Next on the JCAA calendar …
Black History Month celebrations
The JCAA in collaboration with other Caribbean associations presents Caribbean Black History celebration. The event will showcase the achievements of Caribbean people, artistic tributes and a education transfer session. The event will be on Saturday February 24, 2018 starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Evergreen Community Spaces, 1709 8th Avenue NE, Calgary. This is a FREE event that is open to the public. Come and participate. We look forward to having you there.
Taste of Jamaica 2018
Another edition of this Jamaican cultural showcase is set for March 31, 2018 at the Thorncliffe Greenview Community Centre 5600 Centre Street N. We will have performances in three categories, Gospel, International Diversity and Reggae. Here are some of the artistes that will be on the show:
- Supa Cee
- Essence of Praise Choir
- Powerhouze Band with Nadi Downs
- Ouda Ouda
- Jomar Shepherd
- Aphrodit Espanioli and her Zumba and Belly Dancing team
- Arlene Meredith
- Westwinds Musicl Society orchestra
There will be a special Come to Jamaica zone this year promoting Jamaica’s tourism products … with lots of prizes and surprises. Taste of Jamaica is a family event with a fun-filled Kidz Zone.
Taste of Jamaica 2018 welcomes the support of the following sponsors
Applications are open for vendors. Please download and complete the vendor application form. Deadline for applications is February 28, 2018.
We are looking for volunteers to support the staging of Taste of Jamaica. Please complete our on-line volunteer form or print our Volunteer Form then complete and send it to our Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or call 403-828-0508 for more information. Thanks in advance for supporting our event.
Taste of Jamaica Raffle 2018
Win an opportunity for a vacation in Jamaica with your airfare and hotel covered. Enjoy the island for merely a $5 ticket. Win a Rum Basket from world-famous Appleton or an authentic basket with Jamaican food items from Grace Foods. Read our raffle Terms and Conditions.
- The Grenada/Canada Social and Cultural Association of Calgary celebrates Grenada’s 44th anniversary of Independence on February 17, 2018 at the Winston Heights Community Centre. Tickets are $50 per person. Check their Facebook page for more information
- The Haitian Association of Calgary will be hosting the premiere of the film Brown Girl Begins on February 15, 2018 at Festival Hall 1215 10 Ave SE, Calgary. The film starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25. Check out the trailer at www.browngirlbegins.com
New Program – Journey
View our video series, Journey, where Jamaicans share their experiences as they moved from life in Jamaica to life in Calgary. Please share these videos with your friends and family planning to move to Calgary and we ask that you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more episodes of Journey.
Celebrating Black History Month
The Caribbean community associations are joining forces to celebrate Black History Month. This will be a educational, entertaining session as each island provides a sample of their history and legacy. Join us as we recognize the achievements of black pioneers and trailblazers.
When: February 24, 2018
Where: Evergreen Community Spaces, 1709 8th Avenue NE
Time: 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Taste of Jamaica 2018
Come enjoy a showcase of Jamaican culture … food, music, dance, poetry, language and more….
This festival has been going for more than 20 years as the Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta shares the rich, warm Jamaican culture with Albertans. Entry to the event for all adults includes a sample of real Jamaican cuisine – Jamaican dumplings, jerk chicken, patties and our national dish of ackee and saltfish.
Our line-up of artistes for this year includes:
- Arlene Meredith (Gospel)
- Jomar Shepherd (Gospel)
- Essence of Praise Choir (Gospel)
- Aphrodit Espanioli (International diversity)
- Alom Dance Group (International diversity)
- Westwinds Musical Society (International diversity)
- Ouda Ouda (Reggae)
- Supa Cee (Reggae)
- Steele (Reggae)
- Powerhouze Band with Nadi Downs (Reggae)
Special Kidz Zone with rap sessions with the Police, Fire Dept, JCAA and a financial institution. Plus .. a Kids Talent show. Fun for the entire family
We also have our Taste of Jamaica raffle
- 1st prize – Jamaican Vacation for two (2) – air and hotel
- 2nd prize – Jamaican Rum Basket from Appleton Estates
- 3rd prize – Jamaican Food Basket from Grace Foods
See raffle Terms and Conditions for more detail
Book the date! Check our Gallery for shots from Taste of Jamaica 2017
Monthly General Meeting - April
Come participate in our Monthly General Meeting. This meeting will provide updates on our 2018 plan, give feedback on recent events like Caribbean Black History Month celebrations, Taste of Jamaica, etc. and share other important information on what’s happening in the community. The event is open to the public. We will be launching our membership promotion at the meeting … bring a friend and win prizes!!
Where: Winston Heights Community Centre, 520 27th Avenue NE, Calgary
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Theme meeting - Karaoke Night
You are invited to the monthly general meeting of the Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta (JCAA). After a short update on the 2018 plans the evening will be a theme night. This month it will be about having fun doing karaoke. Bring you signing talent to the fore while enjoying the vibes. Refreshments will be provided.
Caribbean Heritage Sports Day
Come represent Team Jamaica at the Caribbean Heritage Sports Day
When: September 8, 2018
Where: Rotary Challenger Park
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Team Jamaica will be represented in athletics, soccer, basketball, cricket, netball, volleyball and dominoes. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-775-1235
New Year's Eve Gala 2018
Come ring in the new year in a warm, Jamaican atmosphere. Great food, great music and nuff vibes. Bring your partner and make it a night to remember. Fun is guaranteed!!! Prizes and surprises!
When: December 31, 2018
Where: Executive Royal Hotel
Time: Cocktails at 7:00 p.m. Dinner at 8:00 p.m. Dancing to 2:00 a.m
Dress code: Formal
Menu includes Jamaican rice and peas, Jerk chicken, Roast beef, vegetable medley, assorted desserts plus wine choices with dinner.
There will be party favors and champagne at midnight. Special door prizes and lots more.
Take the elevator home
For your safety and comfort, book a room at the Executive Royal hotel. This is the best rate you’ll get at any hotel in Calgary on New Year’s Eve. Make reservations directly with the Executive Royal and mention the JCAA New Year’s Eve Gala.
Celebrating Black History MonthSaturday, February 24, 2018Evergreen Theatre, 1709 8th Ave NE, Calgary
Taste of Jamaica 2018Saturday, March 31, 2018Thorncliffe Greenview Community Centre, 5600 Centre Street N
Monthly General Meeting - AprilSaturday, April 28, 2018Winston Heights Community Centre, 520 27th Ave NE, Calgary
Theme meeting - Karaoke NightSaturday, May 26, 2018Winston Heights Community Centre, 520 27th Avenue NE, Calgary
Caribbean Heritage Sports DaySaturday, September 8, 2018Rotary Challenger Park
New Year's Eve Gala 2018Monday, December 31, 2018Executive Royal Hotel 2828 23rd Street NE, Calgary
Get to Know Us
The Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta (JCAA) was formed in 1980 out of a need to share the Jamaican culture with the wider Calgary community. In November 1982 the association was registered as an incorporated non-profit organization under the Alberta Societies Act.
Since its inception, the JCAA initiated and/or supported several community events within and outside of the City of Calgary. We have also supported numerous activities and initiative in Jamaica. The JCAA has been an integral part of the Caribbean Community Council (CCC) the hosts of the annual Carifest and most recently the Caribbean Heritage Sports Council (CHSC) sports day. We have also been involved in supporting other major cultural festivals including Globalfest and Reggaefest. We see ourselves as an important part of the diversity fabric in our city.
Learn more about our organization by reading more about our rules, plans and recent achievements:
There are four (4) types of membership options available with the JCAA – Family, Individual, Student and Senior. Membership is renewable on an annual basis. Membership fees are:
Benefits to being a member of JCAA
- Social events
- Member discounts
- Business opportunities
Apply By Mail
Print the JCAA Application Form and mail to:
Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta
P.O. Box 22264
Calgary, AB, T2P 4K1
Or Apply Online
- Please complete the all required fields.
- Click below to pay online or mail payment (cheque or money order only)
- Payment should be made to Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta.
- Once approved, your membership card (s) will be mailed to you.
- To provide social interaction among members and facilitate desirable relations with the community at large
- To advocate and represent our Jamaican community on public matters which affect their welfare, integration and development
- To respond to diverse social needs
- To provide leadership and opportunities to enhance the economic and cultural integration within the Canadian society
- To provide social interaction among our members and the community through hosting and participating in various sporting events
To fulfill our objectives we create operating plans each year. These operating plans are aligned to our strategic plan 2016-2021.