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
4. Macomere Fifi
6. Dennis James
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,
Hi Readers, Here is the Official Order of the Bands for the Grand Parade on Saturday, August 5, 2017: 1) DURHAM MAS & CULTURAL CLUB 2) TORONTO REVELLERS 3) CARNIVAL NATIONZ 4) SALDENAH MAS-K CLUB 5) TRIBAL CARNIVAL 6) ATLANTIC MAS 7) FANTAZIA 8) CONCEPT COSTUME CREATORS 9) SUNLIME CANADA 10) D’ NEW REGULARS & CARNIVAL REDEMPTION 11) VENOM CARNIVAL
Hi Readers, Here are the 15 finalists who will be competing against reigning 2017 Calypso Monarch Dr Hollis "Chalkdust" Liverpool. Dimanche Gras takes place on Sunday, February 11, 2018. AARON ST. LOUIS - VOICE ALANA SINNETTE-KHAN - LADY WATCHMAN CARLOS JAMES - SKATIE DEXTER PARSONS - THE STINGER HELON FRANCIS JOANNE ROWLEY - TIGRESS KARENE ASCHE KURT ALLEN - THE LAST BARD JOHN OF CALYPSO MICHAEL LEGERTON - PROTECTOR MICHAEL OSOUNA - SUGAR ALOES MYRON BRUCE - MYRON B RONDELL DONAWA SANDRA DES VIGNES MILLINGTON - SINGING SANDRA SELVON NOEL - MISTAH SHAK STACEY SOBERS RESERVE: RODERICK GORDON- CHUCK GORDON