Sunday, November 29, 2009

2009 CHOGM Cultural Presentation

Hi Readers,

Here is the the cultural presentation produced by Brian MacFarlane for the 2009 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in T&T.......enjoy!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Caribana 2010 Event Schedule

So much Caribana news in one day......woohoo!!!

The official Caribana 2010 event schedule has been released. The current schedule does not include any new events but that could change in the coming months. Nice to see that the Festival Management Committee is on top of things!!


Calypso Tents Music Series
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from June 5 - July 4, 2010; 8:00 pm - Midnight
This is an exciting annual showcase of Canada's best Calypso and Soca original music for the Caribana Festival. The series runs three nights each week (Friday Sunday) 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, humor and wit.

Scotiabank CARIBANA™ Official Launch
Yonge/Dundas Square
Thursday July 15, 2010; Noon - 2:00 pm

This official ceremony launches the activities for the 2009 Caribana Festival Season. Patrons can meet and mingle with Federal, Provincial and Municipal officials, Caribana representatives and sponsors while sampling Caribbean and international cuisine. It is a snapshot of what's in store over the coming weeks.

Scotiabank CARIBANA™ Junior Carnival
Shoreham Drive | Yorkgate Mall
Saturday, July 17, 2010; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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

Art Exhibition
Royal Ontario Museum
Thursday July 22 – Monday Aug 2, 2010; Noon - 9:00 pm

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

Scotiabank CARIBANA™ Caribana Gala
Liberty Grand – Exhibition Place
Friday July 23, 2010; 6:30 pm – 1:00 am

An elegant evening of style and glamour, celebrating Caribana and paying tribute to its pioneers.

Kaiso 365 (Calypso Monarch Finals)
Venue TBA
Saturday July 24 - 7pm - Midnight

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.

King & Queen Show
Lamport Stadium
Thursday July 29, 2010; 7:00 pm - Midnight

On the Thursday evening before Caribana Day 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 participant to be enthroned the King or Queen of Scotiabank Caribana 2009. The King and Queen symbolically have the keys to the city, freedom of the streets. Their movements are supposed to be uninhibited. Band members and onlookers alike are to give them the respect, even if mockingly, usually accorded to real-life royalty
(Admission: $27 in advance. $35 at the door)

Pan Alive
Lamport Stadium
Friday July 30, 2010; 7:00 pm - Midnight

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. This Panorama of the North is the biggest opportunity to hear this wonderful instrument in all its glory. The evening is devoted entirely to the capturing rhythms of the steelpan.
(Admission: $20 in advance)

Scotiabank CARIBANA™ Parade
Exhibition Place (Lake Shore Blvd)
Saturday July 31st, 2010; 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

This showcase event features an incredible display of colour and pageantry, commencing at Exhibition Place and proceeding west along Lake Shore Boulevard. Exhibition Place and Lake Shore Boulevard will come alive with the sights and sounds of Carnival!
(Admission: $18)

Ontario Place
Sunday August 1, 2010;12:pm am – 8:00 pm

This event features a full day of performances from a variety of artistes, highlighting the diverse cultures of all the Caribbean people. Activities include a food competition, song, dance, theatrical drama and storytelling.
(Admission $14)

For more information please visit

Black Sage

Hey Readers,

Here's another Caribana 2010 update.......

Nip Davis and Associates and Scarborough Caribbean SC is now Black Sage! Our new name represents our combined talents to present the best band on the road for Caribana 2010 and beyond and, as always, the best section costumes and mas.

Our presentation for 2010 is ‘Kopy Kat’ where we will give respect to all the greatest band themes that came before could say, the best of the best!

We appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you all on the road with us next summer. As soon as we have the sections ready, we will post them for your viewing pleasure.

Remember, we are now called BLACK SAGE and we love to have you as part of our band and part of our mas family!

More to come!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Big Parang Comedy Show

Crave Mas to True Dynasty

Hey Readers,

Here is a Caribana update for 2010.......

What's Up All???

So those of you who have been keeping in touch know that we have been doing a lot of networking and traveling in order to become the best at what we do in order to give you the best of what we offer. Soooo, just to give you a couple updates.

So! To start things off, for those that don't know, we have a new name! True DYNASTY will be the name to look out for from now on. It's meaning is powerful and a DYNASTY is what we are here to create! (look it up if you don't get it) We have many things that we are already working on in order to serve you better and to give you more out of your experience.
Second, we would like to announce that we will be having a BAND in the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival. Their carnival takes place during their Memorial Day weekend which is the weekend after our Victoria weekend. The reason we are letting you know this far in advance is because we would like to extend an invitation to ALL of you to come out and jump up with us!!!! YES YES you heard right!!! If you've ever wanted to take a trip to HOTLANTA now is your chance!! We will be organizing a bus trip at a very LOW COST which will include hotel accommodations right in the heart of Atlanta in a 5 star hotel and participating in the parade with us! You will have a choice of wearing a costume or t-shirt. If you played with us this past summer for Caribana you can wear your costume! We will also have costumes for sale so no worries!
Please remember that in order to cross the border you MUST have a passport so get on it from now!!!!
In the meantime...stay tuned for MORE big announcements and enjoy the holidays! Live life to its fullest and smile EVERYDAY!
*Thea* & Dario

Thursday, November 19, 2009

SOCACIZE® Bootcamp ~ The original workout for Trinidad & Tobago Carnival!

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Win exotic Trinidad Carnival 2010 Costumes from Genesis and Showtime Band

Tribal Knights Carnival
83 Dynamic Drive, Unit 11
(Markham and McNicoll)

Thursdays 6:30 - 8:30 pm
January 7– February 11, 2010

Terry Miller Rec. Centre (Fitness room)
1295 Williams Pky (Bramalea Rd and Williams Pky)
Saturdays 12:30 – 2:30 pm
January 2 – February 6, 2010

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Results for the 2009 International Soca Awards

Due to unforeseen circumstances the 2009 International Soca Awards have been cancelled. However, the winners have been announced (see below). My question: What's with all the ties? Anyway, congrats to all the winners!!

1. Best New Female Soca Artist

2. Best New Male Soca Artist
Skinny Fabulous

3. Female Soca Vocalist of the Year
Zoelah - Wine up on me
Shyann Bailey - Sweetness

4. Male Soca Vocalist of the Year
Edwin Yearwood - Not Missing Me

5. Female Soca Performer of the Year
Faye-Ann Lyons
Destra Garcia

6. Male Soca Performer of the Year
Skinny Fabulous
Machel Montano

7. Soca Duo or Group of the Year
Luni Sparks & Electrify

8. Soca Song Writer of the Year
Faye-Ann Lyons - (Heavy T, Meet Super Blue, Wine Faster)

9. Best Soca Collaboration Grove
Obsessive Winners - Destra ft Alison & Saucy

10. Over All Female Soca Artist of the Year

Faye-Ann Lyons
Destra Garcia

11. Over All Male Soca Artists of the Year
Machel Montano
Skinny Fabulous

12. International Soca DJ of the year
Techno Sound - Turks & Caicos
DJ Stephen - Atlanta
Alicia D Duchess - Trinidad
DJ Spice - New York

13. Best Soca Compilation Album/CD of the Year
Machel Montano - HD Family

14. Best Soca Compilation Rhythm
Bus Stop Riddim - (Madmen Productions) TNT

15. Soca Humor of the Year
2 Notes by Impulse

16. Favorite Groove Soca - Female
Heavy T - Faye-Ann Lyons
Wine up on me - Zoelah

17. Favorite Groove Soca – Male
Push Bumper - Machel Montano
Drunk Again - Benjai

18. Favorite up Tempo Soca - Female
Meet Super Blue - Faye-Ann Lyons

19. Favorite up Tempo Soca - Male
Tusty - Blaxx
Head Bad - Skinny Fabulous

20. Soca Artist Album/CD of the year
Destra Garcia - Hott

21. Soca Song of the Year
Head Bad - Skinny Fabulous

22. Favorite Soca Info Website

23. Over All Soca Band of the Year
Machel Montano HD - TNT
Roy Cape All-stars - TNT

24. Soca Producer of the Year
Kerwin Du Bois - (Hangover, Tusty, Obsessive Winners)
Neil Bernard - (Bacchanal, Sweetness, Meet Super Blue)

25. Best Soca Music Video
Destra Garcia - Hott (Eldon Pernel)
Peter Ram - Tight (Jay Will)

26. Best Soca Chutney Music Video
Drunkard - Soca Elvis ft Hitman, Tracy D & Andy Singh (On “D” Rock productions)

27. Best Soca Re-Mix Collaboration
Tizzy ft Richard Trumpet - Wuk Meh
Slammer Cutter ft Hitman - Hangover

28. Over All Soca Chutney Artist of the Year
Kenneth Salick

29. Over All Soca Chutney Band of the Year
Karma Band (TNT)

30. Soca Chutney Song of the Year
Radica - Kenneth Salick

31. Favorite Soca Online Radio
WACK Radio 90.1 FM....Your Culture Krazy station

32. Best Soca Chutney Collaboration of the Year
Rum & Roti - Patch & Da Mastamind

33. Best DJ Soca Artist (Dj that sings)
Lil Rick - Thunder
Super Jigga TC - Frontline

34. Soca Chutney Artist of the Year
Kenneth Salick

35. Ragga Soca Song of the Year
Tight by Peter Ram
Banana by Bunji Garlin
Fly Away by Machel Montano ft Collie Budds

36. Best Soca Collaboration up Tempo
Luni Sparks & Electrify - Clear De Way

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Introducing the SOCACIZE® Licensee Program!‏

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

New Video Alert........SMILE

I loved this song from the moment I heard it. Terry Lyons and Ataklan combo is so sweet! I'm so glad they did a video....and what a pretty video it is......directed by Walt Lovelace. ENJOY and just SMILE!

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