The event details are outlined below:
Venue: Novotel Hotel, 3 Park Home Avenue, Toronto, ON M2N 6L3 (By North York Subway)
Entry Cost: Admission is Free but we recommend seat reservations on www.blackcanadians.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Toronto, ONTARIO, May 21, 2014 - Diversity Advancement Network is thrilled to announce the nominees and honorees for the highly anticipated Black Canadian Awards event. Celebrating achievers, role models and exceptional talents in community development, arts, entertainment and business. The Black Canadian Awards is poised to be one of the most significant events in 2014.
With over 30,000 public nominations during our nomination months, our award process is made up of 12 categories of Honorees, 25 categories of Nominees and numerous Role Models. We are proud to announce the 12 honorees and the top six nominees in 25 award categories (Choice awards process).
Professional Excellence: David Bradshaw, Vice President, Banking Operations at Tangerine
Community Service: Garnett Manning, Youth Advocate, Community Builder, Promoter of civic involvement.
Heritage Award: Honorable Jean Augustine, First Black woman to be elected into Parliament. First Fairness Commissioner of Ontario.
Leadership Award: Honorable Lindsay Blackett, Alberta's First Black Provincial Minister (Committed to community & Professional development)
Inspirational: Bishop, Dr. Audley James, Over 30 years of inspiring people and years of community involvement.
Public Service Award: Mark Saunders, Deputy Police Chief for Toronto (Over 30 years of excellent service)
Humanitarian Award: Domanique Grant, Women HIV Mentorship in Uganda, Youngest ever President of a Co-operative Housing Board of Directors
Diversity Awards: George Stroumboulopoulos, CBC TV Host (Consistently demonstrated inclusiveness in his media work)
Global Impact Award: Donovan Bailey, 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist, 3 time World Champion. (A positive success story told worldwide)
Pioneer Award: Lillie Johnson, In 1981 Founded Sickle Cell Association of Ontario (Over 30 years of serving in our community)
Life Time Achievement Award: Eleanor Collins, First Black woman to have a TV show in North America (1955)
Best Jazz / Soul Act: Maureen Washington, Sharon Musgrave, KellyLee Evans, Saidah Baba Talibah, Shakura S'Aida
Best Pop Act: Jully Black, Farahri, Trish, Fefe Dobson, Kreesha Turner, Melanie Durrant
Best Female R&B Act: Kim Davis, Flo, Andreena Mill, Shi Wisdom, Staasia Daniels, Savannah Re
Best Male R&B Act: DRU, K-os, JRDN, Glenn Lewis, Carlos Morgan, K'naan
Best Female Hip Hop Act : Reema Major, Jelly Too Fly, Michie Mee, Eternia, Phoenix Pagliacci, Haviah Mighty
Best Male Hip Hop Act: Rich Kidd, Harvey Stripes, Maestro, Shad, JD Era, Kardinal Offishall
Best Caribbean Style Act: Aslem Douglas, Soca Emperor, Ammoye, Jahsmin Daley, Shalli, Ms Paige
Best African Style Act: Blacko Blaze, Lorraine Klaasen, Tolumide, Emmanuel Jal, Akin Busari, P-Rhymes & Ozee-B
Best Gospel Act: Toronto Mass Choir, Londa Lamond, Toronto Childrens Concert Choir (TC3), Sharon Riley & Choral, FocusWay Choral, Marvia Providence
Best DJ Act: DJ P-plus, DJ Blaze, DJ Law, DJ Mel Boogie, DJ Magic Flowz, DJ Smartiez
Best MC / Host: Sir Lancelot, Jonathan Shaw, Daneo, JJ King, MC Bonde, Kid Kut
Best Contemporary Dance Act: Shawn Byfield, Pulga Muchochoma, Esie Mensah, Hollywood Jade, Toya Robinson, Liana Lewis
Best Traditional Dance Act: Mapou Ginen, Chemagne Martin, Anthony "Prime" Guerra, Ballet Creole, Ijo Vudu, GhCali
Best Actor / Actress: Lisa Berry, Oluniké Adeliyi, Emmanuel Kabongo, Janet Bailey, Dayo Ade, Clé Bennett
Best Spoken Word: David Delisca, Greg Frankson, Randall Adjei, Dwayne Morgan, Nadine Williams, Andrea Tabnor
Best Blogger:- Teknique, Nikki Johnson, MissGo2girl, Bee Quammie, Brenda Chuinkam, Darling Nicky Phillips
Best Entertainer: Trey Anthony, Dorothy Rhau, Trixx, 4Yall-Ent, Arthur Simeon, Jay Martin
Best Media Personality: Heather Seaman, Rosie Edeh, Andrea Bain, Dwight Drummond, Karlene Nation, Scott Laurie.
Best Fashion Designer: Hylton House, Beni Boo, Cherith Burke, Eloli Design, Vickie Joseph
Best Athlete: Anthony Bennett, Ohenewa Akuffo, Karina LeBlanc, Tammy Sutton-Brown, Patrick Kabongo, Perdita Felicien
Black Canadian Queen: Elizabeth Obeng, Susan Hall, Valentina Gangadeen, Vanessa Wheatles, Cherise Joseph
Best Promoter/Event Organiser: Ron Allen & Cindy Wilson, Chris Jackson, Andre Blenman, Suppa Natty, Microbell MMG, Leroy "Ras" King
Best International Act:- Alison Hinds, Lira, Samini, Khuli Chana, Waje, Destra Garcia,
Best Photographer / Videographer: Jalani Morgan, Belinda Kamshuka, Alicia Wynters, David Powell (DSP), FaceFilms Production. Potential Films
Best Beauty Destination:- Diamond Cutz, Faces By Pureness, Hot Secret Salon, Blessing Hairport, Jou Jou Hair Beauty Studio, Nanni's Natural Hair Salon
The voting period for the Nominees is from May 19th, to June 3rd, 2014 at 11:59pm. The competition is fierce, so ensure you vote for your favourite.
Our showcased Role Models will also be recognized during this event and given a certificate of appreciation. The Black Canadian Awards is committed to showcasing positive and inspiring role models within the community; people who have risen against the odds to make a success of their lives. Please log on to www.blackcanadians.com/role-models to read some of our encouraging and inspiring role-model interviews.
With dignitaries coming from all over Canada, the Black Canadian Awards is a multicultural event open to everyone to attend and will be held on Saturday June 7st, 2014 from 5pm at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 190 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, Ontario. Tickets available from $30. Ensure you get your tickets once they are released as this is a sell-out event!