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CaribbeanTales International Film Festival to honor icons at 18th year celebration

The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) marks its 18th year, illuminating the cinematic world with a unique event. This year introduces the highly anticipated Augustine Award of Excellence. 

Scheduled for Saturday, September 9th, the Fleck Dance Theater in Toronto opens its doors at 7 pm for an evening to remember.

A birthday tribute: Honoring Dr. Jean Augustine

The awards evening doubles as a celebration for the Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine, who will be commemorating her 86th birthday.

Recognized as Canada’s first Black Female Member of Parliament, Dr. Augustine’s influence goes beyond politics. Her illustrious journey includes making a mark at Cannes, where she graced the Red carpet. 

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Musical giants spotlight: Saluting Roy Cape

The very first Augustine Award of Excellence will be presented to legendary saxophonist and band leader, Roy Cape, founder of Roy Cape All Stars and the Roy Cape Foundation. 

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Trinidad-based, Cape is an accomplished arranger, composer, and writer, with an illustrious musical and philanthropic career spanning nearly six decades.

His music and charitable pursuits have resonated across the Caribbean and beyond for almost 60 years.

A close look at Caribbean legends

Kicking off the award presentations, CTFF unveils “Iconography: Roy Cape” directed by Mikhail Gibbings. 

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This docu-series delves deep into the unseen tales of Trinidad and Tobago’s musical maestros and cultural titans, all narrated by the legends themselves. 

The cinematic journey wraps up with a dynamic performance from the Roy Cape All Stars, with Ossie Gurley and the ensemble, a treat for the attendees.

An inspired collaboration: CTFF meets OCPA

The evening’s spectacle, a harmonious collaboration between CTFF and the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA), aims to bridge the world of cinema and music, paying homage to Caribbean trailblazers.

With a confluence of culture, music, and film, CTFF’s 18th year promises to be an unforgettable tribute to the icons of the Caribbean diaspora.

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