the Bush Administration warned that the US would not take to such action kindly, citing that Canada would be perceived as contributing to drug use. He warned decriminalization would lead to more illegal drug trade with possible US retaliation in the form of increased border control or possibly even a boycott of Canadian products.   Despite similar pressure from the US and other countries, the Netherlands recently celebrated the 30-year anniversary of the acceptance of marijuana. In 1972, the first "tea house" haven for smokers opened in Amsterdam. Four years later, the government followed with legislation similar to that proposed in Canada, allowing the possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana without fear of criminal prosecution. The results have been far from negative. The liberal legislation laid the foundation for multibillion-dollar tourist and tax revenues for the country. A 2002 report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction also showed that problematic drug use in the Netherlands was the lowest among countries in the European Union and candidate states - contrary to US suggestions.   The following months will undoubtedly be groundbreaking times for Canadians. In the face of conflicting recommendations and views, on top of US pressure, it will be interesting to see exactly what approach is chosen. All this writer knows, is that having an April birthday, hopefully there will be two reasons to celebrate!

 

 

FATAL SHOOTING AT SEAN PAUL VIDEO SHOOT: MAN KILLED WAS AN ONLOOKER ONLY

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

This past Monday (December 9) in Toronto, at the video shoot of Sean Paul's "Get Busy," a 21 year-old man was shot and killed. It appears the shooting was not connected with the video shoot (a rather ironic twist of words under the circumstances). 
Director Little X was working with Paul on the video in a home in the residential Vaughan neighbourhood when the incident occurred. The victim was shot several times while seated in his white Range Rover on the street.   Rollingstone.com reports that York Regional Police identified the victim as Vaughan native Ramesh Christie. Christie was as an onlooker who was observing the filming but was not involved with its production, said authorities.   The victim suffered several gunshot wounds to the abdomen and was rushed to Etobicoke General Hospital, but was announced dead on arrival. Police said they have not yet uncovered a motive in the shooting.   News reports say Christie had just arrived on the scene when he was shot and that, after the initial gunfire, he attempted to exit his vehicle and was shot again. The gunmen, who fled the scene in a black SUV.  Sean Paul, obviously moved by the shooting incident, issued a statement.   "I was deeply saddened to hear that a shooting occurred last night in the vicinity of my video shoot. Although I did not witness the incident, my sympathy and prayers go out to the victim's family and to those who have been affected by this tragedy. We must overcome violence and hatred. All life is precious. Respect."

 

 

LIVING LEGEND PATTI LaBELLE LAUNCHES ARTIST MANAGEMENT COMPANY

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com -
source: W&W Public Relations, Inc. / Patti Webster / patti@w-wpr.com / Aliya T. Crawford/aliya@w-wpr.com / (732) 469-5955 (ph) / (732) 469-1455 (fax)

Award winning singer and entertainer, Patti LaBelle will embark on a new chapter in her ever evolving career, with the establishment of her management firm, Pattonium Management.  
Patti will celebrate the launch of her new venture (which is in partnership with collaborator Damascene Pierre Paul) with a star-studded holiday extravaganza taking place at Estate nightclub in New York City on December 19th.   Some of the new artists signed to the management company, including singer/songwriter Mary Griffin, spoken word artist, Audra Woodard and songwriter/entertainer Mary Brown will all be introduced and perform on the 19th. VIP guests who will be in attendance include Liza Minnelli and Star Jones.   Patti LaBelle’s career spans over four decades in which she has recorded over 50 albums. The two time Grammy Award winner is the author of three books, the NY Times bestsellers, Don’t Block the Blessings and LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About and the recently released inspirational book, Patti’s Pearls. Ms. LaBelle is currently working on a new cookbook, Patti LaBelle’s Lite Cuisine, devoted to healthier recipes and set for release on Mother’s Day 2003 and is also recording music for a new CD. Mr. Paul, an industry veteran, has navigated Ms. LaBelle’s career over the past few years and is an integral part of the Pattonium Management vision.   Many think that Patti LaBelle would be satisfied after everything that she’s accomplished, but she says, "I still have so much more to do, so many other things to try. I have a lot of blessings, a lot to be thankful for, but I’m always excited about what else there is for me to do. My desire is to help young and talented artists achieve the kind of success that I’ve been fortunate enough to experience throughout my career." Pattonium Management will be based out of Patti’s hometown of Philadelphia, PA.

 

 

MR. WASHINGTON'S THE GREATEST! EW MAGAZINE PICKS DENZEL AS IT'S TOP ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Entertainment Weekly likes what it sees in Denzel Washington. And why not, the brotherman's got it going on. Like, have you been paying attention to his career moves, lately? Anyway, in its edition hitting newsstands today, the Time Warner magazine has named the Oscar winning actor and, now, director as 2002's top entertainer.   "Denzel reached new heights in his career this year, artistically, commercially and in a business sense," said Dave Karger, senior writer and author of the magazine's cover story on the actor.  Like EUR, Entertainment weekly is just too impressed with Denzel's directorial debut with "Antwone Fisher."   "And its not only that he directed his first movie, but it is a fantastic movie ... It's not that he did it, but that he did it in a really accomplished way," Karger said.

When you put it in perspective -- his winning an Oscar for "Training Day," the success of "John Q" in the wake of not so favourable reviews, his ascension to the $20 million per picture status with the upcoming "Out of Time" -- and you have the look and feel of a sho-nuff winner. Oh, did we mention that he's got that Oscar buzz going again with "Fisher?"   When you think about it, it only makes sense that Denzel start looking at alternatives at this point in his career. After all, the 48-year old actor, now director, reminds the magazine, he isn't getting any younger. And besides, that's what the major players do.   "In the back of my mind, I was going, 'You know, sooner or later, the calls are going to stop coming. From 2002 to 2022, what do you go for now?' I think filmmaking is the next part of that."

 

 

IS HIP-HOP MORE THAN JUST ENTERTAINMENT? YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!  DEBUT ALBUM SETS STANDARD FOR INDUSTRY

A division of The Youth Development and Research Fund (YDRF), the nation’s pioneering youth research and advocacy firm, releases its anticipated debut project: Strength of a Nation, Vol. 1. - a totally clean, hard-hitting compilation album designed to uplift America’s youth. With the call for greater accountability in the hip-hop industry, Strength of a Nation (SON) is setting a standard of responsibility and concern - will others be real and follow?  As the operators of the charitable arm of The Source Magazine – the world’s leading hip-hop publication, Derrick Dolphin and Edward DeJesus, label owners and album’s executive producers felt a responsibility to create music which does not promote violence, materialism and/or misogyny. “We love hip-hop and got tired of all the violence and materialism,” says label co-owner Edward DeJesus.” We wanted to create something that would uplift and educate youth. We have been working on this project for the past two years. Strength of a Nation is the first totally clean, hard-core educational hip-hop album. With 14 positive, inspirational tracks about real issues, Strength of a Nation is sure to be an egg in the face of many in the hip-hop industry.

Why do we have to hear about how much bling bling rappers have; why do we have to hear about Nas dissing Jay Z or DMX dissing Ja-Rule; or why does it take the death of Jam Master Jay, Tupac or Biggie to give the industry a temporary sense of responsibility,” says DeJesus. “The Industry needs to realize that it’s not only about entertainment, young people want truth. It is time to come clean.” YDRF made this major investment out of a desire to combat a lot of the bad information, examples and instruction that comes out of the hip-hop music. “Funding was not available to back this project. We knew it had to be done so we reached into our own pockets and made the commitment. We are even giving 15% of the profits from the sale of the album to the foundation so it can continue the work, “says label co-owner Derrick Dolphin.


SON features Cuban Link, Big Pun’s protégé and the country’s most anticipated Latino hip-hop artist on “Excuse Me Father,” a track he wrote and co-produced with Domingo, the producer of ”Flowers for the Dead.” Son also features South Florida’s ICONZ of “Get Crunked up” fame on “Fight No More.” Heading up the line up is Diorgen, a neo hip-hop group and Nuyorican Poets Café winners with a special tribute to all fallen hip-hop artists, including R&B superstar Aaliyah. Benzino appears on SON with “Shine Like my Son, an up tempo track about the importance of fathers. West Cost fame producer JellyRoll (produced for Dr. Dre, Snoop, etc) dropped bangin beats for “Not Me,” a track dealing with HIV/AIDS in the community. New comers and Unsigned Hype features Inalej and Coalman bring a Tupac- Nas flavor to SON. Miami’s hot new sensation Pittbull drops the thumping “Hustler’s Withdrawal,” a track he specially wrote for SON on the harsh reality of the drug business.
 SON is also an educational tool for schools, programs and households genuinely interested in reaching out to youth. Its focus is from a youth perspective, about issues that greatly affect their lives. A special discussion guide was created to facilitate dialogue among youth and adults about issues addressed in the album. The discussion guide is free and made available to all purchasers of the SON compilation album. SON is currently available at www.cdbaby.com./source and will drop in stores on Dec 17th.

 

 

A METHOD TO THE MAN: WU-TANG MEMBER TALKS ABOUT UPCOMING PROJECTS

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com - by Ricardo Hazell, with additional reporting by Chianti Phillips

As a member of the venerable rap collective Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man has established himself as one of the liveliest and most talented in a crew full of live and talented individuals. For some reason, perhaps because of his humour and approachable nature, Method has come across as one of the more commercially viable members.   Now, more than ten years after hooking up with the RZA braintrust, Method Man is doing many things. From making people nod their heads at his crackling rhymes or bustin' a gut at his antics in such films as "How High." When asked what was in his immediate future by the EUR, Method Man responded in a uniquely 'ghetto-fatherly' way.   "More beautiful babies, because I don't play. I got it going on. I got a lot of kids. I got three babies. Making more babies," said the former Staten Island resident with a laugh. Seriously, more albums, and I'm trying to do this documentary where we're going to all these strip clubs around the US. We're going to get into the aspect of why these girls take off their clothes for money, and what makes them stay in it when they say they're gonna get out of it. All the good stuff."

Method Man and Redman are fast becoming hip-hop's own comic duo and the two will be appearing in other projects soon. We asked Meth how he felt about Sam Jackson's viewpoint on rapper/actors and we were surprised by his response.   "I agree totally with Sam Jackson. You rappers are taking up all the good roles in the big budget movies and you aren't stepping up to the plate. Honestly, I think it's the same way in which NBA players feel like they can come out with rap records and they never sell. It's because some people don't apply themselves 100% to the business. Not the [actual] business part as far as pressing records. I mean, writing and people feeling your struggle and where you're coming from like they would a DMX, Ja or a Method Man. I feel this way, if you're going to be in it, get in, start small, get your feet wet and work your way up. So when you go up in there you are prepared mentally and physically."
Ironically, Meth owes his very first film role to Mr. Jackson.

"My first role was with Sam Jackson, Damon Wayans and Peter Burg in 'Great White Hype.' Then I got the call from Sam to do '187,' [and then I] got the call from Peter to do 'Copland.' They were small roles. With Sam, all I had to do was come through and stab him the back, that's easy. With Peter, all I had to do was beat somebody up ... easy. The first time I had a real speaking role was in 'Belly,' that was easy [too], because with Hype (Williams) I was thinking 'this is a big ass video.'   Regarding his upcoming works, don't go anticipating seeing Method Man on UPN anytime soon. He told our reporter he's planning on going straight to cable with his TV ideas.  "Me and Redman are trying to develop our own thing. We don't want to do a sitcom because, unless you're LL or Will Smith, you're not gonna go very far being a rapper with a sitcom. We want to go straight to HBO and do like a Chris Isaack type of show where we're playing our selves. But it's a little exaggerated because we're gonna be living together in the show and I can't be living with no dudes. I've been on tours with 'em and all that and I can't stand to see socks and stuff laying around and what not. With my wife, if I drop it, it's up before it hits the floor. When you're on the tour bus with a bunch of dudes you see their draws and stuff ... It's like 'C'mon man.'

(For) our next movie we're going to probably play drug enforcement agents. We got so much flak about ("How High") that they wouldn't even advertise it before 11pm. The only [station] that would play our trailer was BET and MTV .... But that's all people watch anyway so."
Method Man is official, y'all. He's the kind of individual that reminds you of why you still go back to your grimy hood, braving all the hazards there in, just to say what's up to some of your old compatriots. He's funny and honest and we wish him the best of luck.   In related news, Redman and Method Man have just inked a deal with Paramount Pictures and MTV Films to star in a yet-to-be-titled film that will find the MCs joining the armed forces. This we gotta see.

 

 

FRANC REYES : THE WRITER/DIRECTOR OF "EMPIRE"

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com -  by Ricardo Hazell

Franc Reyes originally he got his props as a dancer, traveling throughout Europe to perfect his craft. Now as the first time screenwriter and director of the John Leguizamo starter "Empire," the sky may not be big enough to contain the potential of this South Bronx native. 
Like so many of that borough's progeny, Reyes came up on the rough side of the mountain.  "I was always the type of person who believed that there was nothing that I couldn't do," Reyes said. "I left home when I was 15 years-old, had a very difficult upbringing and childhood situation. So, I had to survive. As a 16-year-old dancer I toured Europe for a while. Just traveling really opened things up to me. It made me realize that not every place was like the South Bronx."  Call us saps, but rags to riches gets us all emotional every time. Reyes is another classic example of inner strength.   With "Empire's" Victor Rosa, Reyes successfully created a character with broad ranging appeal. He's not a demon, but still he ain't right. Reyes said he is, as we are all, a product of his environment. To many impoverished individuals, fast money is even more addictive than the hard white.

"The disease that's happening is based on this idea of wanting the Jordans, the bling-bling and the whole nine," Reyes told EUR. "How are you not going to want it? But working for it is a whole other theory that is not being instilled. How do you tell a kid 'Look, stop making $3000 a day? Go make $250 every two weeks.' It's difficult. I really felt a film like this needed to be told in this way. Victor Rosa is a likable guy. Look what's happening. The idea of greed and equating legitimacy with money is diseased."
  Reyes went on to tell a story of a television reporter from a major network (read: white woman) who asked him whether he was purposefully glamorizing the drug culture. He said he answered her with a firm yes and explained why.   "I told them, 'well, if you saw somebody driving by in a Mercedes Benz and a fur coat and the whole nine, what would you think? Would that be glamorous?' She said 'yes, but in my neighbourhood they're doctors.' And I said 'in my neighbourhood they're drug dealers and they're not any less glamorous.' You gotta see the movie from beginning to end. I don't think anything in this movie is gratuitous, at least I don't think so."

Just as the interview was beginning to wind down and the journalists were beginning to pack there belongings, a question came up regarding Latino images in television and film. Suddenly the mood changed and Reyes became quite serious. The dark brown Bronxite was obviously itching to comment.
 "You just opened something here," said Reyes. "To me, there's a mentality there when the maids in the soap operas on Telemundo look like my mother; when the newscasters look like Latin versions of Jane Pauley and Tom Brokaw that's a problem. It's a problem when I go to the Latin Grammys and can immediately pick Celia Cruz and John Secada out in the audience. It's a big thing. There's a whole spectrum of Latino ideas that need to be aired. One of the problems some of the Hollywood hierarchy in my film saw was the big 'black' influence on Latino east coast culture. When I was growing up you had Tito Puente on one side of the street and Marvin Gaye on the other, so we got it all."   "Empire," from Universal Pictures, starring John Leguizamo, Denise Richards, Sonia Braga, Isabella Rossellini, Fat Joe and Treach, opens today, December 6.

 

 

RICHARD ROUNDTREE GETS SOAPY
 
Excerpt from www.eurweb.com -  by Karu F. Daniels (New York, NY)

 ‘ROUND’ HE GOES: 70’s screen icon Pam Grier isn’t the only Blaxploitation flick star who’s doing well on the small screen. Richard Roundtree, who will always be remembered as “Shaft,” is getting into the mix of things on the soap opera front.  Yesterday, the New Rochelle, NY-born thespian, joined the cast of the long-running CBS daytime drama “As the World Turns.” Roundtree will play the recurring character of Oliver Travers, an accomplished and compassionate attorney who is determined to set his crooked son, D.A. Marshall Travers (played by Lamman Rucker), on the right path.   "We are thrilled to have an actor of Richard's calibre play the role of Oliver Travers, and we are excited with what he is doing with the character," said the show's Executive Producer Chris Goutman, upon making the announcement. "This character is a powerful force whose moral presence will leave his son Marshall questioning his convictions, and thus snowball into other many important stories we are telling on the show."
Unlike some of his other Blaxploitation peers, the 60-year-old former member of New York's acclaimed Negro Ensemble Company has been keeping quite busy over the last few years – specifically on the boob tube. Mr. Roundtree was most recently seen on the acclaimed and very popular Showtime series "Soul Food," as Lester Hardy, a lowdown foe of the Joseph family. He also starred in the Starz/Encore cable movie “Joe and Max,” earlier this year and also toured in the world premiere of the best-selling author Michael Baisden’s traveling stage play "Men Cry in the Dark.”

 

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CANNON DRUMS UP MORE BUSINESS: NICK CANNON GETTING NOTICE IN NEW FILM

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

Give me a beat! Theatergoers will be getting their share of beats this weekend as the film "Drumline" opens today.   The flick stars Nick Cannon and Orlando Jones and has the press sending out kudos about the film and the debut of Nickelodeon star Nick Cannon.  "What attracted me to 'Drumline' was the fact that it was shedding light on a subculture that many people don't know about," Cannon told The Black World Today.   "And also that my character, Devon, had such an arc and so much development. For a first film, it offered a great opportunity for me to branch out. I was able to show my range with this character."   Next up for the actor-comedian is the film "If You Were My Girl," an urban remake of the 1987 movie "Can't Buy Me Love," which also stars Vanessa Bell-Calloway, Christina Milian, and Steve Harvey.

 

 

NAT KING COLE MEMORY GETS POSTAL

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

Legendary pop star Nat King Cole was honoured by a downtown Los Angeles neighbourhood this week. In a ceremony attended by his daughters Natalie and Carole Cole and his brother, Freddie, the Oakwood Postal Station was renamed earlier this week to the Nat King Cole Post Office.  The Hancock Park community is where Cole resettled his family in 1948, and faced racial animosity from some white neighbours.

 

 

WHAT'S TOPPING REGGAE CHARTS

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

Shaggy's remix of "Hey Sexy Lady" featuring Brian and Tony Gold and Sean Paul, is again the #1 song on the New York Reggae chart. Over on the Choice FM Top 20 Reggae chart in London, "She's Still Loving Me" by Morgan Heritage is the #1 song, while on the Reggae Vibes Top 10 compiled by Lance O from Florida, the #1 song is "Raging Storm" by Bounty Killer. Here in Jamaica, the #1 song is "Red Red Red" by Beenie Man.

 

 

ANGELA BASSETT AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN: ACTRESS TO HOST NEW PBS SERIES

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

PBS has tapped Angela Bassett to host the new prime-time series "Independent Lens."   The show is an anthology series featuring independent documentaries and dramas from around the world.   The inaugural season will feature 14 episodes. The first is set to air Feb. 4 at 10 p.m. and the show will air through June 3 when the series goes on hiatus and PBS's award-winning showcase "P.O.V." takes over the timeslot.

 

 

FOXX GANGS UP ON TV: JAMIE TO PLAY ROLE OF GANG FOUNDER/PEACE ACTIVIST

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

Funnyman Jamie Foxx is set to star in the television movie "Redemption: The Stan 'Tookie' Williams Story," on the FX Network.   The made-for-TV movie is about the founder of the Crips gang and chronicles his life, his time as a death row inmate, and his work to end gang violence -- which brought him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2001.

 

 

METHOD MAN GETS A 'SIMPLE' ROLE: NOT A LEAD ROLE, BUT METH DON'T CARE

Rapper Method Man, sometimes pronounced 'Mefit' Man, has agreed to join the ensemble cast of the New Line Cinema film "The Other Side of Simple." Meth will play the leader of a local gang.  The cast includes Hayden Christensen, Vince Vaughn and Don Cheadle.   "Simple" follows two thieves who return to their Midwestern hometown after a long absence and reunite with the slow-witted younger brother of one of the thieves who fell into the hands of police 10 years earlier when the duo abandoned him during a botched robbery. They attempt to use him as a patsy in their criminal plan.

 

 

WEEKEND EVENTS
DECEMBER 19 - 22, 2002

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19
THE NATIONAL BLACK ALLIANCE INVITES YOU TO CELEBRATE WITH US
HOLIDAY GROOVE ‘02
Music By Mark Anthony ‘ The Crowd Pleaser’
La Rouge Executive Club
257 Adelaide St. West
9:00 pm – 2:00 am
$15 advance tickets. $20 at the door
Info.: sirjude@sympatico.ca

EVENT PROFILE: The National Black Alliance invites you to celebrate with us at Holiday Groove ’02 featuring music by Mark Anthony ‘ The Crowd Pleaser’.  Since its inception, the National Black Alliance has raised more than $15,000 for its respective member groups. These funds will help its member groups continue with much-needed programming and outreach activities.  This year's party will also include a food drive and toy drive for those less fortunate. So please bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item for the party and your gift will be distributed to a family in need.  Get your tickets from your local Alliance rep:

AABHS - renee.henderson@sickkids.ca
BBPA - aulysses@sympatico.ca
BFVN - jdash@mccarthy.ca
CABJ - triciad@citytv.com
UFSC - altocamino@hotmail.com
UMAC - sirjude@sympatico.ca

We are the Alliance: Association for the Advancement of Blacks in Health Sciences; Black Business and Professional Association; Black Film & Video Network; Canadian Association of Black Journalists; Urban Financial Services Coalition; Urban Music Association of Canada.

 

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19
PEPPA SEED MOTOWN REVIVAL
Indian Motorcycle
355 King Street
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Divine Earth Essence, Kenny Moran, Rohan Staton, Roger Williams, Deryck Roche

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
SWOLLEN MEMBERS
Opera House

735 Queen Street E.

8:00 pm
GET TICKETS

EVENT PROFILE: The meeting of two West Coast rappers fuelled this talented Canadian band.  In 1996, solo artist, Mad Child met Prevail in his hometown of Vancouver. The two West Coast rappers joined forces and what grew out of this merger is one of the most talented Canadian bands, on the music scene.   The group released three independent singles before releasing Balance, their debut effort in 1999. A world tour and numerous performances followed until the band released its sophomore album, Bad Dreams, in 2001. The same year Swollen Members took home a Juno Award for Best Rap Recording for Balance. In 2002, the band performed with Nelly Furtado and won a second Juno Award for Best Rap Recording. Their music has been featured on soundtracks, computer games, and other outlets. They've also worked with members of the Beat Junkies and Jurassic 5, among others.

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
SOULAR
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Dione Taylor, Sandy Mamane, Davide Direnzo, Justin Abedin, Dafydd Hughes and David French.

 


 

NEXT WEEK’S EVENTS
DECEMBER 23 - 31, 2002

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23
VIP JAM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
Revival Bar
783 College Street (at Shaw)
10:00 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Rich Brown, Andrew Craig and Shamakah Ali with various local artists.

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24
JAZZ TUESDAYS AT MUSE
Muse Bistro
369 King Street W.
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

EVENT PROFILE
: The ever-popular and hip Muse Bistro is beginning a new jazz night after work on Tuesdays!  Every Tuesday evening, join us at Muse between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm for some of the finest jazz Toronto has to offer.  It’s going to be a very cool vibe and remember that Muse has some of the best food in town!  Join us in filling this night with smiling faces and wonderful music.

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24
JAM SESSION
Lava Lounge
507 College Street (west of Bathurst)
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Divine Earth Essence, Calvin Beale, Michael Shand, Joe Bowden, Thomas Reynolds and various local artists.

 

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26
PEPPA SEED MOTOWN REVIVAL
Indian Motorcycle
355 King Street
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Divine Earth Essence, Kenny Moran, Rohan Staton, Roger Williams, Deryck Roche

 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27
THE OLD SCHOOL REQUEST PARTY – TIME CAPSULE COUNTDOWN
Presented by Fanmail (Andy, Dion, Wayne) and Sean & Leon
Music by:  The "Juiceman" Jonathan Shaw, the "Chosen One" DJ Wayne, and special guest MC Choice
Savannah Lounge
69 Bathurst Street (just south of King)
$10.00 before 11:00 p.m.
NO DRESS CODE - no hats or track suits
ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT


EVENT PROFILE
:  Toronto's best-kept secret for the mature clientele, the OLD SCHOOL REQUEST PARTY, still has one function left before 2003.  In lieu of a New Years Eve party, we will be hosting the OLD SCHOOL REQUEST PARTY -- TIME CAPSULE COUNTDOWN on Friday, December 27, 2002.  We're taking you on a musical journey through time beginning around 1975 and ending in 2002...so think of your favourite songs from all of the following artists (plus many more), and come enjoy the TIME CAPSULE rollercoaster - this one is for the TRUE MUSIC LOVERS!  Send all musical requests to andersonc67@hotmail.com.  FREE noisemakers and plenty of old school "stuff" to giveaway.  We’re taking you on a musical journey through time to end the year!  ABSOLUTELY FOR A MATURE CLIENTELE!  We're bringing back the SOOOUUUUL TRAIN line for our final event of the year and giving away a DVD player for the best routine down the line! 

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29
SOULAR
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Dione Taylor, Sandy Mamane, Davide Direnzo, Justin Abedin, Dafydd Hughes and David French.

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31
IRIE FOOD JOINT NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
Irie Food Joint
745 Queen Street W. (just west of Bathurst)
6:00 pm dinner seating only - $50.00 (prices do not include alcohol)
9:00 pm dinner seating only - $50.00 (prices do not include alcohol)
Dinner and party - $80.00
Party only 11:00 pm - $40.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Tired of the club scene on New Year’s Eve?  Want to experience fine Caribbean food and then welcome in 2003 with an elegant party?  Then Irie Food Joint is the place to be!  Carl Cassel is offering two four-course dinner seatings for New Year’s Eve - the first dinner seating is at 6:00 pm but you must vacate your table by 8:45 pm.  The second dinner seating begins precisely at 9:00 pm.  Then the party continues with music, party favours, free champagne at midnight and a midnight buffet – Irie style – in their heated patio!  Do something different this year and celebrate the dawning of 2003 at Irie Food Joint!

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2002
THE COUNTDOWN - 2002 NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA
Presented by United Professional Associates, Another Croft Original and Too Nubian

 

 
 Entertainment
The Tasting Rooms Restaurant (On the 2nd floor in the 1st Canadian Place – north side of King between York and Bay)
From 9:00pm–3:00am
 $50 advance (With free finger food /hors d’oeuvres between 9-10:00 pm)
Free parking with validation – underground on east side of York, north of King
Very limited $65 door tickets, if available
Arrive Early!!!  Formal attire only

(416) 410-4653 / 1-877-2-NUBIAN / (416) 804—5143
thecountdown02@yahoo.ca OR Juiceman@toonubian.com

EVENT PROFILE
: United Professional Associates, Another Croft Original and Too Nubian Entertainment proudly present “The Countdown” - New Year’s Eve Gala 2002. 
For many years, since about 1985 to be exact, we were looked to as the leaders in quality entertainment for our adult patrons.  Our flagship product had always been our annual New Year's gala.  Featuring the DJ stylings of Juiceman Jonathan Shaw with the GTA party phenomena Mr. Kicks.  Your $50 advance ticket includes free finger food / hors d’oeuvres between 9-10:00 pm and free parking (with validation).  Come check out “Where the adults will be”. 

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31
THE 10TH ANNUAL BLACK TIE AFFAIR
PRESENTED BY EXCLUSIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Four Points Hotel
5444 Dixie Road (at Hwy 401)
$40.00/person until Monday December 23
Contact:  (416) 781-1695 ext. 3

EVENT PROFILE:  Start 2003 in style, class and the elegance you deserve. Experience a flamboyant affair that truly captures the essence of this rare and remarkable occasion. The Exclusive Entertainment Family - Eddie Williams, George Fynn, Quincy, Mark Anthony, Jennifer Huntley, Glen Cooper, and Mohamed DJ proudly presents Canada's most prestigious event "The 10th ANNUAL BLACK TIE AFFAIR" inside the glamorous FOUR POINTS HOTEL 5444 Dixie road (at Hwy 401) in Mississauga. On Tuesday, December 31, 2002 join us for an affair of sheer splendor that enchants and indulges you our honored guest. Your evening begins with cocktails served upon arrival followed by a delectable Deluxe all you can eat hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, not to be outdone by our captivating Ten Year Anniversary cake. Dance the night away with Canada's #1 upscale Clientele DJs: "The Crowd Pleaser" DJ Mark Anthony, "The Mailman" George Fynn DJ Glen C, "The untouchable Mohamed DJ and the one and only Ebony Sound Crew featuring DJ Quincy. All hosted by The Voice of Choice HBO and The Advocate Eboe aka Boo. Count down live from New York City's Time Square on a jumbo video screen. It all takes place in 2 huge ballrooms....The best DJs, the best venue, the finest cuisine and ten years of being sold out every year. If we could make one suggestion, it would to get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Limited 10th Year Anniversary special tickets are now on sale at all Nappy's, Salon Paradise, and other locations for ONLY $40.00/person until Monday December 23, 2002. Please give us a call at 416 781 1695 ext. 3 to take advantage of our Preferred Client Group VIP discounted packages.

 

 

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