Showing posts from August, 2008

A sneak peek of Ronnie & Caro's BAKKANAL

The band launching season rolls on.....

Today's Pulse section of the Trinidad Guardian offered a sneak peek of Ronnie and Caro's 2009 presentation entitled

Calypso Fiesta, modelled by Soowan Bramble, is expected to be one of the popular sections in Ronnie & Caro’s C2K9 Bakkanal.

The band launch takes place tonight.....Friday, August 29th at Club Ambassador, Time: 10 p.m.

The Mascamp is shceduled to open on Monday, September 1st, 2008 at 12 noon.

Check out the website at

Island People Mas Newsletter


By now many of you have registered either locally through the Mas Camp or online, for the various chapters of ‘Heaven on Earth’. Your eager response to our presentation for next year has been both encouraging and humbling.

There were a few hitches in getting started and we truly apologize to all for the inconvenience – especially to our online family who were affected by the technical difficulties we experienced with the website on Tuesday, August 26. The late opening of the Mas Camp and a power outage and low voltage situation, for almost four hours on Tuesday, also limited the registration process.
To our online masqueraders most of you have four general queries with regards to: the availability costumes in your chosen chapters; the option of tankinis or one-piece female suits and the provision of boy shorts for Carnival Monday. As past masqueraders you will be given preference of selection, unless there is a production issue where costumes…

Pulse 8 Band Launch Info


Remember, our 2009 band launch is coming up...

Sunday 7th, September, 2009

Visit out website for more details

We can't wait to SIZZLE & BURN with you.


More mas...more fun! Toronto

Its been so long since Maxwell's last album but I'm happy to hear that he is coming to Toronto for a performance on Sunday, October 13, 2008 at Massey Hall.

Check out the details below:

Massey Hall
$150.00 - $59.50

October 12, 2008 8:00 PM

Live Nation presents

Grammy Award-winning R&B master Maxwell makes his first Massey Hall appearance this fall. Inspired by the urban R&B scene of the early 1980s, this once shy Brooklyn-born artist has made a name for himself, becoming one of the most celebrated contributors to the neo soul movement.

Ode to Usain Bolt

I found this poem in the Online T&T Express and just had to share with all the Usain Bolt fans!!!

The following tribute was written by Jamaican poet Joan Andrea Hutchinson in celebration of Usain Bolt's win at the 100-metres final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in China on Saturday, August 16, 2008.

Usain Bolt and Mi
Joan Andrea Hutchins

Well wah never happen in a year
happen in a day
Mi kyaan believe mi eyes
Ever since Usain Bolt win di
Olympics 100 metres
Fi mi husband start exercise
Yuh tink a lickle talk mi a talk to him
Bout how him belly a get big
Mi tired fi tell him how him a get waggaty
An start to fayva pig
Mi spend mi money sign him
up a gym
Steam vegetable gi him every day
Him suck him teet an say "Man must have guts"
And galang him merry way
But when Usain Bolt win di
Olympic 100 metre gold
An mi start fi scream
"Usain Bolt mi love yuh, mi love yuh, mi love yuh
Yuh fulfill mi wildest dream"
Mi run up an dung inna di living room like mi mad
Ah liddung…

Island People Mas Newsletter

Hi......... We know that you are eager for that close-up look of our presentation for 2009 – ‘Heaven on Earth- it’s what you make it’ and we can’t wait to show it to you as well.
With that in mind, we invite you to view the costumes in our 12 Chapters on Saturday, August 23 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm and on Monday, August 25 from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm at the Mas Camp, 11 Stone Street, Port-of-Spain.
Registration will commence on Tuesday, August 26 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm through to Friday, and on Saturday from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. We value you as part of our Islandpeople Mas family and we encourage you take advantage of our early client registration process.

To our extended overseas family, you have the option to register online at, beginning August 26 - September 02. Similar to last year you can pay by PayPal.

Friends, remember that at the Mas Camp we accept VISA, Mastercard, Linx, and Cash. Sorry, no personal cheques nor American Express.

We’re one step closer …

Fastest man on Earth.......

What excitement!! The Men's 100m had me on the edge of my seat. Gold to Jamaica and Silver to T&T......YAY!! I was jumping up and down like a mad!

Final Results:

Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after winning the gold in the 100m Saturday in Beijing. (Anja Niedringhaus/Associated Press)

Jamaica's Usain Bolt ran an electrifying 9.69 seconds in the 100-metre sprint to set a new world record and take Olympic gold at Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing on Saturday night.

Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago won silver at 9.89, with Walter Dix of the United States taking bronze. Dix, an NCAA champion just out of school at Florida State, ran 9.91.

Did you see Usain doing his dance after he won.......let's call it the Insane Usain!! Woohoo!!

OH CANADA.......

YAY......I woke up this morning to find out that Canada has finally broken through to the medal podium at the Olympics. Our first medal of the games came in Rowing with a Silver medal in the Mens' Pairs (David Calder and Scott Frandsen).

Our next medals both came from our women's wrestlers. Carol Huynh won Gold in the 48kg class and Tonya Verbeek won Bronze in the 55kg class.

Congratulations to our athletes!!

Up next: the Men's 100m Finals at 10:30 a.m. Will Usain Bolt be crowned the fastest man in the world, will he set a new World Record?

Let's go to the EX......

Well if you live in Toronto, there's one sure sign that summer is coming to an end........the start of the CNE!!!

Today is the opening day of our beloved Canadian National Exhibition. Its one last chance to enjoy the dog days of summer before the chill of September begins. It hasn't been the greatest of summers here in Toronto, in fact, its been pretty crappy. Environment Canada has reported this summer as the wettest on record!!! So hopefully Toronto will have some great weather to enjoy the CNE......we deserve it.

Toronto gone wild with mas

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

Trinidadian Haniffa Ali and a friend lead an African section on stage in the Scotiabank Caribana parade.“Mas, Toronto gone wild; playing mas Trinidadian style.” (Mighty Sparrow, 1972) WITH Notting Hill Carnival already in full swing, folk have scarcely had time to catch their collective breath from a slew of regional carnivals, in places like Antigua, St Vincent, St Lucia and Barbados, and further afield in Canada for Toronto’s Scotiabank Caribana. As usual, more than a million spectators descended on maple leaf country for an explosion of music and mas, all spawned from T&T Carnival. Producing an African-themed present…


Barrie's Annual Caribbean Festival takes place this weekend at Centennial Park. Parade time is 1:00 p.m.

Check it out:

D'Krewe.....IERE Virgin Paradise

D'Krewe's band launch of their 2009 presentation "IERE Virgin Paradise" takes place on Saturday August 16th, 2008 at St John’s Hall, Fitzblackman Drive, Woodbrook (Next to Jean Pierre Complex).

Once again my dear friends from North South Crew/Chocolate City will be part of the band and their section is entitled "WATER".

Here are a few shots from their photo shoot. Definitely more than your typical BBF (bikini, beads and feathers). My friend advises that this costume is actually hand-painted.

Designer: Paulette Guy James

Looking forward to seeing the rest of the presentation.

D'Krewe's website:
Chocolate City's website:

A sneak peek of Heaven on Earth.....

Today's online guardian featured a sneak peek of Island People's 2009 presentation......Heaven on Earth:

BY CHERISSE MOE An unforgettable experience on the road—that’s what Carnival band Island People Mas (IPM) is offering masqueraders for C2K9. With an increasing number of mas bands to choose from, bandleader/director Dane Lewis assures that great things are in store for those opting to play with the band.“We are all about celebrating and taking care of our masqueraders. It’s all about them,” he said. The concept It’s surely different and engaging, but just where did the concept Heaven on Earth come from?“First thing people would think of is what’s in heaven, but there are so many heavenly things on earth that we can showcase and celebrate,” …

LIZ MANETTE....authentic steel pan fashion accessories

At this year's Pan Alive competition I received the above flyer showcasing Liz Mannette's authentic steelpan fashion accessories. I remember reading an article about Liz a while back so I was very excited to see that her work was being promoted in Toronto. After checking out the website I am very interested in the guitar pan ring (hint hint to all my friends.....Christmas is right around the corner...LOL). But seriously, on my next trip to Trinidad I definitely want to check out her store. For all those living in Trinidad, Liz Manette Inc. is located at #10 Queen's Park West, Suite 6, Port of Spain. PH: 868-623-5420

Also check out the website for the online catalogue:

Liz has also created a blog to follow the development of her company so check that out too!!

Taste of the Danforth

The Taste of the Danforth starts today......head down to the Danforth and get your Greek on!!

So You Think You Can Dance???

My summer addiction came to an end tonight and I am so happy Joshua has been crowned America's favourite dancer. YAY!!! I love little Joshua. (

Now I can't wait for So You Think You Can Dance Canada to start in the fall........

Hamilton MardiGras Carnival

One the benefits of playing mas for Caribana is that you get to use your costume twice. Hamilton MardiGras Carnival takes place this weekend and quite a few Caribana bands will be participating. Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to go to Hamilton yet but from what I hear its a fabulous time as masqueraders are free to jump through the streets sans "STORMERS"

So if you're ready for one last jump up......head to Hamilton!!!

Check the link for more info:

Launch of 'Heaven On Earth' 2009

I received this email update from Island People today......IP masqueraders get ready!!!

Island People Mas wishes to announce the launch of its 2009 Carnival presentation:

‘Heaven on Earth’, on Sunday August 17, 2009 at the Queen's Park Oval.
We are particularly excited about the thought of enjoying this event with all who have supported us over the years.

Meanwhile, we have been working persistently to enhance all aspects of our production so that everyone benefits from the complete experience. Your constructive criticism in this process has been important to us, as we seek to develop an excellent product. You will find that we have taken on board some of the suggestions that you’ve made in our 2008 production and will further incorporate your valuable ideas for 2009.

If you need to update your contact information please visit the following link:

Tickets for the launch go on sale from Friday 8th August at the following locations DH Gift Long C…

Costume Ordeal......on Caribana Friday no less!!

I had the worst Caribana costume pick-up experience this year!! I say Caribana costume pick-up because I've endured some pretty bad T&T Carnival costumes pick-ups but I will save those stories for another blog entry.

Anyway, costume distribution was supposed to start at 11:00 a.m. on Caribana Friday. Now, in my past experience picking up my costume on this day has always been a breeze. While its far from the pick-up day of choice, I've always managed to walk in, get my costume, check it over and leave within 20 minutes.

Well that certainly did NOT happen this year. I arrived at the mas camp around 11:45 a.m and I was handed a ticket by the security man waiting at the front door. As I entered the building imagine my surprise to find a crowded room of revellers waiting for their number to be called.
YIKES.....what is going on here?

I'll now skip through the hunger pangs, headache, deep sighs, and frustration to 3:30 p.m.

Finally number 530 is called!!!

So I make my…

Caribana Parade Results


Judging critiria: Each band must portray a theme suitable of the Carnival masquerade tradition, and a panel of volunteer judges will adjudicate each band based on the following criteria: Visual Impact (max. 20 marks); Authenticity (10); Creativity (20); Mas on the Move (10); Clarity of Theme (10); Presentation (20); and Craftsmanship (10) for a total of 100 marks.

The order of merit is determined by discarding the highest and lowest score per participant. The judges’ decision is final, and is announced at the end of the parade.

2008 Scotiabank Caribana™ Band of the Year (Category A)

1st ALKEBU’LAN – Toronto Revellers (Jamaal Magloire)

2nd THE DEEP – Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club (Louis Saldenah)

3rd PIRATES – Carnival Nationz (Curtis Eustace)

2008 Scotiabank Caribana™ Band of the Year (Category B&C)

1st SOMEWHERE IN THE ORIENT – Nip Davis & Associates (Selwyn …

Results from Pan Alive 2008

1st Salah Steel Academy – Puncernelly – Defosto – Winston Scarborough – Salah Wilson 2nd Afropan Steelband – 10 Commandments of Pan – Tony Prescott – Jason “Peanut” Isaac/Ingrid Depleza – Earl La Pierre 3rd Silhouettes Steel Orchestra – Sweet Soca Man – Baron – Winsford Devine – Mark Mosca4th Panatics

5th Pan Masters

6th Pan Fantasy

7th St James Sounds

8th New Dimension

9th Jesse Ketchum

10th Metrotones

11th Symphonics

12th Hamilton Youth Orchestra

Pics from King & Queen

The King and Queen competition is one of my favourite Caribana events. I love the vibe at this show. Its a real family affair and everyone is in a party mood as the Caribana weekend steadily approaches. If you've never been before I definitely recommend it. However, there's one thing you should know about Lamport Stadium........ the seats are hard.....real hard!! So if you plan on going next year make sure to walk with a cushion for yuh bamsee! And don't worry about feeling out of place, everybody does it including me (LMAO)Unfortunately, I arrived a bit late for the competition and I managed to miss the Female Individuals. Arriving late also meant I didn't have best seats for taking pics. Anyway, enjoy some of the images I did manage to catch.........

2008 Queen of the Bands

2008 King of the Bands

Results from King and Queen Competition

Here are the unofficial results as posted on the Caribana website:

2008 Scotiabank Caribana ™ King of the Bands
1st Roland Alleyne – “Mystical Dragon” – MAGIC OF THE ZODIAC – Callaloo
2nd Satish Narinesingh – “King Abuitzotl – Savage Warrior of D’Aztecs” – WHAT CORTEZ SAW – D AZTECS – Pleasure Players
3rd Ron Belfon – “Barbarosa” – PIRATES – Carnival Nationz

2008 Scotiabank Caribana ™ Queen of the Bands 1st Joella Crichton – “Rhapsody” – VISIONS – THRU ONE’S EYES – Toronto Caribbean Connection - TCC2nd Tamara Alleyne-Gittens – “Anne Bonny – Mistress of Calico Jack” – PIRATES – Carnival Nationz 3rd Lenore Catherson – “Peesunt, The Daughter of Kitwana” – WHAT CORTEZ SAW – D AZTECS – Pleasure Players

2008 Scotiabank Caribana ™ Male Individual of the Year
1st Martin Scott-Pascall – “D’Worshipper Warrior” – ALKEBU’LAN – BEYOND THE NILE – Toronto Revellers 2nd Shane Mungal – “The Body Snatcher” – DEEP RISING – Tribal Knights 3rd Kerth Alexander – “Sextant Horizon” – PIRATES – Carnival Nationz


Winer boy at King and Queen