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A Taste of Jamaica is a JN Bank Canada Representative Office and JN Money endorsed event

Jamaicans in Canada have organised a four-month-long series of activities to mark the island’s 60th anniversary of Independence under the theme, ‘Reigniting a Nation for Greatness’.

The celebrations will kick off in Toronto on July 31 and culminate on October 21 in Toronto.

  • Jamaican Canadian Association – Jamaica 60 Anniversary Flag Raising Ceremony, Toronto City Hall, Sunday, July 31 at 12:45 p.m.
  • Jamaica 60 Anniversary Independence Church Service at Faith Sanctuary in Toronto, Sunday, July 31 at 3:00 p.m.
  • JAMBANA One World Festival 2022, in Brampton on Sunday, July 31 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Jamaica 60 flag raising ceremonies: Flag raising ceremonies in celebration of Jamaica 60 will also take place in Markham; Mississauga; Oshawa; and London on Friday, August 5 and in Brampton, on Saturday, August 6, and Hamilton City Hall on Sunday, August 7.
  • JerkFest 2022 – Annual International Jerk Food and Musical Festival – Centennial Park, Toronto, Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7.
  • Jamaica Lights (August 6): Canadian landmarks from coast to coast will be illuminated in Jamaican flag colours on Saturday, August 6. Locations confirmed include Niagara Falls, Ottawa’s ByWard Market, Halifax City Hall, the Clock Tower at Mississauga Civic Centre, Brampton City Hall Clock Tower, and Science World in Vancouver. Edmonton’s High-Level Bridge will also be illuminated on Monday, August 8.
  • Jamaican Canadian Association’s Annual Jamaica Independence and Anniversary Gala, Thursday, August 13
  • Film screenings of African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey, Thursday, August 13 and Friday, 14: These screenings will be held at select locations in Toronto and Brampton.
  • Diamond Jubilee Cricket Match, Jamaica XI vs Trinidad & Tobago XI on Saturday, August 20
  • ‘Sinting’ Fest on Eglinton West, Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28: ‘Sinting’ Fest will take place for three days in August and is designed to help revitalise Toronto’s Little Jamaica neighbourhood.
  • Taste of Jamaica Food Festival in Toronto, Saturday, August 27
  • Canada Jamaica Connection “Talk Yuh Talk”, Saturday, September 17
  • Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation’s Jamrock Gala in Toronto on Friday, October 21

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