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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…