Last Friday MARCH!

Hi my name is Chantelle Hewitt. I'm a volunteer at Regent Park Focus and for the past 2 months I've started MC-ing the Last Fridays events for the months of February and March. Last Fridays is an evening of food, story telling, poetry, spoken word and live music performances which is held on the last Friday of each month. The event is hosted by Regent Park Focus and for the last couple of months It has been held at the Daniels Presentation Centre at 500 Dundas St. E. It was my first time doing public speaking and by MC-ing this event. I was nervous at first at first but got the hang of things and actually did a good job at hosting.

In the month of February, it was Black History Month and the community was in for a great evening. We had performances by Kwanza (an African Drummer), Logic (spoken word poet), Singer/Songwriter Ania Soul, the Regent Park Focus House Band "Da Youngstas", and an African Fashion Show. All of these performers did a great job and the audience enjoyed it while relaxing to some Caribbean food and refreshments as well. In the month March, we didn't have a certain theme but still had some performers to entertain the community. We had performances by Singer/Songwriter Monique Barry, RPF House Band "Da Youngstas", John T Davis, and a Youth Poetry Slam. Poetry Slam is a group of teens who have a competition at which poets read or recite original work.

(or, more rarely, that of others). These performances are then judged on a numeric scale by previously selected members of the audience. But we did it a little different by making the audience decide by applauding who they thought did the best. These teens worked very hard and did very good on their piece of poetry. Among the 7 contestants, Halie Swizer, won the competition. For the 2 months that I hosted Last Fridays, it was a great experience and I'm glad that I got an opportunity like this at Focus. Catch me this month on the next Last Friday event schedule for April 24, 2009 hosting the event. See y'all then!!

by: Chantelle Hewitt

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