Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year One and All!!!
Hello 2010

Isaiah 43:16, 18, 19
“This is what the Lord says, ‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.’”

Sunday, November 29, 2009

2009 CHOGM Cultural Presentation

Hi Readers,

Here is the the cultural presentation produced by Brian MacFarlane for the 2009 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in T&T.......enjoy!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Caribana 2010 Event Schedule

So much Caribana news in one day......woohoo!!!

The official Caribana 2010 event schedule has been released. The current schedule does not include any new events but that could change in the coming months. Nice to see that the Festival Management Committee is on top of things!!


Calypso Tents Music Series
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from June 5 - July 4, 2010; 8:00 pm - Midnight
This is an exciting annual showcase of Canada's best Calypso and Soca original music for the Caribana Festival. The series runs three nights each week (Friday Sunday) at various venues in Toronto, each night featuring a different cast of singers and 'live' bands performing Calypso in its best storytelling tradition: social and political commentary, humor and wit.

Scotiabank CARIBANA™ Official Launch
Yonge/Dundas Square
Thursday July 15, 2010; Noon - 2:00 pm

This official ceremony launches the activities for the 2009 Caribana Festival Season. Patrons can meet and mingle with Federal, Provincial and Municipal officials, Caribana representatives and sponsors while sampling Caribbean and international cuisine. It is a snapshot of what's in store over the coming weeks.

Scotiabank CARIBANA™ Junior Carnival
Shoreham Drive | Yorkgate Mall
Saturday, July 17, 2010; 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.

Art Exhibition
Royal Ontario Museum
Thursday July 22 – Monday Aug 2, 2010; Noon - 9:00 pm

The Association of African Canadian Artists presents original paintings and sculptures that have been influenced by the diversity of our people.

Scotiabank CARIBANA™ Caribana Gala
Liberty Grand – Exhibition Place
Friday July 23, 2010; 6:30 pm – 1:00 am

An elegant evening of style and glamour, celebrating Caribana and paying tribute to its pioneers.

Kaiso 365 (Calypso Monarch Finals)
Venue TBA
Saturday July 24 - 7pm - Midnight

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 29, 2010; 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 2009. 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
(Admission: $27 in advance. $35 at the door)

Pan Alive
Lamport Stadium
Friday July 30, 2010; 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.
(Admission: $20 in advance)

Scotiabank CARIBANA™ Parade
Exhibition Place (Lake Shore Blvd)
Saturday July 31st, 2010; 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!
(Admission: $18)

Ontario Place
Sunday August 1, 2010;12:pm am – 8:00 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.
(Admission $14)

For more information please visit

Black Sage

Hey Readers,

Here's another Caribana 2010 update.......

Nip Davis and Associates and Scarborough Caribbean SC is now Black Sage! Our new name represents our combined talents to present the best band on the road for Caribana 2010 and beyond and, as always, the best section costumes and mas.

Our presentation for 2010 is ‘Kopy Kat’ where we will give respect to all the greatest band themes that came before could say, the best of the best!

We appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you all on the road with us next summer. As soon as we have the sections ready, we will post them for your viewing pleasure.

Remember, we are now called BLACK SAGE and we love to have you as part of our band and part of our mas family!

More to come!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Big Parang Comedy Show

Crave Mas to True Dynasty

Hey Readers,

Here is a Caribana update for 2010.......

What's Up All???

So those of you who have been keeping in touch know that we have been doing a lot of networking and traveling in order to become the best at what we do in order to give you the best of what we offer. Soooo, just to give you a couple updates.

So! To start things off, for those that don't know, we have a new name! True DYNASTY will be the name to look out for from now on. It's meaning is powerful and a DYNASTY is what we are here to create! (look it up if you don't get it) We have many things that we are already working on in order to serve you better and to give you more out of your experience.
Second, we would like to announce that we will be having a BAND in the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival. Their carnival takes place during their Memorial Day weekend which is the weekend after our Victoria weekend. The reason we are letting you know this far in advance is because we would like to extend an invitation to ALL of you to come out and jump up with us!!!! YES YES you heard right!!! If you've ever wanted to take a trip to HOTLANTA now is your chance!! We will be organizing a bus trip at a very LOW COST which will include hotel accommodations right in the heart of Atlanta in a 5 star hotel and participating in the parade with us! You will have a choice of wearing a costume or t-shirt. If you played with us this past summer for Caribana you can wear your costume! We will also have costumes for sale so no worries!
Please remember that in order to cross the border you MUST have a passport so get on it from now!!!!
In the meantime...stay tuned for MORE big announcements and enjoy the holidays! Live life to its fullest and smile EVERYDAY!
*Thea* & Dario

Thursday, November 19, 2009

SOCACIZE® Bootcamp ~ The original workout for Trinidad & Tobago Carnival!

SOCACIZE® Bootcamp
The original workout for Trinidad & Tobago Carnival!

Designed for masqueraders, revelers and party people!
A six-week vigorous & exciting workout full of Vitamin F-FUN, there can be gain without pain™
Rhythms to make you dance
Exercises to build stamina, tone muscle, lose inches and boost confidence!

Top DJs: Dr. Jay, Kold Fusion, D.O.C, Sure Shot, Jay Dunaway
Top fitness instructors: Ginga - Ken, Zumba - Ricardo

Win exotic Trinidad Carnival 2010 Costumes from Genesis and Showtime Band

Tribal Knights Carnival
83 Dynamic Drive, Unit 11
(Markham and McNicoll)

Thursdays 6:30 - 8:30 pm
January 7– February 11, 2010

Terry Miller Rec. Centre (Fitness room)
1295 Williams Pky (Bramalea Rd and Williams Pky)
Saturdays 12:30 – 2:30 pm
January 2 – February 6, 2010

12 sessions-$120.00; 6 sessions-$60.00; Drop-in $15.00 per session

Early Bird Boot Camp Special!
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Results for the 2009 International Soca Awards

Due to unforeseen circumstances the 2009 International Soca Awards have been cancelled. However, the winners have been announced (see below). My question: What's with all the ties? Anyway, congrats to all the winners!!

1. Best New Female Soca Artist

2. Best New Male Soca Artist
Skinny Fabulous

3. Female Soca Vocalist of the Year
Zoelah - Wine up on me
Shyann Bailey - Sweetness

4. Male Soca Vocalist of the Year
Edwin Yearwood - Not Missing Me

5. Female Soca Performer of the Year
Faye-Ann Lyons
Destra Garcia

6. Male Soca Performer of the Year
Skinny Fabulous
Machel Montano

7. Soca Duo or Group of the Year
Luni Sparks & Electrify

8. Soca Song Writer of the Year
Faye-Ann Lyons - (Heavy T, Meet Super Blue, Wine Faster)

9. Best Soca Collaboration Grove
Obsessive Winners - Destra ft Alison & Saucy

10. Over All Female Soca Artist of the Year

Faye-Ann Lyons
Destra Garcia

11. Over All Male Soca Artists of the Year
Machel Montano
Skinny Fabulous

12. International Soca DJ of the year
Techno Sound - Turks & Caicos
DJ Stephen - Atlanta
Alicia D Duchess - Trinidad
DJ Spice - New York

13. Best Soca Compilation Album/CD of the Year
Machel Montano - HD Family

14. Best Soca Compilation Rhythm
Bus Stop Riddim - (Madmen Productions) TNT

15. Soca Humor of the Year
2 Notes by Impulse

16. Favorite Groove Soca - Female
Heavy T - Faye-Ann Lyons
Wine up on me - Zoelah

17. Favorite Groove Soca – Male
Push Bumper - Machel Montano
Drunk Again - Benjai

18. Favorite up Tempo Soca - Female
Meet Super Blue - Faye-Ann Lyons

19. Favorite up Tempo Soca - Male
Tusty - Blaxx
Head Bad - Skinny Fabulous

20. Soca Artist Album/CD of the year
Destra Garcia - Hott

21. Soca Song of the Year
Head Bad - Skinny Fabulous

22. Favorite Soca Info Website

23. Over All Soca Band of the Year
Machel Montano HD - TNT
Roy Cape All-stars - TNT

24. Soca Producer of the Year
Kerwin Du Bois - (Hangover, Tusty, Obsessive Winners)
Neil Bernard - (Bacchanal, Sweetness, Meet Super Blue)

25. Best Soca Music Video
Destra Garcia - Hott (Eldon Pernel)
Peter Ram - Tight (Jay Will)

26. Best Soca Chutney Music Video
Drunkard - Soca Elvis ft Hitman, Tracy D & Andy Singh (On “D” Rock productions)

27. Best Soca Re-Mix Collaboration
Tizzy ft Richard Trumpet - Wuk Meh
Slammer Cutter ft Hitman - Hangover

28. Over All Soca Chutney Artist of the Year
Kenneth Salick

29. Over All Soca Chutney Band of the Year
Karma Band (TNT)

30. Soca Chutney Song of the Year
Radica - Kenneth Salick

31. Favorite Soca Online Radio
WACK Radio 90.1 FM....Your Culture Krazy station

32. Best Soca Chutney Collaboration of the Year
Rum & Roti - Patch & Da Mastamind

33. Best DJ Soca Artist (Dj that sings)
Lil Rick - Thunder
Super Jigga TC - Frontline

34. Soca Chutney Artist of the Year
Kenneth Salick

35. Ragga Soca Song of the Year
Tight by Peter Ram
Banana by Bunji Garlin
Fly Away by Machel Montano ft Collie Budds

36. Best Soca Collaboration up Tempo
Luni Sparks & Electrify - Clear De Way

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Introducing the SOCACIZE® Licensee Program!‏

Licensee program now Available!

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Socacize graduates and fitness enthusiasts!

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Ayanna Lee-Rivears holds the vision to create top professional
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For this reason, and, with great excitement we invite you to review
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There will be a Socacize Instructor Training Workshop on
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8:30 am to 5:30 pm


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Sunday, November 1, 2009

New Video Alert........SMILE

I loved this song from the moment I heard it. Terry Lyons and Ataklan combo is so sweet! I'm so glad they did a video....and what a pretty video it is......directed by Walt Lovelace. ENJOY and just SMILE!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Vendor Rivalry

Animae Caribe's 2009 Most Outstanding Caribbean Animation Award Winner.......

Monday, October 12, 2009

Carnival Nationz Theme for 2010

I am mega-excited about this one......think of all the possiblities.....Congo Man, Jean and Dinah, Drunk and Disorderly, Melda (Obeah Wedding), The Lizard, Sexy Marajin.......

In case you hadn't heard... CNz launched our 2010 theme at the recently held "VICTORY" fete in Toronto.

So for 2010 CNz will be playing... "SPARROW... D'LEGEND"

A tribute to a living legend in soca, the "Calypso King of the World", in the form of costumes as only CNz can do it based off of the music catalogue of the Mighty Sparrow.


Pure madness in 2010 to the music of Slinger Francisco!!!!

See you in 2010... Saturday 1st May, 2010... CNz band launch!!!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

New Umi Marcano for 2010

I have a fascination with Umi Marcano......ever since I saw him live at the 2007 Soca Monarch Finals.....

His latest release is called "In Front of Meh" and there's a snazzy video to go along with it.....enjoy!

Here's his first video for comparison.....

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone......
enjoy the long weekend.
Give thanks to God for all your blessings!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The National Women's Show 2009

October 23, 24 & 25, 2009
The National Women's Show offers a fantastic day out with girlfriends that you can't find anywhere else! With everything from food and wine sampling to fashion and beauty; there will be celebrity guest speakers, fashion shows, free makeovers, tips for staying healthy, entertaining ideas, travel options plus career advice and shopping at over 425 exhibitors!
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building

Friday, October 23, 12 noon - 9pm
Saturday, October 24, 10am - 6pm
Sunday, October 25, 10am - 5pm
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $14 or online at a discounted price. Check the website for all the details:

Vaughan Mills Shopping Shuttle

Unfortunately, I only discovered this service today while reading the Metro......the shuttle service ends on October 22 so maybe I can squeeze in a trip this Thanksgiving weekend!!!


The Vaughan Mills Shopping Shuttle makes it easy for tourists and residents of Toronto to access Vaughan Mills - a premier shopping destination.

This 49-passenger exclusive Shopping Shuttle provides free, round-trip transportation from Union Station, Canada's historical transportation hub, to Vaughan Mills, two times per day, seven days per week.


Identification Bracelets to access the Vaughan Mills Shopping Shuttle are distributed on a day-of, first-come, first-served basis from the:


(Inside the Great Hall, Union Station)

*The Identification Bracelet will allow travel to and from Vaughan Mills on one of two daily runs.

DAILY SCHEDULE:Pick-up/Drop-Off: Union Station, Front Street

*Passengers will need to board the Shopping Shuttle at their scheduled return time.

Service Operates: May 23 – October 22, 2009 inclusive

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Its time to vote.......

Voting for the 2009 International Soca Awards has commenced. Soca lovers can vote for their favorites in 36 categories including Soca performer, Soca vocalist, Soca artist, Soca song, Soca band, and Soca DJ of the year.

The 2009 ISA will be held at Downtown Ballpark in Providences, Turks & Caicos on October 30th, 2009.

The winners of the 2009 iSA are chosen by the people, based on votes.

Visit the website to vote today:

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tribal Knights ready for Caribana 2010

Well Tribal Knights is wasting no time. A quick visit to their website revealed that they have already announced their theme for Caribana 2010. Tribal Knights' 2010 presentation is entitled HOLLYWOOD GLITZ AND GLAMOUR. Looking forward to seeing the designs!!!

In the meantime, Tribal Knights' Appreciation Fete will take place on Saturday, October 24th, 2009 @ Northern Tropix, 880 Ellesmere Road, Scarborough.
All Tribal Knights members are free before 12 and $15 afterward for everyone!

For info call:
Dexter 416 396 3780
Candice 416 409 4298
Sean 416 550 7176

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dionne Brand is city's new poet laureate - Posted Toronto

Dionne Brand is city's new poet laureate - Posted Toronto

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By Megan O'Toole, National Post

Dionne Brand, a renowned Toronto-based poet and novelist, has become the city's third poet laureate.

City council formally approved Ms. Brand's appointment on Wednesday, with Mayor David Miller saying he was "thrilled" to see the prolific and distinguished author serving in the role.

As poet laureate for the next three years, Ms. Brand will receive an annual honorarium of $10,000 while she serves as the city's literary ambassador, championing poetry and the arts.

Ms. Brand said it was an "honour" to be chosen.

"I have a great passion for this city," she said. "In its multiplicity it is constantly rich and surprising. ... that wild waiting at traffic lights off the end of the world, where nothing is simple, nothing. In the city there is no simple love or simple fidelity; the heart is slippery."

Ms. Brand has published nine volumes of poetry and earned numerous laurels, including the Governor General's Award and the Trillium Book Award. Her work is taught internationally, and she has written extensively on Toronto and the experience of new Canadians.

American poet Adrienne Rich called her "an intellectual conscience for her country."

Born in 1953, Ms. Brand immigrated to Canada about four decades ago to attend the University of Toronto, earning a Masters in education philosophy. She currently teaches English at the University of Guelph and has a new collection of poems, entitled Ossuaries, coming out next year.

Before announcing Ms. Brand's selection as poet laureate, officials said they believed the new poet laureate was someone who would have a more populist appeal than traditional appointees.

Since 2001, Toronto has had two other poets laureate: Alligator Pie author Dennis Lee held the inaugural post, followed by Italian-born poet Pier Giorgio di Cicco.

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Hi readers,

Check out this Dalton Narine film examining the works of celebrated Mas Man Peter Minshall.....

The film examines Minshall’s life and art, a tapestry woven from multiple threads that include his “masography” coursing through 26 years; his design and stage acumen (documented in the 2006 presentation “The Sacred Heart”); his Olympic Games contribution; the Carnival stage (the Mas) in Trinidad preparing him for the world stage (the Olympics); and his set pieces of political protest and entertainment provoking parallel emotions in major North American, European and Asian cities.

For more details on how to purchase the DVD check out:

Sunday, September 27, 2009

SOCACIZE in Fort Lauderdale for Miami Carnival

After taking Toronto and New York carnivals by storm
Socacize attracted over 100 participants in Toronto & New York

Designed for masqueraders, revelers and everyone else!

A vigorous & exciting workout

Rhythms to make you dance,

Exercises to build stamina, tone muscle, lose inches, boost confidence!

SOCACIZE ™ Is a creative blend of high/low African and Caribbean dance movements performed to calypso, soca, zouk, reggae, dancehall music and on occasion to drum music. The exhilarating mode of the workout focuses on cardio, weight and strength training targeting all age groups.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Wednesday & Thursday 7:30-8:30pm
October 7 & 8

$10.00 per session; Drop-in $15.00

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Info for CNZ in Miami

Well you're supposed to know this by now...but if not...CARNIVAL NATIONZ IS HEADING TO MIAMI!!!!! I know quite a few have been asking how will this work exactly. Well here are the details.

If you are a Carnival Nationz masquerader for 2009 and you kept you costume from the Caribana Parade, you can join us to fete in the streets of downtown Miami for Miami ONE carnival. So to answer the popular question from all of our masqueraders...yes you can play mas in your Bouganvillea frontline with all your friends, we welcome you and everyone from Aphrodisiacs, Poison Ivy, Secret Garden, Dragon Fruit, Scabiosa and all other Toronto Caribana sections to join us in Miami... as ONE CNz.

The cost of playing with us in Miami is $75US which includes your band fee or registration cost, as well as your ALL INCLUSIVE experience. This ALL INCLUSIVE experience includes food, soft drink and alcoholic drinks (I feel funny typing that because I'm so accustomed to not being able to advertise that here in Toronto).

To register simply click the icon or send an email to or call 416-985-8488 or 416-565-4079 or 416-930-9650. Please contact us in Toronto before Oct 4th to make arrangements to pay band fee etc...

For all new comers we are offering 6 specific sections to the CNzMiami
masqueraders log on to
to check everything out.

Your DJs on de road are D Bandit, Dorenzo and Hypa Hoppa so look out for plenty action!

The specific sections being offered for CNz Miami are:
Wild Yellow Ixia (aka Summer's Majesty)
Exotic Red Intuition Roses (aka Wild Roses)
Blue Butterfly (aka Aruja)
Purple Passion Flower (aka Water Lily)
Jade Vine (aka Morning Glory)
Sensual Strawberries (aka Lychee)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Carnival Nationz Victory/Appreciation Party

De CARNIVAL NATIONZ VICTORY FETE IS HERE...We won we won we won...woooooohoooo let's have a PAAAAAAAAAARTY (cause yuh know we always looking for a reason to FETE). Carnival Nationz is about The Ultimate Caribana Experience and this year we were uncontested in all departments including presentation, costumes, registration, pickup, security, music, and everything that made us the best in 2009.
Come celebrate with us and our sponsors September 26th inside the Solarium 11 Polson St. Music by our Carnival Nationz Djs including D Bandit, Mr Playhouse, Jester, Soca Sweetness, Kold Fusion and hosted by Eman and SKF.
IT'S FREEEE for all our 2009 Masqueraders so come on down!
Check flyer for details or call 416-930-9650 or 416-985-8488 or 416-565-4079

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Laptop Safety

Laptop fire blamed for death

An overheated laptop computer left on a couch caused a fire that killed a 56-year-old Vancouver man, the Coroners Service of British Columbia has concluded. The fire took place six months ago, but the victim's name has not been released.

The fire started after the computer was left on a couch, plugged in and turned on. Because of the lack of ventilation under the laptop, less than an hour later the lithium-ion battery overheated and burst into flames, sparking the fire that eventually killed the man.

The coroner did not release the make of computer involved in the death, but did say several makes of laptops have been recalled in recent years due to problems with lithium-ion batteries overheating and bursting into flames.

Since 2004 in B.C., four other laptops have either overheated or short-circuited when left plugged in, causing fires. The death earlier this year, however, was the first in B.C. blamed on a laptop fire, the coroner said in statement issued Wednesday morning.

And there have been 15 other fires caused by short-circuiting or overheating in such equipment as personal computers, DVD players, and cellphone chargers.

Safety recommendations

The coroner's office recommended anyone using a laptop take the
following precautions:

- Always operate on a hard surface that allows ventilation. Soft materials can block the airflow vents and cause it to overheat.

- If it is not possible to avoid using a soft surface, an optional heat-sink base should be used to maintain cooling.

- Always shut down your laptop, even for short periods of time, especially when placed in a carry bag.

- Inspect and clean the air vents on a weekly basis. Forced-air dusters can be used to keep the vents clean and free from debris.

- Replace any equipment or parts that do not work.

- Using a laptop desk or cooler to allow air circulation between the laptop and the desk.

- Visit the Health Canada recall listings website to see if a laptop has been recalled.

- Review the manufacturers' website for additional safety tips and recommended maintenance.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Secrets of A Black Boy

I saw the preview for this show last year and its well worth the local theatre....go see Secrets of A Black Boy......enjoy the teaser.....

Thursday, August 27, 2009

T&T Independence Day Celebrations at Queen's Park NEWS
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Trinidadians and Tobagonians in Toronto Celebrate their Independence at Toronto's Queen's Park: August 30th, 2009



The second annual Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day celebrations, hosted under the aegis of the distinguished Consul General of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Michael Lashley, will take place on Sunday August 30th, 2009 at Queen’s Park, Toronto commencing at 2:00 p.m.

This year’s event is entitled “traditions and nostalgia” and has been
chosen to provide an opportunity for the Trinidad and Tobago diaspora to celebrate and reminisce about Trinidad and Tobago traditions that are in danger of becoming extinct. The planned activities will therefore allow the first generation of the Trinidad and Tobago diaspora to remember a way of life that formed the basis of their strong values. They will allow the second and third generations the opportunity to learn more about these traditions and provide the occasion for them to enjoy the gifts of Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural diversity, art, music and traditions.

The celebrations will commence with an interfaith service and will include performances that will showcase the unique culture of Trinidad and Tobago representing the diversity of its population. The performances will include calypso, drumming, tassa, dances, steelpan and traditional mas and will feature artistes and groups such as: Anslem Douglas, Macomere Fifi, Afropan, Kalabash, PanFantasy, Caribbean Folk Performers, the Muhtadi Drummers, Annemarie Woods and much more.

As you will expect any Trinidad and Tobago event will allow the opportunity to sample the culinary variety of Trinidad and Tobago and there will be a wide array of tasty Trinidad and Tobago dishes available. The Consul General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago wishes to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to ALL Trinidad and Tobago nationals and persons of any other nationality who wish to experience the food, music and culture of Trinidad and Tobago to attend celebrations held in commemoration of the 47th anniversary of Independence of Trinidad and Tobago which will be held at Queen’s Park, Toronto on Sunday, August 30, 2009.

There will also be lots of prizes for the winners of games, including “the best dressed red, white and black” individual who epitomises the spirit of Trinidad and Tobago. For further information please direct your inquires to

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Destra is pregnant....

What wonderful news from the soca world!!

Check out the article in today's T&T Express........

Destra pregnant; due Jan '10
Deborah John - Features Editor
Thursday, August 20th 2009

Soca star Destra Garcia is pregnant and expecting to deliver her
baby sometime in January 2010.

It will be the first child for her and the second for her boyfriend/manager/producer of the past nine years, Brian Morris. He is the father of a 13-year-old daughter who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Garcia, known for hits like "Tremble It", "Sassiness", "Bonnie and Clyde",
"I Dare You", "Obsessive Winers" and "Carnival", told the Express she had some "mixed emotions at first".

"I've always had a bit of an irregular cycle, so I was not sure it was that, but my gynaecologist recently confirmed for me that yes, I am very pregnant. I hope my fans are very happy for me."

The soca star, who is the face of Digicel in Trinidad and Tobago, said the news took her by surprise because there had been no morning sickness. Her stomach has only "just" started to show, she said. Contacted for a comment, Sponsorship and PR manager for Digicel Marita Laurent extended congratulations to Garcia and Morris on the pregnancy.

"We fully support her as she embarks on the wonderful
journey of motherhood."

Garcia said she did notice she had gone up two bra cup sizes, an increase that was remarked upon by some fans who saw her at the recent Tribe launch at Pier 1, Chaguaramas.

But she sees it as the "hand of God" intervening in her plans, as "we both said we would do this some day".

Showering praises on Morris, who is also the band's sound engineer, she
said, "Marriage and kids is something we always planned to do, but each year
we've said 'next year'. Brian is very quiet, he always stays in the background,
but he is a wonderful person and he is going to be a great father."

Morris described himself as "excited" and sees their marriage plans as coming forward in the "not too distant future".

Asked who she will be getting her pregnancy tips from, Garcia said she expects a lot of support from her mom and her sisters in soca, Denyse Belfon and Alison Hinds.

Garcia and band have toured constantly since Carnival-Jamaica, Antigua, St Vincent, Grenada, Tortola, St John, St Thomas, New York, Manhattan and Barbados. She returned last weekend from the Hookstratten Festival in Belguim, Germany.

Now she agrees the pace will have to be slower, but not before she fulfills her commitment to Miami Carnival in October. A lot of it will depend on her doctor's orders, but she is already working on material for Carnival 2010.

Also look out for her tomorrow evening at the Digicel "Outta Control" free concert at Adam Smith Square, Woodbrook. But how much less she takes on in the immediate future is not only her decision but Morris's and their business partner, Robert Nurse.

"We have to do what is best for the band, because the guys support me 100 per cent, " she said.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

SOCACIZE....Summer into Fall Sessions

Summer into Fall Sessions

Stay fit after summer!
Additional dates & locations!

Fall Schedule
The Studio
12 Rutherford Rd. S. (Rutherford & Queen off hwy 410)
Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm
September 9 – December 16

Sundays 2:00-3:00pm
September 13 – December 20
(No class October 11th)

Advance $14.00; Drop-in $16.00 per session

Tropicana Community Services
670 Progress Avenue, Unit 14
(Progress & Consillium Place Dr.)
Saturdays 1:30 - 2:30pm
September 12- December 19

Scarborough **NEW** location & time
Simply Swagg Studios
705 Progress Avenue, Unit # 62
(Progress & Consillium Place Dr.)
Tuesdays 6:00pm – 7:00pm
September 8 – December 15

Advance $14.00; Drop-in $16.00 per session

Maple **NEW** location & time
Dance Passion Studio
399 Four Valley Drive Unit#10
(South on Bass Pro Mills Drive, off Edgeley Drive)
(Near Vaughn Mills Plaza)
Tuesdays 9:00pm – 10:00pm
September 8 – December 15

Advance $14.00; Drop-in $16.00 per session

Downtown- Toronto **NEW** location & time
O.I.P. Dance Studios
190 Richmond Street East, 2nd Floor
(Richmond & Jarvis)
Mondays 6:00 – 7:00 pm
September 14- December 14
(No class October 12th)

Thursdays 5:30 – 6:30 pm
September 10– December 17

Advance $14.00; Drop-in $16.00 per session

Thornhill- **NEW** location
Thornhill School of Ballet
11 Glen Cameron Road
(Yonge St & Glen Cameron)
Mondays 5:30 – 6:30 pm
September 14- December 14
(No class October 12th)

Advance $14.00; Drop-in $16.00 per session

Ajax- **NEW** location
Messmer School of Dance
282 Monarch Unit#25
(Bayly & Monarch)
Saturdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm
September 12- December 19

Advance $14.00; Drop-in $16.00 per session

**Special Promotions**

Punch Card Special

Buy 15–session punch card for $200
And receive a FREE drop-in session (valued at $16)

Buy a 30–session punch card for $380
And receive 2 FREE drop-in sessions (valued at $32)

Thornhill & Ajax
New locations

Early bird Special
Register for 15 sessions at any location by August 28th
Save $5.00!

Valued Member - Special
Register 2 or more friends or family members
To receive 10 FREE sessions

Returning Member Appreciation –
10% off Regular sessions
Dates & times of locations are subject to change.
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