Thursday, July 31, 2008

CARIBANA PARADE.....ORDER OF APPEARANCE FOR MAS BANDS

:: Toronto CARIBANA Mas Bands 2008 ::
(in order of appearance)

Parade Position: #1
Borokeete Canada (Frank Ramsaroop)
2008 Presentation:"HIDDEN TREASURES"
Website: http://www.borokeetecanada.com/

Parade Position: #2
Tribal Knights (Dexter Seusahai)
2008 Presentation: "DEEP RISING"
Website: http://www.tribalknights.com/

Parade Position: #3
Carnival Nationz (Curtis Eustace)
2008 Presentation: "PIRATES"
Website: http://www.carnivalnationz.com/

Parade Position: #4
Toronto Revellers (Jamaal Magloire)
2008 Presentation: "ALKEBU'LAN - BEYOND THE NILE"
Website: http://www.torontorevellers.com/

Parade Position: #5
Toronto Caribbean Connection - TCC (Mervyn Skeete)
2008 Presentation: "VISIONS-THRU ONE'S EYES"
Website: http://www.tocarnival.com/

Parade Position: #6
Callaloo (Marlon Singh)
2008 Presentation: "MAGIC OF THE ZODIAC"
Website: http://www.callaloo.net/

Parade Position: #7
Mas Toronto (Errol Achue)
2008 Presentation: "HEROES"
Website: http://www.mastoronto.com/

Parade Position: #8
Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club (Louis Saldenah)
2008 Presentation: "THE DEEP"
Website: http://www.saldenahcarnival.com/

Parade Position: #9
Pleasure Players (Whitfield Balasco)
2008 Presentation: "WHAT CORTEZ SAW? AZTEC"
Website: N/A

Parade Position: #10
Nip Davis & Associates (Selwyn "Nip" Davis)
2008 Presentation:"SOMEWHERE IN THE ORIENT"
Website: http://www.nipdavis.com/

Parade Position: #11
Jessie Matthews & The Calabash Company (Jessie Matthews)
2008 Presentation:
"DANCING WITH THE STARZ"
Website: http://www.tribalknights.com/

Parade Position: #12
Evolution Carnival (Andre & Ken Defreitas)
2008 Presentation: "EXOTICA"
Website: http://www.evolutioncarnival.com/

Parade Position: #13
Mas Players Int'l
(Courtney Doldron & Roshan Toolaram)
2008 Presentation:
"JEWELS OF D'ISLES"
Website: http://hitmanentertainment.com/

Parade Position: #14
Phoenix (Troy Logan)
2008 Presentation: "RISE FROM THE ASHES"
Website: http://www.runchune.com/phoenix/about.html

Parade Position: #15
Genesis Carnival (Russel & Jerry Jerome)
2008 Presentation: "RHYTHMS"
Website: N/A

CARIBANA PARADE - STEELBAND ORDER OF APPEARANCE

:: Toronto CARIBANA Steelbands 2008 ::
(in order of appearance)
  • METROTONES
  • ST. JAMESTOWN YOUTH CENTRE
  • JESSE KETCHUM
  • PAN VIBRATIONS
  • NEW DIMENSIONS
  • PANMASTERS STEEL ORCHESTRA
  • SILHOUETTES

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Who makes Toronto's Best Roti?


So who do you think makes the best roti in Toronto? This weekend's Island Soul Festival at Harbourfront features a survey for Toronto's Best Roti and the winner will be featured at the Festival. How fun!!

I've placed my vote.......who will get yours?

Follow the link to place your vote: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldroutes/festivals.cfm?festival_id=17

OCPA’s 2008 Canadian Calypso Monarch Finals

Courtesty of Toronto-lime here are the results from OCPA's 2008 Canadian Calypso Monarch Finals. The event was a sold-out show! Its great to hear that our community came out to support their local kaisonians!!

BEST LYRICS
-De Carra for the song "No Black School"

BEST MELODY
- Winston Maingot for the song "Take Back We Country” sung by Macomere Fifi

BEST PRESENTATION
- Macomere Fifi for the song "Barrack Obama" (spelling of official song name as registered by the artist with OCPA)

BEST VOCAL RENDITION
- Macomere Fifi for the song "Barrack Obama" (spelling of official song name as registered by the artist with OCPA)

MOST ORIGINAL CALYPSO
- De Carra for the song "No Black School"

BEST COMPOSITION ON A LOCAL TOPIC
- De Carra for the song "No Black School"

MOST HUMOUROUS CALYPSO
- De Carra for the song "No Black School"

BEST ARRANGEMENT
- Oswald James for the song "Take Back We Country" sung by Macomere Fifi

MOST PROMISING NEW ARTISTE - PRESTON SHEPHERD AWARD
- Naki (Nzunaki Tuitt)

PEOPLES’ CHOICE
2008 OCPA Canadian Calypso Monarch – RESULTS

RANK STAGE NAME/SOBRIQUET (NAME) 2008 CALYPSO TENT
1 Macomere Fifi (Tara Eulith Woods) The Professionals
2 De Carra (Leslie Carabon) Kaiso Forum
3 Structure (Bryan Thornhill) Kaiso Forum (2007 defending champion)
4 Susan G (Susan Grogan) Kaiso Forum
5 (tie) Naki (Nzunaki Tuitt) The Professionals
Redman (Michael Thomas) Kaiso Forum
7 Lady Pearl (Pearl Breteron-Robinson) The Professionals
8 Connector (Joel Davis) Kaiso Forum
9 Beginner (Michael Moore) The Professionals

Addtional Info for CNZ masqueraders


Pickup is located at the Mas Camp 533 McNicoll Ave.

NEW For ladies there will be tights on sale at the Mas Camp during pick times. These are the tights from Trinidad that are skin tone aaaaaand eliminate the Forbidden Cellulite look. They are great in hot conditions so don't worry about that. If you're interested ask at pick up time.


NEW There will be DVDs of Caribana 2007 on sale so if you know you were on camera or you just want memories from last year simply inquire at pickup.

SCARBOROUGH ROTARY RIBFEST



This morning I noticed all the trucks at Thompson Park (at Brimley and Ellesmere Roads) and I realized its RIBFEST time again.

http://www.scarboroughribfest.com/

Friday, August 1, 2008 from 11:00am - 11:00pm
Saturday, August 2, 2008 from 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday, August 3, 2008 from 11:00am - 11:00pm
Monday, August 4, 2008 from 11:00am - 6:00pm

Some of the best ribbers in North America are attending!
See them cook off for the event trophies!
Ribbers compete for the "best ribs", "best sauce", and rotarian choice.

See you all this year From August 1st to 4th, 2008

Brought to you by:
The Rotary Club of Scarborough
This is a Family Event!

Don't forget to bring Grandma and Grandpa too! Please leave your pets at home.

Free Admission!
No Cover Charge and Four Days of Live Entertainment!

Free Parking!

Free shuttle buses for seniors and handicapped
available from the parking lot.


Features:
  • See creative designs by crafters and vendors selling intriguing wares
  • Mouth watering, barbeque ribs and chicken prepared by some of the best "ribbers" from Canada and the United States competing for the best ribs and other awards
  • sing karaoke everyday and get a chance to become Scarborough Idol (make sure you register @ the park!)
  • Enjoy delicious ribs, hot dogs, french fries, corn on the cob, midway rides, and skill testing games
  • Beer Garden open all day every day! Relax a while with a cold draft.
Can't wait to get me some ribs!!!

Revised Schedule for Carnival Nationz Costume Distribution

A revised pick-up schedule has been posted on carnivalnationz.com

Please note the new pick-up date for CAW CAW!!


Avast ye maties...the voyage be upon us... All Hands Hoay!"

We at Carnival Nationz are just as excited as you are to get this Pirate ship to sailing on the Lakeshore so we have set aside special days for each section. Pickup begins on Wed July 30th and ends on Fri Aug 1st.

Please NOTE: At pickup you will recieve all other information pertaining to Caribana day assembly time, location, order of crossing the stage etc.

The REVISED scheduled time for costume pickup is as follows:


Caribana Wednesday July 30th
Sextant Horizon (Yellow/Orange), Kacike (Brown), Captain Morgan's (Red), Calico Jack (Black/Pink), Caw Caw (Green/Gold),
6pm - 9pm


Caribana Thursday July 31st
Treasure Island (Black/Blue),
6pm - 9pm


Caribana Friday August 1st
Baubles and Bullions (Purple and Gold), Shipwreck (Cream), Misty Dawn (White)
11am - 8pm


For all out of town masqueraders please make sure we know to hold your costume until Friday evening.


PICKUP RULES AND GUIDLEINES:
1. Please do not show up on days not assigned to your section before your scheduled pickup date. In other words if you are to pick up on Thursday PLEASE do not show up on Wednesday and assume your costume will be ready.


2. There will be no trying on at the mas camp on pickup days. We are also not responsible for alterations. For all minor alterations (as everyone may have) please feel free to do at home or at a professional tailor or seamstress...thank you in advance for understanding.


3. Lastly if you cannot come to pick up your costume on the assigned date, not to worry, we will hold your costume for you until 8pm Caribana Friday. Please come to the mas camp OUTSIDE the other sections scheduled times. In other words if you are in Kacike and are supposed to come to the mas camp between 6 - 9pm on Wednesday and cannot make it for that time, then feel free to come anytime between the hours of 10am-4pm Thurs or Friday we will hold your costume until 8pm unless an appointment has been made for special pickup.

PLEASE NOTE ALL FINAL PAYMENTS ARE DUE AT PICKUP.


We look forward to meeting you in person once again and jumping with you on de Lake Shore!!!

Monday, July 28, 2008

My Tribe picks......

Well, after perusing Saucy's pics, as well as pics from Triniscene.com for hours.......I have finally decided on my favourite costumes from Tribe's flock.......

Bird of Paradise (Frontline)
Designer: Monique Nobrega
GORGEOUS!!!

Bird of Paradise (Backline)

Bird of Paradise (Backline)

Next up......
Spangled Cotinga (Frontline)
Designers: Richard & Anthony
WICKED!!!

Spangled Cotina (Backline)

Spangled Cotina (Backline)

And also.....
Wild Parrot
Designer: Monique Nobrega
TOO CUTE!!!

When I grow up I want to be in a Frontline costume (F.H.O. itis) but until then I'll have to settle for being a fab "Backline Betty" :-p

Kudos to Saucy for providing us with pics from the launch as it happened. She's so dedicated to her blog fans.....LOVE IT!! She's a blogging queen!!

In today's Trinidad Guardian.......

Tribe’s exotic birds take over Pier 1



Antineil Blackman aptly characterised the spirit and splendour of the national bird, the Scarlet Ibis. PHOTO: SEAN NERO


BY SEAN NERO


Birdwatching took on an entirely new meaning on Saturday when mas band Tribe unveiled its Carnival 2009 presentation titled Birds of a Feather.


Featuring a collection of costumes themed after an exotic array of local and international species, the much anticipated public launch, held at Pier 1, located in Chaguaramas, seemed to satisfy scores of Tribesmen in attendance.


The Night Owl had no problem sharing the spotlight with the daylight birds as the Scarlet Ibis—one of our national birds—the Wild Parrot, Humming Bird, Flamingo, Caged Canary, African Lovebird, Golden Dove, Pheasant, Spangled Cotinga, Kiskadee and the Blue Tanager.


“This was a quality launch,” said Ian McKenzie, leader of mas band Genesis International.
He was in the company of wife Nina and friends who responded in the affirmative.


Kudos for Tribe’s delivery was not reserved to these principals of mas, however.


The general consensus among patrons was that Tribe exceeded expectations, not just with its mas concepts, but layout of facilities at the and pumping as much soca into the live presentation too.


The coming on stream of two new mas bands formed by ex-Tribe officials, who departed with knowledge of the band’s recipe for success caused the present executive pull out all the stops.
Ultimately, Tribe ensured that the Birds of a Feather delivered the quality punch which had been a consistent feature with the five-year-old band.
With Pier 1 transformed into a bird sanctuary, the quality exhibition exceeded 45-minutes but no one seemed to care.
Parading outside their natural habitat, these featured creatures delighted frenzied onlookers.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

2008 Canadian Calypso Monarch

The official results haven't been released yet but I believe Macomere Fifi was crowned the 2008 Canadian Calypso Monarch last night.

Congratulations to the merry monarch!!

I'll post the rest of the results as soon as I get my hands on the info.

The Official Guide to Caribana

I stumbled upon this online version of the Official Guide to the 2008 Scotiabank Caribana Festival. The magazine features an event guide, parade route map, interviews and some really beautiful photography. Hard copies of this glossy guide are sure to be available at the many Caribana events taking place this week so be sure to pick up yours!!

Click on the link for the guide: http://viewer.zmags.com/showmag.php?mid=gggtf&preview=1&_x=1#/page0/


HAPPY CARIBANA

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Kiddies Carnival Results

JUNIOR BAND OF THE YEAR
  1. "The Deep" - Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club
  2. "Pirates" - Carnival Nationz
  3. "Alkebu'lan" - Toronto Revellers

JUNIOR KING OF THE BANDS
  1. "Leo the Lion" from Callaloo's presentation "Magic of Zodiac"
  2. "Life of the People" from Pleasure Players' presentation "What Cortez Saw"
  3. "Pirates Graveyard" from Carnival Nationz' presentation "Pirates"

JUNIOR QUEEN OF THE BANDS
  1. "Molly Flanders" from Carnival Naitionz' presentation Pirates
  2. "High Priestess of Africa" from Toronto Revellers' presentation "Alkebu'lan"
  3. "Rhythm of Rumba" from Jessie Matthews' presentation "Dancing with the Starz"

JUNIOR MALE INDIVIDUAL
  1. "Warrior" from Nip Davis and Associates' presentation "Somewhere in the Orient"
  2. "Visions of the Shaman" from Toronto Caribbean Connection's presentation "Visions"
  3. "The Young Noble Warrior" from Toronto Caribbean Connection's presentation "Visions"

JUNIOR FEMALE INDIVIDUAL
  1. "Aries Arising" from Callaloo's presentaiton "Magic of the Zodiac"
  2. "Dance Zulu Dance" from Toronto Revellers presentation "Alkebu'lan"
  3. "Fire Gems" from Mas Players Internation's presentaion "Jewels of D'Isles

KAISO 365

The Organization of Calypso Performing Arts Presents

KAISO 365
2008 Canadian Calypso Monarch Finals

Saturday July 26, 2008
8 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Leah Posluns Theatre, 4588 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets $35 advance, $40 at the door

M.C.'s Itah Sadu and Dick Lochan


Competing Performers:
  • Susan G
  • Naki
  • Redman
  • Connector
  • Structure (defending 2007 Monarch)
  • De Carra
  • Beginner
  • Lady Pearl
  • Macomere Fifi
  • RESERVE: PanMan Pat
For Information: 647-284-6048 or ocpa2007@gmail.com

Good luck to all of tonight's contestants :-)

Carnival Nationz Costume Distribution


Finally......a message from D'Bandit

Ladies and Gentlemen the time is here for 2008. Time to get ready for de road. We at Carnival Nationz are just as excited as you are to get this Pirate ship to sailing on the Lakeshore. I know all you care about right now is where and when is pick up, so lets get to that and finish with the long talk.

We have set aside special days for each section. Pickup begins on Wed July 30th and ends on Fri Aug 1st. For all out of town masqueraders please make sure we know to hold your costume until Friday evening. Please NOTE: At pickup you will recieve all other information pertaining to Caribana day assembly time, location, order of crossing the stage etc. The scheduled time for costume pickup is as follows:

Caribana Wednesday July 30thSextant Horizon (Yellow/Orange), Kacike (Brown), Captain Morgan's (Red), Calico Jack (Black/Pink)6pm - 9pm
Caribana Thursday July 31stTreasure Island (Black/Blue), 6pm - 9pm
Caribana Friday August 1stBaubles and Bullions(Purple and Gold), Shipwreck (Cream), Caw Caw (Green/Gold), Misty Dawn (White)11am - 8pm

PICKUP RULES AND GUIDLEINES:

  • Please do not show up on days not assigned to your section before your scheduled pickup date. In other words if you are to pick up on Thursday PLEASE do not show up on Wednesday and assume your costume will be ready.
  • There will be no trying on at the mas camp on pickup days. We are also not responsible for alterations. For all minor alterations (as everyone may have) please feel free to do at home or at a professional tailor or seamstress ..thank you in advance for understanding.
  • Lastly if you cannot come to pick up your costume on the assigned date, not to worry, we will hold your costume for you until 8pm Caribana Friday. Please come to the mas camp OUTSIDE the other sections scheduled times. In other words if you are in Kacike and are supposed to come to the mas camp between 6-9pm on Wednesday and cannot make it for that time, then feel free to come anytime between the hours of 10am-4pm Thurs or Friday we will hold your costume until 8pm unless an appointment has been made for special pickup. PLEASE NOTE ALL FINAL PAYMENTS ARE DUE AT PICKUP.

We look forward to meeting you in person once again and jumping with you on de Lake Shore!!!


Not thrilled about my Friday pick up date!! However, Caribana Friday is my day-off from work so I'll be at the mas camp as soon as pick-up starts at 11 a.m.

Shipwreck here I come.....

Photo taken by Karabana

Friday, July 25, 2008

A TRIBE TEASER.....The Blue Tanager

This morning's online edition of the Trinidad Guardian featured a teaser form Tribe's 2009 presentation "BIRDS OF A FEATHER".



Crystal Seurattan models the Blue Tanager costume, designed by Gail Cabral, from Tribe’s C2K9 presentation of Birds of a Feather. Make-up by Sandra Hordatt. Photo: Calvin French

Tribe's band launch takes place tomorrow and I can't wait to see what they have to offer!! For those of us who can't attend in person the one and only Saucy Diva promises to have plenty pics for us!! Woohoo!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

PAN ALIVE 2008

Support yuh band!!

The 11th Anniversary of PAN ALIVE takes place next Friday, August 1, 2008 at Lamport Stadium from 7pm - midnight.


Performance Positions are as follows:


  • Pan Fantasy



  • Jesse Ketchum Pan Vibrations



  • Afropan Steelband



  • Metrotones



  • Symphonyx



  • New Dimensions



  • Panatics



  • St. Jamestown Youth Centre



  • Silhouettes



  • Salah's Steelpan Academy



  • Hamilton Youth



  • Pan Masters Steel Orchestra


Lamport Stadium is located at 1151 King Street West.

AND don't forget to join Afropan for the After King and Queen Lime in the panyard.

Location: 1 Jefferson St, south of King, just south of Lamport Stadium (all the way at the end of the street)

Island Soul at Harbourfront Centre


Once again Harbourfront Centre will be hosting Island Soul from August 1-4, 2008 as part of their World Routes Festivals. The best part of it all is that its FREE!!!

Island Soul will feature performances by Crazy, Calypso Rose, Caribbean Folk Performers, Afropan, Silhouettes Steel Orchestra, Pan Fantasy and Cane Fire. Other attractions include a Domino tournament, pan workshops for kids and a comedy showdown between Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.

Check out the website for a full listing of events scheduled for each day: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldroutes/festivals.cfm?festival_id=17

Island Soul is great option for the Caribana weekend!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Booty Camp Fitness


So for the last 6 six weeks I've been a participating in a fitness boot camp and I absolutely love it. Before starting the camp I was in a fitness funk......completely unmotivated to hit the gym. Never mind the gym is on the first floor of my condo!! I somehow always seemed to find an excuse to skip working out.

Well, God answered my prayers and I came across Booty Camp Fitness. What a refreshing to change to the usual gym workout. Booty Camp is a fitness boot camp designed exclusively for women and the best part is that it all takes place outdoors. What a great way to enjoy great summer weather. Since I've started I've lost inches across my waist, hips, and butt and I've regained an appreciation for a great workout.

If you've been in a fitness slump and you're looking for something new and exciting to add to your workout regiment then give Booty Camp Fitness a try.....registration for September has begun!

Check out the website for a class near you: http://www.bootycampfitness.com/

Sunday, July 20, 2008

My Favourite Spice.......

After checking out Saucy's pics, Mediterranean Borage is my favourite spice of the night. I love the blue/brown combo and the detailing on both the bra and belt. I'm a shortcake so any headpiece with long feathers makes me feel tall......at least for one day :-p




LOVE IT!!

Spice is open for registration starting on Friday, July 25th, 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Spice......The Missing Ingredient


Well tonight is the band launch for new band on the T&T Carnival scene......Spice!! As I type, I'm sure Saucy Diva is busy taking plenty photos at the launch. Can't wait to see.

In the meantime, as promised and even a little bit earlier than the midnight schedule previoulsy indicated, the Spice Carnival website is up and running and features model shots of each section.

I'm sure many a blog is going to cover the costumes.......the female costumes that is. So with that in mind, I thought why not give the guys a bligh and showcase what Spice has to offer for the fellas.


BROWN SUGAR


CARDAMOM


GARDEN OF SAGE


GOLDEN BASIL


MEDITERRANEAN BORAGE


PAPRIKA


PEPPERCORNS


SCOTCH BONNET


SEA SALT

NICE!! Check out the Spice website for all costumes: http://www.spicecarnival.com

AFROPAN PANYARD LIMES - 35 YEARS and still counting......


AFROPAN.....the people's band is hosting their annual panyard limes over the next two weeks.

Sunday July 20th, 2008
Pan Kaiso Jazz
Toronto's Top Soloists, Calypsonians, Musicians and more
Music by BAD LAD and DR. JAY

Sunday, July 27th, 2008
Official 35th Anniversary Blocko
Music by Toronto's top steelbands
And by SOCA MONARCHS and INVINCIBLE

These are free events from 6pm - 11pm. Location: 1 Jefferson St, south of King, just south of Lamport Stadium (all the way at the end of the street)

AND DON'T FORGET.......

Thursday, July 31, 2008
After King and Queen Lime

Enjoy sweet music in de panyard after the show is over......

Website Info:
http://www.afropan.ca/
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2714451205

Friday, July 18, 2008

CARIBANA IS HERE.....YAY!!


This past Tuesday (July 15) was the official launch of the 41st edition of Toronto's Caribana Festival.

I love attending this lunch time event. Held at Nathan Phillips Square, its just a five minute walk from work. I enjoy seeing all the West Indian worker bees emerge from their miscellaneous workplaces to celebrate their culture. I'm pretty sure everyone's lunch break is just a little bit longer on this day.....I know I was working on Trini time :-)

Check out Karabana's blog for pics from the launch.

AND see you "out on de road" at these events.......

Scotiabank CARIBANA™ Junior Carnival
Shoreham Drive Yorkgate Mall
Saturday, July 19, 2008; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Junior Carnival provides festival-goers and the surrounding community the opportunity to experience the thrills and joys as young masqueraders participate in their early festival years

Roots to Rhythm - Art Exhibition
Royal Ontario Museum
Thursday July 24 – Monday Aug 4, 2008; Noon - 9:00 pm
A Visual Art Exhibition – COLOURblind International – ‘Roots to Rhythm’ produced by the Association of African Canadian Artists. An intriguing collection of over 60 works that have been influenced by our journey.

Scotiabank CARIBANA™ Caribana Gala
Liberty Grand – Exhibition Place
Friday July 25, 2008; 7:00 pm – 1:00 am
An elegant evening of style and glamour, celebrating Caribana and paying tribute to its pioneers. Proceeds from this event will be directed to a Caribana Foundation.

'Kaiso 365' Calypso Monarch Finals
Leah Posluns Theatre, 4588 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Saturday July 26, 2008; 8:00 pm - 1:00 am
This is where the Calypso Monarch is crowned. Come and see the best and biggest Canadian Calypsonians battle for the crown. From the topical to the lyrical, the sweet Soca rhythms will lift you out of your seat and get you moving.

King & Queen Show
Lamport Stadium
Thursday July 31, 2008; 7:00 pm - Midnight
On the Thursday evening before Caribana Day the Kings and Queens of the Bands meet to do battle. Like peacocks they will primp and preen, eliciting “oohs” and “aahs” from the audience. It is an honour for any participant to be enthroned the King or Queen of Scotiabank Caribana 2008. The King and Queen symbolically have the keys to the city, freedom of the streets. Their movements are supposed to be uninhibited. Band members and onlookers alike are to give them the respect, even if mockingly, usually accorded to real-life royalty

Pan Alive
Lamport Stadium
Friday August 1, 2008; 7:00 pm - Midnight
A thrilling evening showcasing the musical and tonal qualities of the steelpan as members of the Ontario Steelband Association compete before a panel of judges. This Panorama of the North is the biggest opportunity to hear this wonderful instrument in all its glory. The evening is devoted entirely to the capturing rhythms of the steelpan.

Scotiabank CARIBANA™ Parade
Exhibition Place (Lake Shore Blvd)
Saturday August 2, 2008; 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
This showcase event features an incredible display of colour and pageantry, commencing at Exhibition Place and proceeding west along Lake Shore Boulevard. Exhibition Place and Lake Shore Boulevard will come alive with the sights and sounds of Carnival!

De CARIBANA™ Lime
Island Festiva lOlympic Island
Sunday August 3, 2008; 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
This event features a full day of performances from a variety of artistes, highlighting the diverse cultures of all the Caribbean people. Activities include a food competition, song, dance, theatrical drama and storytelling.


Official Caribana website: http://www.caribanafestival.com/

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A little poem to start things off.....

A moment of your time please......

My testimony is short.
My testimony is sweet.
He's been there since the beginning.
A never changing presence in my life.
Daily revealing to me,
the things He wants me to be,
the things He wants me to do.
Is it the same for you?
Stop. Think.
Don't take another breath.
Don't let your heart take another beat.
Don't you dare try to blink.
Before you recognize the signs,
Of His hand upon your life.
Now
Faced with His insurmountable power,
His awesome glory and His sacrificial love,
What will you do?
What will you do?
I say,
Be brave, Be strong
Make a choice, take a stand
Be a woman, Be a man
And follow the plan
God has set out for you.

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