Sunday, December 25, 2011


MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!




“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” 
(Isaiah 9:6 NIV) 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

2012 Toronto Carnival Themes.....




Black Sage Carnival - "THE AMAZON"
Blues Carnival Fusion - "APOCALYPSE"
Callaloo - "SEVEN VOYAGES OF SINBAD"
Carnival Nationz - "EMPIRES"
Carnival Revolution - "WARRIORS COME OUT AND PLAY"
Connections Mastumes Band - "FANTASY ISLAND"
D' Regulars - "IN A MONASTERY GARDEN"
Fantazia International - "WONDERS OF THE ENCHANTED FOREST"
Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club - "FANTASY JEWELS"
Mas Toronto - "ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL"
Pleasure Players - "HOPE FOR TOMORROW"
Renaissance Mas Productions - "GODS AND GODDESSES: MYTHS OF ANCIENT WORLDS"
Toronto Revellers - "BOLLYWOOD"
Tribal Knights - "CANDYLAND"
TruDynasty - "THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS"


Blues Carnival Fusion announces their 2012 band launch date

Hi readers,


Guess what?  I have a Toronto Carnival band launch date for you and its not even 2012 yet!  Merry Christmas :-)


Blues Carnival Fusion will launch their presentation of "APOCALPYSE" on Saturday, April 14, 2012.  Stay tuned for more details including an upcoming model search.


Monday, December 12, 2011

25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes!

Hi readers,

Even though we have been enjoying some oddly mild weather here in the Tdot, there is still a definite chill in the air.  If you're anything like me there's one thing you never leave leave home without.....a scarf!

Here are 25 ways to wear my favourite winter accessory.......



Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Did you know it's Caribbean Week in Toronto?






Caribbean Week


December 5 – 10, 2011



WHEREAS Caribbean Week in Toronto celebrates the vibrancy of Caribbean culture and strives to promote tourism, engage the Caribbean Diaspora and highlight everything the Caribbean has to offer.

Caribbean Week is an initiative of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Caribbean's tourism development agency comprised of more than 30 governments and a variety of private sector entities. CTO provides support to member countries in areas of marketing, human resource development, research and information technology and encourages the development of sustainable tourism.

Caribbean Week in Toronto will include the participation of tourism officials, artists, entertainers and celebrity chefs as well as the youth of the Caribbean Diaspora.

In Toronto, we encourage and welcome celebrations of our many cultural groups that work hard to preserve their heritage. These celebrations promote understanding and enrich our social and cultural development and the quality of life for many.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaimDecember 5 – 10, 2011 as "Caribbean Week"in the City of Toronto.


Mayor Rob Ford


Check out this website for events being held throughout the week, including 
Rum and Rhythm on Thursday, December 8th.


15th Annual Snowflakes on Steel

A winter "must" for all pan lovers!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

"I am the LIGHT of the world"

John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

Friday, November 25, 2011

Breaking News: Colin Rickards passes on

Breaking News: Colin Rickards passes on

One of Toronto's best known voices and community journalists, Colin Rickards, passed away suddenly at his home in Toronto on Thursday night. Doctors said Rickards suffered a massive heart attack and died almost instantly.
A columnist with The Caribbean Camera newspaper for the last 15 years, Rickards was best known for his series on "Caribbean People", and was considered Canada's leading authority on Caribbean history and affairs. He was once nominated for an Order of Canada.
A former CBC radio contributor to the now defunct Radio Canada International, the British-born Rickards spent decades as a correspondent for numerous Caribbean newspapers for several major British dailies, before migrating to Canada, where he put his knowledge on the history on the region into a number of well-received books.
Rickards was also well known in literary circles in Canada, and was a personal friend of many of the world's best known writers, including CLR James, VS Naipaul and Samuel Selvon. He was often the "go-to" guy for information on the Caribbean for many of Canada's leading newspapers, television stations and radio stations.
"Life goes on, but it is going to be difficult without him," said Caribbean Camera editor Raynier Maharaj. "Colin was an integral part of this newspaper, and he gave me a lot of ideas when we first started this paper in 1990. More than that, we've been friends for 22 years. I will miss his friendship and his professional advice. There is none in Canada better than Colin when coming to knowing the history and current affairs of the Caribbean."
Rickards leaves to mourn his wife Ida and son Damien. Funeral arrangements are still to be announced.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Soca on Ice at Harbourfront Centre

Mark your calendars and grab your skates!!!

Soca on Ice

February 4, 2012
Come celebrate the Kuumba festival as DJ Skate Night explores hot Caribbean rhythms that will surely heat up the ice with Dr. Jay De Soca Prince.
Kuumba presented by TD

PRICES

Everyone: FREE
Saturday, February 4, 2012
8:00PM
The Natrel® Rink
235 Queens Quay West

Monday, November 14, 2011

Casting Call - Kerwin Du Bois' Bacchanalist Video Shoot


CASTING CALL
Bacchanalist Video Shoot

Got attitude? Got style and sass?
The search is on for male/female models and dancers for "Bacchanalist" Video Shoot with Kerwin Du Bois.

We are currently seeking young, determined, beautiful, sexy women and vibrant men who have the "It" factor to tear up the smashing new video for "Bacchanalist".

"Bacchanalist" is the #1 played track on TORONTO-LIME.com
for the 3rd straight week

Please ensure that you submit two (2) photos; one (1) full length swim suit photo and one (1) portrait photo, along with resumes and contact information to kerwinduboisbookings@gmail.com orweliminpromotionsinternational@gmail.com 

Participants MUST be eighteen (18) years and over in the Toronto area


Kerwin Du Bois - Bacchanalist (Antilles Riddim)
[written by Kerwin Du Bois & Kasey Phillips, produced & mixed by Precision Productions, mastered by Sterling Sound]

Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembrance Day......LEST WE FORGET


A time to reflect, a time to pray. 
A time to say thank you to our fallen 
and those who stand in harm's way. 
From our first responders 
to our soldiers on the frontlines, 
thank you for what you do, 
your courage it daily shines. 
Their call to duty, they respond all the same. 
This remembrance day, 
we remember you lest forget a single name.
- Anonymous

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Toronto Revellers Christmas Fete




The TORONTO REVELLERS Christmas FETE

SATURDAY DECEMBER 3, 2011

@ The Hickory House
440 McNicoll Ave (at Victoria Park), North York
Doors Open at 10pm

$10 Advance Tickets - Christmas price
19+

Music by Revellers Djs:
DJ Chief, Dj Revz, Chris Nice, 2 Touch, Infinity Sound Crew

Hosted by:
Jamaal Magloire & Brenton B

FOR TICKETS & INFO PLEASE CONTACT:

Donna 416-262-2832 (Brampton)
Marion 416-709-0632 (East)
Christiane 416-528-2325 (Downtown)
BrentonB 416-697-7299 (Scarborough)
Stacey 647-342-3040 (Scarborough)
Whitney 416-902-8049 (North York)
Theresa 416-747-6845 (West)
Prior 289-892-2323


*** Please take the time to check your closets and consider contributing a COAT for those who are less fortunate. In the spirit of Christmas we will be collecting coat donations at the door to be delivered to the Salvation Army. Lets give a helping hand this Holiday Season! ***

Toronto Revellers... bringing you ¸.•°` `°•.¸¸.•°BOLLYWOOD°•.¸¸.•°` `°•.¸ for Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2012

www.torontorevellers.com

Monday, November 7, 2011

G98.7 FM News......HOT off the twitter press!!!!

Hi readers,
G98.7's program line up has just been announced at today's press conference.....here are the tweet deets!

  • G98.7’s Reggae Show will be hosted by Spex (Sundays from 8 pm - 11 pm) 
  • G98.7’s Chutney Show will be hosted by DJ Riyad with the Chutney Show (Sundays from 3 pm - 5 pm)
  • Start your Saturday and Sunday with Gospel Morning hosted by Grammy-award winning Carvin Winans
  • G98.7’s African Music Show hosted by  
  • G98.7’s Soca Show will be hosted by Dr. Jay  
  • Fitzroy Gordon and Allan Jones will host a current affairs call-in show on Sundays 
  • G98.7's news announcers are Chris Hayles and Leslie Dixon
  • Enjoy your favourite slow jams Monday to Friday with Kerry Lee Crawford 
  • G98.7’s Evening Show will be hosted by Peter and Candice. 
  • The G98.7 Drive Time Show will be hosted by  
  • They’re back! Mark & Jem will be the G98.7 Morning Show team!   
  • DJ Jason Chambers mixshow DJ, get ready to dance! 
  • Saturdays on G98.7 will feature Delroy G 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Kurt Allen — When Will it End?

Kaiso Kaiso......

2012 Toronto Carnival Theme for TruDynasty Carnival

I love stumbling across Toronto Carnival news in the middle of fall......gives me something to hold onto until next summer when we go down the Lakeshore one more time!  So for all you TryDynasty fans.....here's your 2012 theme!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

"Maracas Beach"

This made me smile.......

8th Annual Autumn Leaves on Steel....November 5, 2011


Have you been listening.....G98.7 is on the air!!!




So ever since I stopped listening to FLOW (ahem....BOYCOTT), I've been listening to CHUM FM all the while anxiously awaiting the on-air arrival of 98.7 FM.  Well that day is finally here...... 


Check out their PRESS RELEASE: 
http://www.g987fm.com/IBN_PressRelease_Oct3.pdf


If you don't have time to read the entire thing here are the key points:
  • CARN is now offficially G 98.7 FM (CKFG-FM)
  • The format will be a mix of R&B, Soul, Reggae, Soca, Hip Hop, Worldbeat, Gospel, and Smooth Jazz
  • The station is currently in a music only format in order to fulfill the required signal frequency testing process (mandated by Industry Canada)
  • Full programming, including the addition of  on-air announcers, station promotions, commercials, and a robust news & talk format will commence in November.
  • Founder, President, CEO, Station Manager - Fitzroy Gordon
  • Program Director - Wayne Williams
  • Music Director - Roger Dey
  • Director of News & Community Programs - Jai Ojah-Maharaj
  • Production Manager Andrew Craig
  • Director of Administration - Joan Pierre  

WEBSITE: http://www.g987fm.com

Monday, October 3, 2011

Dance Caribe Performing Company presents FOLKLORE LEGENDS OF THE CARIBBEAN: ANANSI STORY


In celebration of their 23rd anniversary, Dance Caribe Performing Company will be staging their exciting world class premiere theatrical stage performance; a Caribbean dance theatre production, FOLKLORE LEGENDS OF THE CARIBBEAN “ANANSI STORY.” The production will be presented in 3 shows on Friday November 11th and Saturday November 12th, 2011 at 8pm and a matinee performance on Sunday November 13th at 3:30pm.
Director/Choreographer and Harry Jerome Award recipient Martin Scott-Pascall, along side Dance Caribe, promises to showcase a mélange of dance styles unique to the Caribbean, performed in traditional & contemporary styling, while also uniting African, French, as well as West Indian heritage ranging from Caribbean folk characters, Creole to African and into the beat of the Drums of the Afro-Caribbean Cultures. Memorable dance presentations will include some of the best Caribbean & Canadian artisans in the field of choreography, costumes and music.
FOLKLORE LEGENDS OF THE CARIBBEAN “ANANSI STORY” will be staged in two repertoire & two suites sessions and one full-length ballet presentation:
REPERTOIRE I – DANCE BELLE – {BEL AIR}; an elegant folk dance celebrating the mixed richness of French Creole and African culture.
SUITE I - COMME CI COMME CA; a collection of Mixed Caribbean Folk & Afro-Caribbean Dances
REPERTOIRE II - TROPICAL TAPESTRY; while tapestry is a form of textile art traditionally woven on a vertical loom; it can also be woven on a floor loom. Composed of two sets of interlaced threads, Tropical Tapestry is a colorful spectacular modern contemporary piece denoting the beauty, richness and the spirit of the carnival masquerade.
SUITE II - SARACA, “Nation Dance”; a repertoire of African Dances, a thanksgiving offered to the ancestor.
FULL-LENGTH BALLET {with many acts}: - The World premiere “THE STORY OF ANANSI”; Folklore Storyteller: represented by a very small but spindly black spider. A collection based on our legendary folk characters, dramatic yet humorous.
A stellar cast of performers will include:DCPC’s talented core dancers; USA Guest Dancer Richard Lewis; Drumming Director Roger Pascall & Trinidad & Tobago Frontline Drumming Company; Toronto’s Extraordinary Steel Pannist, Earl La Pierre Jr.; Montreal/Toronto Folk & Calypso Singer Hamilton Alexander aka the Web; and Guest Choreographer Andrea Douglas-Phillips. Some of the most elaborate and creative costumes will come from Trinidadian/Canadian International fashion designers Bobby and Sally Ackbarali, as well as Toronto Caribana Festival’s designers Martin Scott-Pascall and Debbie Minott.
DCPC has enjoyed the support of local audiences for all of their major productions and promises to deliver the exciting performances that local audiences have come to know love and expect from Dance Caribe Performing Company.
Tickets for all 3 performances are $35.00 before October 31st; $45.00 after. For more information, and/or to book tickets, please contact Dance Caribe Performing Company at 416-292-4103/647-855-8706 and 416-525-6630 or online at www.dancecaribesite.com 
Support the growth of the Caribbean, your community, and cultureFOLKLORE LEGENDS OF THE CARIBBEAN “ANANSI STORY”

2011 "Kaiso 365" Calypso Monarch Competition Finals

I'm Santana - The Movie Trailer

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Soca Muppet Puppet

Radio 98.7 FM to Hit the Toronto Airwaves on October 3


Eagerly-Awaited Radio Station Will Add
Diversity to Canada’s Broadcasting Landscape
On October 3, 2011, Toronto’s newest radio station, Radio 98.7 FM, will turn on its frequency and go “live” with its vibrant mix of R&B, Soul, Reggae, Soca, Hip Hop, Worldbeat, Gospel, and Smooth Jazz. On that date, Intercity Broadcasting Network Inc. (IBN)Radio 98.7’s parent company, will also officially unveil the station name, call letters and branding, as well as introduce its executive team.

Radio 98.7 FM (formerly referred to as CARN Radio) will target the population of the Greater Toronto Area with an eclectic offering of Black and Caribbean music, news, talk, and cultural programming. The station, which received its broadcast licence from the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on June 9, will focus on the 25-54 demographic.

“When listeners tune in to 98.7 on the FM dial, they will be treated to the sweet, soulful, and rhythmic sounds of internationally-renowned artists who are either non-existent, or completely under-represented, on the Toronto airwaves,” said Radio 98.7 Founder, President & CEO, Fitzroy Gordon. “This massive list includes artists such as R&B giants The Temptations, Soca queen Alison Hinds, Afrobeat king Fela Kuti, Reggae ambassador Beres Hammond, and Gospel icon Kirk Franklin. We’ll also highlight young stars like Rihanna and Canada’s own Drake. This station is long overdue, and we are very excited to be bringing this format to the people of Toronto.”

As part of the required signal frequency testing process (mandated by Industry Canada), Radio 98.7will broadcast a music-only playlist for several weeks. Full programming, including the addition of on-air announcers, station promotions, commercials, and a robust news & talk format will commence in November.

“I am very proud of the strong executive team that we have put in place to lead this pioneering effort,” says Gordon. “We are now undergoing an in-depth outreach and hiring process to round out the core personnel, which will include the on-air announcers, as well as promotional, sales, production, and technical support staff.”

For more information on Radio 98.7, please visit www.carn987.com.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Socacize Fall Bootcamp....its the most fun I have working out!!!



Only $75 for 6 sessions | $150 for 12 sessions | $15 drop-in
 (plus hst)

Early Bird Bootcamp Special
Register by Sept 30th
Receive 2 FREE regular sessions (valued at $32.00)
Scarborough **New Location**
Barney’s Joint
1199 Kennedy Road (Ellesmere & Kennedy)
 
Thursdays Oct 13 – Nov 17th
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

 

Brampton **New Location**
Kiwanis Youth Centre for Sports Excellence
247 McMurchy Ave S. (McMurchy Gym)
(Charolais blvd & McMurchy, behind Shoppers World)


Saturdays Oct 22 – Nov 26
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.


Downtown Toronto 
OIP Dance Centre
190 Richmond (Jarvis & Richmond)  
 

Sundays Oct 16 - Nov 20th
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

 
Registration Options (space is limited):

  • In person at any SOCACIZE with Ayanna location (click here for full schedule)
  • email money transfer (ayanna@socacize.com) (state first and last name, boot camp location, contact number)  

Registration
 
Ayanna I 416-728-5545
www.socacize.com | info@socacize.com 
Follow Socacize Fitness on Twitter for daily updates on classes, etc.

NEW SHOW ALERT: Caribbean Connections TV

Hi readers,

Feels like I haven't blogged in so long......vacations and computer malfunctions are to blame......but I'm back now.  

So this Saturday check out a new Caribbean program on Citytv airing at 10:30 a.m......I hope its good!



Caribbean Connections Television will take you back to the Islands.

Each week Caribbean Connections explores community events, from carnivals to concerts, culinary happenings to jazz festivals from Canada and around the world.
CCtv will bring the Caribbean and its flavours to our viewers in a fresh and vibrant way that will both entertain as well as educate. CCtv is your direct connection to the Caribbean experience, featuring the finest tourist destinations in the region and showcasing the best music videos out of the Caribbean.


Hosted by the stunningly beautiful Paradise Nicole Hendrickson whose credits spans Television, Stage and Film.  Paradise has been appearing on screen since the tender age of three.  She has held majestic titles such as Miss Caribbean, Miss St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Miss Photogenic, Miss Ontario AB, Miss Hemisphere and Miss Layou to name a few.
Paradise is the missing link the show needs.  Her bubbling personality and radiant smile will capture the hearts of our viewers young and old alike.  With the power of music, dance, food, arts and live shows, Paradise will be awakening our viewers through the infectious rhythms and bountiful beauty of the Caribbean Diaspora.



WEBSITE:
http://caribbeanconnectionstv.com/about.php

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