2009 CARIBANA - SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Time to mark your calendars folks.....

(JULY 14th to AUGUST 2nd, 2009)

Calypso Tent Music Series
Various locations
June 6 to July 5, 2009

The series runs 3 nights each week (Fri-Sun.) 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, humour and wit.

Official Launch
Nathan Phillips Square
Tuesday, July 14, 2009; 12:00 pm 02:00 pm

The official ceremony launches the activities for the Scotiabank Caribana Festival Season. It is a snapshot of what’s in store over the coming weeks.

Junior Carnival
Yorkgate Mall
Saturday, July 18, 2009; 10:00 pm 04:00 pm

Junior Carnival provides festival goers and the surrounding community the opportunity to experience the trills and joys as young masqueraders participate in their early festival years.

Art Exhibition
Royal Ontario Museum
July 23 to August 3, 2009

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

Scotiabank Caribana Gala
Liberty Grand – Exhibition Place
Friday, July 24, 2009; 6:30 pm
An evening of elegance celebrating Carnival Music and Arts.

Calypso Monarch Finals
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, CNE
Saturday, July 18, 2009; 7:00 pm - 12:00 am

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.

Scotiabank Caribana King & Queen Show
Lamport Stadium
Thursday, July 30, 2009; 7:00 pm - 12:00 am

On the Thursday night before the Scotiabank Caribana Parade, all 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 reveler to be enthroned the King or Queen of his or her band.

Pan Alive
Lamport Stadium
Friday, July 31, 2009; 7:00 pm - 12:00 am

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.

Scotiabank Caribana Parade
Exhibition Place (Lake Shore Blvd)
Saturday, August 1, 2009; 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

This showcase event features an incredible display of colours and pageantry. Toronto will come alive with the sights and sounds of Carnival.

De Scotiabank Caribana Lime
Olympic Island
Sunday, August 2, 2009; 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
This event will highlight the various cultures of all of the Caribbean people. It's a celebration of food, song, dance, theatrical drama and story telling.

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