TORONTO — Canada’s top landmarks were aglow in black, green and gold last week to celebrate Jamaica’s 60th anniversary of independence.
From coast to coast, landmarks were illuminated in Jamaica’s official colours: black to depict strength and creativity; gold for the sun and wealth of the country; and green to signify hope and the island’s rich agricultural resources. Participating sites included Mississauga’s Clock Tower, Vancouver City Hall, Vancouver’s Burrard Street Bridge, the Ottawa sign at ByWard Market, Edmonton’s High Level Bridge, and Halifax City Hall.
Diamond Jubilee Anniversary events kicked off with a Jamaica Independence Reception in Niagara Falls, hosted by the Consul General of Jamaica, Lincoln G. Downer, and the Jamaica Tourist Board’s Canadian team. Those in attendance were treated to spoken word performances, authentic Jamaican cuisine and the sounds of DJ Black Prince.
“We were happy to see Canadian support from coast to coast for Jamaica’s Independence Day, and thank everyone involved in the Jamaica Lights illuminations that took place,” said Angella Bennett, Regional Director, Jamaica Tourist Board Canada. “Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica across the country were able to view these illuminations and mark the island’s special day from Canada.”
While Aug. 6 was Jamaica’s actual Independence Day, celebrations will still continue throughout the remainder of the year, including the Sinting Fest on Eglinton West in Toronto, a fashion show, and the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation’s Jamrock Annual Gala. In addition, the Bob Marley One Love Experience in Toronto has been extended until Sept. 25.
For more information on Jamaica 60 events go to www.jamaica60to.com.
Main image caption from l-r: Mary Bishop, Philanthropist; Lincoln G. Downer, Jamaica’s Consul-General; and Angella Bennett, Regional Director, Jamaica Tourist Board Canada
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