Showing posts from February, 2009

Mas Toronto - 2009 Caribana Presentation

Mas Toronto 2009 Calendar of Events

Spring Cruise - 'Blaze D' Water IV" Date: Sunday May 31,2009
Boat: "Northern Spirit"
207 Queen's Quay West
Time: 1:00 - 5:00pm
Boarding Time: 12:00(noon)

Band Launching: Into D'Wild
Date: Saturday June 6th, 2009
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location:Thornhill Community Centre
Address: 7755 Bayview Avenue

Annual Summer Cruise
Date: Sunday Friday July 24 2009
Boat: "Northern Spirit'
207 Queen's Quay West
Time: 8:30 pm - 12.30am
Boarding Time: 8:30pm (noon)

Last Lap Boat Cruise
Date: Sunday September 6th, 2009
Boat: "Northern Spirit'
207 Queen's Quay West
Time: 1:00 - 5:00pm
Boarding Time: 12:00pm (noon)


2009 Band of the Year

Large Band of the Year (George Bailey Award)
Brian MacFarlane - Africa: Her People, Her Glory, Her TearsTrini Revellers - Sweet T&T—A Tribute To T&TLegacy - Kingdom of the DragonIsland People - Heaven on Earth
Medium Band of the Year (Harold Saldenah Award)
Ronnie & Caro - The Mas Band- BakkanalTrevor Wallace - Dance Yuh DanceD'Krewe - Iere Virgin Paradise
Small Band of the Year (Lil Hart Award)
De Midas T&T - Empires of De Sun
Large Junior Band of the Year
Rosalind Gabriel and Associates - National Pride
Medium Junior Band of the Year
Classic Productions - Heighten
Small Junior Band of the Year
Spence Productions - The Rainbow Cycle
Mini Junior Band of the Year
Rosemary Perkins - Sunny

Road March for 2009

2009 Road March results:
Faye-Ann Lyons (Meet Super Blue)Destra Garcia (Bachannal)Machel Montano (Wild Antz)

The ABC's of Carnival

I spotted this article in the online version of the T&T Express and thought is was really cute. Hope all masqueraders are having a time on de road!!!

The ABC's of Carnival
by Marguerite Gordon (Trinidad & Tobago Express)

A is for attention - be aware of what is going on around you, who's looking at who, where your partner is and where you are.

B is for bold - some of these players are very...well bold. So you have to be a bit bold too. Dance with others and let others dance with your partner, but know how to firmly reclaim your 'territory'. B is also for the band, and no, not the musical kind, but a band of masqueraders in their costumes moving together and having a ball in the streets.

C is for Calypsonians, those wonderful, witty and (mostly) wise men and women who are the stars of this festival. C is also for "chipping", that laid back, slow, easy way to move in your band and last for two days. Don't forget to bend your knees!

D is for the drinks an…

Dimanche Gras Results

1. Kadaffi Romney - Manzandaba in Flight (Brian Mac Farlane) - 424
2. Tamara Alleyne Gittens - Fairy Dust (Kaotic) - 417
3. Pamela Gordon - First Lady of the Chinese Court - 397
4. Lisa Peters - Lady Shanghai (The Dream Team) - 396
5. Joan Mohammed - Madam Hypnotist (Fireworks Promotions) - 394 (TIE)
5. Gloria Dallsingh - Vision of D’Sea (Ivan Kalicharan) - 394 (TIE)
7. Leslie-Ann Boisselle - A Musical Ensemble – Pan & Brass - 380
8. Lenore Caterson - The Sacred Bird in the Kingdom of the Dragon - 374
9. Rennee Joseph - Mama Bois - 361

1. Stephen Alexi - Ndlovu in Search (Brian Mac Farlane) - 436
2. Curtis Eustace - Apollo’s Lust (Evolution Carnival) - 428
3. Glen Turnbull - Flight of D’ Golden Sun Lord - 423
4. Wade Madray - The Way of Zen (Mark Antoine and Legacy) - 413
5. Roland St. George - Yucahu, Atiba’s Son (D’Krew) - 411
6. Aaron Kalicharan - Spirit of the Ocean - 407
7. Fareid Carvalho - Vegas Jumbie - 403
8. Lionel Jagessar Jr. - Tornga…

Sun Life Financial Museum and Arts Pass

With March Break fast approaching you may be thinking of activities for the kids that won't break the budget during the recession. Well check out the Museum and Arts Pass (MAP). Family Passes are available for many of Toronto's museums, galleries and more. All that is required is a valid Toronto Library Card and you're good to go.

Check out the link for more info:

Single Pan Bands National Finals Results

La Horquetta (LH) Pan GrooveTrinidad and Tobago Defence Force BandTrinidad East Side Symphony of Malick Trinidad NostalgicLa Creole Pan Groove

Panorama Results - Large Band Category

Congratulations to the Silver Stars Steel Orchestra......2009 Panorama Champions!!

Silver Stars Steel Orchestra - First in De Line - 469 pointsPhase II Pan Groove - Magic Drum - 468 points
Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars - Pan Rivalry - 460 pointsWITCO Desperadoes - Pan Redemption - 458 pointsbp Renegades - Dr. Jit - 457 points
Sagicor Exodus - Festival Time - 456.5 points
Petrotrin Siparia Deltones - I'm Not Drunk - 450.5 points
BPTT Redemption Sound Setters - First in De Line - 442 points

TUCO Champions 2009

TUCO bMobile Extempo and Calypso Categories Final:
2009 Extempo
Joseph Vautor-La Placeliere (Lingo) Winston Peters (Gypsy)Social Commentary
Brian London – Nation's Song Dexter Parsons (Stinger) – Our Environmental Engineers Ann Marie Parks –Kojo (Twiggy) Anthony Hendrickson ( All Rounder) – Help Your Children First Eunice Peters – Why Lord?Humorous Commentary
Victor McDonald ( Mr. Mack) – "Cry Babies" LLewelyn MacIntosh (Short Pants) – Discrimination Alpha John (Brother Alpha) – Understanding the Prlem Sheldon Bullen (Sheldon Nugget) – Victims of Horn Cuthbert George (Wizard of ID) – The Singing Mad ManPolitical Commentary
Joanne Rowley (Tigress) – Yuh Ent See Wajang Yet …

Soca Monarch Results.....Fay ann wins it all.......

Fay-Ann Lyons Alvarez. Photo: Anthony Harris
Trinidad and Tobago Guardian
Groovy Soca Monarch Results:
Faye-Ann Lyons-Alvarez (woohoo!!)
Shurwayne Winchester Benjai Zoelah
Power Soca Monarch Results:
Faye-Ann Lyons-Alvarez (woohoo!!)
Bunji Garlin Iwer George Blaxx
bMobile Peoples Choice:
Faye-Ann Lyons-Alvarez

National Junior Panoroma Results

RESULTS - NATIONAL JUNIOR PANORAMA 2009 13 & UnderSt. Margaret's Boys' A.C. - Band From Space

Bishop Anst/Trinity Coll East Sec - The Party Now Start

CASAETAL Steel Orchestra - Madness

Febeau Government Primary - Pan In Danger

Diego Martin Boys' R.C. - Heavy T Bumper

Tdad & Tgo Cadet Force Steel Orch - Radica Why Yuh Leave

16 & UnderMt. Hope Secondary - Sailing

St. Margaret's Boys' Steel Orch - Unknown Band

Bishop Anst/Trinity Coll East Sec - Pace

Starlift Junior Steel Orch - Pan Baby

Harmonites Junior Steel Orc - Say Say

21 & Underbp Renegades Youth - A Blue Crescendo

St. Augustine Senior Comp - River Lime

Trinity All Generations Steel Wild and Wonderful

Success Stars Pan Sounds - Dangerous

Woodbrook Secondary - Blue Crescendo
El Dorado East Secondary - Ecstasy
St. Francois Girls' College - Heavy T Bumper
Tamana Pioneers Juniors - Radica
San Fernando Secondary Comp - Marajin
Ste. Madeleine Secondary - Two Days

Single Pan Finalists - Order of Appearance

Belmont Hi Larks - Just Right San Juan All Stars - We Ain't Going HomeShades In Steel - Jumbie Trinidad East Side - Symphony Dis Party Is ItScrunters Pan Groove - Shake It Angostura W/brook Playboyz - Flag PartyCurepe Polyphonics - Fire In the Area T&T Defence Force - TeaserGonzales Sheikers - HappyPan On the Move - Wild & WonderfulSt. James Tripolians - Doh Back BackL.H. Pan Groove - Unknown BandLa Creole Pan Groove - Jab Jab Trinidad Nostalgic - Doh Try DatSan Juan East Side Symphony - Bahia GyulSWMCOL Pan Family - Wine On SomethingAdmission is $40. Seating will be available at the Down Town Stands, South Quay, Port of Spain. Competition starts at 7:00 pm

Panorama Winners - Small and Medium Band Categories

Small Conventional: Arima Golden Symphony: 439 points
San City Steel Symphony: 434 points
Tornadoes: 432 points
Panasonic Connection: 431.5 points
Tunapuna All Stars: 414 points
Casablanca: 413 points
Laventille Serenaders: 408.5 points
Fascinators Pan Symphony: 400.5 points

Medium Conventional:
Clico Sforzata: 473 points
NLCB Buccooneers: 471 points
Courts Sound Specialists: 468 points
Katzenjammers: 467.5 points
Carib Dixieland: 465 points
Valley Harps: 460 points
Couva Joylanders: 453.5 points
Arima Angel Harps: 452.5 points

Bois King....National Stick Fighting Championships

King of the Rock:Anderson Marcano
Team Results:
1st place - Ortois Gayelle2nd place - Longdenville Gayelle3rd place - Gran Chemin Gayelle

Calypso Monarch Finals - Order of Appearance

Order of appearance of the finalists on Sunday, February 22, 2009 at Queen's Park Savannah.
Dexter Parsons (The Stinger)—Our Environmental Engineers
Karene Asche—Babylon
Mark John (Contender)—Yuh Cyar Buy One
Sandra Des Vignes Millington (Singing Sandra)—Ghetto of your Mind
5. Winston Scarborough (D’ Original De Fosto Himself)—Could We Rise Again
6. Anthony Hendrickson (All Rounder)—Help Your Children First
7. Dr Hollis Liverpool (Chalkdust)—Ah Not in Dat
8. Michael Osouna (Sugar Aloes)—Obama the First
9. Joanne Rowley (Tigress) —Yuh Ent See Wajang Yet (I love this song)
10. Ann Marie Parks-Kojo (Twiggy)—One for Obama
11. Winston Peters (Gypsy)—Supply and Demand
12. Brian London—A Nation’s Son
13. Weston Rawlins (Cro Cro)—Ah Feeling Shame
14. Errol Ballantyne (Bally)—Amigo
15. Carlos James (Skatie) —On Solid Ground
16. Kizzie Ruiz—Class Language


I completely missed the premiere of SOUL last week but you can catch tonight's episode at 9 p.m. on Vision TV. This new Canadian TV series was filmed in Halifax and features Canadian R&B songstress Keshia Chanté in the lead role.

About The Series
SOUL revolves around Mahalia Brown.

A young gospel singer with the Keystone Sanctuary Youth Choir, Mahalia has an unforgettable voice and an overwhelming passion for music. It's her elixir of life.

It's also her potion for commotion. When she puts it out there, nobody can resist. Not her choir director Dee Dee Washington. Not gospel powerhouse Isaiah Hunter from Cleveland Temple. And certainly not R&B producer Jamil Foster.

By the end of the first episode, Jamil has discovered Mahalia. He whispers eductively: "God has given you an amazing voice; let me make you a star."

But Mahalia also hears the voice of her father, Pastor Clinton Brown: "I named you Mahalia for a reason. Serve God and God alone. He'll tak…

Trinidad Carnival 360

Hey Folks,

Mr. Playhouse, Jef and the whole Toronto-Lime crew are back with Trinidad Carnival 360. Coverage begins tomorrow so be sure to check out the link to see what mischief they get into this Carnival season.


Calypso Monarch Finalists

Here are the 15 contestants selected to perform at Dimanche Gras, to be held on Carnival Sunday night, at Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain:
Ann Marie Parks-Kojo – Twiggy – One For ObamaAnthony Hendrickson – All Rounder – Help Your Children FirstBrian London - A Nation's SonCarlos James – Skatie – On Solid GroundDexter Parsons – The Stinger – Our Environmental EngineersDr Hollis Liverpool – Chalkdust – Ah Not In DatErrol Ballantyne – Bally – AmigoJoanne Rowley – Tigress – Yuh Ent See Wajang YetKarene Asche – BabylonKizzie Ruiz – Class LanguageMark John – Contender – Yuh Cyar Buy OneSandra Des Vignes-Millington – Singing Sandra – Ghetto Of Your MindWeston Rawlins – Cro Cro – Ah Feeling Shame ShameWinston Peters – Gypsy – Supply And DemandWinston Scarborough – D’ Original De Fosto Himself – Could We Rise AgainReserves: Kurt Allen - Cutting Back; Candice Robinson - Inspite Of

Carnival Fix

Check out for live streaming of various Carnival events.

Panorama Finalists - Medium and Large Band Category

Here are the steelband finalists scheduled to perform on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at the Queen's Park Savannah (not in order of appearance)

Medium Band Category:CLICO Sforzata - Bandoleros composed by Miguel Reyes NLCB Buccooneers - Dangerous composed by Mark Loquan/Ken Philmore Courts Sound Specialists Of L'tille - D Trini Way composed by Mark Loquan/Ken Philmore/Destra Garcia Carib Dixieland - Brazilian Flag Woman compoased by Amrit Samaroo/Mark Loquan Valley Harps - First In De Line compoased by Edwin Pouchet/Alvin Daniell Katzenjammers - Wild & Wonderful composed by Edwin Pouchet/Alvin Daniell Arima Angel Harps - Ah Blue Crescendo composed by Winston ScarboroughCouva Joylanders - Symphony In G composed by Aldwyn RobertsLarge Band Category:Phase 11 Pan Groove - Magic Drum composed by Len Boogsie Sharpe Sagicor Exodus - Festival Time composed by Pelham Goddard/3Canal WITCO Desperadoes - Pan Redemption composed by Jason "Peanuts' Isaacs Silver Stars - First In …

Panorama Finalists - Small Band Category

(not in order of appearance)Arima Golden Symphony
Laventille Serenaders
San City Steel Symphony
Panasonic Connection
Tunapuna All Stars
Fascinators Pan Symphony

Calypso Fiesta

Here are the semi-finalists scheduled to compete at Calypso Fiesta on Saturday at Skinner Park, San Fernando (shocking vibes: The Mighty Shadow is a reserve!!!)
Twiggy — One for ObamaAll Rounder — Help Your Children FirstJaw'd — My Delinquent SonBrian London - A Nation's SonCandice Robinson - In Spite OfSkatie — On Solid GroundWizard of ID— The Singing Mad ManDevon Seale - Spirit of CalypsoThe Stinger — Our Environmental EngineersLady Wonder — Ah Love It BadCrazy — Ahead of the TimeBally — AmigoEunice Peters - Why LordSinging Francine — Turn Things AroundFlashy Dan — Clean Up ParadiseChalkdust — Ah Not In DatScrunter — Change Yuh LifeJervae Caesar - Buy LocalTigress — Yuh Ent See Wajang YetKaren Eccles - Pull Them SquareKarene Asche - BabylonKizzie Ruiz - Class LanguageKurt Allen - Cutting BackLeslie Ann Ellis - De New YardContender — Yuh Cyar Buy OneNicole Thomas - Embrace Your RoleMr Chucky — Mud Glorious MudSinging Sandra — Ghetto of Your MindSean Daniel - Think AgainShamika…

Chutney Soca Monarch Results

NLCB Chutney Soca Monarch Results

Kenneth Salick - "Radica Why You Leave"
Ravi B (Ravi Bissembhar) - "Doolarie"
Hunter (Lalchan Babwah) - "Jep Sting Naina"
Asha Kamachee - "Kasai Salona"

Soca Monarch Finalists

Here are the finalists for Fantastic Friday......February 20 @ Hasley Crawford Stadium
International Power Soca Monarch category (not in order of appearance)Defending champion Bunji Garlin (Trinidad & Tobago)Iwer George (Trinidad & Tobago)Fay Ann Lyons Alvarez (Trinidad & Tobago)Blaxx (Trinidad & Tobago)Berbice (Grenada)Patrice Roberts (Trinidad & Tobago)Shurwayne Winchester (Trinidad & Tobago)Claudette Peters (Antigua & Barbuda)Skinny Fabulous (St. Vincent & the Grenadines)Ricky T (St. Lucia)Khiomal Nurse (Barbados)Lunny Spark and Electrify (Grenada)
International Groovy Soca Monarch category (not in order of appearanceDefending champion Shurwayne Winchester (Trinidad & Tobago)Faye Ann Lyons (Trinidad & Tobago)Biggie Irie (Barbados)Nadia Batson(Trinidad & Tobago)Hunter (Trinidad & Tobago)Patch and Mastermind (Trinidad & Tobago)Zoelah (St. Vincent & the Grenadines)Tizzy and Richard Trumpet (Antigua & Barbuda)Kerwin Dubois (Trin…

Da Kink in my Hair

Hey everyone, da Kink is back!!! The season premiere is on Thursday, February 12th, at 9:30 p.m. on Global

Kuumba.....A celebration of Black History Month

Visit the Harbourfront Centre website for the complete Kuumba schedule:

Oil, Steel, Style


Boo to all Groundhogs!!

Well its official......another six weeks of winter according to our furry friends. Happy Groundhog Day!!

It's Unanimous: Willie, Sam and Phil See Shadows On Groundhog Day, Meaning Six
More Weeks Of Winter
Monday February 2, 2009 StaffIt's unanimous: six more weeks of winter.Furry forecasters Wiarton Willie, Shubenadacie Sam, and Punxsutawney Phil all saw their shadows on Groundhog Day, meaning another month and a half of frigid cold and snow.Wiarton Willie is one of Canada's most famous weather prognosticators, and for the last four years in a row he hadn't seen his shadow, signifying an early spring. And over the past 20 years he's only seen his shadow seven times on Groundhog Day.Those hoping it would be the same story this year were disappointed when he sided with his prognosticating brethren, including Nova Scotia's Shubenadacie Sam and Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil.Closer to home, BT Bartholomew also saw his shadow, meaning there's seemi…