Showing posts from September, 2008

New National Carnival Commission Chairman.......maybe

Chin Lee tipped to be NCC chairman
Kristy Ramnarine
Tuesday, September 30th 2008

Former tourism minister Howard Chin Lee is tipped to be the new National Carnival Commission (NCC) chairman. Sources said yesterday the Pier 1 director was given the nod during last Thursday's Cabinet meeting. In a telephone interview yesterday, however, Chin Lee, who is also the managing director of Synergy TV, neither confirmed nor denied the report. The Express understands that Minister of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs Marlene McDonald will officially name the new NCC board some time this week. The Express contacted the various Carnival organisations for feedback on Chin Lee's proposed appointment and got positive feedback to the move. National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA) president Owen Hinds said: "He seems to be a very straight forward person and I am of the opinion that he would bring some value to the NCC, especially with his exper…

Cutting Style: A Taste of Trinidad and Tobago in Fashion and Textiles

Trinidad and Tobago bring high fashion to Toronto
by Jon Sarpong
September 25, 2008 3:42 PMThe vibrant energy of the Caribbean will be on display as nationals from Trinidad and Tobago celebrate Republic Day in Toronto with Cutting Style: A Taste of Trinidad and Tobago in Fashion and Textiles.

The fashion gala takes place at the Westin Harbour Castle on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m.
"This event celebrates the culture of Trinidad and Tobago culture," said publicist Wendy Vincent. "It's a grand affair. and we invite families, friends and all those who connect with the region to join us at the gala."

Cutting Style is a joint production of the Trinidad and Tobago Community (via the program advisory committee, representing nationals in Toronto) and the Consulate General of Trinidad and Tobago. The principal objective of the gala is to celebrate Trinidad and Tobago's cultural gifts to the world by promoting the region's fashion and textile industry in the C…

Word on the Street

Here's something fun to do this Sunday.....

Sunday, September 28th, 2008
11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Queen's Park

Join us as Toronto kicks off the fall book season with previews of some of the leading Canadian books that may go on to win major literary prizes and dominate the bestseller lists.

On the last Sunday in September, Queen's Park will transform into a booklover's paradise with a marketplace of more than 258 book and magazine exhibits, 248 of Canada's top authors, poets, storytellers and presenters and 198 readings, performances, workshops and other events.

The award-winning Toronto festival delivers a full day of fun for all ages, whether you want to learn how to get published at the Wordshop Marquee, sing along with the crowd at the TVOKids Stage, take in some of Toronto's best arts entertainment, listen to a favourite author read from their latest book, or just sit under the leafy canopy of Queen's Park and enjoy a new found treasure. There is always plenty to…

A Toronto Fashion Gala with Liz Mannette!

A message from Liz Mannette....
Hello all,

Thank you so much for signing up with us both during the 2008 Toronto. Caribana celebrations as well as at our website We had a great time in Toronto and we’re coming back at the end of Caribbean Week! The Liz Mannette Collection has been asked to participate in the Fashion Gala hosted by the TT Consulate on September 27, 2008 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel.Our items of sterling silver and 14K gold will be accessorizing four of Trinidad’s top clothing designers on the catwalk at this elegant affair. In addition to the fashion show, our Collection will be set up on display so people can view the items and purchase their favourite pieces. To obtain further information on the event, please contact Joan Pierre at This is a great opportunity to maintain connections with our Toronto friends as well as make new ones. We greatly appreciate the support you’ve shown us by signing up and in turn, we’ve tried …


Caribbean Fair at Dundas Square

Friday, September 26 at the corner of Yonge and Dundas Streets in Toronto (

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

All are invited to the heart of the city to experience the jewels of the Caribbean. In an explosion of Caribbean food, live music, and electric atmosphere; be temporarily transported in mind and senses to experience the many Secrets of the Caribbean. Premium giveaways and traditional food sampling will also be offered. Representatives from the Caribbean destinations, airlines, tour operators and hotels will be on hand to promote travel to the Caribbean.

This event is open to the public. Free admission.

Wee International's Candy Shop

Welcome to the Candy Shop.......

Wee International is set to bring to us the "first ever band lauch on the world wide web". The lauch of their 2009 Carnival presentation, The Candy Shope is scheduled to take place this evening (Thursday, September 25, 2008) at 7:00 p.m. and can be viewed at the following sites: and

Wee's website is pretty cool so I'm looking forward to seeing their offering for 2009.

Check out the website at

Today, in Soca news.....Shurwayne Winchester

Wednesday September 17, 2008 (Trinidad & Tobago) - Shurwayne Winchester has submitted his resignation to the band, 'Caribbean Traffik Jam'. An amicable separation occurred between the former lead vocalist and the band's management, now leaving way for the introduction of great things to come from the SW Limited team.Shurwayne's tenure with Traffik has spanned a number of years and although his commitment to the business of soca music remains a main factor and priority, he has thoughtfully come to the subtle conclusion that a step in a new direction is now necessary for both the development of his career and for the continued enjoyment of his fan-base.With one month's notice given to his band-mates and the relative officiators, before his official departure on October 16th, 2008, Shurwayne and his team are confident that this step is certainly one taken in the right direction and will serve as a beneficial move to all parties involved.Fans of the artiste who h…

New Bands for Caribana??

The Toronto Mas Bands Association (TMBA) is accepting applications for two (2) new competitive (costumed) bands wishing to take part in the 2009 Scotiabank Caribana Parade.

Applications Must Be Received No Later than September, 26, 2008

For further information, contact

Nip Davis @ 416-286-0097

or e-mail to

By mail: Nip Davis

5 Oak Knolls Crest, Scarborough

Ont., M1B 4V1

Sweet Pan in Toronto........Autumn Leaves on Steel

The 5th edition of Autumn Leaves on Steel take place on Saturday October 11th, 2008 at the Ontario Science Centre. Advance Tickets are $30.00. Check out the flyer for more details or visit

- Max Roach

Tribal Knights Appreciation Fete


The Heat is on.....


bmobile International Top-up

While surfing the net this evening I stumbled upon this special offer from bmobile. Apparently, one can now top up bmoblile accounts of friends and family from overseas. Just visit any location in the U.S. or Canada displaying the International Top Up Sign and follow these instructions as indicated on the bmoblie website:

Here's how
:Provide the correct bmobile number to be topped up, making sure to specify T&T's country code 868 e.g. 868 123 4567Request any amount between $5 and $75 in the currency where the top-up is being purchased e.g. $20 USD or $20 CANPay for the value of the top-up requestedThe cashier/agent will send the top-up to the mobile phone specifiedThe credit is applied to the bmobile number specified in TT dollars and the recipient will receive a text message alerting them that they have received a top-upRecipients must have an active bmobile prepaid accountI haven't noticed any of these International Top Up signs in Toronto and the website doesn't…


Well, I'll be honest......since the end of Booty Fitness Camp in early August I haven't done much in terms of keeping up my exercise routine. I know, I know.....ah stickin'!!

So to overcome this lull and to stay in shape as the fall season rapidly approaches I have decided to sign up for.......
So what is SOCACIZE you say......

A creative blend of high/low impact aerobics, African and indigenous Caribbean dance movements performed to Calypso, Soca, Zouk, Reggae music and on occasion drums. Prepare for a one hour SOCA jam! Socacize™ includes cardio, weight training, toning and tightening drills and combos to help you tone those troubled spots: arms, abs, legs and butts! The ultimate goal of the program is to work-out with emphasis on carefully selected music and movements to synchronize with the mind and body to burn calories FAST (up to 1000 per session). I ready for this?

SOCACIZE was started by Ms. Ayana Lee Rivears. Here is a a little bio on her as taken …