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Live at the Kisanii Hub Celebrating Cultures

Jamii's 4th Annual Celebration!

In light of nationally recognized Canadian Multiculturalism Day, Jamii is inviting community members to engage with the rhythm and sounds of music and dance from various parts of the world. The event includes dance by Ballet Creole accompanied by Carribean steel pan music by Trevor Redhead and Susette Vidale, Japanese Yosakoi dance led by Takako Segawa, and Indigenous hoop dancing. The event will be wrapped up with a photo exhibit unveiling and panel discussion with Murphy Owusu who will respond to our 2022 season theme "Water is Memory" through the lens of his camera.

Location: The Esplanade & Princess St

When:  Monday, June 27th at 5pm

More info HERE



Photo Exhibit: "The Red Chair Sessions by Nadya Kwandibens"

A New Photo Exhibit in Honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day in 2022

"The Red Chair Sessions is an ongoing open-call portraiture series that places importance on the acknowledgement and reclamation of Indigenous lands and the revitalization of Indigenous languages. This series ultimately disrupts colonial narratives, centres Indigenous Peoples who have been here since time immemorial, and reminds us that we are all guests on Indigenous land."


- Excerpt from the Artistic Statement

Location: The Esplanade & Princess St

When: From June to September 2022

More info HERE

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Live at the Kisanii Hub Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day

Jamii's 4th Annual Celebration!

In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day, Jamii hosted an array of Indigenous artists and mediums for our 4th annual celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day.


From live music by Red Rhythm and Blues, and traditional dance and music with EJ Kwandibens and his daughter Sagatay, to drumming by Sara Luey, photo exhibit unveilling and panel discussion with Nadya Kwandibens and hosting by Jim Adams - our community was graced with stories of Indigenous resurgance, resistance and joy.

Location: The Esplanade & Princess St

When: Tuesday, June 21st at 4pm

More info HERE


Live at the Kisanii Hub Featuring Twox30

On June 9th to 11th, Esplanadians gathered in our park spaces to pause, listen, and reflect on our connections with one another and the spaces between us. Through movement, live music, old-school typewriter poems, animated and folklore stories and face painting, people were invited to connect with one another.

A gentle way to explore Jamii's 2022 theme: "Water is Memory"


You can find more about the event here: Twox30

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The Unveiling of Seeing Evergreen

Jamii unveiled a photo exhibit, Seeing Evergreen, in David Crombie Park on April 2, 2022. At the unveiling, our host Monica Garrido guided audience members experience with speechees from artists and participant youth and seniors of Seeing Evergreen, henna art and face painting for the young ones, as well as live music by Tennyson King, a singer-musician from Hong Kong and Canada.


You can find more about the project and the unveiling here:

Seeing Evergreen

Video: Dawar Naeem

2021 Jamii Season Review (click here for interactive pdf)


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Exploring the emotional roller-coaster of the wedded life.

The Wedding - a 3-part series of short videos

"The Wedding" is a three-part short-film project that invited professional artists and members of The Esplanade community to explore what a mixed-culture wedding looks like, what are the emotional triggers of wedding ceremony and what the emotional roller coaster of a wedded life looks like.

Supported by Canadian Heritage and Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada, Government of Ontario, Canadian Stage, SHowLoveTo, City of Toronto and Rama Gaming House.

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2021, 2020 & 2019



One of Jamii's busiest year!

Our 2021 theme was “Looks Like Us” and was an invitation to explore one of the foundational values of the Esplanade neighbourhood: the concept of “mix”. We wanted to ask if, white we celebrate each other’s cultural heritage, we also celebrate intercultural mixing, and if so, how? Through a wide range of artistic experiences, we explored if we could bring our cultures together while retaining our cultural traditions, sense of identity and uniqueness. We hoped to continue engaging artists and audiences with questions around representation and belonging, and to ignite conversations. Did we succeed? Only you can say.


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Check full document HERE

At Jamii, we define our success by the legacy of qualitative memories we ignite for all “Esplanadians” - people of all ages who have taken part in the Jamii’s journey. By creating shared memories, we are creating stronger connections and bonds between people. In doing so, we create a sense of belonging, ownership and identity for the people engaged in the work we do in the community. This circles back to our mandate of enhancing social cohesion through the arts.

In 2020, we worked with 91 artists;
We organized 101 workshops;
We hosted 166 workshop participants;
We counted 2300 audience members;
We produced 34 public events,
And all of this, during a pandemic.

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Reflecting on 2019 is inspiring: it has been a beautiful year for Jamii; one of growth, enriching partnerships, exciting projects in our community, and throughout the Province. A year during which one of our dreams came true: the creation of a mobile theatre for our community, the Kisanii Hub. Last but not least, in 2019, Jamii refined its goal of both building community through multiple artistic initiatives, and nurturing young women in leadership.

In 2019, we worked with 88 Artists;

We organized 48 Workshops;

We engaged 400+ Participants;

We counted 1500+ Audience members;

We produced 22 events.


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The Wedding

A three-part series of short videos exploring wedding ceremonies through different lenses.
June - October 2021

"The Wedding" is a three-part project inviting professional artists and members of The Esplanade community to explore what a mixed-culture wedding looks like, what are the emotional triggers of wedding ceremonies and the emotional roller coaster of a wedded life.

Filmed in June, July and October, as a 20-min one shot through David Crombie Park, The Esplanade. 

Supported by Canadian Heritage and Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada.


Wayo Festival

300 people attended our mesmerizing parkour through the Berkeley Castle & Berkeley Theatre, to discover a series of delightful performances!

"Wayo" is a Swahili word that means ‘footprint’, symbolizing the journey to life.


On August 19th, 20th and 21st, Jamii welcomed families one-at-a-time for a physically-distanced experience where families were invited to follow a “parkour” through the famous Berkeley Castle and the Berkeley Theatre, discovering 7 live artistic installations and small-scale performances. 

This event was in partnership with Canadian Stage and the Berkeley Castle.

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts  and the Government of Ontario.

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Legacy Project

Toronto's Iconic 
Basketball Court Mural

In 2014, Jamii spearheaded a mural painting on David Crombie Park basketball court wall after the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment paid to resurface the court, which had been destroyed during a police chase in 2013.The mural, produced by Jamii, was created by 16 local youths under artistic guidance of Shalak Attack, Julian Periquet and Bruno Smoky. Curated by Isorine Marc.Vibrant ideas — and vibrant paint — can go a long way toward strengthening andhealing a community.If you would like to learn more email info@jamii.ca