Showing posts from April, 2009

Pretty Wings

Mark your calendar Maxwell fans......July 7, 2009 is the official release date for BLACKsummer's night. I CAN HARDLY WAIT!!!

Enjoy the video in the meantime.......

Tribal Knights Band Launch Pics

Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club 2009 Caribana Band Launch


5th Summit of the Americas Cultural Presentation

LESSOR: Bird of Paradise......Tribal Knights 2009

A few words from Ian Andre Espinet.......
Saturday evening, I will be at the Tribal Knights band launch for 2009 - Birds of Paradise. My section is FIIIIIIRE. If you know me, I'm very very seldom pleased with - well - with ANYTHING. For the first time since my "Monarch Butterfly" (which was modified 3 times) in 2006, I'm ecstatic with my costume. I think this may be the first ever costume to not undergo any modifications, colour changes or overhauls.
I will be doing a special for all friends and family (that's you) and something special for friends who have played with me in the past to make the move with me. The first 50 friends who register in "LESSOR: Bird of Paradise" my 2009 section, between the band launch (April 25th) and the May 9th (2 weeks) will receive the costume for $100.

p.p.p.s. URGENT:
I am looking for 2 ladies who want to play mas & fete 4 free Caribana weekend to model my costume. Requirements:
• You must be available Tuesday (tomor…

2009 Caribana Kick-Off Press Conference

Kick-Off Press Conference
Launch of the Scotiabank Caribana Festival Calendar
April 21st 2009
10.30 a.m.- 11.45p.m.
Royal Ontario Museum
Queens Park Rotunda
Bloor Street Entrance, Toronto
On Tuesday morning the 42nd annual Scotiabank Caribana festival producers, the Festival Management Committee, will be announcing:

Major sponsorship deal including new corporate and broadcast partners
Release of the 42nd annual Scotiabank Caribana Festival Calendar
Support from City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario

Scheduled to speak are*:
The Honourable Monique Smith
Mayor David Miller
Scotiabank District Vice-President Christine Williams
Royal Ontario Museum CEO William Thorsell
Tourism Toronto CEO David Whitaker

*More speakers and final list to be confirmed on Monday April 20th
Q&A to follow

For further information contact:
Stephen Weir
Stephen Weir & Associates | or
2482 Yonge Street, Unit 45032, Toronto, ONT.CANADA. M4P 3E3
Tel: 416-489-5868 | Fax: 416-488-…

Fantazia International Band Launch Review

The first band launch for Caribana 2009 took place this past Saturday. I was unable to attend but please enjoy the review provided by CB......(thanks for sharing CB).

CB said...
OK so the anticipation is over, went to see FANTAZIA INTERNATIONAL band launching last night and....Well, honestly, the costumes were quite impressive. They representated 'a taste of brasil' quite well. Mr. Will Morton (band leader) being first out of the gate with Fantazia International had everyone with the look of great expectations on their face as they entered the hall at Embers'. Too bad we may not get to see the band on the Lakeshore for Caribana Saturday - as a new band, he's defacto position is #15 (essentially last in appearance of bands).Having those terrific Brasilan dancers on-stage before and after the parade of costumes only enhanced the night.And that final 'one of a kind' costume with the wire framed bra kinda summed up what my 'Brasilian' expectations were is th…

OCPA - Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes

This coming Saturday, April 25th, 2009 the OCPA presents the Battle of the Sexes at the Steelworkers Union Hall (Spadina & College) .

Click on the event poster for more details, as well as a listing of future events for the 2009 Caribana season.

Callaloo 2009 Caribana Band Launch


ScotiaBank Caribana TV

2009 Calypso Tents Music Series

The 2009 ScotiaBank Caribana Festival is just around the corner. One of the first major events in North America’s biggest Caribbean festival is the Calypso Tents Music Series, produced by the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA). This much-anticipated music series features most of Toronto's top calypso singers performing all original works to capture the mood of the festival.
The 2009 Calypso Tents Music Series features two calypso “tents” that run every weekend from June 6th to July 5th (see details below). The Professionals and the KAISO FORUM “tents” are currently auditioning calypso singers for the series. Persons interested should call the OCPA Hotline (416) 795-2722. The series welcomes interest from new and younger artists.2009 Calypso Tents Music Series
Saturday, June 6th 8pm THE PROFESSIONALS Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St.
Sunday, June 7 4pm KAISO FORUM CAW Union Hall, 30 Tangiers Rd.
Saturday, June 13th 8pm THE PROFESSIONALS Steelworkers Hall, 25…

All Spice Carnival

More big news for Caribana 2009......we have another new band on the scene......All Spice Carnival!!! Very interesting as Curtis Eustace has left CNz and has combined his efforts with Andre DeFreitas (Evolution Carnival) to present "SAFARI". The band launch is scheduled for May 23, 2009 at a venue to be announced. Stay tuned for more details.......

To all,
First of all I would like to thank all of you who have supported me in the past and who continue to support me to this very day. Whether it may be through Unite D’Nationz, Memoirs of Soca, Las Lap, All Ah We Boat Cruise, 4 Kings Fete, Carnival Nationz, Evolution in Trinidad and lets not forget all those great times in Fortress North (Those who were there know exactly what I’m talking about).

Sadly, as life changes-so do people. Therefore, it is with deep regret that I announce my separation from the Carnival Nationz family in order to pursue my own ventures in life. In doing this I would like to also thank the rest of the th…

Callaloo $99 Early Bird Special

Welcome to The NEW CALLALOO ....Moving Boundaries & Making Changes.....We Gone International ...We Staying Local .....

Any How .... Our Bandlauching is on MAY 9th @ the Lion's Gate Lounge(Kennedy & Progress ). We are Presenting for 2K9 " Ganges meets the Nile " and Its gonna be Wild - We Parting Waters ..& Conquering Kingdoms.

With that being said ... Here this:

On 9th of May inside Lion's gate (Kennedy & Progress). Admission is FREE for ALL Ladies before

Now.... There is a PLUS ....

If you Join our group " CALLALOO CARIBANA 2K9 " before bandlaunching day and you also Send us an email at any of our contacts that is shown in the group .. Telling us you want to play with Callaloo for 2K9 (THE NEW CALLALOO).

We will send you our E- registration form to fill out so that you can to receive our $99 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. How's That Sound. This is a Limited Time Promotion , but As Always -- Only @ CALLALOO!!! Doing It for you!!!

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Toronto Revellers 2009 Caribana Band Launch


2009 Caribana Mas Bands - Parade Positions

Here is the Order of appearance for all competing 2009 Caribana mas bands......

Band #1 (Category A)
Mas Toronto (Errol & Alicia Achue)
2009 Theme: Into D Wild 2009
Phone: 416-283-6161
Website: |

Band #2 (Category A)
Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club (Louis Saldenah)
2009 Theme: A Tribute to Harold Saldenah – The Golden Years
Phone: 416-560-4419

Band #3 (Category A)
Nip Davis & SCSC (Selwin “Nip” Davis)
2009 Theme: Dis Is Africa
Phone: 416-282-8809
Website: |

Band #4 (Category A)
Callaloo (Marlon Singh)
2009 Theme: The Ganges Meets The Nile
Phone: 416-576-0694 | 416-845-3754

Band #5 (Category A)
Carnival Nationz (Marcus Eustace, Bryce Aguiton & Dwayne Pitt)
2009 Theme: In Full Bloom
Phone: 416-565-4079 | 416-985-8488 | 416-930-9650

Band #6 (Category A)
Toronto Revellers (Jamaal Magloire)
2009 Theme…

2009 Caribana Band Launch Dates


The 2009 Caribana band launch season starts this month and will take you all the way into June.......stay tuned for more dates as they become available!

Fantazia International - "A Taste of Brazil" - Saturday, April 18, 2009

Tribal Knights - "Birds of Paradise" - Saturday, April 25, 2009

Carnival Nationz - "In Full Bloom - Fruits & Flowers" - Saturday, May 2, 2009
Callaloo - "The Ganges Meets the Nile" - Saturday, May 9, 2009 Toronto Revellers - "Brazil - Bacchanal in Rio" - Saturday, May 9, 2009Pleasure Players - "Dragon Masters of the Shaolin Temple" - Saturday, May 9, 2009All Spice Carnival - "Safari" - Saturday, May 23, 2009
Courtney Doldron & Associates - "Mas Hysteria" - Saturday, May 23, 2009Borokeete Canada - "20 Ten" - Saturday, May 23, 2009Nip Davis and Associates - "Dis Is Africa" - Saturday, May 23, 2009

Louis Saldnenah Mas K Club - &qu…