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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."

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Dwight Drummond

Dwight Drummond has been a reporter and news anchor for over two decades. He was awarded the Ryerson University Alumni Award of Distinction and has been inducted into the Faculty of Radio and Television Arts Wall of Fame. Dwight is currently the co-host of the flagship supper hour newscast for CBC Toronto.

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 is a recipient of 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.

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Soca on Ice with Dr. Jay de Soca Prince

PRICE

Everyone:FREE

Saturday, February 8, 2014
8:00pm–11:00pm
Natrel Rink
235 Queens Quay West

Soca on Ice returns with another night of Carnival-inspired skating with Dr. Jay de Soca Prince. Skate rentals available.

Hosted by Dwight Drummond, co-host of CBC News Toronto, weeknights starting at 5pm on CBC Television.

This DJ Skate Nights event is also part of Kuumba, Harbourfront Centre's Black History Month celebration.

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