Contact Carol Allen, (416) 268-2965 or email queenofbeauty7@yahoo.ca for all of your personal skin care and make-up needs


"Satisfying cravings one taste at a time" - Call Chef Lee Allen at (647) 704-7979 for your personal meal plans and catering needs - Serving the Greater Toronto Area

Monday, July 28, 2008


~~ The Party Where The Temperature Keeps Rising ~~
Location: Six Degrees, 2335 Yonge Street just North of Eglinton
Join the LADIES OF PLATINUM STAR ENTERTAINMENT (Carol A. Allen, Dionne Warren & Jules Francis) alongside some of Toronto's Hottest Promoters & DJs
LIMITED $25 advance tickets available while they last until August 2nd
Info: http://www.gotoaparty.com

Friday, July 25, 2008

Marcia Brown's "Common-Law" Returns for Encore Performances (Mon Aug 4 - Sun Aug 17)!

With shouts of Encore!!! Encore!! Encore!! when the curtains closed on the final performance of "Common-Law" in Brampton Sunday June 29, and the hundreds that were turned back because they did not have a ticket as well as the phone calls and emails received from those that heard about it after the fact and hence did not get a chance to see this awesome play, we have made a decision to return with "Common-Law."

Yes, we are back for a limited run and tickets are already being sold. so please check the schedule below and get your tickets early.

NORTH YORK - Jamaican Canadian Centre, 995 Arrow Road

Caribana Monday - August 04 - @ 7PM

BRAMPTON - **Cyril Clark Library Theatre, 20 Loafers Lake Lane, Heart Lake
Friday - August 08 @ 8PM
Saturday - August 09 @ 8PM
Sunday - August 10 @ 7PM

AJAX - J Clarke Richardson Collegiate, 1355 Harwood Ave N, Just North of Rossland

Sunday - August 17 @ 7PM

**We would like to inform you that there is limited seating at the Cyril Clark Library Theatre. It is a beautiful theatre, with the perfect ambiance for a stage play, but the capacity is small, so we are encouraging you to get your tickets in advance and early if you intend to attend "Common-Law" in Brampton.

Tickets will be available at all the regular ticket outlets at $30.00, you can check the website for a full listing. www.marciabrownproductions.com You can also reserve tickets through the web-site for pick up at the door at the advance ticket price or by phone at (416) 843-8787. We do ask however that you do not make a ticket reservation if you are not certain in attending the play for reasons I am sure you can appreciate.

We do hope the schedule above will meet the needs of those who are hungry to experience "Common-Law" for the first time....or those who have experienced it already but wish to experience it again...It is that good....bring a box a Kleenex cause yuh gwine laff till you cry..no joke.

For those of you that have already seen "Common-Law" , we thank you sincerely for your support and for the excellent PR you have done in telling others about it. To bring back some memories, we have posted some reviews and pictures from the last performances for your viewing pleasure. Just click on "NOW PLAYING" and scroll through the various sub-headings..enjoy

Lets keep our culture vibrant and alive in the city...mainstream plays can run for years at a time...we can do it too, with your support!!

With Love and Appreciation

Marcia Brown Productions

Visit: http://www.marciabrownproductions.com

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Scotiabank Caribana In Full Effect in Toronto!

Caribana Official Launch @ Nathan Phillips Square: Pix by Carol A. Allen

The 41st Annual Scotiabank Caribana Festival officially kicked off at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square on Tuesday, July 15th with colourful costume displays, musical entertainment and pure clean fun.

There will be lots to do over the next couple of weeks with festivities including the Caribana Gala at the Liberty Grand on Friday, July 25th, and the crowning of King and Queen at Lamport Stadium on Thursday, July 31, leading up to the big parade along the Lakeshore on Saturday, August 2.

Visit: http://www.caribanafestival.com for more info on Scotiabank Caribana

Sean Paul/Akon/Wyclef/Kardi on Fire at the Molson Ampitheatre!

Pix by Carol A. Allen

On Thursday, July 10th, fresh off of a stop in Montreal, mega-artists Akon, Sean Paul, and Wyclef Jean tore up the Molson Amphitheatre. In fact, they not only tore up the stage, they lit it on fire and took the term "blazing" to a whole new level. Literally. Most of Wyclef's show was highlighted with flames, in fact, he took some time out to burn one of his guitars on stage. And, as if that wasn't enough, he paraded through the crowd, climbed up one of the posts and reminded everyone that he is the Carnival king throwing in some calypso music and encouraging everyone to wave whatever they could in the air in anticipation of Toronto's Caribana Parade which takes place on August 2nd. The place went wild.

Akon, born Aliaune Thiam, made a parachute entrance on to the stage following a short video spoof of him being denied entry into the country by an immigration official and overpowering the pilot to make sure that he reached his destination. He attempted to keep up with Wyclef's energy, even throwing in the calypso remix of his hit, "Don't Matter" from his Grammy-nominated second album, Konvicted to keep the crowd on their feet and in pre-Caribana mode. Intermittent bursts of fire and loud clashing sounds kept his show entertaining and even more so when he took his shirt off.

The 35-year old artist, who became popular after his 2004 song, "Locked Up" reached the US top 10, recently signed Toronto Hip Hop Artist, Jason Harrow aka Kardinal Offishall to his Konvict Muzik label . The first single "Dangerous" from the album, Not 4 Sale, just leaped into the Billboard Hot 100 charts Top 20 jumping from #23 last week to #16 this week. It's scheduled to be released on August 5.

Reggae Artist, Sean Paul, who had dancers on stage to help him out, kept the audience entertained although the sound system seemed to be a little distorted. That did not stop the crowd from screaming out the words to his popular hits which include, "Temperature," "Baby Boy" and "Gimme the Light." Overall, the fusion of Haiti, Jamaica, and Africa, with a mix of r&b, hip hop, zouk, reggae and calypso blended effortlessly and made the recipe for one phenomenomenal show. Big shouts to Kardi, Solitair and Lindo P always representing Toronto and doing their thing.

E.L.I.T.E. After Work Long Weekend Lime @ Peridot Resto Lounge, Fri Aug 1!

In celebration of the 41st Edition of North America's Largest Caribbean festival, and another hot, summer long weekend, the Ladies of Platinum Star Entertainment, Carol, Dionne & Jules, invite you and your guests to join us for E.L.I.T.E--The Long Weekend Edition on Friday, August 1st at Peridot Resto Lounge in the heart of Toronto's downtown core.

E.L.I.T.E., which simply translated means, "Enjoying Life In The Evening," is a chance to relax your mind, unwind and associate in the company of other outstanding individuals.

This event will begin at 6pm sharp, inside the Ultra-Chic and Luxuriously Spacious, Peridot Resto Lounge, located at 81 Bloor Street East, east of Yonge Street, Toronto. (Underground Parking available across the street at the Marriott Hotel).

Peridot Resto Lounge has recently been featured on the Food Network show, Restaurant Makeover, and was the host restaurant for the filming of the Platinum Star Trio's "Matchmaker" episode which aired on the Slice Network.

Dress Code: Business Casual & Dressy Jeans are acceptable.

Admission: No cover for this event, however, please RSVP in advance. Space is limited

Peridot Resto Lounge offers a Mediterranean/Italian Inspired Menu with a variety of selections.

Dinner Reservations are available by calling 416 410 7556 or by email to elitedinner@carrebizness.com, with your full name, number of guests, and reservation time asap! So, gather some friends and make it a special evening out.

The event runs from 6pm to 10pm so be sure to come early!

Dinners for birthdays/special occasions can also be arranged!

Visit: http://platinumstareliteafterwork.blogspot.com/

Other Karibana Long Weekend Upcoming Events:

Location: Yonge Street & Queen's Quay
Hosted by Carol Allen
Featuring DJs Johnathon Shaw; Niterider; Uncle Funke & Son of Soul; & Mr Kicks
Adv tix: $25/$35 @ Door before Midnight
Info @ http://carrebizness.blogspot.com

~~ The Party Where The Temperature Keeps Rising ~~
Location: Six Degrees, 2335 Yonge Street just North of Eglinton
Join the LADIES OF PLATINUM STAR ENTERTAINMENT (Carol Allen, Dionne Warren & Jules Francis) alongside some of Toronto's Hottest Promoters & DJs
LIMITED $25 advance tickets available while they last until August 2nd
Info @ http://www.gotoaparty.com

Caribbean Gospel Music Festival @ Revival Time Tabernacle, Mon Aug 4!

The 12th Annual Caribbean Heatwave Party Captain John's, Sat Aug 2!

If you are looking for a great, mature, 'safe' place to get your groove on this Caribana weekend - I recommend the United Professional's party, hosted by Yours Truly, Carol Allen.

Well once again its that time of year and it's decision time - its time to purchase your tickets for Caribana Saturday night. We know how the drill works. We have been putting these functions on for years. While most of you know that this is exactly where you want to be on Caribana Saturday, for some reason some of you will wait until the last minute to decide to purchase your tickets - which will make them either more expensive or sold out. Don't be left out or on the outside looking in.

For years UPA, ACO & Too Nubian have worked hard to establish The Caribbean Heatwave event as the defacto standard to which all other Caribana Saturday night events are compared to for progressive adults. No fancy words - just the proof in our function

And don't forget to have a look at our ad and article in the Pride newspaper. More importantly, don't forget to spread the word. Tell your friends. Tell them to ensure that we have their up to date email address. Drop us a line at caribbeanheatwave@toonubian.com or call 416-410-4653. Pass this message and the attached flyer on to like-minded friends, family, colleagues and associates.

Just remember past sold out Caribbean Heatwave events. Remember where everyone wants to go and to be on that night. Recall the recent sold out ACO boat cruise or the string of recent successful Too Nubian events and birthday party at the Captain Johns.

Why wait. Act today! Get your advance tickets. See you there! And don't forget to support our sponsors.

The United Professionals,
Another Croft Original,
and Too Nubian Entertainment present:
The 12th Annual Caribbean Heatwave Party
"Where the adults will be"
Caribana Saturday August 2nd, 2008

The World Famous Captain John's
Yonge St. and Queen's Quay
Party From 9PM - 4AM
Hosted By
Carol Allen
R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Soca, House, Old School, and Slow Jams
On the Outdoor Patio under the Stars

DJ Niterider from CHRY 105.5 FM
Inside the Captain's Lounge
Playing the Classics and Old School

Uncle Funke and Son of S.O.U.L from CKLN 88.1 FM
R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Soca, House, Old School, and Slow Jams
In the Main Ballroom

The Juiceman Jonathan Shaw
And Mr. Kicks
Dress Code: No Athletic Gear
Advance Tickets: $25
At the Door: $35 before midnight

Advance Ticket Locations
Voluptuous Clothing (Square One, Vaughan Mills, Yorkdale, Dufferin Mall, Scarborough Town)
Knowledge Bookstore (Brampton) 905-459-9875
Strictly Roots (Toronto) 416-757-1024
MichaelJaz (West Toronto) 416-235-2551
System Music Warehouse (Pickering) 905-831-4969
Play De Record (Toronto) 416-586-0380
Or email: tickets@toonubian.com
For more information call 416-995-1155

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Scotiabank Caribana Roots to Rhythm Art Exhibit - July 24 - Aug 4 @ the ROM

Opening Reception

COLOURblind International
Produced by the Association of African Canadian Artists

Thursday July 24th 2008
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Remarks: 7:00 pm

Please use Bloor Street Entrance,
Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, Royal Ontario Museum

RSVP to colourblindexhibit@yahoo.com
Joan Pierre 905-201-2836

Joan Butterfield


Cheryl Rock
izzy Ohiro
Georgia Fullerton
Ken Daley
Sonia Farquharson
Asha Aditi Ruparelia
David Vasquez
Angela Haynes
Joy Andre
Darrell McCalla
Nicole Pena
Anna-Maria Dickinson
Jeffery Gregory
Charmaine Lurch
Michelle Montague
Deniece James
Philemon Campbell
Dion Fitzgerald
April Branco
Janet Manning
Jason O'Brien
Kwame Delfish
Kathy Moscou
Sheldon Colthrust
Barbara Dillas

Read about the exhibit...