Saturday, July 10: Food, music and culture shine in “A Celebration of Life” for Quebec’s only official celebration of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique
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MONTREAL, CANADA – July 5, 2021 (TNKR Media): Following a successful 2019 Montreal festival that attracted over 5,000 Grenadian-Canadians and last year’s virtual edition with about twice as many attendees, Spice Isle Cultural Day Association of Quebec (SICDAQ) is pleased to announce the return of one final virtual edition of Spice Island Cultural Festival, taking place via YouTube this Saturday, July 10, 2021.
This year’s edition will be even more packed with some of the top Grenadian artists and leaders to exchange with the nation’s Canadian diaspora, particularly given restrictions on travelling and socializing throughout the pandemic. Again this year, Grenadian Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell is confirmed to attend, in addition to his Minister of Health, Nicholas Steele and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“The Organization is grateful for the community’s support in coming together virtually just one more time in the wake of COVID-19. It is important to stay connected and support Grenada, its health workers, and its vulnerable children through our special GoFundMe campaign which will be held during the festival,” said SICDAQ President Byron “Doggies” Cameron.
Marvelous chefs, spectacular fashion shows with well-known designers, visual artists, legendary musicians and other leaders will celebrate culture from Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique at the fourth annual festival, featuring the theme “A Celebration of Life – Food-Fashion-Music-Culture”.
This year, taking centre stage will be the fashion industry of Grenada, inspired by the various cultures of the Caribbean. Six fashion designers will display their ready-to-wear to couture, on location in Grenada, Montreal and Toronto.
Kim Francis Designs’ exclusive fashion show for SICDAQ from Grenada
For those who can stand the heat, Spice Island Cultural Festival is also serving up some hot creations from five top Grenadian chefs, showcasing classic recipes of the Spice Island like the national dish, Oil Down (samples of which will be delivered to our VIP partners for the start of the festival!).
Musical segments will include a special Calypsonian One-on-One session between SIQDAQ president and well-known musician Byron “Doggies” Cameron and Grenada’s The Mighty Sparrow; also performing are Calypsonians The Beast, Scholar and Squeezy, in addition to the drumming sensation Capitol Drummers, the Carriacou Culture Train String Band, Steelband orchestras, folk dancers and singers; the diversity of Island music will be at the forefront. Folklore tales, a major part of a Caribbean family life, will also play an important role for the children enjoying the Festival.
“The Spice Island Cultural Festival, now in its fourth year, will indeed make you feel the rhythm of the Caribbean without leaving your living room,” said SICDAQ vice-president and spokesperson Gemma Raeburn-Baynes. “We invite all Caribbean Canadians and all of our friends to lime with us virtually, one more time! Join us in this Celebration of Life!”
The Spice Island Cultural Day festival is the province of Quebec’s official celebration of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique’s entertainment, food, music, arts, products, sports and culture.