The true story of Canada's reggae capital
Toronto's Little Jamaica was one of the largest producers of reggae music in the world
There's a neighbourhood in Toronto that stretches along Eglinton Ave, just north of the downtown core. For years, it's been buried under construction as the city builds the Crosstown LRT, but behind all that is a rich musical history that's now endangered.
Little Jamaica, as the neighbourhood is known, became one of the largest producers of reggae music in the world outside of Kingston, Jamaica. In the 1960s and '70s, Jamaicans moving to Toronto helped to create a vibrant music industry, complete with clubs, record shops, recording studios, all with a connection to Jamaica. Artists like Jackie Mittoo and Leroy Sibbles recorded their music there, and the famous reggae group Black Uhuru immortalized the strip with their song "Youth of Eglinton."
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