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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.’”

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!!

Kes the Band......"Till the Morning"

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!!

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 200…

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!

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…

They Wanna Be Like Chynee

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!
Register for 12 sessions by December 18th Save $5.00!
(not combined with any other promotion)


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
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 &…

Introducing the SOCACIZE® Licensee Program!‏

SOCACIZELicensee program now Available!
Become aSocacizeinstructor and
start your own business! Socacize graduates and fitness enthusiasts!

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people, your overall fitness and to be financially rewarded!
Ayanna Lee-Rivears holds the vision to create top professional
services that is full of vitamin F – Fun, without pain there can be
gain in Socacize™! But, more so, creating fair employment in an
industry where it is very challenging to earn at least $25 per hour for
fitness services is the edge of Ayanna’s vision.
For this reason, and, with great excitement we invite you to review
our Socacize Licensee prospectus at
or contact myself by email for full details.
There will be aSocacizeInstructor TrainingWorkshopon
SundayNovember 29th at
Messmer School of Dance
282 Monarch Unit#25
(Bayly & Monarch)
8:30 am…

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!

Parang Parang.....Official Start of the Toronto Parang Season

Enjoy this classic by Daisy to get you in the mood........

Callaloo Appreciation '09


Vendor Rivalry

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

Dance Caribe......."SAYAMANDA"


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!!!!

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!!!

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!
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
When: 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 10AM (2PM RETURN)…

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:

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

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 vol…
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:

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.

Introductory Special
2 Days only

Miami Carnival Schedule

Fort Lauderdale
1425 South Andrews Ave., #150 (South Andrews & 15th ave.)
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

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

$10.00 per session; Drop-in $15.00
Prices displayed in USD

**Special Promotions**
Early Bird Miami Carnival Special
Register by September 28th -Save $5!

Valued Member - Special
Register friends or family me…

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 …

Saldenah Appreciation Party


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

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…

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.....

Sunday Wishes


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. …

Pics from Caribana Parade.....


Pics from King and Queen 2009

King and Queen Competition........

Pics from Junior Carnival 2009

Hi Readers, I finally organized my Caribana pics. Enjoy this first gallery from Kiddies Carnival!!!

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…

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-i…

Barrie Caribfest 2009

Hi readers,
Barrie's Caribfest takes place this coming weekend so if you're in the mood for another jump up then this is the place to be. A lot of the Toronto mas bands take part in this parade so its another opportunity to use your costume. Check with the mascamps to see who will be attending. Hopefully you didn't jump and wine too hard at Caribana and your costume is still intact :-p

Maxwell's BLACKsummer's Night Tour.....Toronto stop

Maxwell fans take note......The BLACKsummer's Night North American tour will commence right here in the T-Dot on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 14, 2009 at 12:00 p.m.

Maxwell will return to the road in late September for a series of select North American concert dates, his first since wrapping a sold-out summer tour in early August. Maxwell's highly anticipated autumn tour kicks off at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on September 25th. Go to for a full tour date listing.


Oh much happening this weekend. Everything but Hamilton Carnival but that's another story. Anyway, so after you get your Greek on why not get your Jerk on too???
JERKFEST 2009 takes place this Saturday and Sunday (August 8 and 9, 2009) at Centennial Park in Etobicoke. Admission is free and the gates open on: Saturday @ 11:00AM - 9:00P.M.
Sunday @ 11:00AM - 7:00P.M.

What is JerkFest?
JerkFest is an annual festival which takes place around the second weekend in August every year. JerkFest celebrates the world renown jerk cuisine. Its a fusion of jerk food, pulsating music, family friendly entertainment and good vibes - all under the throbbing Toronto sun.

Visit the website for more info: