DOCUMENTARY: Soul on Ice Screening (Wednesday, Nov. 4th)

rez | Documentary | Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015


This documentary has been in the works for a MINUTE now. Shouts to Kwame (who used to rock the mic on the radio for those that don’t know) who’s put his blood, sweat and tears into a project that brings light to the story of black history in hockey.

The screening is going down tomorrow night at the Rainbow Cinema on Front Street. Here’s all the info via the official blurb!

Award-winning documentary film Soul on Ice: Past Present & Future will be premiering for the public in Toronto Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM, at Rainbow Cinemas – Market Square (80 Front Street East). The film captured the People’s Choice award for Best Feature film at the 2015 Edmonton International Film Festival. Written and Directed by Toronto’s Kwame Damon Mason and produced by Chester Sit, the film focuses on how black athletes are making a name for themselves in the sport of hockey.

Taking over two years to complete, Soul on Ice: Past Present & Future looks at past, present and future black hockey players in all levels of hockey from the minor leagues to the majors. With their numbers on the rise, the film focuses on how the history of black athletes in hockey has influenced and encouraged more youth and their families to put their children into programs, regardless of race.

“Hockey has a long-standing history of great men doing great things but it also has a history hardly spoken of,“ said Kwame Damon Mason, producer, director and writer of Soul on Ice: Past Present & Future. “This film is the story of some great athletes from the past and present who have changed the face of the game called hockey.”

The film introduces us to Brampton’s Jaden Lindo, a young black athlete looking to get drafted in the 2014 NHL Draft. The audience follows Jaden and his parents through the season, seeing the stress and pressure he has to go through to achieve his goal.

Soul on Ice: Past Present & Future includes appearances from hockey legend Don Cherry as well as influential players such as Grant Fuhr who was the first black athlete to win a Stanley Cup and get inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as well as Wayne Simmonds, Devonte Smith-Pelly, and Trevor Daley to name a few. These men talk about their experience of hardship and accomplishments that currently exist for black athletes in hockey today.

About Kwame Damon Mason

Kwame Damon Mason has been working in the Canadian entertainment industry since 1996. Kwame got his name out there thanks to popular radio stations like KISS 92.5 in Toronto where he co-hosted 2 hour hip hop and R&B mix show Da Vibe with DJ Short. In February 2001 Kwame became the weekend announcer on Toronto’s first urban radio station FLOW 93.5. He eventually went on to work for the morning show and became the Saturday night live-to-air announcer.

In addition to hosting, Kwame used his experience and expertise to help launch countless radio stations across Canada and has co-hosted with some of Canada’s most well-known DJs and stars like former NHL tough guy George Laraque.

Not afraid of being in front of an audience, Kwame has made appearances on popular sports shows like Off the Record and was named number 23 on Cabbie’s (Cabbie on the Street, The Score) Top Canadians. His philosophy is summed up like this “There’s nothing to it but to do it, let’s keep it moving.”

NEW VIDEO: SCION presents “MIXTAPE: An Unauthorized Biography – (Episode 3)” (Directed by David F. Mewa)

Ty Harper | Documentary,Music,Video | Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Directed by David F. Mewa.

Part 3!



NEW VIDEO: Scion presents “MIXTAPE: An Unauthorized Biography – (Episode 1)” (Directed by David F Mewa)

Ty Harper | Documentary,Music,Video | Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Directed by David F Mewa.

Scion connects with the homie David F Mewa for a series that reflects on the mixtape and what it means to generations past and present.

Scion Sessions presents Mixtape: An Unauthorized Biography. In this first episode of a 3-part series directed by David Mewa, we look at the introduction of the compact cassette tape in the mid 1960’s and its rise to prominence in the early 1980’s. The mixtape was the original D.I.Y. tool for music lovers. It began a revolution that over 3 1/2 decades later led to everything we know today about music.

NEW VIDEO: Chart Attack presents: “Making A Scene – Two Visions of Music In Toronto

Ty Harper | Community,Documentary,Music,Video | Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The folks over at Chart Attack deliver a great little perspective piece on Toronto aka T-dot aka Taurana aka The Mega aka Tha 6, featuring KJ, DJ Bambii and Devon Little.

Toronto is a city with passionate, creative people pushing their art to exciting new places. But is that always enough? For Making A Scene, Chart Attack’s new short documentary, we spoke with representatives of two musical communities making waves, and got into what it means to truly have the city on your back.

The success of Drake has brought the 6’s hip-hop scene an unprecedented level international recognition. Emerging MC Keita Juma and Devon Little, photographer behind the portrait series Toronto Rap (displaying at tonight’s Long Winter event), talk to us about the newfound sense of pride and vigour the city’s hip-hop community has found. But as DJ Bambii tells us, younger movements and nightlife, like her group of indie electro producers and DJs, are being met with resistance. Making A Scene is the beginnings of a conversation on creating true diversity, embracing culture without cues from other countries, and giving new communities a chance to build.

NEW VIDEO: Vice presents The Margin – Touring Regent Park with Mustafa The Poet

Ty Harper | Community,Documentary,Interviews,Music,Video | Monday, June 16th, 2014

Vice presents an interesting new series called “The Margin”, hosted by producer Jahmal Padmore (KJ, Brendan Philip). This episode sees Jahmal connect with Mustafa The Poet to talk poetry and Regent Park politics. Really appreciate Mustafa’s ability to offer some great reflective and critical thoughts on his art and his neighborhood. Very promising stuff from Vice with this one.

NEW VIDEO: MTV Originals: Bryan Espiritu

Ty Harper | Community,Documentary,Fashion,Music,Video | Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Nice piece on be and LL courtesy of MTV and Canon Canada. Shouts to Phoebe!


SHORT DOC: StudioFeed Films presents LAL “The Bridge”

Ty Harper | Community,Documentary,Music,Video | Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Just happened on this great piece on Toronto musicians, activists, and residents LAL (Rosina, Murr and Ian) produced/directed by StudioFeed.

The piece covers the band’s music, activism and relationship with Toronto. Definitely worth putting aside some time to take in.

Formed in 1998 by Bengali-rooted Rosina Kazi and her life partner, Barbados-born Nicholas Murray and later joined by Ugandan-born Ian De Souza, LAL proves incessantly hard to define.

StudioFeed first sat down with Rose, Nic and Ian in April of 2012. With their self-titled release, “LAL,” set to debut at the Garrison in Toronto on May 18, we here at StudioFeed thought that we had a straight forward shoot in store; film the band, talk about the record and culminate in the record release party at the Garrison. But then we actually got to know the members of LAL, and that whole plan went out the window.

LAL has been described as a “music making magical mushroom, the visible flowering part of a much larger organism, connected with very fine but infinitely resilient roots.” They are “obsessed with making music but more obsessed with using the making of music as a way to materialize ways of being together, fostering a sharing of resources, ideas and, at bottom, maintaining a tenacious hope that persists despite the frightening world we live in.”

Sit back. Take 15 minutes. LAL is what Independent Music is all about.

To purchase LAL’s most recent record, visit

Visit LAL online // Facebook // Twitter

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Murr feat. Rosina “Best Dress” (Directed by C. Hudson Hwang)

Previously: NEW ALBUM: LAL (Self-titled)

NEW VIDEO: The Insight Project presents “BREATHE: Che’s Story”

Ty Harper | Community,Documentary,Music,Video | Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

InsightProjectTV presents a new series on some of our communities’ game-changers. First up to bat is Manifesto’s Che Kothari.

Growing up in Guelph, Ontario, Che struggled to figure out where he fit in. At the age of 15, a family vacation opened up his world. Surrounded by the rich roots of the Caribbean, with a camera in hand, Che eagerly documented everything he saw, determined to share what was happening in the world with everyone back home. That deep sense of urgency and community spirit drove Che into an accomplished career as a photographer and beloved cultural community instigator.

DOCUMENTARY: AUX presents – Shad

Ty Harper | Documentary,Music,Video | Monday, November 12th, 2012

VERY dope doc-piece on Shad via the folks at AuxTV!

Parts 2, 3, 4 and 5 after the jump!

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Shad – It Ain’t Over (Directed by GARY)


NEW VIDEO: Darren Anthony “Secrets Of A Black Boy” (Mini Doc) (Directed by Theo Skudra)

Ty Harper | Documentary,Film,Video | Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Directed & Edited by Theo Skudra for Tom Glass Pictures.

A really great short documenting Darren Anthony and his future plans for himself and his play “Secrets Of A Black Boy”.

Fresh off the New York run off his play Secrets of a Black Boy, Darren Anthony is now starting the transition from stage to film. Check out his mini doc on his experience in New York.

The fundraiser starts Oct 20th 2012 at Harlem Restaurant (Toronto). To donate to this movement please check the links below.

twitter: mrdarrenanthony

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