Showing posts from March, 2011

De Party Brigade 2011 Band Launch


Cariwest - Curry Q and Lime 2011


Drake "Old Money" Juno Skit

Kudos to Drake on a job well done last night a the Junos. This "Old Money" skit had me giggling!!!


Mas Bands and Section Leaders, here's a Kijiji ad that may be of interest to you:
We specialize in sample-prototype sewing, cut and sew production runs for section costumes as well as sourcing of materials. Depending on your needs we can rebuild your ideas producing them in the most effective and efficient way possible.
Quality, customer service and on time delivery has built our reputation.

We will work with you to ensure your product is just the way you want it regardless of the size of the job.

Based in Toronto servicing all of Ontario. We began working within the Carnival community and have been contracted to produce costumes for dance school recitals, corporate theme parties and private parties.

LEGENDS: The 2011 Tribal Knights Band Launch - April 2, 2011 [Advert 01]


New Band Alert - Renaissance Mas Productions

About Us
Renaissance Mas Productions (RMP) was formed by joint band leaders, Kathleen Hughes and Nataki Christmas, and a team of enthusiastic mas makers and players in September 2010. This group was birth out of Arnold Hughes & Associates, a veteran mas maker and mas player. He started making mas in Trinidad in the '60s, and has expanded to Toronto, Calgary and Washington. Arnold and his dedicated team have produced many winning costumes over the years, and have achieved the coveted title of "Band Of The Year", twice. One of the meanings of the word "renaissance" is: "The activity, spirit, or time of the great revival of art, literature, and learning in Europe beginning in the 14th century and extending to the 17th century, marking the transition from the medieval to the modern world."Renaissance Mas Productions will mark the revival of great mas; blending the traditional & modern worlds together. Both Kathleen and Nataki grew up surrounded by …

‘Fearless’ black activist Dudley Laws dies at age 76

TheStar ‘Fearless’ black activist Dudley Laws dies at age 76

Patty Winsa Staff Reporter Dudley Laws was a controversial race activist, beloved by many in the community that he served.A constant flow of well-wishers visited him in his hospital room where he’d been confined for the last month and a thousand supporters turned out for a ceremony to honour his activism just days before his death.Laws died early Thursday morning at Humber River Regional Hospital after battling cancer and kidney disease. He was 76.In 1988, after a number of black men were shot and killed in confrontations with Toronto-area police, Laws co-founded the Black Action Defence Committee along with Charles Roach, Sherona Hall and Lennox Farrell.The group pushed for independent police oversight, and Laws became a tough and vocal critic of the force’s relationship with his community. And he accused police of targeting black youth.“He did many things that we could not because he was untiring and completely fearless,” sai…

De Party Brigade - Caribana Fundraiser

De Party Brigade is hosting a fundraising event for 2K11 Caribana.......

TruDYNASTY 2K11 promo video.wmv


Mark your calendars.....Caribana Band Launch Season is right around the corner

Yes I know.....its snowing and it sucks! But here's something to look forward to......Caribana Band Launch Season!!!
TRIBAL KNIGHTS 2011 Presentation: Legends Band Launch Date: Saturday, April 2, 2011 @ Grand Luxe Event Boutique (3125 Bayview Avenue) Website:
BLACK SAGE CARNIVAL 2011 Presentation: From Rags to Riches Band Launch Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ Twilight (55 Nugget Avenue, Scarborough) Website:
BLUES CARNIVAL FUSION 2011 Presentation: Time after Time Band Launch Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ Viva City (3820 Victoria Park Avenue) Website:
FANTAZIA INTERNATIONAL 2011 Presentation: Come Dance with me Band Launch Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ Flava Restaurant and Bar (aka Northern Tropics) (880 Ellesmere Road, Scarborough) Website:
TruDYNASTY 2011 Presentation: Remember the Roaring Twenties Band Launch Date: Satutday, April 16, 2011 @ York Universit…

TruDynasty 2011 Caribana Band Launch


Callaloo 2011 Caribana Band Launch


Tribal Knights - Breaking News


On Saturday April 2, 2011 at the Tribal Knights 2K11 Band Launch of LEGENDS, we are pleased to announce that we will be giving away an all-inclusive trip to Miami Carnival 2011.

All you need to have to qualify is a ticket to next week's Band Launch and YOU could be the lucky winner of this incredible prize package.

The Tribal Knights team has been hard at work preparing some of the most fabulous costumes you will ever see as we get ready for D' Toronto Carnival!!!

Tickets are moving FAST so don't get left behind.
Contact: Dexter -- (647) 886-1867, Sean - (416) 550-7156, or email Nicky at for tickets.


When: APRIL 2, 2011

Where: THE GRAND LUXE, 3125 Bayview Avenue, Toronto


Cover: $15 advanced tickets (more at the door)

The Spirit of Carnival

Carifiesta - Band Leaders Meeting

CCFA will be hosting a band leaders meeting on Thursday March 24 @ 8:00pm at 6767 Côte-des-Neiges.
For all individuals who wish to bring a band or have a float in Carifiesta this year this is your opportunity to get all the details on registration fees and other information.
Send us an email with your contact phone number at or just drop by the meeting on Thursday.
See you all there!
CCFA tiendra une rencontre pour toutes les personnes désireuses de participer à la parade Carifiesta.
Vous recevrez toute l’information concernant les coûts d’inscription et autres détails concernant cette journée.La rencontre aura lieu jeudi 24 mars @8 :00pm au 6767 Côte-des-Neiges.
Envoyez-nous un message incluant vos coordonnées au ou venez nous voir à la rencontre de jeudi soir.
À bientôt!!

Socacize Spring Bootcamp

SOCACIZE® Bootcamp An exhilarating Caribbean Workout!
March 31st - May 8th in Scarborough, Brampton & DowntownToronto
Toronto attracting over 100 revelers, masqueraders and party people! A six-week vigorous & exciting Caribbean workout full of
Vitamin F-FUN, there can be gain without pain™
Rhythms to make you dance, exercises to build stamina, tone muscle, lose inches and boost confidence!

Only $75 for 6 sessions!
$145 for 12 sessions! $15 drop-in! Top DJs & fitness instructors!

Early Bird Boot Camp Special! Register by March 22nd
Receive 2 FREE regular sessions (Valued at $32)
ScarboroughContinental Soiree
1957 Kennedy Road (Kennedy & 401 Scarborough)
Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm
March 31 – May 5, 2010
**New** Location
Brampton Kiwanis Youth Centre for Sports Excellence (McMurchy Gym)
247 McMurchy Ave S. (Charolais blvd & McMurchy, behind Shoppers World) Brampton, ON L6Y 1Z4
Saturdays 12:30 – 2:30 pm
April 2 – May 7, 2010 Downtown Toronto OIP Dance Centre
190 Richmond St. (Jarvis & Richmon…

Tru Dynasty Model Search

WHEN: Monday, March 21 · 11:00am - 2:00pm
WHERE: The Underground @ YorkU in The Student Centre, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto
Model Search: TruDYNASTY Carnival is looking for models and is having a model search on March 21st at 11am inside the Underground (York University) for their 2011 Caribana Season.
Female models must be minimum 5'6 and be VERY outgoing. Looking for all shapes, sizes and shades :)
Male models must be minimum 5'9 and have an athletic build.

Nip Davis, Canada’s Caribana Innovator Dies

Nip Davis, Canada’s Caribana Innovator Dies
Selwyn ‘Nip’ Davis one of the earliest band leaders of Caribana and a founding member of the Toronto Mas Band Association (TMBA) passed away last Tuesday after succumbing to congestive heart failure. Nip who has been credited as been a catalyst in the success of Caribana is known for his stunning presentations which led him to win the Band of the Year title six times and the King and Queen of the Band crowns eight times each.Nip immigrated to Canada in 1969 from Trinidad and Tobago and immediately began preparations for one of the first real organized street parades of Caribana that very year. He continuously participated for the following 40 years, nurturing the formation of mas band organizations, culminating in the TMBA.His daughter, Sandra, said that he was cheerful and in good spirits until recently, cognizant of the well wishes from his legion of admirers, co-band leaders and general followers of the long standing festival. When asked w…


Good news Montrealers......Carifiesta is back for 2011!!! Parade day is July 9, 2011....
Hello all Carifiesta members,

We would like to first thank all the supporters of the CCFA organization for helping us and encouraging us in the journey that has lasted for now 3 years.

That being said, we are glad to announce that there will be Carnival again in Montreal this year and CCFA has been chosen as the promoter of the 36th edition of Carifiesta!!

We’ve been waiting for it and now it’s time to go to work to make this edition an unforgettable one!!

CCFA will be hosting an information meeting where we will be going over what will be needed from all of us in order to start the preparation for Carifiesta.

For all of you that have asked to be a part of the organization, to be a volunteer, to bring a band, make costumes and to help in any way you can, this is the time to put your words into actiosn. Our community has greatly suffered from the decline of Carifiesta and now is the time to show how im…

Tru Dynasty update

Hi Readers,
Here's an update from TruDynasty........
Many many of you have been asking about our 2011 costumes. Thea has been hard at work and you know the costumes are gonna be CRAZY! We are still looking for a few models for our upcoming photo shoot and fashion show so if you are interested please send a full body picture (preferably in a swimsuit) to and we will get back to you.
Get first dibs on our costumes as they go on sale AT THE BANDLAUNCH!! Yes!!! Our launch will take place on Saturday April 16th at the UNDERGROUND located at York University in the Student Centre-4700 Keele St. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 10pm. You will be in for a treat! TruDYNASTY presents The ROARING 20's. Think flapper girls, gangsters, showgirls and cigarette girls. We will also pay tribute to Bonnie & Clyde, Josephine Baker and COCO Chanel. You will be able to reserve a costume at the launch to avoid disappointment. Remember, because we came in 1st last year, we are n…

OH OH.......City denies Afrofest an event permit | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun

City denies Afrofest an event permit | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun
The popular Afrofest festival that has celebrated the sounds of the dark continent for 23 years at Queen’s Park has had the plug pulled on this year’s festivities.Also refused a special event permit by City Hall is the Toronto Freedom Festival which was slated for May also on the north lawn of Queen’s Park.Disappointed Afrofest organizers said the city’s park, forestry and recreations department refused to issue them a permit for the two-day event in July that is a highlight for the African community in Toronto.“This is the most significant event every year,” said festival president Michael Stohr. “People are shocked and stunned by what is happening.”Stohr said the refusal came as vendors, bands and musicians were being booked.“I think Afrofest as we know it is gone,” he said on Monday. “I think the festival would be set back 20 years if we moved to another venue.”He said there were complaints regarding noise…

Blogging Vacation is over.....(Carnival 2011 Results)

Hi Readers,
Yes, the blogging vacation is over and its back to blogging business.
If you missed T&T Carnival 2K11 and you're still wondering who won what, here's a roundup of all the results:
Chutney Soca Monarch 1) Rikki Jai 2) Ravi B 3) K.I.
Groovy Soca Monarch 1) Kees Dieffenthaller 2) Benjai 3) Destra 4) Blaxx
Power Soca Monarch 1) Machel Montano 2) Iwer George 3) Bunji Garlin 4) Fay-Ann Lyons
Panorama Results - Single Pan Bands 1) San Juan East Side Symphony 2) Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force 3) Trinidad and Tobago Fire Services
Panorama Results - Small Conventional Bands 1) Arima Golden Symphony 2) Merrytones 3) Tornadoes
Panorama Champs- Medium Bands 1) Katzenjammers 1) ValleyHarps 3) NLCB Buccooneers
Panorama Champs - Large Bands 1) Neal & Massey Trinidad All Stars 2) Sagicor Exodus 3) PCS Silver Stars
Queen of the Bands 1) Peola Marchan - "D Jewelled Chandelier" 2) Gloria Dalsingh - "Splendour of Lights" 3) Kay Mason - " Island Queen"
King of the Bands 1) Wade Mad…

2011 Panorama Order of Appearance

Order of appearance
Medium BandsBand/Selection/Arranger
1. Pan Elders - "A Raging Storm" (Alvin Gittens)
2. Power Stars - "It's Showtime (Arddin Herbert)
3. Katzenjammers - "Wake Up" (Edwin Pouchet)
4. NLCB Buccooneers - "Calling Meh" (Seion Gomez)
5. Steel Xplosion - "Wake Up" (Carlton Alexander)
6. Pamberi - "TKO" (Brian Villafana)
7. Sangre Grande Cordettes - "Calling Meh" (Andes Kappel)
8. Valley Harps - "Do Something For Pan" (Michelle Huggins-Watts)
9. Courts Sound Specialists - "Calling Meh" (Ken "Professor" Philmore)
10. Arima Angel Harps - "TKO" (Shelton Besson)

Large BandsBand/Selection/Arranger
1. Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars - "It's Showtime" (Leon "Smooth" Edwards)
2. Sagicor Exodus - "Calling Meh" (Pelham Goddard)
3. NLCB Fonclaire - "A Raging Storm" (Ken "Professor" Philmore)
4. Petrotrin Phase 11 Pan Groove - "Do…

2011 Soca Monarch - Order of Appearance

Order of appearanceGroovy Soca1 Ras Star2 Jahmoun3 Yankee Boy and Patch4 Kes The Band5 Blaxx6 All Rounder7 Shurwayne Winchester8 Destra Garcia9 Chucky10 Benjai11 Denise Belfon12 Patrice Roberts13 Kerwyn DuBois14 Megan Waldron15 CassiePower Soca1 JW and Blaze2 Andy “Blood” Armstrong3 Skinny Fabulous4 Michelle Xavier5 Shal Marshall6 Tallpree7 Iwer George8 Nadia Batson and Patrice Roberts9 Machel Montano10 Destra Garcia11 Ravi B12 Bunji Garlin13 Tian Winter14 Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez

2011 Calypso Monarch Finalists

Here are the eleven (11) finalists competing against reigning Calypso Monarch, Kurt Allen for the 2011 title at Dimanche Gras on Sunday, March 6, 2011.......Brian London – “We Fed Up”Devon Seale – “Ah Need Meh carnival”Dexter “Stinger” Parsons – “Mystic Revelation”Dr. Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool – ‘Wounded Pride”Joanne “Tigress” Rowley – “Woman to Woman”Karene Ashe – “Uncle Jack”Kizzy Ruiz – “De Engine Stall”Michael “Sugar Aloes” Osouna – “Not One Word”Rodney “Benjai” L Blanc – “Trini”Tameika Darius – “Ungrateful”Weston “Cro Cro” Rawlins – “ Compare and Contrast