Sunday, May 31, 2009

Fantazia International Kiddies Band Launch


DATE: JUNE 7TH, 2009

TIME : 1:00PM-5:00PM


Phone: 289-888-1247

Kiddies Caribana Costume Early Bird Sale

Courtney Doldron and Associates are having an Early Bird Sale for Kiddies costumes.

First 20 children to register only $20......a great deal for parents!!

For more information contact Nadine at 647-888-8898 or odetteblagrove

Facebook page:

Friday, May 29, 2009

Tribal Knights - New look for Australian Galah

Old Look

New Look

Looks like this Tribal Knights section has been re-worked since the band launch. What do you think? Do you like the new look of Australian Galah? I think it looks fabulous :-)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Advance Registration for SOCACIZE™ Boot camp & SOCACIZE™ in Regina, Saskatchewan!

We had a breathless class in Brampton last Sunday with the drums.
Nation, our drummer, had us panting and sweating - out of breath - with the energizing Caribbean and African rhythms.
Nation played – the djembe (pronounced /?d??mbe?/ JEM-bay).
It is also known as djimbe, jenbe, jymbe, jembe, yembe, or jimbay, or sanbanyi. It’s a skin covered hand drum, shaped like a large goblet, and meant to be played with bare hands. According to the Bamana people in Mali , the name “djembe” comes directly from the saying "Anke dje, anke be" which translates to "everyone gather together", and defines the drum's purpose. "Dje" is the verb for "gather" in Bamanakan, and "be" translates as "everyone" in Bamanakan.

Advanced Registrations for the
SOCACIZE Boot camp-The official work out for Caribana, will be held on
Saturday MAY 30th from 12-3pm inside
Tropicana Community Services (670 Progress Avenue, Unit 14).
Advanced registrations in the west end will be held at a later date.

The Lululemon classes have been like a Dr. Jay fete - you feel energized and don't want to leave! This Saturday May 30th is the last class.

SOCACIZE Boot camp for Caribana starts
June 18th on Thursdays 6-8pm at
Carnival Nationz mas camp in Scarborough
June 20th on Saturdays 9-11 am
at Terry Miller Community Centre in Brampton.
Are you ready to sweat?

SOCACIZE is heading to Regina,Saskatchewan Tuesday June 2nd!
Regina? YES, thats correct. The 1-hour soca jam will kick off the
MOSAIC annual multicultural festival this year.

Thanks for your ongoing support!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Beautiful Barbados.......through my lens

I took a trip to Barbados last month and I FINALLY got around to organizing all the pics that I took. Enjoy these photos of Beautiful Barbados!!!

All Spice Registration Info


▪ REGISTRATIONS START TOMORROW - THURSDAY MAY 28th @ 6PM – (first come first serve basis)

▪ Deposit $50. Cash Only

▪ Come early to avoid disappointment. All sections are guaranteed to sell out.

▪ Mas Camp located @ 538 GORDON BAKER RD. NORTH YORK (Victoria Park & Steeles)

For Info Contact: Curtis Eustace 416.728.6504 or Andre De Freitas 416.660.9154

▪ Back Line sections - $135
▪ Front Line sections between - $165 – $185

▪ Kalahari Sands - (Orange & Brown)
▪ Tacazze Sunbird - (Gold & Purple)
▪ Serengeti - (Black & White)
▪ Zambezi Treasures - (Blue & Brown)
▪ Lush - (Green)
▪ Safari Sunset - (Orange)

▪ Our six stunning sections were designed by Carnival veterans Daryl Cox and Folette Eustace.

If you have any questions or require further information please contact:

▪ Curtis Eustace – 416.728.6504
▪ Andre De Freitas – 416.660.9154

▪ Godfrey- 647.308.0981
▪ Attasha - 

'LIL NATIONZ 2009 Caribana Band Launch

CNz Kiddies Band Launch......'LIL NATIONz

Date: Saturday, June 13th, 2009
Venue: CNz Mas Camp (533 McNicoll Ave, Scarborough, ON)
Time: 2pm-6pm

Kiddies Costume on display ~ activities ~ food

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

How To Look Good Naked

One of my favourite Brit shows is coming to Canada and they're looking for you......Do you want to know HOW TO LOOK GOOD NAKED?? I love this show because its about the everyday woman learning to have confidence in her body without resorting to surgical procedures. Its about accepting what you have NOW and not longing for perfection!!! I agree with Faye-Ann in Heavy-T Bumper....."turn round yuh bumper and flaunt it"

HOW TO LOOK GOOD NAKED is coming to CANADA! Not feeling good about your body was so last year… Based on the highly successful British series, How To Look Good Naked is coming to Canada! With the help of Canada’s top fashion and lifestyle experts we will help women get their body confidence back, no surgery required! In each episode our host will teach women how to embrace their curves, love their lives and learn how to best show off the figures they have. We will guide them through their negative body issues and help them demystify their ideas of perfection. Each week through styling, beauty tips, and direction from our style experts, we will lead a woman on an extraordinary journey to loving herself again.

Are you unhappy with your body shape and want to learn how to feel good about the way you look? Then this show is for you. HOW TO LOOK GOOD NAKED CANADA is looking for real Canadian women to take part in this new series for W Network. Women from ages 25 to 60 years old, sizes 10 – 18. *Must reside in Ontario.

HOW TO APPLYHOW TO LOOK GOOD NAKED CANADA will show you how to look marvelous in the buff and all dressed up! If you are interested and over 25, please go to the following link to complete your online application: LINK FOR APPLICATION HERE. If you wish to apply by mail, please download the application by clicking here: LINK FOR PDF VERSION OF APPLICATION HERE. To find out more about the series, please visit Applications MUST include recent photographs as detailed in the application form and full contact details to be considered. Applications to be completed and returned to us ASAP for the news series! We are also looking for groups of people to take part in the show for special features and events. If you are a member of a group who would like to take part in the show or would you and your family and friends like to join in? If so please email us for further information telling us more about you or the group with contact It’s time to throw away your self-esteem worries and learn how to feel good about your body all over again. It has never been more important to feel good and comfortable in your own skin. APPLY NOW!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Bacchanal Fashions

Hi Readers,

I discovered a new blog today called Bacchanal Fashions that features some fantabulous jewellery. Check out their blog at

Bacchanal fashions is a retailer of fashion jewelery and accessories that is located in downtown Toronto. Our lines are of a high quality that is both glamorous and unique.

Have a look at their current inventory:

I am loving this ring

If you are interested in any of the items you see you can contact Bacchanal Fashions at the following:

Melissa: 416-333-4904
Jonathan: 416-527-0407


Pon D Corner - Season 2

Pon D Corner is back for Season 2.
Check out all the hilarity with your host Chris (Jillionaire Juice)
on Trini Jungle Juice TV.

Muhtadi International Drumming Festival

We're Celebrating 10 years!
You are cordially invited to join us in launching the tenth Muhtadi International Drumming Festival at the Artscape Wychwood Barns.
The dynamic line up will feature artist and founder of MIDF, Muhtadi, Celtic drummer Steafan Hannigan, Master Drummer from the Ivory Coast Amara Kante, Camaroon kalimba masterNjacko Backo, First Nations drum group Mexicree and The Tabla Guy, Gurpreet Chana.
Thursday June 4, 2009
Artscape Wychwood Barns
(Barn #2  - Covered Street)
601 Christie Street and Benson (south of St. Clair)
Hors D'oeuvres @ 6 pm  ~  Show 7-10 pm
Cash Bar
Silent Auction 
(Donations welcomed.)
See You There! 

Contact Information

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Phoenix Mas and Blue Devil Mas


5 Vibrantly Coloured Costumes + 2 TRADITIONAL MAS (Chocolate & Mud and BLUE DEVILS).

Costumes will be available on Saturday May 22nd, 2009.

EARLY BIRD COSTUME SALE--1st 50 ladies to sign up, only $50!!! 2nd Early bird sale: $80.

All INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: Costume + Food + Drinks + Freezies + ($20 extra for DVD of your mas experience on the road).

Mas Hysteria will present 5 Vibrantly Coloured Costumed Sections, plus 2 OLD TIME MAS sections: Chocolate & Mud and Blue Devil.

PHOENIX Mas Band's website: will be launched on Friday May 29th, 2009.

-- Our Mas Camp is being hosted at Mas Players International's Head Quarters: 1790 Albion Road Unit #3 (@ HWY 27):

-- or

-- BLUE DEVILS' website:

In the Callaloo.......

I've seen pics of this Callaloo costume in several online galleries and it had me wondering........what kind of top was under that neckpiece??? Well, I was just checking out TriniJungleJuice's photo gallery and I now realize that there is no top......its body paint!!!! So let's here it people........ as skimpy as some of the costumes are this year and given the fact that its legal for women to go topless in Toronto......would you dare to go down the Lakeshore with just body paint covering the twins?

I'm not sure what the name of the section is yet......waiting for the Callaoo site to launch!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Socacize 2009 Summer Sessions AND Socacize Bootcamp

So you've been to the band launches, you've picked your costume and now its time to battle the bulge. Well, both the Socacize Summer schedule and the Socacize Bootcamp schedule are out and Ayanna has promised to whip all masqueraders into shape for Caribana. Whether you're a narrow bumper gyal or a Heavy-T bumper I'm sure you will find a class to fit into your schedule. Are you ready to sweat????

2009 Summer Sessions

Socacize™ Bootcamp
The official workout for Caribana!
Designed for masqueraders & revellers!
A six-week vigorous & exciting workout
Rhythms to make you dance,
Exercises to build stamina, tone muscle, lose inches, boost confidence!

Top DJs: Dr. Jay, Kold Fusion, D.O.C
Top fitness instructors for
Zumba & Ginga classess

Bootcamp Schedule

Carnival Nationz Mas Camp
533 McNicoll Ave. (at Victoria Park)
Thursdays 6:00-8:00 pm
June 18 – July 23


Terry Miller Rec. Centre (Fitness room)
1295 Williams Pky (Bramalea Rd and Williams Pky)
Saturdays 9:00-11:00 am
June 20 – July 25

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

Early bird Boot Camp Special
Register for 12 sessions by May 29th Save $10!

Summer Schedule

The Studio
12 Rutherford Rd. S. (Rutherford and Queen 2min off hwy 410)

Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm
June 10 – August 12
(No class July 1st)

Sundays 2:00-3:00pm
June 14 – August 16
(No class August 2nd)

18 sessions $238.00; 9 sessions $126.00; Drop-in $16.00 per session

Tropicana Community Services
670 Progress Avenue, Unit 14
(Progress & Consillium Place Dr.)
Saturdays 1:30 - 2:30pm
June 13- August 15th
(No class August 1st)

Scarborough **NEW** location & time
Simply Swagg Studios
705 Progress Avenue, Unit # 62
(Progress & Consillium Place Dr.)
Tuesdays 6:00pm – 7:00pm
June 9- August 4th

18 sessions $238.00; 9 sessions $126.00; 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)
Fridays 6:00pm – 7:00pm
June 12 – August 7th

9 sessions $126.00; Drop-in $16.00 per session

Downtown- Toronto
**NEW** location
O.I.P. Dance Studios
190 Richmond Street East, 2nd Floor
(Richmond & Jarvis)
Mondays 5:30 – 6:30 pm
June 8 – August 10
(No class August 3rd)

Thursdays 5:30 – 6:30 pm
June 11 – August 6th

9 sessions $125.00; Drop-in $16.00 per session

**Special Promotions**

Punch Cards Special

Buy a 9–session punch card for $126
And receive a FREE drop-in session (valued at $16)

Buy an 18–session punch card for $238
And receive 2 FREE drop-in sessions (valued at $32)

Maple and Downtown -Toronto locations
New Price

Valued Member - Special
Register 2 or more friends or family members
To receive 9 FREE sessions

Returning Member Appreciation –

10% off Regular summer sessions

Gift Certificates Available


Cell: 416-728-5545

Jesse Matthews & All Ah We Toronto

Jesse Matthews & All Ah We Toronto are presenting All Aboard for Caribana 2009! Here are the costume sketches:

Costume prices range from $100.00 to $120.00
Children's costumes are $50.00

The Mas Camp will be located at
90 Melford Drive, Unit 2, Scarborough, ON as of June 1, 2009.


Mas Camp far

Hi Masqueraders,
Here's a listing of all the MAS CAMP info I could find so far.......

Fantazia International
Mas Camp Address: 501 Passmore Avenue, Unit 23 (Markham Road and Passmore Avenue), Scarborough, ON
- SUNDAY MAY 17th 3pm until ...
Phone: 416-412-0285
Online registration is also available @

Tribal Knights
Mas Camp Address: 85 Dynamic Drive, Units #11 & 12 (approximately 1 block west of Markham Road off McNicoll Avenue), Scarborough, ON
Phone: 416-396-3780
Mas Camp Hours: Sun 12-9pm, Mon-Thurs 11am- 9pm, Fri & Sat 11am - 11pm

Mas Camp Address: 533 McNicoll Avenue (Victoria Park Road and McNicoll Avenue), North York, ON
Mas Camp Hours:
Monday to Friday 6-9pm (except on holidays)
Saturday and Sundays 2-6pm

Phone: CNz Band Leaders Marcus @ 416-565-4079, Dwayne @ 416-930-9650, Bryce @ 416-985-8488
Section Leaders:
Hayden “Pumpkin” 416-220-497, Ross @ 416-301-7761, Denise @ 416-820-3304, Al/Brant @ 416-684-5062 & 416-456-6984

Toronto Revellers
Mas Camp Address: 1530 Birchmount Road, Scarborough, ON

Mas Camp Hours: Mon - Sat & Holidays 4pm to 10pm
Phone: 416-752-6885

Nip Davis & S.C.S.C

Mas Camp Address: 60 Barbados Blvd, Units 4 and 5, Scarborough, ON

Opens Saturday, May 23, 2009
Mas Camp Hours: 2pm - midnight - daily

Phone: Nip 416-286-0097, Corey 647-242-7715, Alvin 905-940-2944

Mas Camp Address: 538 Gordon Baker Road (Victoria Park and Steeles Avenue), Scarborough, ON
Mas Camp opens Thursday, May 28, 2009 @ 6p.m.

Doldron, Doldron & Asscoiates
Mas Camp Address:
1790 Albion Road (@ HWY 27)
Mas Camp Hours: 3:00pm to 10:00pm

Jesse Matthews & All Ah We Toronto
Mas Camp Address: 90 Melford Drive, Unit 2, Scarborough, ON as of June 1, 2009
Phone: 905-924-1716

Borokeete Nex Generation
Mas Camp Address: 55 Nuggett Avenue, Scarborough, ON as of May 25, 2009

Toronto Caribbean Connection
Mas Camp Address: 705 Progress Avenue, Scarborough ON

Pleasure Players

Mas Camp Address:
45 Ernest Avenue (Bloor & Dundas West), Toronto, ON
Phone: 905-275-087

Mas Camp Address: 787 Warden Ave (right next to Embers Banquet Hall), Scarborough,ON
Camp opens THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON (May 31, 2009)

Xpats Carnival......The Aztec Warriors

Hi everyone,
Xpats Carnival held their section launch this past Saturday BUT if you're interested in this costume I'm sorry to tell you the costumes is already SOLD OUT!!! AND there are only a handful of male costumes available.

However, there is a waiting list. Contact Winston Healey at 416-710-5468 (cell) for full details.

Xpats Carnival will once again be heading down the road with Louis Saldenah's Mas-K Club.

For more info visit

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Crave Mas

CRAVE (the team of Dr. Jay and Experience the Vibe) will be presenting two (2) sections for Caribana 2009.......Pacific Paradise and Fantasy in Jewels.

Both sections will be featured in Louis Saldenah's Mas K-Club's presentation "A Tribute to Harold Saldenah - The Golden Years"

Check out the website @

Online registration is available @

Nip Davis & S.C.S.C 2009 Caribana Costumes

Check out the S.C.S.C. (Scarborough Caribbean Sports Club) website for some sketches of the band's upcoming presentation entitled "Dis is Africa" for Caribana 2009:


The eight featured sections are:

Remember the band launch is scheduled for Saturday, May 23, 2009 @ Sugar Lounge

Really cool way to peel potatoes

Friday, May 15, 2009

Carnival Nationz Registration Update etc.......

Message from D'Bandit.....


Well Ladies and gents we are half way there. Even though we have increased our numbers this year by approximately 10% we are 65% sold out in 7days. People if you're still deciding right now what section to play in cause they all nice, I think you should make yuh descions fast cause who knows in another week you may not even have a section to choose.

Don't worry for all you out of town masqueraders the full site will be up and running this weekend (most likely Saturday May 16th). So look out for that and you can get to inspect the costumes fully before you make your online registration. With the out of town masqueraders we are asking for payment in full (unless you have a friend come into the camp and sign up for you). However...there is very good news...this year you don't have to run down to the wire transfer place on the could make a credit card/pay pal payment right from your computer.

Just contact us via email or Put "Carnival Nationz Online Registration" in the subject. Send us your sizes and info as follows: Section Choice, First & Last name, address, email, phone number, waistband size (hips measurement), bra size, bottom type (panty or boyshorts). Or you can click here.

After we recieve that we will send you an invoice, you click on the link and just pay with a valid credit me simple t'ings!

Anyways please hurry cause people are coming into the camp everyday to sign up. Check out the current situation below:

The Secret Garden (white & pink),
Bougainvillea (green and pink)

Aruja (turquoise), Wild Roses (all red or peach and brown), Morning Glory (baby blue & green), Dragon Fruit (pink), Water Lilly (green & lavender)

Lychee (light pink), Summer's Majesty (yellow), Scabiosa (multi colour &brown)

Poinson Ivy (white and green), Aphrodisiacs (orange)

To the masquerader who did not play with CNz last year and would like to play with us this year we have increased our numbers for 2009 this means there should space in the remaining 10 sections. Please register now to avoid disappointment. And to our remaining CNz masqueraders please try to make it down today and take advantage of being a CNz loyal masquerader with our easy registration process (it takes 5mins).

On another note for all those who are currently register we would like to thank you for register early and getting the jump on everything. PLEASE NOTE Tuesday May 19th is the final day for changes to sizes or sections. It is very important to make the changes now if you have any WE DO NOT MAKE ALTERATIONS.

Other than are on your way to what we are expecting to be the best Caribana yet! To get you in the party mood, check out some fetes coming up below:

Monday to Friday 6-9pm (except on holidays)
Saturday and Sundays 2-6pm
Full cost of backline/regular costumes is $160CDN
$80CDN deposit required (mandatory)
Frontline cost TBA by section leader at registration

Measurements required:
Bra Cup size

Hip size
Bikini bottom size
Meal Type
Contact info: address, phone & email

Waist size
Pants size

Meal Type
Contact info: address, phone & email

Monday, May 11, 2009

Canadian Caribbean Festival Dates

Living in Toronto we might not realize that there are quite a few Caribbean festivals that take place in other cities throughout Canada. f you're thinking of exploring some Canadian cities it might be nice to visit while these fetivals are taking place!

Here are the dates and website links for our Canadian Caribbean festivals

Calgary Carifest - Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Montreal Carifiesta - JULY 2 - 5, 2009

Toronto Caribana - JULY 14, 2009 - AUGUST 2, 2009

Barrie Caribfest - Saturday, AUGUST 15, 2009
Edmonton Cariwest - AUGUST 7-9, 2009
Hamilton Mardi Gras Carnival - AUGUST 7-9, 2009
Winnipeg Caripeg - AUGUST 15-16, 2009

Ottawa Caribe-Expo -
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Vancouver Caribbean Days Festival - Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dis one's for the big girls

Toronto Caribbean Connection in assocation with The Fuller Woman Expo is looking for plus sized women to play mas for Caribana 2009. The theme for TCC's presentation this year is GEM STONES and TFW Expo section will be exclusively geared towards Plus Size Divas! (Biggie Irie would love this!!!)

For more information about Toronto Caribbean Connection visit the band's website @ (Band Launch is scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2009)

For more information about The Fuller Woman Expo visit their website @

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Carnival Nationz Registration for Loyalty Members....UPDATE

As mentioned by D'Bandit in yesterday's post, Registration Dates were tentatively set. Please find below the most recent Registration Info for both Loyalty and General Registration.


Costume prices:
Regular or Floor-members - $160
Frontline - more (see section designers/leaders for pricing)
DEPOSIT - $80 (for regular costumes)

ALL registration will be held at CNz mas camp located at:

533 McNicoll Ave. (just west of Victoria Park on the south side of McNicoll), North York

Registration dates:

1. LOYALTY Registration (i.e. for people who played mas with CNz in 2008 ONLY - they get first dibs at the costumes). Please walk with valid ID.

Loyalty Registration Dates:
Wednesday 6th May - 6pm to 9pm
Thursday 7th May - 6pm to 9pm

2. General Registration (i.e. open to the public)
Date: Saturday 9th May from 2pm onwards...

Any questions please feel free to contact the band and/or section leaders. Please note that is our intention to make this registration process as "painless" for all as possible.

CNz Band Leaders
Marcus @ 416.565.4079
Dwayne @ 416.930.9650
Bryce @ 416.985.8488

Section Leaders:
Hayden “Pumpkin” @ 416.220.497
Ross @ 416.301.7761
Denise @ 416.820.3304
Al/Brant @ 416.684.5062 & 416.456.6984 ~ ~

Monday, May 4, 2009

Carnival Nationz Registration for Loyalty Members

We at Carnival Nationz would like to thank everyone who made our launch as successful as it was this year. Your response thus far has been that "the launch was once again beyond compare." We appreciate all your comments and critique and look forward to making 2009 your best Caribana with Carnival Nationz yet! We will be taking some major steps to improve our registration process, security on the road and our complete Caribana experience.

Yep we don't's time to figure out yuh section. The pics are up on both our site and our web sponsor Pass by the websites and pick your favourite costume...there isn't much time to choose so gather up de crew and figure out what's yuh preference NOW.

Registration will be at 533 McNicoll Ave (the Carnival Nationz Mas Camp) for all loyalty members. Loyalty members are masqueraders who played with Carnival Nationz for either 2007 or 2008. Please walk with ID to verify your name at point of entry. Early registration times are tentatively as follows: Wed 6-9pm, Thurs 6-9pm, Sat 2-6pm and Sun 2-6pm. Once early registration is complete we will announce our daily registration hours. Please have all relevant size information available for quick processing.

For all our out of town loyalty members please email or with Carnival Nationz Registration in the subject line as well a scanned copy of your ID with address (driver's license preferred) attached. We will try to accomadate you with your costume preference. Thanks for you corporration in advance.

Aiiiiiiight, Lata D' Bandit

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