THE PROFESSIONALS 2010 CALYPSO TENT MUSIC SERIES
SATURDAYS JUNE 5, 12, 19, 26 & JULY 3 - ADMISSION - $15. (adv),$20.(door)
Steelworkers Union Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto.
“NEW FACES IN THE PROFESSIONALS 2010 LINEUP!”
“Rajiman” (Roger Gibbs) and “Lady Pearl” (Sheila Bereteron) and the “Calypso Crooner” have all opted out of calypso this year and the veteran, “Smokey Burke” and Soca Artiste “Nikki” (Nikeisha Toussaint) Have joined us!” announced the producers TLK, as they un-veiled the new 2010 lineup of Calypso Stars who will take centre-stage at The Professionals Calypso Tent when they open their doors on Saturday June 5th at 8.00 p.m at the Steelworkers Union Hall, 25 Cecil Street in downtown Toronto.
The Professionals Calypso Tent Music Series will be fielding a very powerful cast this year featuring several of Canada’s top Calypso stalwarts. “Jayson” (John Perez) is Canada’s Juno Award Winner for Calypso, a former 4-time Monarch and top Calypso lyricist. “Beginner” (Michael Moore), is the nephew of the late great Lord Beginner after whom he took his sobriquet, and who still holds the record for having won the crown here five times. “Macomere Fifi” (Eulith Tara Woods), is Canada’s Calypso Queen and winner of several other monarch titles including twice here. “D Juiceman”(Dick Lochan) placed 2nd in the 2010 Central Trinidad (Couva) Monarch Finals and sings with Kaiso Showcase Tent in T&T.
“PanMan Pat” (Pat McNeilly), is a former 2-time Calypso Monarch here. “Naki” (Nzunaki Tuitt) is a former Junior Calypso Monarch (South Trinidad) and finalist here and “Pensioner”(Kenny Quammie) has previously made it to the finals.
Newcomers “Smokey Burke”, is a true Veteran in the entertainment business and a very versatile performer and “Nikki” (Nikeisha Toussaint) is a young and vibrant soca princess.
Dick Lochan will take over the MC duties and the cast will once again be all backed by The SOCA BUNCH BRASS BAND led by Michael “Skel” Redhead and the Professionals Back Up singers and the music and sound will be handled by Dubble Impack.
For further information contact Judith Thompson at 416-769-7888.
Monday, May 31, 2010
After many unforeseen delays and obstacles, CARN Radio is proud to announce that it commenced the testing its 98.7 FM frequency on Monday, May 31st, 2010 at 10am EST. CARN is aimed at servicing Toronto’s vibrant Black and Caribbean population in the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding environs. Tune in now to hear it!!!!
“This is a great day for our community,” says Fitzroy Gordon, President of CARN. “We wish to thank everyone for their patience and support while we sorted out a petition against CARN.”
In April 2006, the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC) approved a new commercial radio license for CARN Radio subject to it having an approved airways frequency. The frequency chosen after much technical and engineering testing was 98.7 FM. There is a Canadian broadcast rule which stipulates that if any frequency license holder has a second adjacent license to an incumbent broadcaster, then approval from the incumbent license holder is required before the second adjacent license holder can commence broadcasting. CBC Radio 99.1 FM is the incumbent broadcaster to CARN Radio 98.7 FM.
CARN had to lobby the CBC, the CRTC, Industry Canada, and the Government of Canada in its quest to get support for this second adjacent license. Finally, in July 2009, the Government of Canada, under the Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, granted CARN Radio permission to run tests on its 98.7 FM frequency. Toronto’s community held a celebration on Sunday, September 27th, 2009 to a packed house of well-wishers, politicians, media, and church elders.
CARN’s initial broadcasting test will comprise a music-only format, with occasional public service announcements, while its engineers work out technical matters. Before the switch was turned on, Fitzroy Gordon said a prayer of thanks to God for His greatness and for this great day for CARN. Then he flipped the switch turning on CARN at 10am with its first song being “One Love” by Bob Marley.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
2010 CARIBANA Parade of the Bands order announced
The Toronto Mas Bands Association met earlier today to draw for the official order of appearance at the 2010 Scotiabank CARIBANA parade of the bands.
Toronto Revellers will lead off the pack followed by the other 13 Mas bands. (full order listed below).
The parade takes place on Saturday July 31st starting at 10am, from the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) and proceeds along Lakeshore Blvd till 6pm in downtown Toronto.
Here is the official order of appearance of the 2010 competing masquerade bands:
1. Toronto Revellers
2. Mas Toronto
3. Saldenah Mas-K Club
4. Tribal Knights
6. Carnival Nationz
8. Black Sage
9. Mas Players Int'l
10. Fantazia Int'l
11. Pleasure Players
13. Tru Dynasty Carnival
14. Genesis Carnival
For more information regarding CARIBANA 2010, please visit www.caribanafestival.com
Thursday, May 27, 2010
So here we go, first up is Calgary's Carifest which takes place next month.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
The Barbados Tourism Authority and the Consulate General of Barbados in partnership with Harbourfront Centre, are pleased to bring back one of the hottest summer festivals in Toronto – Barbados on the Water!
Barbados on the Water is Canada's largest and most authentic celebration of the stunning island nation and the unique beauty of Barbadian culture. The festival will feature tasty cuisine, steel pan drumming workshops, literary events, exciting dance performances and children’s activities such as storytelling, costume making and face-painting.
Coaches interested in bringing volleyball, basketball, soccer or track-and-field groups to Barbados, will find the sports seminar very informative!
New this year is an Iron Chef competition, where an award-winning Barbadian chef will compete against one of Toronto’s finest celebrity chefs! Guests will also be able to enjoy rum and beer tastings in the Tropical Relaxation Zone. A hilariously engaging theatrical production will leave audiences gasping for breath while the soulful sounds of jazz will thrill music lovers. Legendary Soca Monarchs will have the crowd dancing to the sweet, sweet sounds of calypso.
There is something for everyone during the weekend festival, so come on down and enjoy a taste of Barbados! All the events are free admission unless otherwise indicated.
— Barbados Tourism Authority
Check out the weblink for information on both TICKETED and FREE events: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldroutes/festivals.cfm?festival_id=49
Monday, May 17, 2010
AUGUST 6TH TO 9TH
IT'S BACK... BIGGER AND BETTER!!!
* 9 BIG BANDS FROM TORONTO"S CARIBANA
* ENTERTAINERS AND DJS FROM TRINIDAD
* SAILOR BANDS
* PLUS LOTS OF LOCAL ACTS
Which parade would you choose to attend????
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Date and Time: Sunday June 6th at 1:00pm
Mas Players International/SVG Revellers/Attitude Mas - "Wonders of the World" - April 25, 2010 @ Coconuts Restaurant and Lounge
Carnival Nationz - "Sparrow.....D'Legend" - May 1, 2010 @ the Sound Academy
Black Sage (formerly Nip Davis & SCSC) - "Kopy Kat" - May 1, 2010 @ Northern Tropics
Saldenah Mas K Club - "Portraits" - May 8, 2010 @ Embers Banquet Hall
Toronto Revellers - "Disco Fever......ain't no stopping us now" - May 8, 2010 @ Everest Banquet Hall
Callaloo - "Halloween" - May 23, 2010 @ Everest Banquet Hall
Connections - "Colours in Motion" - June 5, 2010 @ VIVA City
MORE THEMES, DATES AND LOCATIONS TO COME.......STAY TUNED!!!
1603 Eglinton Avenue West (at Oakwood)
2141 Kipling Avenue, Unit #10
Mas Players International
83 Dynamic Drive, Units 11 & 12 (Markham & McNicoll)
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Mas Camp Opening & Registration
SATURDAY MAY 15th, 2010
1530 Birchmount Road, Unit 21
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Ok... it’s been just over a week that CNz 2010 presentation “SPARROW D’Legend” has been available for purchase by our loyalty peeps and subsequently the general public... to-date, we have sold 1,200 costumes in 1 week and sections are selling out fast!!!!!
D’Birdie Drunk & Disorderly Jean & Dinah Sa Sa Yeah
On the verge of Selling Out:
BIG Bamboo The Lizard CongoMan JANE
Saltfish Royal Jail (SEXY) Marajhin MELDA (Obeah Wedding)
CNz Registration Info/Notes:
The mas camp is open daily from 6pm-9pm (529 McNicoll Ave., just west of Victoria Park). To avoid disappointment and ensure that you are part of North America’s number 1 mas band, please come in and check us out. We also have online registration which has been moving along quite impressively since its launch. So feel free to check:www.carnivalnationz.com “Purchase” section to buy costumes online.
Also please note:
- BELT OPTION FOR ROYAL JAIL section – there is now a belt option for the Royal Jail section, so please feel free to call Bandit @ 416.930.9650 for more details...
- CNz Express Costume Home Delivery – information on CNz’s new innovative option of express home delivery for costumes purchased in the GTA will be posted soon to www.carnivalnationz.com
- CNzMiami 2010... coming soon!!
- Lil’Nationz band launch – June – our kiddies band will be launching in June, stay tuned for more details
- CNz Annual Boat Cruise – Sunday July 18th – tickets go on sale soon...
If you need any information please check www.carnivalnationz.com or contact:
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