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T&T Independence Day Celebrations at Queen's Park NEWS
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Trinidadians and Tobagonians in Toronto Celebrate their Independence at Toronto's Queen's Park: August 30th, 2009



The second annual Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day celebrations, hosted under the aegis of the distinguished Consul General of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Michael Lashley, will take place on Sunday August 30th, 2009 at Queen’s Park, Toronto commencing at 2:00 p.m.

This year’s event is entitled “traditions and nostalgia” and has been
chosen to provide an opportunity for the Trinidad and Tobago diaspora to celebrate and reminisce about Trinidad and Tobago traditions that are in danger of becoming extinct. The planned activities will therefore allow the first generation of the Trinidad and Tobago diaspora to remember a way of life that formed the basis of their strong values. …

Pics from Caribana Parade.....


Pics from King and Queen 2009

King and Queen Competition........

Pics from Junior Carnival 2009

Hi Readers, I finally organized my Caribana pics. Enjoy this first gallery from Kiddies Carnival!!!

Destra is pregnant....

What wonderful news from the soca world!!
Check out the article in today's T&T Express........

Destra pregnant; due Jan '10
Deborah John - Features Editor
Thursday, August 20th 2009

Soca star Destra Garcia is pregnant and expecting to deliver her
baby sometime in January 2010.

It will be the first child for her and the second for her boyfriend/manager/producer of the past nine years, Brian Morris. He is the father of a 13-year-old daughter who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Garcia, known for hits like "Tremble It", "Sassiness", "Bonnie and Clyde",
"I Dare You", "Obsessive Winers" and "Carnival", told the Express she had some "mixed emotions at first".

"I've always had a bit of an irregular cycle, so I was not sure it was that, but my gynaecologist recently confirmed for me that yes, I am very pregnant. I hope my fans are very happy for me."

The soca star, who is the face of Digicel in Trinidad and…

SOCACIZE....Summer into Fall Sessions

Summer into Fall Sessions

Stay fit after summer!
Additional dates & locations!

Fall Schedule
The Studio
12 Rutherford Rd. S. (Rutherford & Queen off hwy 410)
Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm
September 9 – December 16

Sundays 2:00-3:00pm
September 13 – December 20
(No class October 11th)

Advance $14.00; Drop-in $16.00 per session

Tropicana Community Services
670 Progress Avenue, Unit 14
(Progress & Consillium Place Dr.)
Saturdays 1:30 - 2:30pm
September 12- December 19

Scarborough **NEW** location & time
Simply Swagg Studios
705 Progress Avenue, Unit # 62
(Progress & Consillium Place Dr.)
Tuesdays 6:00pm – 7:00pm
September 8 – December 15

Advance $14.00; 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)
Tuesdays 9:00pm – 10:00pm
September 8 – December 15

Advance $14.00; Drop-i…

Barrie Caribfest 2009

Hi readers,
Barrie's Caribfest takes place this coming weekend so if you're in the mood for another jump up then this is the place to be. A lot of the Toronto mas bands take part in this parade so its another opportunity to use your costume. Check with the mascamps to see who will be attending. Hopefully you didn't jump and wine too hard at Caribana and your costume is still intact :-p

Maxwell's BLACKsummer's Night Tour.....Toronto stop

Maxwell fans take note......The BLACKsummer's Night North American tour will commence right here in the T-Dot on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 14, 2009 at 12:00 p.m.

Maxwell will return to the road in late September for a series of select North American concert dates, his first since wrapping a sold-out summer tour in early August. Maxwell's highly anticipated autumn tour kicks off at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on September 25th. Go to for a full tour date listing.


Oh much happening this weekend. Everything but Hamilton Carnival but that's another story. Anyway, so after you get your Greek on why not get your Jerk on too???
JERKFEST 2009 takes place this Saturday and Sunday (August 8 and 9, 2009) at Centennial Park in Etobicoke. Admission is free and the gates open on: Saturday @ 11:00AM - 9:00P.M.
Sunday @ 11:00AM - 7:00P.M.

What is JerkFest?
JerkFest is an annual festival which takes place around the second weekend in August every year. JerkFest celebrates the world renown jerk cuisine. Its a fusion of jerk food, pulsating music, family friendly entertainment and good vibes - all under the throbbing Toronto sun.

Visit the website for more info:

Sykotik Mas

One of the bands featured on the Cariwest website is called Sykotik Mas. This band is actually based in Calgary but they will be making the trip to Edmonton for Cariwest. They have their own website which features their 2009 presentation "FORBIDDEN TINGZ" comprised of 3 sections: SPICY GOLD, EARTHLY PLEASURE and BLUE PASSION.
Check out their website or facebook page and maybe if you're taking a trip out west you can contact them to play mas: Facebook:
The Cariwest website also lists 3 other mas bands taking part in the Parade this Saturday:

"Osmond Edwards & Associates" - Theme: From Heaven to Hell Contact for Costumes: Osmond Edwards @ 780 461-1949 or 780 934 5450à

Trinidad & Tobago Association - Edmonton Theme: Phantom Fantasy Contact: Frank at 780 455 5310 or 780 463 7214

Robert Norman and Friends Theme: Cry Freedom
Contacts: Jenny Walker at (780) 463-2743 or C…

Cariwest - Hottest Fest in de West!

This weekend Cariwest will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. Big up to all the West Indians out in Edmonton. I hope you guys have beautiful weather for the festivities!!

Here's some info about Cariwest taken from their website:

Cariwest brings the spirit of Caribbean Carnival to the Festival City of Edmonton, Alberta. The festival is 3 days of fun filled activities! Along with our Colourful Costume Extravaganza, you will also enjoy the sweet sounds of a steel pan, savour the flavour of West Indian Cuisine, and 'jump up' in the streets of Edmonton as you dance alongside the Mas band parade, with Calypso music resonating through your soul! Click here for our schedule of events.

Visit our Caribbean Village, located in Sir Winston Churchill Square for food, drinks, hanging out with friends while enjoying the fabulous entertainment we have planned for you and your families.

This year (2009) Cariwest celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Come celebrate with us! Do you want to play ma…

Taste of the Danforth

The Taste of the Danforth begins this Friday so go get your Greek on!!

Event times are as follows:
Friday, August 7, 2009 - 6-11pm
Saturday, August 8, 2009 - noon-11pm
Sunday, August 9, 2009 - noon - 8pm
Sidenote: The cast of Secrets of a Black Boy will be at the Broadview Stage each day of the festival.

Check out the link for more info:

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 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) – SCORE1stIN FULL BLOOM – Carnival Nationz (Marcus Eustace, Bryce Aguiton & Dwayne Pitt) – 4472ndA TRIBUTE TO HAROLD SALDENAH – THE GOLDEN YEARS – Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club (Louis Saldenah) – 445 3rdBRAZIL – BACHANNAL IN RIO – Toronto Revellers (Jamaal Magloire) – 4334thBIRDS OF PARADISE – Tribal Knights (Dexter Seusahai) – 4205thTHE GANGES MEETS THE NILE – Callaloo (Marlon Singh) – 4116thINTO D WILD – Mas Toronto (Errol & Alicia Achue) – 4037thDIS IS AFRICA – Nip Davis & SCSC (Selwyn “Nip” Davis) – 3978thALL AB…

2009 Caribana - Pan Alive Results

Congrats to Salah Steel Academy.....traveling all the way from Montreal to claim the three-peat!!! You guys sounded excellent on Friday.The unofficial results are as follows:
1st Salah Steel Academy – First in the Line – Edwin Pouchet & Alvin Daniell – Salah Wilson (287)
2nd New Dimension – Pan Baby – Amrit Samaroo – Andre Rouse (284)
3rd (tie) Afropan Steelband – Magic Drum – Len “Boogsie” Sharpe & Machel Montano – Earl La Pierre Sr (278)
3rd (tie) Pan Fantasy – Pan Redemption – Jason “Peanut” Isaac – Al Foster (278)
2009 OSA Pan Alive “People’s Choice”: HYSO – The Hamilton Youth Steel Orchestra
Judging Criteria:
A panel of volunteer judges awards points based on the following criteria:Arrangement (max. 40 marks comprising introduction, interpretation, re-harmonization, melodic development and motivic development)General Performance (40 marks comprising dynamics and balance)Tone (10 marks; blending of pans)Application of Rhythm (10 marks; application of rhythm) f…

2009 Caribana - KIng And Queen Competition Results

2009 Scotiabank Caribana King of the Bands

1st. Dexter Seusahai – “King Scarecrow” – BIRDS OF PARADISE – Tribal Knights (Dexter Seusahai)
2nd. Martin Scott-Pascall – Heat Explosion Over Rio De Janeiro” – BRAZIL – BACHANNAL IN RIO – Toronto Revellers (Jamaal Magloire)
3rd. Anton Saldenah – “The Power & The Glory From The Band” –
A TRIBUTE TO HAROLD SALDENAH: THE GOLDEN YEARS – Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club (Louis Saldenah)

2009 Scotiabank Caribana Queen of the Bands

1st. Joella Crichton – “The Source” – IN FULL BLOOM – Carnival Nationz (M. Eustace, B. Aguiton, D. Pitt)
2nd. Carol Cuffie – “The Beauty of Mercury Mist – The Gemstone” – GEM STONES – Connections – TCC (Mervyn Skeete)
3rd. Penne Sutherland – “The Intangible Heritage Goddess of Love” – BRAZIL – BACHANNAL IN RIO – Toronto Revellers (Jamaal Magloire)

2009 Scotiabank Caribana Male Individual of the Year

1st. Mista Meggy - “Bahia Native Dancer” – BRAZIL – BACHANNAL IN RIO – Toronto Revellers (Jamaal Magloire)
2nd. Shane Mungal – “Dan…