Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
The Canadian Press
Promised changes to Ontario liquor laws will take effect June 1, just in time for festival and patio season.
The changes include allowing people to walk around at festivals with drinks, instead of being confined to beer tents.
Servers will be allowed to carry drinks on public sidewalks to licensed areas such as patios.
Liquor hours for weddings and charity events are being extended until 2 a.m.
As well, customers can be given a free drink if they are celebrating a special occasion like an anniversary.
The changes include stiffer penalties for liquor offences.
The province floated the idea of looser liquor laws earlier this year, and consulted with more than 40 groups about the changes.
So does this mean Johnnie Walker and Red Bull for the Lakeshore? Personally, I'd prefer a Lychee Martini :-p
Food for thought......if the new liquor laws allow for mas bands to serve alcohol on the Lakeshore this will most likely lead to an increase in the cost of costume packages......maybe bands will offer Alcohol and Non-alcohol prices......hmmm.....we shall see what develops.....
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Saturday May 28th, 2011
Croatian Centre Lounge
3250 Commercial Drive
Doors: 9:00 pm
Dance Music By:
* Daddy Mikey
* Elmo Super Sounds
BUY TICKETS NOW at Highlife, Zulu, Salon Supreme, Rehanah's Roti,
Piassa Hairdressing Salon, Patty Shop & Caribbean Market.
In celebration of caribbean carnival, melo productions presents our entry into “caribbean days festival parade .” We invite all fun loving people to come and be part of the best time ever!
Carnival means many things to many people but for every masquerader, one Sentiment is universal. . . It's a time to have fun, a time to forget the care and frustrations of the real world and a time to jump, wine and wave with total abandon. From costume designs to music, our “faces of carnival” presentation, will be an exciting time of spectacular music and wonderful people! Come join us, choose your costume and come and be part of vancouver's caribbean carnival style mas camp!
Carnival is a beautiful example of how it can unite the world, the beliefs and traditions of many cultures to come together; and for a brief time, the whole country forgets their differences to celebrate life! Like carnival festivals all over the world, this promises to be far more than just a party. It is a breaking down of the artificial barriers of society - like class, race and wealth. It is a celebration of literal and spiritual emancipation. Through his ingenuity and dedication, melo productions brings to you “faces of carnival” don't miss out on this incredible event. Come join our carnival mas! You won't be disappointed! Come be a part of the best time ever. . .
Tickets available at: Highlife, Zulu, Salon Supreme, Rehanah's Roti, Piassa Hairdressing Salon, Patty Shop & Caribbean Market.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Dressed in green and black with many jewels she adorns
A mini wicked witch is on her way, to dance and prance in OZ today
The JUNIOR REVELLERS BAND LAUNCH is near in sight
Welcome to OZ will be held on SUNDAY MAY 29th
Toronto Revellers Mas Camp
2135 Sheppard Ave E. @ Consumers Road
SUNDAY MAY 29th | 3pm to 6pm
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
This Saturday! The first ever band launch for Bitter Lemon Carnival...come and check out the mas, real mas...quality costumes, great service. DJ (Ian) Bad Lad, DJ Jay P. Williams, MC Dick Lochan, Chutney artist Joeezy, suprise Calypsonian...the Hummingbird Dance and Performing Company featuring Keith Pascall. Registration available on site! See you there!! $0 in advance, $15 at the door. 81 Peard Rd, Victoria Park/St. Clair (Legion Hall)
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
So you’ve picked your costume, found matching jewellery and make-up, now what about your feet?
You want cozy, comfortable shoes to jump up on de road, but you also want a perfect match for your costume. Caribana Shoes provides shoes that are DECORATED TO MATCH your costume. Save loads of time and stress from shopping around for matching materials, messy spray paint & sparkles - let us do the work for you!
You can also send us your pre-purchased shoes or boots we will decorate them for you! Just contact us and we will be happy to help you!
For now, just call it the festival formerly known as Caribana.
Toronto’s massive mid-summer Caribbean celebration is being renamed.
Last Thursday, the Ontario Superior Court ruled that it can no longer use the name Caribana because it is trademarked by a group that founded the festival, but no longer runs it.
“There is no change to the festival,” said Chris Alexander, chief administrative officer of the Festival Management Committee, which has run Caribana for the past five years. “The only thing that has changed is the name.
“And people will still call it that.”
But behind the Caribana name change, there’s an ongoing struggle for control over the massively popular celebration.
In 2006, the city and province cut funding to Caribana after organizers failed to produce adequate financial statements.
Control was transferred from the Caribbean Cultural Committee (CCC), which started the festival in 1967, to the newly created Festival Management Committee (FMC).
After the transfer, the festival was officially called the Toronto Caribbean Carnival.
In 2007, Alexander said, the FMC was given permission to use the Caribana name by lawyer Charlie Roach, then chair of the CCC. (The Star was unable to reach Roach for comment.)
But the Caribana trademark remains with the Caribana Arts Group, successor of the founding organization.
Henry Gomez, the Caribana Arts Group’s current chair, said the organization was forced to take the FMC to court because control of the cultural tradition had been stripped from their hands.
“(The FMC) were supposed to run the festival for one year only,” he said. “Since 2007, we’ve made innumerable attempts, but they’ve refused to acknowledge our ownership.
“We created it, conceptualized, nurtured, managed and produced it for 39 years. And we still own it.”
While plans are still in place to run Caribana under a new name this summer, Gomez said the Caribana Arts Group will do everything in its power to prevent the festival from going forward.
“Caribana by any other name is still Caribana,” said Gomez, calling the festival the intellectual properly of his group. “We will fight vigorously against any theft by sleight of hand, because that’s what it would become if they tried to pass it off.
“I must stress,” he continued. “Should a group treat us with the respect of our rights of ownership . . . we would see what is possible.”
According to Alexander, the Caribana Arts Group has asked for $250,000 from the FMC to use the Caribana name. Gomez wouldn’t comment on the specifics of what an agreement would look like.
Alexander said Caribana has flourished under the FMC’s leadership, expanding into new events and operating as a sustainable business.
An Ipsos Reid study released last April showed Caribana generated $483 million for the provincial economy in 2009, drawing about 1.2 million festival-goers, including 300,000 from outside the country.
But last year, an expected $600,000 in federal and provincial grants didn’t come through. The festival’s budget decreased from $2.6 million to $1.8 million.
Organizers plan to announce a new name next Wednesday.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
ABOUT US:OUR GROUP HAS BEEN PARTICIPATING IN MONTREAL CARNIVAL'S SINCE 1977, HAVING WON THE TITLE OF "BAND OF THE YEAR" OVER 25 TIMES, OUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE MONTREAL CARNIVAL PARADE IS A MUST EVERY YEAR.
"Rhythms of the islands is an initiative of the St. Lucia Ottawa Association Youth Committee. Our participation in CARIVIBE is in keeping with our mandate to preserve our culture and heritage for future generations of St. Lucian descendants, to share our Caribbean culture with our wider Canadian community and to provide opportunities for our youth members to showcase their talents, take on leadership roles and build skills to foster their personal development in a positive way. This we accomplish by planning, organizing and hosting educational, cultural, entertainment and sporting activities.
For the first time this year we are presenting a mas band for CARIVIBE, Orleans parade and beach party, the National Capital Region’s Caribbean Festival taking place Saturday June 18, 2011. The theme for our band is Rhythms of the Caribbean portraying the most popular Caribbean music genres in 4 sections: Kaiso (Soca and Calypso) Zouk Reggae Chutney Registration Info Registration is open to everyone between the ages of 12 and 99 Registration includes full costume, a meal, non-alcoholic beverages during the parade, and entrance to the Petrie Island Beach Party.
All prices are per person and a $50 non-refundable deposit is required to secure a space, the balance is to be paid in full upon receipt of the package.
Prices per person are as follows:
$110 – until May 21
$125 – May 22 to June 4
$100 – For groups of 10 or more
Payments can be made by email money transfer, cheque or cash.
Email email@example.com to make arrangements for cash payments
Cheques are payable to St. Lucia Ottawa Association and can be mailed to St. Lucia Ottawa Association P.O Box 39055, RPO Billings Bridge Ottawa, ON K1H 1A1 "
Glinda The Good Witch & Lollipop Gang :: All inclusive Section
Section Launch Party
Sunday May 22, 2011
Victoria Long Weekend
Doors open at 10:30pm :: Show 11:30pm
Lots of Prizes
Early registration receive complimentary wings
Enter to win a free Costume at Launch Party
For info or tickets Contact Section Leader Natalie
DIS GYAL GOT BROUGHTUPSY
Hi readers, The mas bands have done their part… Band leaders have chosen their themes, designers have worked tirelessly on thei...