The Jamaican Cultural Association of Nova Scotia: contribution to the cultural landscape. Joshua Paris in conversation with Olive Phillips.

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The Jamaican Cultural Association of Nova Scotia (JCANS) hereby announces the cancellation of its 7th CARIBBEAN DIASPORA MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION originally scheduled to take place on August 3, 2020 on the Halifax South Commons.

In the light of the ongoing public health concerns due to COVID 19 and Provincial restrictions on ‘PUBLIC MASS GATHERINGS’, it is important that we make this decision now.

We regret having to cancel this event that so many Nova Scotians enjoy each year. Our paramount concerns have been to slow the spread of this dangerous virus and the preservation of valuable lives in our community.



SPRINTER to open 4th Edition Halifax Black Film Festival

The 4th annual Halifax Black Film Festival (#HBFF20) announces the official program and event lineup running February 28 – March 1, 2020, as part of TD’s 2020 Black History Month Series. #HBFF20 will kick off with Storm Saulter’s Sprinter at Park Lane Cineplex and will close with Bernard Atta’s Restless – both films as Atlantic Canadian premieres. With its specifically Jamaican story and universal themes that target a global audience, Saulter believes the success of Sprinter points to an industry on the cusp of a breakout. “It’s a sports drama so it might feel familiar, but it’s also a film where you discover an entire country and culture through eyes that are way more nuanced and complex than what you’re used to seeing or thinking about Jamaica,” he said. “And I really hope that we get a lot of eyes on this film so that we can then prove the market for Caribbean cinema exists.”



Jamaican Nova Scotian Connections Exhibit: FROM THE MAROONS TO THE PRESENT DAY

February 5 – April 5, 2020, at Pier 21 Mirella and Lino Saputo Hall

A Community Presents Exhibit by the Jamaican Cultural Association of Nova Scotia explores the growth and contributions of the oldest Jamaican community in Canada, from the migration of the Maroons in the 18th century until the present day.


The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will be hosting classical pianist (and son of Jamaican immigrants) Rashaan Rori Allwood and soprano Nadine Anyan on Tuesday, March 3rd at 10:30 am and 7:00 pm.

This extraordinary concert, featuring the works of Black composers, including works in French and German by Rashaan Allwood himself, has already astounded audiences at the Vancouver Public Library in Vancouver, BC, and at Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto, ON. We are very proud to be holding this wonderful event at the Museum.

Registration is recommended for both concerts:

- 10:30 am concert –  click to register

- 7:00 pm concert - click to register



JCANS meeting will take place Sunday, March 8th, 2020 at the Dartmouth High School (95 Victoria Road, Dartmouth) near the bus terminal at the Mac Donald bridge, from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. Please bring your fresh ideas and lets keep the energy going.




This International Women’s Day, March 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, meet mothers and daughters from our Oral History collection at Pier 21, Andrea & Charles Bronfman Theatre (presentd in English). The event is free but registration is required. Please click here to register...

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