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The Music Gallery & Alanna Stuart’s ‘Hybrid Lab’ present
Simma: A Community Meal & Conversation on Toronto’s Jamaican Music Imperative
October 8 2020
From time, Jamaica-to-Toronto’s influential music scene has carved its own path out of necessity and sheer badness. Simma is a documentary-style conversation that gathers Jamaican-Canadian artists, selectors and media folks of different eras around a table of oxtail and Ital stew. Together, they reflect on their shared history and realize new futures.
Simma is inspired by the Bonjay vocalist and producer’s recent experience going back to her dancehall roots via Kingston, Jamaica’s music scene. From collaborating in-studio with dancehall collective Equiknoxx to witnessing legendary artist Tanya Stephens lecture at the University of the West Indies, Stuart, a first-generation Jamaican-Canadian, returned to Toronto with a desire to nurture a deeper relationship between the aspiring music city and the birthplace of bass culture. Canada has the world’s third-largest Jamaican diaspora, but, unlike cities in the UK, the country’s music industry has yet to adequately recognize and fully harness its connection to Jamaica’s cultural power.
What would Toronto, the epicenter of Canadian music, sound like if it sufficiently nurtured this link?
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