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Toronto Revellers Children's Christmas Party - Sunday, December 22, 2013

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17th Snowflakes on Steel - Saturday, January 18, 2014

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A pan lover's annual tradition.....

We Paranging - The 2013 Toronto Parang Season

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Hi readers,  
Its time to shake the dust off your shak shaks and brush up on your Spanglish...the Toronto Parang Season is here/aqui!!!


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Maestre & Friends House Parang Limes.....East and West!

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Toronto Revellers Christmas Fete - Friday, December 13, 2013

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San Juan San Juan Toronto - 2nd Annual Appreciation Parang Lime....Sunday, November 24, 2013

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Parang Fest in the west.....Saturday, November 30, 2013

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Another Parang Lime.....Come Leh We Parang.....

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A Wild Meat Parang Fiesta - Saturday, November 16, 2013

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Caribbean Catholic Church Parang Mass - Saturday, October 26, 2013

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Video Alert: Kerwin Du Bois - Forget About It

Socacize Fall Bootcamp starts tomorrow.

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Hi Readers,
Its time to work off all those Thanksgiving pounds....

The 2nd Annual Ulitmate Parang Calypso Concert

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13th Annual Soca Parang Lime - Sunday, November 10th, 2013

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Paintbox Parang Brunch....de parang season opener!

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OCPA (Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes) Annual Awards - Sunday, October 20, 2013

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Carnival Tabanca, Toronto Masqueraders Association, and the Use of Social Media for Good

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Hi readers,
As this last day of summer winds down, you may find yourself reflecting on all the fun that was summer 2013 in Toronto. Like me if you played mas for Toronto Carnival you may be experiencing a bit of Carnival Tabanca as you realize you have to wait until next year to start the the Carnival madness all over again. However, my Carnival Tabanca seems a bit more intense this year.  This year's road experience on the Lakeshore was far from ideal and left a bittersweet taste in my mouth.  Don't get me wrong I still managed to have fun but after about ten minutes on the Lakeshore my band was swarmed and then stalled as non-masqueraders invaded the parade route. The picture below is the point at which my group of friends gave up and decided to leave the parade route.  The masquerader to non-masquerader ratio speaks for itself.  If you look really closely you can even see the break in the fence.

Unfortunately my experience was shared by many masqueraders.  And as a result, li…

Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club Victory Party - Saturday, September 28, 2013

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Fantazia International's Appreciation Fete - Saturday, September 21, 2013

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Toronto Revellers' 2nd Annual Picnic - Sunday, August 25, 2013

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Scarborough Afro-Caribbean Festival - August 24th & 25th, 2013

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Hi readers, Please spread the word and come out support!

Unofficial 2013 Toronto Carnival Parade Band of the Year Results

CATEGORY "A" BANDS

Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club - Theme: "HEAVEN AND EARTH" - Band Leader: Louis Saldenah - 452 points Carnival Nationz - Theme: "THE REEF" - Band Leaders: Marcus Eustace and Bryce Aguiton - 447 points Toronto Revellers - Theme: "007, MAS NEVER DIES" - Band Leader: Jamaal Magloire - 429 points Congratulations to the Saldenah crew on winning your 17th title....an amazing accomplishment!!!


CATEGORY "B" and "C" BANDS

Carnival Revolution - Theme: "HOME FOR CARNIVAL" - Band Leader: Osei Brand - 378 points Concept Costume Creators - Theme "CELEBRATING OUR HERITAGE" - Band Leader: Whitfield Belasco - 353 points D'Regulars - Theme: "MAMA THIS IS MAS" - Band Leader: Michael Williams - 351 points A special congratulations to the Carnival Revolution posse.  I believe this is only their second year in competition and this win now moves them up to the "A" category next year!

Unofficial 2013 PanAlive Results

2013 Pan Alive Results

Pan Fantasy (477)Afropan (474)Pan Masters (462)Golden Harps [BCASPC] (462)Panatics (441)SalahSteelpanAcademy (439)Silhouettes (438)HYSO (437)New Dimension (435)CCAH (391)SJYC (376)JK Vibrations (367)Metrotones (354)Congratulations Pan Fantasy!!!!


Unofficial 2013 King and Queen Results

Hi readers,
What a great King and Queen show!!!  
Here are the unofficial results from tonight's King and Queen competition:
Female Individual TO Revellers Carnival Nationz D'Regulars  Tribal Carnival 
Male Individual
Carnival Nationz Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club Tribal Carnival  Mas Toronto
Queen of the Band
Carnival Nationz Blues Carnival Fusion Carnival Revolution Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club
King of the Band
Carnival Nationz Tribal Carnival Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club Concept Costume Creators


Ontario Science Centre's Innovation in Mas Award - "The Hyper-Physical Being" designed by Danzo Balroop from the band Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club.

Get On Board The Freedom Train!

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Hi Readers,
I just stumbled across this very cool event hosted by Ms. Itah Sadu of A Different Booklist.  August 1st marks the anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery by the British Empire and I think this is an excellent way to celebrate.
For more info check out the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/568129523232665/


Join A Different Booklist, Councillor Josh Colle and our community partners on...

“THE UNDERGROUND FREEDOM TRAIN”
WEDNESDAY JULY 31st, UNION STATION @ 11:15PM SHARP!

Journey with us on the underground from Union Station to Downsview Station as we usher in Emancipation Day! Get on board the FREEDOM TRAIN for a train ride with special performances, special guests and YOU!

Assemble at the TICKET BOOTH @ UNION STATION for 11:15pm SHARP!
Meet you on the UNDERGROUND!

Carnival Nationz 2013 Costume Pick-up Schedule

Hi CNz Masqueraders,

Here is the Carnival Nationz Costume Pick-up schedule as released yesterday:

Tuesday 30th July:
PEARLS - from 1pm-10pmFLASHER WRASSE - 6pm-10pmSEAHORSE - 6pm-10pmWednesday 31st July:YELLOW NUDIBRANCH - from 1pm-10pmSCORPAENIDEA - 6pm-10pmHAWKFISH - 6pm-10pmEMPEROR ANGELFISH - 6pm-10pmTEMMINCKII FISH - 6pm-10pmFAN CORAL - 6pm-10pmThursday 1st August:MANDARIN FISH (ONLY) - 6PM-10PMALL OTHER SECTIONS CLOSED FOR KING & QUEENFrIday 2nd August:All visitors from abroad (Welcome!!) and masqueraders unable to pick up on their original pick-up date from 12pm-9pmAny costumes not picked-up by 9pm will be SOLD to our long waiting list of people looking to play mas with CNz
So note the date and times your section will be distributed and ensure that you DO NOT show up BEFORE your pickup date.

********IMPORTANT PICKUP INFO**********
please ensure you have the original registration receipt with you, if notplease walk with ID so we can release the costumes to the right person(s)if yo…

Fantazia International Costume Pickup Information

Hi FANTAZIA Masqueraders,
Here is your costume pick up information as per Fantazia International's Facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/groups/fantazia09/)
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - Phoenix, Aphrodite 6pm – 11pm 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - Athena & Spartacus 6pm – 11pm 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - Zenobia Warrior, Tanzanite 6pm – 11pm 
Thursday, August 1, 2013 - Mas Camp Closed(King & Queen Show) CLOSED 
Friday, August 2, 2013 - IBIS, All Section Leads, All Sections 6pm – 10pm


You must have your receipt available to ensure final payment is made (Cash Only) and costume pickup is complete.

Unofficial 2013 Calypso Monarch Results

Congratulations to MACOMERE FIFI....the 2013 CALYPSO MONARCH!
Second place: Structure
Third place: King Cosmos
Fourth place: Pan Man Pat 


TODAY - KAISO 365 Calypso Monarch Finals

Tribal Carnival Hand Out Dates

Hi Tribal Carnival Masqueraders,

Here is your pick-up schedule as per the Tribal Carnival website:


Poison Ivy and Butterfly - Saturday, July 27th, 3-8 p.m.

Amethyst Starling - Saturday July 27th, 4-9 p.m.

Pele & Tribal - Monday July 29th, 4-9 p.m.

Waterfall & Oceania - Tuesday July 30th,  4-9 p.m.

The Wild, Autumn, Oasis - Wednesday, July 31st, 4-9 p.m.

The Storm - Friday, August 2nd, 4-8 p.m.

American and out of town pick up date: Friday, August 2nd from 11-8 p.m.


Website: http://tribalcarnival.com

Citynews.ca - Thousands take part in Toronto's Junior Carnival

Unofficial 2013 Junior Carnival Results

Hi Readers,

Here are the unofficial results for Junior Carnival.  Once the official results are announced I will update this post.

FEMALE INDIVIDUAL OF THE YEAR:
Tribal Carnival - Caeisha Edwards portraying "THE BUTTERFLY MENAGERIE"Carnival Nationz - Kai Castle portraying "D'ZEBRA FISH"Carnival Nationz - Reeyana Singh portraying "D'CORAL REEF"Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club - Emma Lemieux portraying "MOTHER EARTH"
MALE INDIVIDUAL OF THE YEAR: Toronto Revellers - Jalen Magloire portraying "JACK AND HIS BEANSTALK"Tribal Carnival - Courtney St. Louis portraying "MANTIS, THE PREDATOR"Fantazia International - Joshua Martinez portraying "ZIPA"Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club - Amari Lee portraying "THE BIG BANG"
JUNIOR QUEEN OF THE BAND: Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club - Faith Hermelijn portraying "HEAVEN CAN'T WAIT"Tribal Carnival - Celena Seusahai portraying "THE LOTUS QUEEN"Fantazia International - Re…

Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2013 -- CTV Promotional Video

Mark your Toronto Carnival Calendars....Afropan 2013 Blocko Dates

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Kaiso 365 - 2013 Calypso Monarch Finals - Sunday, July 28, 2013

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Good Luck to all the Finalists!!!!

2013 Toronto Junior Carnival

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Hi Readers,

All you mums, dads, grannies, grandads, aunties, uncles, godparents.....have you registered your kiddies for Junior Carnival yet?

Parade day is this coming Saturday, July 20, 2013!!!!

Costumes are still available at some mas camps including Toronto Revellers which is located at 1001 Ellesmere Road at Kennedy Road (Phone number: 416-752-8349).

Please consult this handy dandy Band Directory for a list of all participating mas bands as well as their contact info: http://www.decocoapanyol.com/2013/06/2013-toronto-canival-band-directoryplay.html

Please also note the location for the Junior Carnival parade remains the same but the route has been changed and shortened!

Check the Toronto Carnival website for more info: http://www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com/junior-carnival-parade-information



2013 Toronto Carnival Parade Positions

1. Connections
Theme: RHYTHM OF LIFE


2. Blues Carnival Fusion
Theme: LOST CIVILIZATIONS 

3. Fantazia International 
Theme: ANCIENT LEGENDS

4. Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club 
Theme: HEAVEN AND EARTH 

5. Carnival Nationz 
Theme: THE REEF

6. Toronto Revellers 
Theme: 007, MAS NEVER DIES

7. Tribal Carnival 
Theme: THE BEAUTY OF NATURE

8. Concept Costume Creators 
Theme: CARIBBEAN HERITAGE 

9. Black Sage Carnival 
Theme: SPICE OF LIFE 

10. Mas Toronto 
Theme: TIMELINE 

11. Carnival Revolution 
Theme: HOME FOR CARNIVAL 

12. D'Regulars Arts and Cultural Club 
Theme: MAMA THIS IS MAS


Its not just a launch, its a LIME!!!! Toronto Carnival Official Launch is tomorrow!

Hi Readers,

Its time to get ready!!!

The 2013 Toronto Carnival Official Launch takes place tomorrow....Tuesday, July 9, 2013. This year's kick-off promises to be more than just a lunch time event.  After the official launch from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. the festivities will continue into the evening with a performance from Ravi B among others.  Check out the Press Release below......



Press ReleasesScotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Heats Up the City
Published: Sunday, 07 July 2013 15:29MEDIA ALERT/PHOTO OP - 
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Heats Up the City
Performers will kick-off the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival at Nathan Phillips Square JULY 8, 2013  (Toronto) The media are invited to join MPP, Minister Michael Coteau, Christine Williams, Scotiabank Vice-President Toronto East District, members of the Canadian Caribbean community and Trinidad recording star Ravi B to kick off the 46th annual Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9 at Nat…