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Alison Hinds to Headline RBC Black Diamond Ball in Toronto

Toronto, ON – At the successful launch of Before The Ball earlier this month, the headliner, host, entertainment, sponsors and keynote speaker were announced along with the winner of The Vocalist. The signature event of Black History Month, The 9th Annual RBC Black Diamond Ball takes place on Saturday February 24, 2024 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, black carpet starts at 6pm EST.

The Queen of Soca: Alison Hinds will be headlining this year’s Ball, bringing the carnival heat to wintery Toronto.

“We are so excited to have Alison as the headliner – typically its R&B that closes out the night,” explained Shawn Cuffie, Operations Director for ArtXperiential Projects. “But we always like to shake things up, and more importantly, we want to showcase all aspects of Black culture.”

Hosted by journalist Maggie John, the line-up this year is spectacular, featuring The Soul Motivators, the winner of The Vocalist – Osé Allenotor, presenters include former Ontario MPP Mitzie Hunter, Culinary TV expert Trudy Stone, Psychotherapist Roxanne Francis and a special mental health message from Dr. Natasha Williams.

Also new, ten Black community members and allies will be recognized for their contributions, and a scholarship will be given to a deserving Black student. The keynote speaker for the night is Lee-Anne Lyon Bartley, lovingly known as Canada’s Safety Diva. She is currently Executive Vice-President, Health, Safety, Environment and Quality at Dexterra Group. Lee-Anne will be addressing the barriers to senior leadership and the Black experience once you break through them.

The Black Diamond Ball brings together the community and its supporters to celebrate the conclusion of Black History Month and accomplishments of the community. This year’s sponsors are: Royal Bank of Canada, FACTOR, Shea Moisture, Barbados Tourism and Marketing Inc., Cloré Beauty, OCAD University, Michel Germain and Canadian Race Relations Foundations (CRRF).


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