Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy New Year!!!!

"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come!"
2 Corinthians 5:17

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Season's Greetings

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Toronto Revellers Band Launch

Last call for Models/Performers!

The Toronto Revellers want you!

We are looking for people to be engaging and comfortable performing in front of large audiences. Must be skilled in traditional Caribbean and African dance, as you will be required for special appearances. You will be asked to perform light choreography, 2-4 minutes with music as part of your audition. All Performers/Dancers must be over the age of 19 years old. ID will be required.

Auditions will be taking place on Sunday January 9th, 2011. Location – Toronto


Please send your contact information to!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Carifiesta Update

A judgement was recently rendered regarding the dispute between the 2 groups vying for control of Montreal's Carifiesta.

Check out the link for the complete judgment dated November 29, 2010:

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tribal Knights News

It's that time of year again!

We want to invite you and your family to join us at our Annual Kiddie's Christmas Party, in honour of all the children that play in Tribal Knights Junior Carnival.

There will be fun games for the children, food and drinks, music, treats and a visit from Santa! Always a great time, so please join us as we celebrate the holiday season.

This is a FREE event brought to you by Tribal Knights, but there will be an opportunity to make a small donation toward our 2011 Junior Carnival Mas.

Look forward to seeing you on December 18th!

Saturday, December 18 · 3:00pm - 10:00pm

The TK Mas Centre - 83 Dynamic, Unit #11, Scarborough, ON

Tribal Knights 2011 Caribana band launch of "LEGENDS" is scheduled for April 2, 2011.

And on that note, Tribal Knights is still looking for plus-sized models, & make models. Open auditions will be held on Dec. 11, 2011 from 3-5pm @ the Mas Centre - 83 Dynamic Drive, Unit 11, Scarborough.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Message from Toronto Revellers

Revellers! I have some exciting news to share with you. I am happy to announce our Toronto Revellers team for Caribana 2011!

Please help me welcome our new and returning section leaders...

Andrea Boucaud and Leila Thomas | Attasha Jordan | Camille Lewis | Debbie Minott | Dija Kit-Chang | Giselle Blanche "D' Wassi One" | Joann Chase | Nicole Brand-Dixon and Zakiya McGregor-Ricketts | Roger Taylor Montano | Simone Russelburn and Christiane Tetreault | (SugaCayne) Stacey Robinson, Candice Dixon, Cherr Evans, Justin Franklyn and Sonia Bhatia | Yvette McBurnie

This dynamic team brings you talent and experience from Miami, Toronto, London and Trinidad carnivals. With designs straight out of the heart of Trinidad and feature designs from our very own Section Leaders, the Toronto Revellers are ready!!!

I did promise that we would listen to you... the people. My team and I are taking your overall experience to heart. Keep your suggestions coming, Facebook and Twitter.

We want to improve, enlighten and impress! We are definitely listening!

NOW for our other exciting news... Mark your calendars as it's coming... the Toronto Revellers Welcome to Oz Band Launch will be on April 30th, 2011. Stay glued, Facebook and Twitter as we announce further details soon.

My team and I can not wait to share Oz with you. 2011 Band of the Year! We comin'!


P.S. Check out the upcoming features on the Toronto Revellers website as we explore the many faces of the Toronto Revellers, your behind the scenes look.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Merry Christmas.....

I got my fist Merry Christmas while shopping at the mall today! My tree is up and decorated! It must be the most wonderful time of the year......

1 Chronicles 16:8
"Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done."

Enjoy this classic Christmas tune......

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Machel Montano......The Return



November 24, 2010 - It’s official - Machel Montano announces his return to Carnival 2011.

In March, 2011 Montano will join thousands of residents and visitors in celebrating Carnival in his native Trinidad & Tobago.

Montano returns after taking last season off to start new projects and explore various avenues to further develop his sound, brand and mission.

In this time, Machel has further increased the presence of Soca music internationally as millions of television viewers worldwide tuned in to his hit collaboration, “Alright” with Latin Hip Hop star, Pitbull. The song was used during episodes of the popular series, Hawaii Five-O on CBS and Parenthood on NBC. “Alright”, entered the Billboard charts and received major airplay on mainstream radio across the globe. It will also be featured on the hit NBC T.V. show, Friday Night Lights.

Over the summer, Montano was a headline artist on Pitbull's 22-city “Mr. Worldwide Carnival Tour.” The tour traveled to major cities throughout the United States.

Immediately thereafter, Montano slipped into the studio to begin work on a new album. The energy from these sessions coupled with cries from his adoring fans played a major role in convincing him to make his return. The new album promises to deliver a number of bonafide hits for the upcoming Carnival season. The first single “Coming Again” will be released on November 24th, his birthday.

At the center of this comeback, Montano is eyeing the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Trinidad for a much anticipated "Return" concert, which he contends will be the “Mother” of all Machel Montano events. The show will also include the talents of well-known stars he has collaborated with in the past and a few new surprises.

The official launch of Montano's "Return" campaign will commence as soon as the clock turns at midnight, heralding 2011 in as the New Year. This will be done in dramatic fashion, as the new website is unveiled. All the major social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace & Youtube will be integrated, celebrating this launch.

Fans who join Montano's Facebook, follow him on Twitter @ machelmontanohd or subscribe to his YouTube channel before January 1, 2011, will be entered into the
Machel Online Return sweepstakes. This gives them a chance to win exclusive merchandise, music & VIP access to his 2011 Carnival events.

Montano says, "I am very excited to come back home and perform. I can't wait to engage my fans both online and in-person. My mission to bring Soca into the mainstream of today’s music is becoming a reality." To learn more, log-on now!

"I am thrilled to make The Return."

For Further Information Contact:
James Walton, M.A.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

New Band Alert for Caribana 2k11 - BLUES CARNIVAL FUSION

Here's another newbie mas band for Caribana 2K11......Blues Carnival Fusion. Their presentation is entitled "t:me after t:me"

Check out their website:

A group of friends who have been participating in international carnivals for several years, decided to join forces to provide an unsurpassed experience to masqueraders. Having the passion for carnivals –Carnival Fusion was launched in 2004.

The group is available 24/7 for all enquiries. They provide quality costumes and offer individual attention to each masquerader, internationally and local.

Carnival Fusion’s team is comprised of a diverse group of individuals with many years experience in customer service, design, DJing, marketing, ‘Mas-making’ and, promotions. Although our talents are focused on different aspects, as a group, our first and foremost love is Carnival. Fused together we celebrate our West Indian culture through Carnival. Our ultimate goal is to provide masqueraders with an ongoing carnival experience year round by providing affordable, quality costumes and, unparalleled customer service.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

New Mas Band Alert for Caribana 2k11 - Bitter Lemon Carnival

Another New Mas Band Alert for Caribana 2011......Bitter Lemon Carnival.........

I have to say I am already quite impressed with this band as they not only have their theme in place but their website is up and running AND includes sketches of their sections. Their presentation for 2011 is entitled "Monsoon Wedding".

Please check out the following blog for some insight into Bitter Lemon's journey towards Caribana 2K11:

Bitter Lemon Carnival is a creative team is a creative team who have a passion for mas. We have been creating costumes for a variety of bands for over 30 years.
Mostly with Wallace Alexander and Nip Davis and Associates.
We have created winning costumes that have performed in Trinidad, Hong Kong, Detroit and more locations.
We also provide costumes for special events, as well as decorative pieces that can be used for special dinners, cultural events and ceremonies. We can also custom-make a design for you.
The our artcle from our recent installation at the ROM's on/article/851762--caribana-art-exhibit-on-now-at-the-rom.
We have full costumes (averaging 18x25x16) ft in size. They are modular, so they can be adjusted to fit the space where they might be displayed.

Friday, November 19, 2010

New Band Alert for Caribana 2k11 - CANBOULAY CARNIVAL

Last night I got an FB notification regarding a new mas band for Caribana 2K11.....CANOBULAY CARNIVAL!

So who is CANBOULAY CARNIVAL......see below for some deets:

Joan Lee woi..i see big tings for 2011 TORONTO CARIBANA !!!!

12 hours ago · ·
    • Joan Lee who is Canboulay Carnivale ???
      11 hours ago ·
      11 hours ago · · 1 person

The website is presently under construction so look out for updates as I come across more information.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Socacize Appreciation Lime and FLAUNT Christmas Party - Dec 18th

Your remarkable support deserves my thanks!
You are cordially invited to join me at
Socacize Appreciation Lime
Saturday, December 18th 8:00-11:00 p.m.
Continental Soiree 1957 Kennedy Road (401 & Kennedy)
Enjoy free refreshments and giveaways!
RSVP by December 3rd


Let the Celebration of outstanding work begin!
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Saturday December 18th from 11pm
Continental Soiree 1957 Kennedy Road (401 & Kennedy)
Jamming with Dr. Jay, DOC, Gdubb, & Jaydunaway
$10 with Donation for Tropicana Christmas Drive | $15

Tropicana Food Drive
This year, Tropicana Community Centre is doing a very special Christmas drive – one that focuses on pampering women! As such, we are asking if you can donate a gift certificate for any of the following services: manicure, pedicure, hairstyling, massage, fitness etc.

Other gifts may include non perishable food or toys.

Every Christmas generous donors and volunteers with Tropicana’s Spirit of Christmas Food & Toy Drive bring joy and relief to hundreds of families for whom the season is a harsh reminder of their daily emotional and financial hardships.

The beneficiaries of Tropicana’s Spirit of Christmas Food & Toy Drive are current or recent clients who are registered for the drive by Tropicana staff because we know that they and their families will benefit from our assistance.

“Your kindness is appreciated”

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Monday, November 8, 2010

2011 Caribana Theme Round-up









Friday, October 29, 2010

Product Alert: The Snazzy Napper

This product made me laugh out family and friends you may find this under your Christmas Tree!!

The Stage is BACK for C2K11!!!!!

New rules for Carnival

Published: 29 Oct 2010

In this T&T Guardian file photo, Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Winston Peters (Gypsy), left, is captured at a function with fellow calypsonian Opposition Councillor Franz Lambkin (Delamo).

All systems are go for Carnival 2011, according to Arts & Multiculturalism Minister Winston Peters (Gypsy).
Speaking off the record at a reception for cultural personalities last week Friday at Knowsley Building in Port-of-Spain, the minister said a new National Carnival Commission (NCC) Board was to be installed soon. The man shortlisted to be the new chairman is Kenny De Silva, a former chairman of the Commission. Up to last Wednesday afternoon, however, De Silva said he had received no instrument of appointment. The composition of the new board augurs well for C2K11 especially as other names mentioned include experienced veterans in Carnival, including Don Sylvester and Cyril Collier, in addition to the heads of Carnival’s Special Interest groups (SIGs), including Keith Diaz (Pan Trinbago); Lutalo Masimba (Bro Resistance), (Tuco); and Wrenrick Brown (NCBA).

Peters also said the Parade of the Bands competition would be returning inside the Queen’s Park Savannah, its traditional home, instead of proceeding along the outside southern perimeter of the venue. He added that a main stage would be returned, with north and grand viewing stands. Himself being the National Calypso Monarch of 1997, and a multiple champion in extempore competition, Peters said there was every likelihood that next year calypsonians would be required to sing two selections for the national monarch competition, a move welcomed by many of the veteran calypsonians.

Contacted on Wednesday, Tuco president Lutalo Masimba (Bro Resistance), with a chuckle in his voice, said: “As far as I am concerned this decision can only be taken by the membership of Tuco and the jury’s still out on that. We are discussing it, though.” Concurring with Resistance was former national monarch Michael Osuna (Sugar Aloes), who said: “While I consider this is a progressive move, it is not a decision for any minister to make. Only Tuco can make this decision. But, I am for the two songs as it will separate the men from the boys in the competition.”

Before C2K11 comes around, however, Peters has given his endorsement to this evening’s Extemporama being held at SWWTU Hall, on Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, from 8 pm. A virtual clash between the best exponents of extempore, representing the three zones of Tuco, Peters affirmed the event was not a competition, but a chance for “bragging rights in the genre.” Tonight’s zonal war is billed as “De Councillor vs De Minister” as many people expect it to come down to a face-off between the arts minister and COP Councillor Phillip Murray (Black Sage). Widely regarded to be the world’s best extempore artistes, Peters said he didn’t intend taking any prisoners tonight as he knew each contestant would be gunning for him.

In mirth, he said: “It will be fire in town on Friday night, and I intend getting them before they get me.” Also in the fray tonight are Contender, Fire Ball, Gary Ranks, Black Sage (North); Lingo, Lady Africa, Sheldon John, Dion Diaz (East); Brian London, Abebele, Short Pants, Gypsy (South). Peters was complimentary of the young people venturing into the realm of extempore, singling out Fire Ball and Bunji Garlin, adding that they brought their own unique but entertaining treatment to the art form. Hosted by Mervyn Telfer and Shirlaine Hendrickson, this evening’s show also features former calypso monarch Relator, with musical accompaniment by Moods.

Tunes for Panorama 2011
As far as pan and the 2011 National Panorama Competition are concerned, calypsonians have already completed their “pan songs,” including De Original De Fosto Himself, Crazy and Eunice Peters.
Four hot tracks for Panorama 2011 are:
• In She Rainorama sung by De Fosto—composed by Winston Scarborough;
• Desperadoes Coming Down sung by De Fosto—composed by Winston Scarborough;
• A Raging Storm sung by DeFosto—composed by Winston Scarborough;
• Percy on Me sung by Crazy—composed by Edwin Ayoung & Winsford Devine.

Calypso tents
The calypso tents are also gearing up for a bumper C2K11 season.
Speaking with Pulse on Wednesday, Calypso Revue producer Sugar Aloes said all systems were go for the season. He said auditions would commence on November 14 and continue every Sunday, at 11 am, at a venue to be announced. The regional tents operated by Tuco are also in their final planning stages, as well as the Icons tent operated by another former national and Independence monarch, Weston Rawlins (Cro Cro).

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tribal Knights 2011 Casting Call for Models

Time: Sunday, November 21 at 12:00pm - November 30 at 11:00pm

Location: The TK Mas Centre - 83 Dynamic Drive, Unit #11, Scarborough, ON

TRIBAL KNIGHTS™ is looking for models for its 2011 presentation of “Legends”.

We are looking for committed individuals who would be interested in being models for the 2011 Caribana season for Dexter Seusahai’s TRIBAL KNIGHTS™.

We are looking for models to showcase our 2011 costumes at various events leading up to The Scotiabank Caribana Festival. This will include photo shoots, the official Band Launch, the Scotiabank Caribana
Festival Media Launch, and other community-based events throughout the year.

We are looking for:

• Primarily female models (will require some male models)
• Individuals who feel comfortable and confident wearing mas costumes
• Individuals who are not camera shy
• Individuals who are comfortable walking in high-heeled shoes
• Individuals who can commit to appearances at the pre-set events (dates TBA)

Auditions will take place November 21st through November 30th, 2010 at the TRIBAL KNIGHTS™ Mas Centre located at 83 Dynamic Dr. Unit #11. An audition schedule will be assigned once submission process is complete.

All models will be entitled to one COMPLIMENTARY 2011 Mas costume to play Mas with TRIBAL KNIGHTS™ at The Scotiabank Caribana Festival.

If YOU are interested in modelling for Dexter Seusahai’s TRIBAL KNIGHTS™ 2011 presentation of “Legends”, please send an email including NAME, EMAIL, and TELEPHONE NUMBER to: .


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