Monday, August 3, 2009

2009 Caribana - Band of the Year

Congratulations to Carnival Nationz!!! The band looked absolutely BEAUTIFUL on the road and I had an amazing time. Big up to all the LYCHEE CREW and to Ayanna (the SOCACIZE Queen) for creating such a great routine to start the show. A special shout out to fellow blogger THE SWEET 7......it was such a pleasure to meet you on the road!!! I can't wait for next year......

2009 Scotiabank Caribana™ Band of the Year (Category A)
RANK – THEME – MAS BAND (BANDLEADER) – SCORE

1stIN FULL BLOOM – Carnival Nationz (Marcus Eustace, Bryce Aguiton & Dwayne Pitt) – 447
2ndA TRIBUTE TO HAROLD SALDENAH – THE GOLDEN YEARS – Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club (Louis Saldenah) – 445
3rdBRAZIL – BACHANNAL IN RIO – Toronto Revellers (Jamaal Magloire) – 433
4thBIRDS OF PARADISE – Tribal Knights (Dexter Seusahai) – 420
5thTHE GANGES MEETS THE NILE – Callaloo (Marlon Singh) – 411
6thINTO D WILD – Mas Toronto (Errol & Alicia Achue) – 403
7thDIS IS AFRICA – Nip Davis & SCSC (Selwyn “Nip” Davis) – 397
8thALL ABOARD – Jessie Matthews & All Ah We Toronto (Cy & Jessie Matthews) – 359


2009 Scotiabank Caribana™ Band of the Year (Category B&C)

RANK – THEME – MAS BAND (BANDLEADER) – SCORE

1stSAFARI – All Spice Carnival (Curtis Eustace & Andre DeFreitas) – 420
2ndGEM STONES – Connections – TCC (Mervyn Skeete) – 415
3rdMAS HYSTERIA – Doldron, Doldron & Associates (Courtney Doldron) – 413
4thA TASTE OF BRAZIL – Fantazia International (Will Morton) – 406
5thDRAGON MASTERS OF THE SHAOLIN TEMPLE – Pleasure Players (Whitfield Balasco) – 383
6th20TEN – A TRIBUTE TO THE OLYMPICS – Borokeete Nex Generation (Anthony Joseph) – 381
7thCOME DANCE WITH ME – All d’Friendz (Sherry Lee Kam) – 356


Judging Criteria:
Each band must portray a theme suitable of the Carnival masquerade tradition, and a panel of volunteer judges will adjudicate each band based on the following criteria: Visual Impact (max. 20 marks); Authenticity (10); Creativity (20); Mas on the Move (10); Clarity of Theme (10); Presentation (20); and Craftsmanship (10) for a total of 100 marks. The order of merit is determined by discarding the highest and lowest score per participant. The judges’ decision is final, and is announced at the end of the parade.

NOTES:
Traditionally, there are 16 competing mas band spots per year that are hotly contested. They are been divided into three (3) categories:

Category “A” Bands: - Mas Bands #1 – #8

Composed of the top six (6) adjudicated “A” bands from the previous year plus the top two (2) adjudicated “B” bands from the previous year for a total of 8 bands. Inclusion determined by marks awarded. Size of band not a determining factor.

Category “B” Bands: - Mas Bands #9 – #14

Composed of the seventh- and eighth-placed Category “A” bands from the previous year, plus the 11th- through to 14th-placed Category “B” bands from the previous year for a total of six bands. Inclusion determined by marks awarded only. Size of band not a determining factor.

Category “C” Bands: - Mas Bands #15 & #16

Composed of two new, or returning mas bands (after said returning band sits out one year of competition). Any of these bands can advance from Category “C” to Category “A” in one year.

For 2009, instead of having 16 competing mas bands, there were only 15 competing mas bands comprising: eight (8) competing “A” bands; five (5) competing “B” bands; and two (2) new competing “C” bands. All mas and steel bands made it onto the parade route.

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