On moving back to the “homeland”

Toronto summers are incredible — but every winter when the temperature hits -20, I ask my parents why they left our tropical homeland of Trinidad. Of course I know their reasons, but I have sometimes wondered what it would be like to return “home.”

My friend Tiffany knows. Born and raised in the USA, she’s moved back to live and work in Hong Kong, the homeland her parents left.

A ‘groovy’ night at L.U.S.T. Supper Club

On Saturday night I attended the L.U.S.T. Supper Club. No — it wasn’t a combo orgy-gourmet dinner party, though given the name, I suppose that wouldn’t be a terrible guess. The acronym actually stands for “Luke’s Underground Supper Table,” and it was named one of the top 15 secret supper clubs in the world by The…

Luminato 2016: All about the Hearn

Last year I walked into the Hearn Generating Station and gazed around in awe. The Hearn is a decommissioned power plant and the building is vast — it’s a rough, raw, absolutely beautiful ruin. While the Hearn is the type of place you’d expect to visit for an illegal rave, I was actually allowed to be there…

Open Tuning 2016

Today I discovered yet another reason to love my neighbourhood (and I already have great love for The Annex): the Open Tuning music festival. Open Tuning is a free event held in Seaton Village (part of the larger ‘The Annex’ neighbourhood). On street corners, out of garages, in parks and on the front porches of homes, musicians of all…

Indian Arrival Day

Today marks the 171st anniversary of the first Indian indentured labourers to reach the Caribbean island of Trinidad, aboard the ship Fatel Razak. While the history of the African slave trade is well known, this is not the case for the story of Chinese and Indian indentured labour in the Caribbean. But like other stories of colonialism around…