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About Anne-Marie Mediwake:
In 2011, Anne-Marie Mediwake was named the GTA's Woman of the Year at the Consumer's Choice Awards, recognizing the trust she has earned from viewers for her commitment to journalistic excellence and her active community involvement.
Mediwake's portfolio includes prominent roles in CBC's local, national and international news coverage; from Jack Layton's state funeral to The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton from London and their Canadian tour. Recently, Mediwake has brought viewers insightful interviews with former governor general Michaëlle Jean, humanitarian Stephen Lewis, feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem and Bollywood superstar Bipasha Basu.
Prior to joining CBC, Mediwake co-anchored Global Television's Toronto flagship newscast. She helmed CTV's Gemini Award-winning investigative current affairs show 21C and reported for CTV's National News with Lloyd Robertson, Canada AM and Newsnet.
Mediwake's desire to give a voice and provide mentorship to young women is reflected in her active community outreach. She was nominated for Canada's top 35 under 35. Mediwake says her natural curiosity and passion for storytelling is rooted in her Scottish-Sri Lankan ancestry.
About Dwight Drummond:
Dwight Drummond has been covering news in Toronto as an anchor and reporter for over two decades, previously as the crime specialist for CityNews and co-host of Citynews@Five on CityTV.
An Ontario Scholar and graduate of Ryerson University's Radio and Television Arts program, Dwight has done "just about every job there is to do in a newsroom" as he worked his way up through the industry.
Known for his exclusives, he's broken local stories that have gone national and has reported from the U.S., Caribbean and Africa. He had the lead story on CityNews' Gemini win for best newscast, and a top story for City's Edward R. Murrow win for best newscast.
Dwight has also received a number of awards for his police reporting and commendations for his community work. He was honoured with the Men of Excellence Award, the Distinguished Men of Honour Award and the African Canadian Achievement Award for excellence in media. Dwight is a sought after motivational speaker and MC.
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About Dr. Jay De Soca Prince:
“I love soca.”
It is a simple statement spoken by many but none have really embodied those words more than Dr. Jay De Soca Prince. With his weekly radio show, Soca Therapy, and perpetually sold out fetes, he has proven time and time again how much he deserves to be called the bext soca DJ.
Born in Toronto and raised in the Trinidadian culture, Dr. Jay comes from a musically gifted family; his father is a drummer and vocalist, his uncle a founding member of the legendary group, Tradewinds. Jay grew up with parents who were always first in the record store for the latest calypso/soca records. When he was old enough, he made sure to continue this practice by getting a job in a record store just so he could afford his growing addiction to music. Although he loved all genres, it was soca that spoke to him the most.
"I feel like soca chose me," he says. "Soca is me. That's my foundation. That's my love. I wouldn't have it any other way."
Although he has cultivated a large following and has been instrumental in creating the soca scene in Toronto, Jay is not content to conquer just his hometown. He has travelled the world acting as an ambassador for soca. Places such as England, all over Canada and the US and Australia have all been treated to his special brand of mixing and selecting the best in soca music.
With all of his accomplishments, it's the fans and listeners who keep him playing the music.
"That moment when you can drop a certain song and make someone hold their head and close their eyes in pure astonishment is amazing," he says. "I love that."