On January 8, 2017, Ardenne High School kicked off its 90th anniversary celebration with a church service at the Olson Chapel on Ardenne Rd in Kingston. It was in 1927 that two Missionaries to Jamaica, Nellie and George Olson founded the school.
On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, the Ardenne High School Alumni Association, Toronto chapter will continue the year long celebration with their annual Mother’s Day Concert & Luncheon slated for Destiny Banquet Hall, 4220 Steeles Avenue West in Woodbridge, Ontario.
“We are extremely proud to present our annual Mother’s Day event here in Toronto. The event will be extra special for us given that Ardenne is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year” said Ardenne Alumni Public Relations Officer Mark White.
Multiple Juno Award nominee Tanya Mullings will be the ‘Special Guest Artiste.” Over the past 30 years Tanya has released four albums with the most prestigious producers including Jack Scorpio, Bobby Digital, Dalton Browne, “Computer” Paul Henton, Morgan Heritage, Danny Browne, Devonte, Patrick Roberts, Byron Bobby Treasure, Robert Browne and Dubmatix. Her musical journey has taken her to international festivals like Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica; the Montreal International Reggae Festival & the Calgary International Reggae Festival in Canada and North America‘s premiere reggae festival Irie Jamboree. She has also performed at Madison Square Gardens in New York; Hard Rock Live in Orlando FL and Brixton Academy in London England. She has won various industry awards including the Top International Reggae Artist (2010), International Reggae and World Music Award (2009), fourteen Canadian Reggae Music Awards, seven Caribbean Crucible Awards, two Reggae Music Achievement Awards, a 2012 Karl Mullings Memorial Award and 2012 Top Single “Rescue Me.” For her last album, she was awarded “Best Reggae Album,” “Producer Of The Year” and “Best Female Vocalist” in Canada. She was also nominated six times for the prestigious Juno Awards in Canada (Grammy equivalent).
She was also presented with the Citizens Award for the Arts by the City of Brampton in Ontario and was inducted into the 2015 Brampton Arts Walk Of Fame alongside comedian Russell Peters, actor Alan Thicke and singer Keisha Chante.
The Mother’s Day event will also feature singer Jimmy Reid while actress/comedian Marcia Brown will serve as MC.