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Thursday, August 27, 2009

T&T Independence Day Celebrations at Queen's Park

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Trinidadians and Tobagonians in Toronto Celebrate their Independence at Toronto's Queen's Park: August 30th, 2009


SECOND ANNUAL TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION “THE QUEENS PARK SAVANNAH”, TORONTO - AUGUST 30TH 2009

“CELEBRATING TRADITIONS AND NOSTALGIA”

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. They will allow the second and third generations the opportunity to learn more about these traditions and provide the occasion for them to enjoy the gifts of Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural diversity, art, music and traditions.


The celebrations will commence with an interfaith service and will include performances that will showcase the unique culture of Trinidad and Tobago representing the diversity of its population. The performances will include calypso, drumming, tassa, dances, steelpan and traditional mas and will feature artistes and groups such as: Anslem Douglas, Macomere Fifi, Afropan, Kalabash, PanFantasy, Caribbean Folk Performers, the Muhtadi Drummers, Annemarie Woods and much more.


As you will expect any Trinidad and Tobago event will allow the opportunity to sample the culinary variety of Trinidad and Tobago and there will be a wide array of tasty Trinidad and Tobago dishes available. The Consul General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago wishes to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to ALL Trinidad and Tobago nationals and persons of any other nationality who wish to experience the food, music and culture of Trinidad and Tobago to attend celebrations held in commemoration of the 47th anniversary of Independence of Trinidad and Tobago which will be held at Queen’s Park, Toronto on Sunday, August 30, 2009.


There will also be lots of prizes for the winners of games, including “the best dressed red, white and black” individual who epitomises the spirit of Trinidad and Tobago. For further information please direct your inquires to
congen@ttconsulatetoronto.com

Thursday, August 20, 2009

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 Tobago, said the news took her by surprise because there had been no morning sickness. Her stomach has only "just" started to show, she said. Contacted for a comment, Sponsorship and PR manager for Digicel Marita Laurent extended congratulations to Garcia and Morris on the pregnancy.



"We fully support her as she embarks on the wonderful
journey of motherhood."



Garcia said she did notice she had gone up two bra cup sizes, an increase that was remarked upon by some fans who saw her at the recent Tribe launch at Pier 1, Chaguaramas.



But she sees it as the "hand of God" intervening in her plans, as "we both said we would do this some day".



Showering praises on Morris, who is also the band's sound engineer, she
said, "Marriage and kids is something we always planned to do, but each year
we've said 'next year'. Brian is very quiet, he always stays in the background,
but he is a wonderful person and he is going to be a great father."



Morris described himself as "excited" and sees their marriage plans as coming forward in the "not too distant future".



Asked who she will be getting her pregnancy tips from, Garcia said she expects a lot of support from her mom and her sisters in soca, Denyse Belfon and Alison Hinds.



Garcia and band have toured constantly since Carnival-Jamaica, Antigua, St Vincent, Grenada, Tortola, St John, St Thomas, New York, Manhattan and Barbados. She returned last weekend from the Hookstratten Festival in Belguim, Germany.



Now she agrees the pace will have to be slower, but not before she fulfills her commitment to Miami Carnival in October. A lot of it will depend on her doctor's orders, but she is already working on material for Carnival 2010.



Also look out for her tomorrow evening at the Digicel "Outta Control" free concert at Adam Smith Square, Woodbrook. But how much less she takes on in the immediate future is not only her decision but Morris's and their business partner, Robert Nurse.



"We have to do what is best for the band, because the guys support me 100 per cent, " she said.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

SOCACIZE....Summer into Fall Sessions


SOCACIZE™
Summer into Fall Sessions

Stay fit after summer!
**NEW**
Additional dates & locations!

Fall Schedule
Brampton
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
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Scarborough
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
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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-in $16.00 per session
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Downtown- Toronto **NEW** location & time
O.I.P. Dance Studios
190 Richmond Street East, 2nd Floor
(Richmond & Jarvis)
Mondays 6:00 – 7:00 pm
September 14- December 14
(No class October 12th)

Thursdays 5:30 – 6:30 pm
September 10– December 17

Advance $14.00; Drop-in $16.00 per session
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Thornhill- **NEW** location
Thornhill School of Ballet
11 Glen Cameron Road
(Yonge St & Glen Cameron)
Mondays 5:30 – 6:30 pm
September 14- December 14
(No class October 12th)

Advance $14.00; Drop-in $16.00 per session
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Ajax- **NEW** location
Messmer School of Dance
282 Monarch Unit#25
(Bayly & Monarch)
Saturdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm
September 12- December 19

Advance $14.00; Drop-in $16.00 per session
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**Special Promotions**

Punch Card Special

Buy 15–session punch card for $200
And receive a FREE drop-in session (valued at $16)

Buy a 30–session punch card for $380
And receive 2 FREE drop-in sessions (valued at $32)

Thornhill & Ajax
New locations

Early bird Special
Register for 15 sessions at any location by August 28th
Save $5.00!

Valued Member - Special
Register 2 or more friends or family members
To receive 10 FREE sessions

Returning Member Appreciation –
10% off Regular sessions
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Dates & times of locations are subject to change.
Visit http://www.facebook.com/l/;www.socacize.com for updates.

Gift Certificates Available
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Registration

Ayanna
Cell: 416-728-5545
ayanna@socacize.com
http://www.facebook.com/l/;www.socacize.com

Monday, August 10, 2009

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.

2009 NORTH AMERICAN FALL TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
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
MUSZE.com for a full tour date listing.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

JERKFEST 2009


Oh gosh....so 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: http://www.jerkfestival.ca

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: http://www.sykotikmas.com

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 Cell (780)299-2445
Jackie Reese at (780) 940 3961


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 mas with us?

Cariwest (cariwest@shaw.ca) #1A 10575 114 Street NW Edmonton AB T5H 3J7 ph 780-421-7800

Join our Facebook group at "Cariwest - Western Carnival Development Association"

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: http://www.dine.to/tasteofthedanforth.php

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......

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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.

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) 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 all results are announced at the end of the show.

NOTES:
- this event was presented by the Ontario Steel Pan Association (OSA)
- the 2009 OSA Pan Alive winner – Salah Steelpan Academy – has won this competition three years in a row (2007, 2008 and 2009)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

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 – “Dance of the Indian Peacock” – BIRDS OF P
ARADISE – Tribal Knights (Dexter Seusahai)
3rd (tie). Micah Akal – “Spirit of the Wild” – INTO D WILD – Mas Toronto (Errol & Alicia Achue)
3rd (tie). Ron Belfon – “Biting Insects” – IN FULL BLOOM – Carnival Nationz (M. Eustace, B. Aguiton, D. Pitt)



2009 Scotiabank Caribana Female Individual of the Year


1st. Alicia Anderson – “Maria, The Samba Dancer” – BRAZIL – BACHANNAL IN RIO – Toronto Revellers (Jamaal Magloire)
2nd. Lisa Mahadeo – “Scarlet Macaw” – BIRDS OF PARADISE – Tribal Knights (Dexter Seusahai)
3rd. Trinelle Alleyne-Gittens – “Iris” – IN FULL BLOOM – Carnival Nationz (M. Eustace, B. Aguiton, D. Pitt)

Judging Criteria:
A panel of volunteer judges awards points based on the following criteria: Visual Impact (max. 30 marks); Authenticity (10); Creativity (20); 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 all results are announced at the end of the show.