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The Toronto Revellers want you!
We are looking for people to be engaging and comfortable performing in front of large audiences. Must be skilled in traditional Caribbean and African dance, as you will be required for special appearances. You will be asked to perform light choreography, 2-4 minutes with music as part of your audition. All Performers/Dancers must be over the age of 19 years old. ID will be required.
Auditions will be taking place on Sunday January 9th, 2011. Location – Toronto
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS December 22nd, 2010
Please send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Revellers! I have some exciting news to share with you. I am happy to announce our Toronto Revellers team for Caribana 2011!
Please help me welcome our new and returning section leaders...
Andrea Boucaud and Leila Thomas | Attasha Jordan | Camille Lewis | Debbie Minott | Dija Kit-Chang | Giselle Blanche "D' Wassi One" | Joann Chase | Nicole Brand-Dixon and Zakiya McGregor-Ricketts | Roger Taylor Montano | Simone Russelburn and Christiane Tetreault | (SugaCayne) Stacey Robinson, Candice Dixon, Cherr Evans, Justin Franklyn and Sonia Bhatia | Yvette McBurnie
This dynamic team brings you talent and experience from Miami, Toronto, London and Trinidad carnivals. With designs straight out of the heart of Trinidad and feature designs from our very own Section Leaders, the Toronto Revellers are ready!!!
I did promise that we would listen to you... the people. My team and I are taking your overall experience to heart. Keep your suggestions coming email@example.com, Facebook and Twitter.
We want to improve, enlighten and impress! We are definitely listening!
NOW for our other exciting news... Mark your calendars as it's coming... the Toronto Revellers Welcome to Oz Band Launch will be on April 30th, 2011. Stay glued towww.torontorevellers.com, Facebook and Twitter as we announce further details soon.
My team and I can not wait to share Oz with you. 2011 Band of the Year! We comin'!
P.S. Check out the upcoming features on the Toronto Revellers website as we explore the many faces of the Toronto Revellers, your behind the scenes look.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"I SHALL RETURN."
November 24, 2010 - It’s official - Machel Montano announces his return to Carnival 2011.
In March, 2011 Montano will join thousands of residents and visitors in celebrating Carnival in his native Trinidad & Tobago.
Montano returns after taking last season off to start new projects and explore various avenues to further develop his sound, brand and mission.
In this time, Machel has further increased the presence of Soca music internationally as millions of television viewers worldwide tuned in to his hit collaboration, “Alright” with Latin Hip Hop star, Pitbull. The song was used during episodes of the popular series, Hawaii Five-O on CBS and Parenthood on NBC. “Alright”, entered the Billboard charts and received major airplay on mainstream radio across the globe. It will also be featured on the hit NBC T.V. show, Friday Night Lights.
Over the summer, Montano was a headline artist on Pitbull's 22-city “Mr. Worldwide Carnival Tour.” The tour traveled to major cities throughout the United States.
Immediately thereafter, Montano slipped into the studio to begin work on a new album. The energy from these sessions coupled with cries from his adoring fans played a major role in convincing him to make his return. The new album promises to deliver a number of bonafide hits for the upcoming Carnival season. The first single “Coming Again” will be released on November 24th, his birthday.
At the center of this comeback, Montano is eyeing the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Trinidad for a much anticipated "Return" concert, which he contends will be the “Mother” of all Machel Montano events. The show will also include the talents of well-known stars he has collaborated with in the past and a few new surprises.
The official launch of Montano's "Return" campaign will commence as soon as the clock turns at midnight, heralding 2011 in as the New Year. This will be done in dramatic fashion, as the new machelmontano.com website is unveiled. All the major social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace & Youtube will be integrated, celebrating this launch.
Fans who join Montano's Facebook, follow him on Twitter @ machelmontanohd or subscribe to his YouTube channel before January 1, 2011, will be entered into the
Machel Online Return sweepstakes. This gives them a chance to win exclusive merchandise, music & VIP access to his 2011 Carnival events.
Montano says, "I am very excited to come back home and perform. I can't wait to engage my fans both online and in-person. My mission to bring Soca into the mainstream of today’s music is becoming a reality." To learn more, log-on tomachelmontano.com now!
"I am thrilled to make The Return."
For Further Information Contact:
James Walton, M.A.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
A group of friends who have been participating in international carnivals for several years, decided to join forces to provide an unsurpassed experience to masqueraders. Having the passion for carnivals –Carnival Fusion was launched in 2004.
The group is available 24/7 for all enquiries. They provide quality costumes and offer individual attention to each masquerader, internationally and local.
Carnival Fusion’s team is comprised of a diverse group of individuals with many years experience in customer service, design, DJing, marketing, ‘Mas-making’ and, promotions. Although our talents are focused on different aspects, as a group, our first and foremost love is Carnival. Fused together we celebrate our West Indian culture through Carnival. Our ultimate goal is to provide masqueraders with an ongoing carnival experience year round by providing affordable, quality costumes and, unparalleled customer service.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Bitter Lemon Carnival is a creative team is a creative team who have a passion for mas. We have been creating costumes for a variety of bands for over 30 years.
Mostly with Wallace Alexander and Nip Davis and Associates.
We have created winning costumes that have performed in Trinidad, Hong Kong, Detroit and more locations.
We also provide costumes for special events, as well as decorative pieces that can be used for special dinners, cultural events and ceremonies. We can also custom-make a design for you.
The our artcle from our recent installation at the ROM http://www.insidetoronto.com/what's on/article/851762--caribana-art-exhibit-on-now-at-the-rom.
We have full costumes (averaging 18x25x16) ft in size. They are modular, so they can be adjusted to fit the space where they might be displayed.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Last night I got an FB notification regarding a new mas band for Caribana 2K11.....CANOBULAY CARNIVAL!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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Friday, October 29, 2010
New rules for Carnival
All systems are go for Carnival 2011, according to Arts & Multiculturalism Minister Winston Peters (Gypsy).
Speaking off the record at a reception for cultural personalities last week Friday at Knowsley Building in Port-of-Spain, the minister said a new National Carnival Commission (NCC) Board was to be installed soon. The man shortlisted to be the new chairman is Kenny De Silva, a former chairman of the Commission. Up to last Wednesday afternoon, however, De Silva said he had received no instrument of appointment. The composition of the new board augurs well for C2K11 especially as other names mentioned include experienced veterans in Carnival, including Don Sylvester and Cyril Collier, in addition to the heads of Carnival’s Special Interest groups (SIGs), including Keith Diaz (Pan Trinbago); Lutalo Masimba (Bro Resistance), (Tuco); and Wrenrick Brown (NCBA).
Peters also said the Parade of the Bands competition would be returning inside the Queen’s Park Savannah, its traditional home, instead of proceeding along the outside southern perimeter of the venue. He added that a main stage would be returned, with north and grand viewing stands. Himself being the National Calypso Monarch of 1997, and a multiple champion in extempore competition, Peters said there was every likelihood that next year calypsonians would be required to sing two selections for the national monarch competition, a move welcomed by many of the veteran calypsonians.
Contacted on Wednesday, Tuco president Lutalo Masimba (Bro Resistance), with a chuckle in his voice, said: “As far as I am concerned this decision can only be taken by the membership of Tuco and the jury’s still out on that. We are discussing it, though.” Concurring with Resistance was former national monarch Michael Osuna (Sugar Aloes), who said: “While I consider this is a progressive move, it is not a decision for any minister to make. Only Tuco can make this decision. But, I am for the two songs as it will separate the men from the boys in the competition.”
Before C2K11 comes around, however, Peters has given his endorsement to this evening’s Extemporama being held at SWWTU Hall, on Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, from 8 pm. A virtual clash between the best exponents of extempore, representing the three zones of Tuco, Peters affirmed the event was not a competition, but a chance for “bragging rights in the genre.” Tonight’s zonal war is billed as “De Councillor vs De Minister” as many people expect it to come down to a face-off between the arts minister and COP Councillor Phillip Murray (Black Sage). Widely regarded to be the world’s best extempore artistes, Peters said he didn’t intend taking any prisoners tonight as he knew each contestant would be gunning for him.
In mirth, he said: “It will be fire in town on Friday night, and I intend getting them before they get me.” Also in the fray tonight are Contender, Fire Ball, Gary Ranks, Black Sage (North); Lingo, Lady Africa, Sheldon John, Dion Diaz (East); Brian London, Abebele, Short Pants, Gypsy (South). Peters was complimentary of the young people venturing into the realm of extempore, singling out Fire Ball and Bunji Garlin, adding that they brought their own unique but entertaining treatment to the art form. Hosted by Mervyn Telfer and Shirlaine Hendrickson, this evening’s show also features former calypso monarch Relator, with musical accompaniment by Moods.
Tunes for Panorama 2011
As far as pan and the 2011 National Panorama Competition are concerned, calypsonians have already completed their “pan songs,” including De Original De Fosto Himself, Crazy and Eunice Peters.
Four hot tracks for Panorama 2011 are:
• In She Rainorama sung by De Fosto—composed by Winston Scarborough;
• Desperadoes Coming Down sung by De Fosto—composed by Winston Scarborough;
• A Raging Storm sung by DeFosto—composed by Winston Scarborough;
• Percy on Me sung by Crazy—composed by Edwin Ayoung & Winsford Devine.
The calypso tents are also gearing up for a bumper C2K11 season.
Speaking with Pulse on Wednesday, Calypso Revue producer Sugar Aloes said all systems were go for the season. He said auditions would commence on November 14 and continue every Sunday, at 11 am, at a venue to be announced. The regional tents operated by Tuco are also in their final planning stages, as well as the Icons tent operated by another former national and Independence monarch, Weston Rawlins (Cro Cro).
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
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Hi readers, The mas bands have done their part… Band leaders have chosen their themes, designers have worked tirelessly on thei...