*UPDATE: (June 7 2015) Amanda Brugel is the Winner of the 2015 Best Actress Black Canadian Award.
Toronto, Canada) - The 2015 Black Canadian Awards will be held on Saturday June 6th in Toronto. An event focused on showcasing several industries and empowering the community. "The Book of Negroes" by Lawrence Hill is nominated for best writer and literary work and actors like Shailyn Pierre-Dixon and Lyriq Bent who championed the TV adaptation of the book aired on BET and CBC early this year are both nominees for their extraordinary acting roles. Emmanuel Jal who worked with Reese Witherspoon in the movie 'The Good Lie' also got nominated for best actor and best African style artist for his music album, both launched last summer.
The new Toronto Police chief Mark Saunders, a recipient in 2014, will be the keynote speaker with the theme "Dream Bigger, Aim Higher", sharing on his core principles of excellence and aiming for perfection.
This ceremony will also award through a nomination and voting process, various artists and genres of music such as Best RnB Artist, Best Jazz Artist and Best Actor, just to mention a few. It will also feature a unique charity and talent scholarship focused women empowerment program called the Black Canadian Queens for the year 2015. Cpl Nathan Cirillo, a national hero, patriot and a great Canadian, will be recognized with a posthumous award.
"It's very exciting and inspiring to have all this very talented, committed and hardworking people come together in celebrating such a remarkable work, while using their accomplishments to inspire the new generation", Says Paul Ade, the executive director of the Diversity Advancement Network.
This years honoree list is filled with newsworthy achievers like Dr Alvin Curling, Frantz Benjamin, Mohamed Salih, Elcho Stewart, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, Emily Mills, Bishop McEwan Sr., Orlando Bowen, Mary Galvan, Ricardo McRae, Ammar Kamara, Kathy Grant, Mary Galvan, Orlando Bowen and others. For the second year, the awards will be presenting 100 role models and achievers for induction into the "Wall of Role Models" with their full stories and much more. Many dignitaries are expected at this formal red carpet event on June 6th from 5pm. The Award Ceremony will be hosted by Hodan Nalayeh of Integration TV and Randall Mitchell, a Toronto based TV host and Author. There will be performances by Lisa Banton, Lorraine Scott, Leila Dey, Skibu, Powerhouse Fellowship Soul Choir, Sunset Service Choir, Doahl Academy, The Psalmist, Xolisa and much more. Several guests and nominees will be traveling from Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary, Nigeria, South Africa, Jamaica, Trinidad, the US, UK and much more.
Some of the 2015 Nominees are Michie Mee, Divine Brown, Jay Evans, Shi Wisdom, Carlos Morgan, Fefe Dobson, Kreesha Turner, KellyLee Evans Krystle Dos Santos, Brownman Ali, Londa Larmond, Michasha Armstrong, Sean Mauricette, Elijha Hammill, Amanda Brugel, Kim Roberts, Helena-Alexis Seymour, Jay Martin, Trey Anthony, Trixx, LaToya Forever and many others. The complete list and information can be found on www.BlackCanadianAwards.com
The 2015 Entertainment Industry International segment is a collection of the worlds best like Canada has never seen before. And the Nominees are Gyptian (Jamaica), Skepta (UK), Mokobé (France), Benjai (Trinidad), Davido (Nigeria), Stormzy (UK), Mafikizolo (South Africa), Little Simz (UK), Chronixx (Jamaica), Sneakbo (UK), Farmer Nappy (Trinidad), Afrob (Germany), Etana (Jamaican), Edem (Ghana), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Eddy Kenzo (Uganda), Oritse Femi (Nigeria), Teeyah (Ivory Coast) and Destra (Trinidad) the 2014 winner for International Artist.