Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
- Monday - Friday | 6:00p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday | Noon to Midnight
- Monday - Friday | 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday | 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Monday - Friday | 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday | 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Monday - Friday | 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday | 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Monday - Sunday | 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Monday - Friday | 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday | Noon to 10:00 p.m.
- Sunday | 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Monday - Friday | 6:30p.m. to 9:30p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday | Noon to 8:00 p.m.
Mas Camp Hours:
For the Months of May and June
- Monday to Thursday | 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Friday | 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday | Noon to 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday | 2:00 pm to 6:00 p.m.
- Monday - Thursday | 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Friday - Saturday | Noon to 11:00 p.m.
- Sunday | 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Monday - Friday | 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday - Sunday | 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Monday - Friday | 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday - Sunday | 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
The first Annual Ajax Caribbean Day will be held in the beautiful Greenwood Conservation Area nestled in the heart of Ajax. The day's activities are geared towards the entire family. There will be rides for the children, musical entertainment and delicious Caribbean food.
The organizers of the first Ajax Caribbean Day have scheduled a program that will surely appeal to all members of the Caribbean Diaspora and community residents who are interested in taking a trip around the region without ever leaving their community.
The line-up for the day long action packed entertainment schedule includes Iley Dread,who is currently holding the #1 single on the Richie B charts for 2 weeks. Toronto's own female reggae icon and DJ Donna Makeda, emerging female artiste Daniella, Ziggy Zigtop the energetic duo, and you can expect special appearances by Barry Culture and many more.
Your MC's for the Ajax Caribbean Day will be DJ Cool from Soundfm.ca, Judy British fromrealreggaeradio.com, J-Nice of CHRY, and Wayne Passion from Canada's new webisode series Reggae Kitchen.
Admission to the event is $5.00 and children under age of 10 are free. Tickets are available at various outlets in Ajax and online for your convenience.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
On the most perfect summer day a festival organizer could ask for, th
ousands of Ottawans descended on Petrie Island in tube tops and beach shorts for a Caribbean beach party featuring spicy food and even spicier tunes.
Without a single cloud in the sky the temperature hit a high of 25C, but the steady breeze blowing anywhere from 10 to 20 kilometres per hour all day allowed people to get their groove on at Carivibe 2011 without breaking too much of a sweat.
And that came in handy for some of the afternoon's entertainment, especially the Carivibe Booty Camp Showcase, featuring booty shaker Dionne Sinclair and a host of other dancers.
People played beach volleyball, sipped on lemonade, danced on picnic tables in the beer section after a visit to Da Rum Shack and listened to DJs and steel drum bands through a massive PA system.
Patricia Joyce, 40, was out enjoying the day with her husband Jim McKee and fiveyear-old daughters Sarah and Sophie McKee. Joyce said the family was having fun, but she was surprised that it took so long to move through the gate -about 15 minutes -and that there was very little being offered for free after the $20 cover charge (the children got in free).
"For us it's OK, but it could be a very expensive day for a family," Joyce said. "It's a lot of fun and it's a great event, but maybe in the next year and the year after, they'll look for ways to organize it a little more tightly and maybe make it a better value for families."
Little Sarah, meanwhile, was all smiles.
"Yeah," she said when asked if she was having fun. "Because I like bouncing."
Sophie liked her rice and was excited for cotton candy.
Entry to Carivibe jumped from $10 last year to $20 because of increased costs across the board -such as security and entertainment -and because the festival got bigger, said organizer Trevor Mason. And he said the lines were long because security made sure to check bags for alcohol and other things.
"When you're dealing with that amount of people, it's all about security," Mason said. "We could easily let everybody in without checking them, but we want everyone to be secure and safe. You never know, anything could happen. It has to be safe, and I hope people understand that."
The multitude of vendors selling fragrant dishes included Bon Bon's Caribbean Home Cooking, Mugena Caribbean Cuisine, The Jerk Stop, Island Jerk and more.
The festival has been running for 10 years, but it's only the second year at Petrie Island with the parade.
"We're actually very, very impressed," Mason said. "I'm ecstatic. There's 8,000 to 10,000 people here already and it's a great success.
"Today is fantastic, 10 times better than last year, and next year we hope to be 20 times better than this year."
Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Beach+party+groove+Caribbean+style/4970910/story.html#ixzz1Plw5iba0
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The Caribana Arts Group says it’s putting the community first and won’t be going to court in an attempt to block this summer’s street festival.
However, the embattled Caribana group filed papers in court on Tuesday in an attempt to reach a licensing deal over the wildly popular celebration, which attracts more than a million people each summer.
The Caribana group had the power to file for an injunction to block the festival, but decided otherwise, Caribana Arts Group secretary/assistant treasurer Knia George Singh said Tuesday.
“An injunction would also leave the community with a sense of something missing, a sense of a great atrocity that has taken place,” Singh said. “It would leave the airlines, hotels, restaurants and retail outlets missing on that great weekend where downtown Toronto is a buzz with economic excitement, flavour and festivities.”
Amid allegations of financial mismanagement, the city appointed the Festival Management Committee to manage to festival in 2006.
Singh said the Caribana group retained intellectual property rights as the owners and creator of the festival.
A court ruled last month that the new directors of the summer party can’t use the Caribana name. It’s now known as the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto.
Singh said his group has met with three city councillors between January and March of this year in an attempt to end the dispute.
Celebrations began back in 1967 as part of Canada's centennial celebrations.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Toronto is getting a new radio station geared to the black and Caribbean communities.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission gave approval Thursday to the decade-long licence quest of Fitzroy Gordon’s Intercity Broadcasting Network (previously known as CARN).
“The commission is convinced that the proposed service will add cultural and racial diversity and will benefit the Caribbean and African communities of Toronto with its spoken word programming and musical format,” read the decision.
“It’s a very happy day,” said Intercity president and majority shareholder Gordon, who hopes to have the yet-unnamed 98.7 FM on the air this fall. “I feel blessed.”
Jamaican native Gordon, a former medical technologist who covered sports for FAN 590 and the Toronto Sun, and helmed the nightly Dr. Love show on CHIN-FM 100.7 FM for seven years, said he never lost hope during the arduous process, which included opposition from national media giants.
“I was determined to get it, because for me, it was not just about getting a radio station for a business,” he said. “I want to leave a legacy for the black and Caribbean population of Canada. I want to make sure that never again will this large population we have be out of a radio station. If the people are going to be successful then they must have a voice.”
The New Flow 93.5 FM, which debuted in 2001 as Toronto’s first commercial black radio station, was sold to CTV for $27 million earlier this year. But the station’s hits-oriented devolution had long disenchanted the supporters of the politically charged campaign which garnered its licence.
Unlike with Flow, the CRTC has imposed conditions of licence on 98.7 to ensure its cultural mandate, such as a minimum 50 per cent world beat and international music, nearly six hours of news weekly and 10 per cent spoken-word programming.
But Gordon says the community must also do its part to maintain the wide range of music, issue-oriented talk shows, local and international news, and sports coverage he has pledged.
“We heard that Flow, for example, had to change (format) because they weren’t getting the business from the black population,” said Gordon. “
We need the black population to put their money where their mouths are. We lost one before, let’s not lose another one.”
Calling it “premature,” the CRTC denied CBC’s request to restrict Gordon’s ability to sell the station. Citing concerns about interference, CBC first objected to the broadcast licence Gordon was awarded in 2006 (on his second try) because it was four notches away from CBC’s 99.1. CBC did not withdraw its complaint when Industry Canada testing found no impact on its signal.
Rogers, Astral and CTV submitted a joint intervention to the CRTC in April over concerns about a “lack of transparency” in licencing 98.7 FM.
“I always believe in the David and Goliath story, and as big as Goliath was with all his army, David had one stone for him and I had one stone for all of those guys,” said Gordon of the interventions of the media behemoths.
He doesn’t believe his lobbying of the federal government, including a private one-on-one chat with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, yielded special treatment.
“Industry Canada and the CRTC saw my determination and they realized that there is a need,” he said.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
@RenaissanceMasRenaissance MasWe'll be donating a portion of the proceeds from those who register for our #ACure section to a Breast Cancer charity..PLAY MAS FOR A CAUSE!
The Toronto Revellers have introduced another section "Lullaby". One of the characters from Munchkin Land, a Ballerina in a sea of Pink, led by Section Leader Giselle "The Wassi One" Blanche who alongside the Toronto Revellers will be supporting Breast Cancer Awareness. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the local Toronto Chapter, not only will you enjoy the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival with the Toronto Revellers, but you will be supporting the fight against Breast Cancer, a very worthy cause indeed!
TruDYNASTY will be the first band in the 43 year history of Caribana to donate a portion of funds to 9 different charities. Each costume section will be represented by a charity.A formal cheque ceremony will take place in September with media coverage, sponsors and charities.
Hi readers, The mas bands have done their part… Band leaders have chosen their themes, designers have worked tirelessly on thei...