Jamaican Ska and Reggae legend Stranger Cole moved to Toronto in the early 1970s leaving stardom behind. Despite his talent he was forced to work at the Tonka Toy factory and as a security guard at Eaton's to make a living. He eventually established the first Caribbean business in Kensington Market - a record store and label at 58 Kensington Ave. We met with the veteran some 40 years later in his old neighbourhood during a recent tour.
Part of an on ongoing series unearthing Toronto's buried Reggae history
Made with the support of the Toronto Arts Council.
Director: Chris Flanagan
DOP: Graeme Mathieson
Editing and titles: Graeme Mathieson
Stranger Cole illustration: Chris Flanagan
Animation: Josh Kaplan
Sound Mix: Marina Hashemi
2017 Shella and Gramera Films