Sunday, July 29, 2012

2012 Calypso Monarch Results - Congratulations Macomere Fifi


2012 “KAISO 365” CALYPSO MONARCH COMPETITION


Winner Macomere Fifi – Eulith Tara Woods
2nd Structure – Bryan Thornhill
3rd Dennis James 
4th Calypso Web – Hamilton Alexander
5th Beginner - Michael Moore
6th Connector – Joel Davis
7th Redman – Michael Thomas
8th Panman Pat - Pat Mc Neilly
9th The Crooner – Bill Newman


2012 “KAISO 365” CALYPSO MONARCH – SPECIAL AWARDS


BEST LYRICS: Structure – The Ship Wreck


BEST MELODY: Dennis James – Now I am Sixty-five


BEST PRESENTATION: Connector – Showcase We Culture


MOST ORIGINAL CALYPSO: Calypso Web – Grandpa I Can’t Understand


BEST RENDITION: Dennis James – Now I am Sixty-five 


BEST COMPOSITION ON A LOCAL TOPIC: Macomere Fifi – Never Again


MOST HUMOUROUS CALYPSO: Dennis James – Now I am Sixty-five


BEST ARRANGEMENT: Carlyle Bailey – Tell Me Why 


PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Macomere Fifi


Macomere Fifi also won the Calypso Monarch title in 1998, 1999, 2008 and 2010. Macomere Fifi will take home a cash prize of over $5,334.00, a 50” LED Colour TV and will travel to London, U.K for the 2013 Notting Hill Carnival, as part of an exchange programme with the Association of British Calypsonians (ABC). Britain’s 2011 Calypso Monarch Alexander D Great performed as a Special Guest on the Kaiso 365.


For more information contact OCPA at (416) 795-2722, email ocpacalypsoca@gmail.com or visit our website at www.ocpacalypsoca.com

Friday, July 27, 2012

Jumpin' at the ROM - Sunday, July 29, 2012





Jumpin' at the ROM - it's Carnival!
Sunday, July 29, 2012


Status:Available (No registration required)
Families are invited to jump up and join in the carnival experience on Sunday July 29th. Mask making, storytelling, steel drums and the pulsating rhythms of the islands will have you parading through the museum.

STORYTELLING
11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Storyteller Sandra Whiting has been telling stories from the time she could talk. Her stories draw upon the rich oral traditions of West African mythologies, folklore, and traditional tales from the Caribbean. With the lyrical lilt of her Jamaican accent, her storytelling has been known to make both children and adults laugh, cry and think.


MUSIC
The Toronto North Stars Children Steel Orchestra
Let the music of the islands get you to jump up out of your seats. Sway and dance to the steel pan sound and then learn how to play in a facsinating demonstration after the first performance. If you are lucky you may be picked to try it out yourself!
Performance: 11:30 AM
Workshop/Demo: 12:00 PM
Performance: 1:00 PM



CRAFTS
11 AM to 4 PM
Make you own mask, headress and costume elements. Everything you need to prepare to parade in carnival.


PARADE
2:30 PM
Join the King and Queen from the Children's Carnival in a parade around the museum. Put on your costume and dance in celebration of the 2012 Toronto Caribbean Carnival.


FACE PAINTING by Makin' Faces
11 AM to 4 PM


Carnival: From Emancipation to Celebration
Don't forget to stop by and get inspired at the new exhibit Carnival: From Emancipation to Celebration, featuring the work of internationally renowned masquerade designer Brian Mac Farlane including four costumes and 21 hand painted renderings from the famed Mac Farlane design studios or "mas camp", along with Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival photographs.
Exhibit Locations: Level 1, Hyacinth Gloria Chen Crystal Court and Level 2, Hilary and Galen Weston Wing

Cost:

Contact Information:

Tel.: 416-586-8000
E-mail: info@rom.on.ca


Date/Time:


Sessions (1):


  • Sunday July 29, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm


Related Links: 


The Toronto North Stars Children's Steel OrchestraROM Carnival Exhibition
Your Carnival Pictures on Flickr
Read about artist Brian MacFarlane
Download a SCVNGR trek for your mobile phone to play during your visit 
Listen to Carnival Stories on Sound Cloud 

25th Annual Caribbean Days Festival 2012


VANCOUVER...... its your turn to jump up!
Happy Caribbean Days!

http://www.caribbeandays.ca


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tribal Knights Carnival - Costume Pick-up times


Costume Pick-up times:

TUTTI FRUTTI
Date: Wednesday July 25, 2012
Time: 5PM TO 10PM
Phone : 416-389-2457
Email : tuttifrutti@tribalknights.com
Section Leader: Astra Hamlet
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JUICY BLUES
Date: Saturday July 28, 2012
Time: NOON TO 6PM
Phone : 647-300-8462
Email : juicyblues@tribalknights.com
Section Leader: Sanjay Mangar
Tankini's Order (Please call section leader)
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EYE CANDY
Date: Monday July 30, 2012
Time: 5PM TO 10PM
Phone : 416-266-0737 | 416-270-2996
Email : eyecandy@tribalknights.com
Section Leader: Glenda Montenegro & Giselle Montenegro
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SUGAR RUSH
Date: Monday July 30, 2012
Time: 5PM TO 10PM
Email : sugarrush@tribalknights.com
Phone : 416-825-0563
Section Leader: Tribal Carnival
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JUICEY FRUIT
Date: Tuesday July 31, 2012
Time: 5PM TO 10PM
Phone : 647-295-5453 | 647-638-4157
Email : juiceyfruit@tribalknights.com
Section Leader: Aneil & Rishi
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COTTON CANDY
Date: Tuesday July 31, 2012
Time: 5PM TO 10PM
Phone : 647-985-6493 | 416-220-4951
Email : cottoncandy@tribalknights.com
Section Leader: Candice & Amanda
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TOOTSIE ROLL
Section Leader : Candice
Date: Tuesday July 31, 2012
Time: 5PM TO 10PM
Phone : 647-985-6493
Email : tootsieroll@tribalknights.com
Section Leader: Candice
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HOT LIPZ
Date: Wednesday August 01, 2012
Time: 5PM TO 10PM
Phone : 647-401-5614
Email : hotlips@tribalknights.com
Section Leader: Avalon
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JUK SKITTLEZ
Date: Wednesday August 01, 2012
Time: 5PM TO 10PM
Phone : 416-272-1249 | 416-871-9118
Email : jukskittlez@tribalknights.com
Section Leader: Oshawn & Jason
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BUBBLICIOUS
Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Phone : 416-825-0563
Email : bubblelicious@tribalknights.com
Section Leader: Tribal Carnival

Festival Management Committee BBQ - Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Monday, July 23, 2012

All Rounder - Garlic Sauce (Official Video)

2012 Junior Carnival Results

Junior Carnival Band of the Year
BAND - THEME
1) Junior Revellers - The Jungle Book meets Bollywood
2) Carnival Nationz - Empires
3) Tribal Knights - Candyland


Junior Carnival Queen of the Bands
CONTESTANT - PORTRAYAL - BAND - THEME
1) Celena Seusahai - Skittlez - Tribal Knights - Candyland
2) Kai Lewis - Queen Elizabeth 1 - Lil' Nationz - Empires
3) Chania Cunningham - At the Temple of Shiva - Junior Revellers - The Jungle Book meets Bollywood


Junior Carnival King of the Bands
CONTESTANT - PORTRAYAL - BAND - THEME
1) Malik Adams - Willie Wonka - Tribal Knights - Candyland
2) Keishaun Ewing - Predator - Fantazia International - Wonders of the Enchanted Forest
3) Demeko Minott - Tonatiuh, Aztec Warrior Sun God - Lil' Nationz - Empires


Junior Carnival Female Individual
CONTESTANT - PORTRAYAL - BAND - THEME
1) Desiree Pennant - Peafowl in the GardenFantazia International - Wonders of the Enchanted Forest
2) Caneisa Edwards - Cotton Candy FairyTribal Knights - Candyland
3) Reeyana Singh - Flamenco DancerLil' Nationz - Empires


Junior Carnival Male Individual
CONTESTANT - PORTRAYAL - BAND - THEME
1) Aaron Degraff - Mystical CreatureFantazia International - Wonders of the Enchanted Forest
2) Deon James - Trust in MeJunior Revellers - The Jungle Book meets Bollywood
3) Jaden Nelson - MatadorLil' Nationz - Empires


For complete results, please visit: http://www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com/dcmain.aspxp=275&i=2533&skin=113&tID=227


Congratulations to all the kiddies!!!!

Destra - Good Love (WorldWide Riddim) Official Music Video

Monday, July 16, 2012

Proclomation





Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto


July 16 – August 12, 2012



WHEREAS the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto is an expression of Caribbean culture and reflects our city's multiculturalism and the diversity among people of Caribbean origin.
Now in its 45th year, this vibrant festival was created as the Caribbean community's contribution to Canada's centennial celebration and has grown to become an important cultural symbol of our city.
The Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto is the largest cultural festival in North America, attracting millions of visitors to the city each year for several weeks of events and celebrations. The festival's highlight is the highly anticipated parade where the streets come alive with colourful costumes, bands and live calypso, soca, reggae, hip hop and samba music as well as arts, crafts, fashion and food.
The Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto contributes to the economic viability of Toronto and promotes harmony by showcasing the captivating spirit of the Caribbean culture and traditions.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaimJuly 16 – August 12, 2012 as "Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto"and encourage everyone to celebrate our vibrant Caribbean community by attending one of the many events taking place during the festival.


Mayor Rob Ford

Happy 4th Blogiversary!!


A BIG THANK YOU to all you readers who visit and support this blog. 

I really appreciate it and hope that I can continue to share relevant and up-to-date info that will get
 you out there and enjoying life in Toronto and beyond!
xoxox
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Saturday, July 14, 2012

CarnivalChaserMagazine.com




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LA Faces Carnival Makeup!!

Video Alert - Mr. Vegas - Bruk It Down / Party Tun Up ft. Alison Hinds

Friday, July 13, 2012


MEDIA ALERT

45th YEAR – THE LAUNCH OF THE SCOTIABANK TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 
Noon – 2 p.m.

Official Launch for the Carnival at Nathan Phillips Square
80 Mas Dancers, Calypso Performers, Soca Music and More

What:        Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2012 is kicking off the 3-week summer festival at Nathan Phillips Square. The NOON HOUR launch showcases the many events that will entertain and energize Toronto.  Speeches.  Musical performances.  Dance troupes and over 80 men and women in this year's colourful Mas costumes. Calypso singers.  Soca music. Pan orchestra.

Why:         Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an important tourism event.  It annually brings hundreds of thousands of tourists into the city.  New events.  Children's Parade is moving to Downsview  Park.  Fish Fry and  J’Ouvert at the CNE.  Major Caribbean performers to appear at the Carnival Lime at the Docks Entertainment Complex     

Who:         Scheduled to speak:  Scotiabank. Federal Government. Festival Management Committee. Other dignitaries will be announced soon

When:       Media tent opens at 11.30am.  Last chance for media to register for the big parade.  Speeches 11.59 am to 12.30 pm.  A cavalcade of Caribbean entertainment until 2 pm.

Where:      Nathan Phillips Square. Queen Street -- Toronto City Hall.

How:         All media are welcome to cover the event. www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com. The public is encouraged to attend this FREE event. 

Media Contacts

Stephen Weir, Publicist                                                                     Darling Nicky
stephen@stephenweir.com                                                               darlingnicky.ca@gmail.com

Toronto Office: (416) 489-5868 Cell: (416) 801-310

CARIBANA - Children & Youth Festival @ Yorkgate Mall


2012 Kaiso 365 Calypso Monarch Finals

2012 Kaiso 365 Calypso Monarch Finals

KAISO 365


Saturday, July 28 @ 7:00pm

Chinese Cultural Centre (P. Ho Theatre)
5183 Sheppard Avenue East
Scarborough


Tickets: $38. adv.   /   $42. @ door


For info / purchase tickets call 416-795-2722 or email ocpacalypsoca@gmail.com

The hotly contested ‘Kaiso 365’ puts the festival spotlight on nine of Toronto’s top calypso singers, along with special guest Alexander D’ Great, winner of the Association of British Calypsonians (ABC) 2011 U.K. Calypso Monarch Competition.

This year's finalists in order of appearance are:

1.  Panman Pat
2.  Beginner
3.  Connector
4.  Macomere Fifi
5.  Crooner
6.  Dennis James
7.  Web
8.  Redman
9.  Structure 


Musical Director Ossie Gurley returns this year to lead a 9-piece band to give singers their chance to show off their latest work.

Nine finalists will sing two songs each in their quest for Canada’s top Calypso prize, capping off weeks of performances in the Calypso Tents Music Series. Last year’s winner Structure will defend his crown and the coveted People’s Choice award.

Songs are judged on their Lyrics, Melody, Vocal Rendition, Presentation and Originality. Special awards categories for Arrangement, Local Content, Humour, Background Vocals,
and Best New Artist.

The Fuller Woman Expo - Sunday, July 15, 2012



IT'S A CELEBRATION WE'RE COMING HOME!!!!!!

After spending 3 years on the road The International Fuller Woman Expo is returning to its roots and we are doing it with a BANG!!!!!

Join us on Sunday, July 15, 2012 from 11:00am to 7:00pm as TIFW Expo takes over Toronto's busiest intersection and its number one visitor destination
YONGE AND DUNDAS SQUARE
 Participate in a free Scocacize workout session form 12noon to 1:00pm followed by the anticipated Curves In The Square fashion show at 1:30pm and 5:00pm


http://www.thefullerwomanexpo.com/the_fuller_woman_expo_canada

Toronto Revellers Bollywood Bonanza - One Day Sale!


The Toronto Revellers are having an exclusive ONE DAY SALE this Sunday, July 15 between 3pm - 6pm at the mas camp, 1001 Ellesmere Road. Stop by our BOLLYWOOD BONANZA to receive giveaways, participate in our free costume draw, register for discounted Socacize classes, and get a deal on your own exclusive Toronto Revellers t-shirt !!!

These select sections are also offering discounts on their costumes:
MYSTERY - 10% off backline and a discount for frontline costumes -- only $260 !!!
POWER & WEALTH - $20 off front and backline costumes !!!
SONG - 10% off all costumes !!!
OM SHANTI OM - 10% off costumes, or an extra jewellry package with each registration !!!
SUNSET - $15 off all costumes !!!
Tell your friends: now is the chance to get your costume while the prices are HOT. This is a ONE DAY SALE, and will not be repeated.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Toronto Carnival Opening Church Service this Sunday



MEDIA ALERT
Sunday July 15th, 2012 – 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday August 12th, 2012 – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

NEW EVENT: OPENING & CLOSING CHURCH SERVICES TO OFFER PRAISE AND WORSHIP AS PART OF 2012 FESTIVAL

July 7, 2012 (Toronto) – Among several new additions to this year’s Festival events will be two church services. The Festival Management Committee welcomes the public to attend both an Opening Church service on Sunday July 15th and a Closing Thanksgiving Service on Sunday August 12th to share in praise and worship during the Toronto Caribbean Carnival season.  

The Opening Church service will take place Sunday July 15th, 2012 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Revival Time Tabernacle located at 4340 Dufferin Street, North York, ON [between Sheppard Ave. and Finch Ave.] led by Reverend Aubrey James.  There will be a reception immediately following the service from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  All are welcome.

The Closing Thanksgiving service will take place Sunday August 12th, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. at the St. James Cathedral located at 65 Church Street, Toronto, ON led by The Right Reverend Dean Douglas Stoute. 


About Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival

The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. Now in its 45th year, it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the great metropolis of Toronto and its environs will come alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. The Festival Management Committee oversees the running of North America’s largest outdoor festival.

Corporate sponsors of this year’s festival include: Scotiabank, The Toronto Star, Sway Magazine, CTV, CP24, FLOW fm, WinTV, WinRadio, General Motors, El Dorado Rum, The Canadian Federal Government, The Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Ontario Place, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Public Library, Liberty Grand, and Grace Kennedy Foods.

For more information about the programmes and events, please visit the festival’s official website at www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com. The Festival Office is NOW located at 19 Waterman Avenue. Contact info: Tel: 416-391-5608; Fax: 416-391-5693; Email: info@ torontocaribbeancarnival.com.

Stephen Weir, Festival Publicist | Phone 416-489-5868 | Cell: 416-801-3101 | Email: Stephen@stephenweir.com
Darling Nicky, Cultural Liaison | Cell: 905-399-5322 | Email: darlingnicky.ca@gmail.com    

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Register Now! 1 LOVE T.O. Caribbean Carnival Float


We are excited to announce that on Saturday, August 4th, 1 LOVE T.O. in partnership with Roots Canada, will be participating in the 2012 Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival! 
This year we’ll be contributing to one of North America’s largest cultural celebrations and we need your help to make it unforgettable. Whether you’ve played before or this will be your first time, let’s all hit the parade 1 LOVE T.O. style. 
Since this is our first year in the parade, we won’t have full costumes, however you’ll still get the authentic carnival experience by going down the road with music from DJ POWER along side our very own host T-RexXx. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to “Show Your Roots” by personalizing the heart of our classic 1 LOVE T.O. T-Shirt with the flag of your choice. 
Choose from the following 6 options: Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana, Barbados, Grenada. If you would like to suggest an additional flag, email us at info@1loveto.com. Please keep in mind we need a minimum of 24 orders. 
HOW TO REGISTER: (DEADLINE SUNDAY, JULY 22)
1. Select: Flag, Men’s or Women’s, Size
2. Fee: $50 includes t-shirt, wristband, food & beverages
3. Payment Option #1: Store Location 707 Dundas St. West
Hours: Friday 6-10pm, Sat/Sun 1-6pm
4. Payment Option #2: Email Money Transfer
Email: shop@1loveto.com Include Flag, Men’s or Women’s, Size, make the security answer “showyourroots”
5. Payment Option #3: PAYPAL (Debit/Credit)
http://1loveto.com/2012/07/register-now-1-love-t-o-caribbean-carnival-float/

Saturday, July 7, 2012

2012 Toronto Carnival Band Positions


1. Mas Toronto
2. Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club 
3. Carnival Nationz 
4. Toronto Revellers
5. Tribal Knights 
6. Callalloo
7. Connections Mastumes
8. Fantazia International
9. Costume Concept Creators
10. Blues Carnival Fusion 
11. TruDynasty 
12. Renaissance Mas Productions
13. Black Sage Carnival
14. Carnival Revolution 
15. D'Regulars

Friday, July 6, 2012

Junior Carnival Media Launch - Monday, July 9, 2012





MEDIA ALERT
Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto

Monday July 9th 11.30 am - 12.30pm
Media Launch to announce MAJOR changes to the 2012 FREE Junior Carnival Parade

Free Kiddies Parade and Family Day Event Moves to Downsview Park.  New Programmes. Kid Safe Route. Good TTC links


July 3, 2012  (Toronto) The media is invited to join Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto’s CEO Denise Herrera Jackson, local MPPs, city of Toronto councillors, and members of the Caribbean Canadian community for the releasing of information about this year’s Junior Carnival.  For the first time in a decade the parade will not be held along Jane Street, it will instead be held in Downsview Park on July 21st.


The Festival Management Committee, members of the Toronto Mas Band Association and The Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes, will be releasing key information about this year’s Children’s Parade and Carnival.  As well children from several mas camps will be showing their new costumes for the first time!  There will also be Junior Calypso singers, a dance group and steelpan performances.


Why: There has been a major venue change and programme additions to this year’s Children’s Carnival.  Because of traffic safety concerns and because of space limitations, this growing event has had to find a new home! Over 2,000 children  in mas costumes are expected to take part in the parade, making it the largest children s carnival parade in North America. A Family Day Event follows the Parade until 8pm.


Who: Spokespeople from the Parade, MPPS, city councillors and Scotiabank will speak at the press launch. Children in costumes. Steel pan orchestra. Calypso singers


When: 11.30 a.m to 12.30pm


Where:   35 Carl Hall Road, east of the John Drury Drive (within Downsview Park - enter on John Drury Drive - off Sheppard Ave W)


About Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival


The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. Now in its 45th year, it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the great metropolis of Toronto and its environs will come alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. The Festival Management Committee oversees the running of North America’s largest outdoor festival.


Corporate sponsors of this year’s festival include: Scotiabank, The Toronto Star, Sway Magazine, CTV, CP-24, FLOW fm, WinTV, WinRadio, General Motors, El Dorado Rum, The Canadian Federal Government, The Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Ontario Place, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Public Library, Yorkgate Mall, Liberty Grand, and Grace Kennedy Foods.


For more information about the programmes and events, please visit the festival’s official website at www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com. The Festival Office is NOW located at 19 Waterman Avenue. Contact info: Tel: 416-391-5608; Fax: 416-391-5693; Email: info@ torontocaribbeancarnival.com.


Stephen Weir Festival Publicist.
Phone 416-489-5868 Cell: 416-801-3101
Email: Stephen@stephenweir.com                                


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Stephen Weir
Stephen Weir & Associates | stephen@stephenweir.com
or sweir5492@rogers.com
2482 Yonge Street, Unit 45032, Toronto, ONT.
CANADA. M4P 3E3
Tel: 416-489-5868 | Fax: 416-488-6518
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