The Heritage Singers gave their first performance 36 years ago in 1977 at Harbourfront in Toronto. The Singers started with a group of friends who wanted to keep in touch with the back-home sound and preserve their cultural roots. Since then, the Singers have developed a mandate to promote the development of Caribbean folk music and theatre and share this material with the greater community; donate part of their proceeds from fund-raising events to charitable organizations; use folk-singing and dance as tools to enhance ethnic, historic, and social traditions relevant to the Caribbean, African, and other communities and bridge cultural gaps by helping other ethnic groups become more aware of and respect different cultures.
The Heritage Singers have participated in festivals in Canada, Holland, Taiwan, Germany, Mexico and Ghana. The Singers have also presented many pantomimes for the Jamaican community. These performances have received great acclamation from the community both for their artistic merit, as family entertainment and as an opportunity to expose children to this aspect of their culture. In June, 2003 the Singers successfully produced and hosted a 40 member troupe from the LTM Pantomime Company for the production of “Miss Annie” at the Toronto Centre of the Arts. The Singers’ recordings are available on CDs.
The Heritage Singers support financially or with free performances many associations including Ronald McDonald House, the Daily Bread Food Bank, the Jane-Finch Concerned Citizens Association, the Higher Marks Educational Extension, the Jamaica Canadian Association, the Canadian Save the Children Fund Conference, community organisations, churches, alumni associations, hospitals and senior citizen's homes.
Duane, Excellent Video, thanks for inclusing the Heritage Singers in your video. This is a great recap from an awesome night. I was proud to have chaired the programme book commitee for the Gala. Walk Good from Lee-Anne Lyon-Bartley aka. Safety…