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6th – 8th November 2014, Nassau, Bahamas

Plans for the sixth edition of the award-winning Islands of the World Fashion Showcase are in high gear, and you are invited to either cruise there at your leisure on board The Sky cruise liner, part of the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, or simply take a flight over to Nassau to experience what organizers have described as “a mosaic of fashion, culture, and art” from designers originating from island-nations around the world and designers from countries such as France, Nigeria, and the United States of America.

This year’s event promises to be yet another awe-inspiring production as it marks a milestone in the vision of its founders with the creation of the collection under the proprietary label “ExÎles”, a cooperative design concept inviting designers to create ready-to-wear resort and active wear under the brand name.

The Showcase, from its inception in 2008, has had the endorsement of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its promotion of cultural diversity, and as a means to bring value-added levels of production to the fledgling fashion industries in developing nations, particularly more vulnerable small island developing states. The intent is to draw attention via international media and trade exposure to the skills and creativity across the spectrum of the fashion industry in the islands. To date, an excess of 130 designers representing 40 countries have presented their creations on the catwalks of Islands of the World Fashion Showcase.

To add to the excitement of this year’s production, the organizers were approached by an agency, Queendom Ink, out of Atlanta, Georgia, with the idea of linking the Fashion Showcase with the launch of their event, “Miami Fashion Cruise – Fashion on the Sea”, ( A select group of participants in the Cruise, originating in Miami, Florida and docking in Nassau Harbour on the morning of Saturday the 8th of November, will experience a special segment of Islands of the World Fashion Showcase, under the Fashion Pavilion on the beautiful grounds of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas in the downtown area of Nassau. Cruise passengers will enjoy an afternoon of high-fashion from several designers and experience a taste of Bahamian culture and entertainment before boarding the cruise ship again for the continuation of their journey.

The closing runway show on the evening of Saturday, 8th November, will feature the spectacle of “Arte y Moda” from Cuba, where attendees will experience the unique fusion of fashion, art and music in a manner never witnessed before. Twenty-six designers get their inspiration from different pieces of art and create designs which convey a powerful story and are set to music which transforms the model from a mannequin to a dancer.

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The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is delighted to present the Ella Fitzgerald Award to Diana Ross, for her extraordinary contribution to contemporary jazz vocals. The award was presented to her by Alain Simard, president and founder of the Festival, and André Ménard, artistic director and co-founder of the Festival, last evening (July 3rd) at 10 p.m. during a private meeting in the Place des Arts’ Salon vert (Green Room) after her concert in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier (Événements spéciaux TD series).

Diana Ross is the 16th winner of the Ella Fitzgerald Award. The Festival created the award for its 20th anniversary in 1999, annually conferring it upon a jazz singer of significant talent who has had a major impact and influence in the international scene.

A Diva with a capital D if ever there were one, showbiz icon and genuine living legend, Diana Ross couldn’t have offered us a better gift than this very first visit the Festival—for its 35th birthday! The incarnation of glamour to the very tips of her fingers, winner of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Diana Ross’ career is a musical odyssey that stretches over 50 years, including Motown classics Where Did Our Love Go, Love Child, Stop! in the Name of Love and I Hear a Symphony, dance smashes Love Hangover, Upside Down, Touch Me in the Morning and One Love in my Lifetime, the jazz of Lady Sings the Blues and the theme song of Mahogany, Do You Know Where You’re Going To.

Add in 100 million albums sold, eighteen #1 songs, 8 American Music Awards… it’s impossible to imagine a more gold-plated CV!

The famed singer arrived as part of her In the Name of Love tour, accompanied by a full 15-piece orchestra (Opening act: her daughter, Rhonda Ross). July 3 and 4, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Événements spéciaux TD series.

In accepting the prize, Diana Ross will be following previous Ella Fitzgerald prizewinners Holly Cole (2013), Liza Minnelli (2012), Sade (2011), The Manhattan Transfer (2010), John Pizzarelli (2009), Aretha Franklin (2008), Harry Connick, Jr., (2007), Etta James (2006), Al Jarreau (2005) Tony Bennett (2004), Bobby McFerrin (2003), Dianne Reeves (2002), Diana Krall (2001), Dee Dee Bridgewater (2000) and Diane Schuur (1999).