Ottawa, Canada, August 31, 2012 – Jamaican musical prodigy, Jessica Yap, will be performing in Ottawa at an event billed as ‘A Classic Evening with Jessica Yap’. Kaija Thaggard, a contestant in the Canadian reality television show -Next Star- on YTV, will also perform. The event will be held at Kailash Mital Theatre at Carleton University in Ottawa, on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Jessica Yap, a violinist, has a diverse musical repertoire that includes various genres such as Classical, Reggae, Dancehall, Jazz, Folk, and Pop. She began performing at age 5 and is the youngest Jamaican to have performed with an orchestra. Her talent is endorsed by multinational companies and Heads of Government. She has performed for visiting royalty, government officials, and at other grand events. Jessica is a brilliant student and presently a second year medical student at the University of the West Indies.
This event, A Classic Evening with Jessica Yap, is a fundraiser that is hosted by the National Institute of Jamaican-Canadians (NIJC). The event is another of the ongoing efforts to raise funds by the organization to assist in supporting worthy causes. The event will showcase other young talents in the performing arts. A part of the proceeds will be donated to the Jamaica50 Ottawa Sickle Cell project. The price of admission to the event ranges from $15 – $25 and information for ticket outlets can be obtained by calling 613-800-2596.
Margaret Tucker, the president of the NIJC, says, “The organization wants to shine a spotlight on a group of young performers and provide them with a platform on which they can present their musical talents.”
About National Institute of Jamaican-Canadians (NIJC)
The NIJC is a national charitable organization in Ottawa that was formed in 1994. The Organization is governed by an elected Board of Trustees. The main objective of the organization is to provide assistance in the form of food, clothing, medical provisions, manpower, and financial aid to persons who, as a result of natural disaster, civil strife, or war, lack the basic necessities of life.
The NIJC also provides awards and prizes to students from the Jamaican-Canadian community enrolled in educational institutions in order to promote high academic achievements. The organization has produced and presented various fundraising events since its inception.