Showing posts from June, 2011

Blues Carnival Fusion Blocko


Black Sage Carnival's Bake & Shark Blokco


RenaissanceKIDS "Just Imagine" 2K11


2011 Toronto Caribbean Carnival Band Directory

2011 Toronto Caribbean Carnival Band Directory (in alphabetical order)
The official draw for positions on Parade Day will take place on Saturday, July 9, 2011.

BITTER LEMON CARNIVAL Band Leader: Clarence Forde 2011 Presentation: Monsoon Wedding, Before the Storm Band Launch Date: Friday, May 21, 2011 @ Legion Hall 345 (81 Peard Road, Victoria Park & St. Clair) Website: Mas Camp Location: 60 Barbados Blvd., Unit 3, Scarborough Phone: 647-859-6006 Mas Camp Hours: Monday - Friday | 6:00p.m. to 10:00 p.m.Saturday and Sunday | Noon to Midnight

BLACK SAGE CARNIVALBand Leader: Corey Howard
2011 Presentation: From Rags to Riches Band Launch Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ Twilight (55 Nugget Avenue, Scarborough) Website: Mas Camp Location: 60 Barbados Boulevard, Units 4 & 5, Scarborough Mas Camp Hours (until mid-June): Monday - Friday | 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Saturday and Sunday | 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. *ONLINE Registration Available*


Caribbean Carnival Cup - Rugby Match

Date: Sunday, July 31
Place: Fletcher’s Field
Cost: $25 (Parade and Match); Match $15
Location: 2743 19th Ave, Markham
This new event adds the sporting dimension to the festival. Growing in popularity in Canada, it is the most high speed, high impact field sport in the world. Most popular in England, Australia, New Zealand and across the Pacific, the largest professional associations are the National Rugby League and the European Super League, with a combined fan base of over 100 million”. Canada Rugby League will be developing the sport in the Caribbean and will expand the tournament to more islands each year.
Tickets available at:

Featured Section - Bahamas Jukanoo Legends (Toronto Connections)


Play Mas with Carnival Freaks for Montreal Carifiesta 2011


Ajax Caribbean Day

Hi readers, I only found out about this today.......Ajax is celebrating their first Caribbean day. So if you're out in the Durham region show some support for your Culture!!!!

Ajax, ON-Inaugural Ajax Caribbean Day celebrations will kick off on Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
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…

Bitter Lemon Mas Camp Blocko


This one's for the KIDDIES.....2011 Junior Carnival

Hi readers,
All the "big people" band launches are over and you've picked your band and your costume. Well now its time to think about the little ones.....
Here are the upcoming Kiddies Band Launch dates I could find (more dates to follow):

Blues Carnival Fusion presents "Mirage of Dreams" Saturday, June 18, 2011 2:00 p.m.
Mas Camp: 116 Howden Road, Unit 10, Scarborough (Main Intersection: Birchmount Rd. and Lawrence Ave.) Website:

LiL Nationz (Carnival Nationz) Saturday, June 18, 2011 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mas Camp: 6519 McNicoll Avenue (@ Victoria Park) Website:

TruDYNASTY Saturday, June 18, 2011 4:00 p.m. Mas Camp: 246 Brockport Drive, Unit 29, Etobicoke Website:

The following bands have already launched their Kiddies presentations for 2011. Check out their websites for pictures and prices:
Bitter Lemon Carnival Mas Camp Location: 60 Barbados Blvd., Unit 3, Scarborough Phone: 647-859-…

Mas Toronto Family Blocko


Beach party groove, Caribbean-style

Beach party groove, Caribbean-style
On the most perfect summer day a festival organizer could ask for, thousands 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. Joyc…

Blues Carnival Fusion Brings Carnival to the Government!


Carivibe 2011

Happy CariVibe!!!

Machel Montano invited to perform for National Caribbean American Heritage Month

WRITTEN BY LEE FRIDAY, 17 JUNE 2011 00:05MACHEL MONTANO TO PERFORM AT THE WHITE HOUSE ON JUNE 24TH ,2011FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPresident Barack Obama has declared June 2011 as National Caribbean American Heritage Month.In the form of a Proclamation dated JUNE 2011, the Obama administration has recognized the integration of Caribbean nationals into the American society while still maintaining their cultural identity.In an excerpt from the Proclamation, the Obama Administration states, “The fabric of our Nation has been woven together and enriched by the diversity of our people. Our legacy as a Nation of immigrants is part of what makes America strong, and during National Caribbean American Heritage Month, we celebrate the rich history and vibrant culture Caribbean Americans have brought to our shores.”This has undoubtedly given Caribbean nationals worldwide a reason to proudly celebrate their heritage. As part of this celebration, King of Soca, Machel Montano, son of Trinidad and Tobago …

Socacize at Tribal Knights' Mas Camp




TruDYNASTY Presents The ROARING 20s Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival 2011


Party goes on as courts asked to decide Caribana control dispute

TheStar Party goes on as courts asked to decide Caribana control dispute
Staff Reporter 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 a…

Kaiso Kaiso......2011 Calypso Tents Music Series

2011 Calypso Tents Music SeriesWhat will our Canadian calypso artists be singing about this year?Find out when the 2011 Calypso Tents Music Series gets startedon Saturday, June 11th at the Steelworkers Hall (Calypso Central!!),25 Cecil St. in downtown Toronto.Celebrating thirty years of calypso in Toronto, the series hasexpanded and added a new tent led by calypso maestro andJUNO winner Jayson Perez. The production is namedDe Masters Cove and features seasoned performers andnew faces. The Kaiso Forum and the Professionals round out the5-weekend run of concerts that show off many of Canada'sbest and most accomplished calypso singers backed by bandsNeu Jenerashun and Shak-Shak.

Calypso of all varieties expose the heartbeat of life in the Caribbeancommunity, the sounds rhythms and cadences that evoke our community’spast and sense of hope for the future. This is North America's onlymusic series of its kind.
Come and enjoy a special night of music and entertainment...!

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Tribal Knights' Promotions......


Calgary Carifest 2011.....celebrating 30 years

Happy Carifest to all our Calgarian readers.......have a great Parade Day!!!!

FLAUNT On De Water Boat Cruise


TheStar.....Black is back on Toronto radio

Ashante Infantry Entertainment Reporter 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 gian…

Playing mas for a good cause......

Hi readers,
I've noticed that a few bands this year are dedicating sections and even the entire band to worthwhile causes. If you haven't decided who you're playing mas with yet maybe a worthy cause can offer some inspiration.......
Band: Renaissance Mas Section: A CURE Website:
Renaissance Mas We'll be donating a portion of the proceeds from those who register for our section to a Breast Cancer charity..PLAY MAS FOR A CAUSE!

Band: Toronto Revellers Section: Lullaby Website: 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 Ca…