Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tribal Knights 2012 Model Search

If you are interested in becoming a model, please email the following to Subject: Model Search 

1. A full body shot in a two-piece bathing suit for females and board shorts for males. (Front, back & side profile shots preferred.) 

2. A headshot 

3. Measurements including:
Bra size:
Shoe size:

4. Contact information:

5. Availability

Carnival Vibrations TV 2012-Ep 21-Snowflakes of Steel

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Carnival TV Partners With Caribbean Prestige Foundation For The Performing Arts To Stream Live On The Internet


The Digicel International Soca Monarch Competition Rides The Information Superhighway Into Trinidad and Tobago’s 2012 Carnival

Carnival TV Partners With Caribbean Prestige Foundation For The Performing Arts To Stream Live On The Internet

January 26, 2012 - Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago... Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts will take the Digicel International Soca Monarch competition to the World Wide Web with live streaming in High Definition (HD) via Carnival TVs signature series, LIVEOnStage2Nite. The pay-per-view (PPV) broadcast will go live from the Arima Velodrome for four hours from 8:00 p.m. (00:00:00Z) with the semi finals of the Play Whe Groovy Soca Monarch and the Digicel Power Soca Monarch competitions on Sunday January 29, 2012.
The Digicel International Soca Monarch has become a staple of the cultural landscape of Trinidad and Tobagos carnival, being the foremost barometer for proficiency in the Soca realm of the Caribbean. In its 20th anniversary year, international audiences will witness some of the 53 regional semi-finalists vie for entry to the finals of the 2012 Digicel International Soca Monarch competition. Carnival TV will stream four hours of the eight-hour show live, featuring performances from both competitions. 

Carnival TV was launched in March 2011, as the premier HD Internet TV station streaming live Caribbean content to the globe, with an aim to capture and present the essence of everything Caribbean through the eyes of Caribbean people.  In it’s pilot year, the station successfully kicked off its programming with live streams of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival including the National Steelband Panorama Finals, Dimanche Gras, and the Parade of the Bands, which attracted more than 300,000 viewers in 137 countries around the world. 
This Sunday, soca and carnival enthusiasts can get their front-row PPV seats for US $0.99 for the Digicel International Soca Monarch Semi Finals at Payment can be made by credit card or PayPal only. For more information visit or or tweet to@carnivaltvHD or @intlsocamonarch or email

LIVEOnStage2Nite: Digicel International Soca Monarch Semi Finals

Carnival TV and Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts
Sunday January 29, 2012
Streaming from 00:00:00Z (TT 8:00 p.m.) to 04:00:00Z (TT 12:00 a.m.)
World Wide Web via Carnival TV (
PPV for US $0.99. Payment by VISA, Martercard, AMEX or PayPal only. 

For media inquiries, please contact:
Liza Miller, Managing Director
Estuary Public Relations

Machel Montano at work in St. Lucia

Trucian Vibes :-)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

New Benjai : THE PEOPLES CHAMPION [2012 Trinidad Soca][Produced By Preci...

Thank you Benjai.....I was getting a lil worried but I love this one!!!!

List of Events for 2012 Toronto Carnival

Hi readers,

Here's a glimpse at the 2012 Toronto Carnival Events Calendar.  Highlights for me include the move to Downsview Park for Junior Carnival and the plans to make Pan Alive an all day event.  As a pan player and aficionado this really excites me.....a whole day for pan!!!  I hope these plans come through.

Check out the list of events below, plug the dates into your calendar from now and SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT our culture!!!!

2012 List of Events – Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival – Our City’s best summer festival – July 16 to August 12, 2012The Festival Management Committee presents Toronto’s biggest summer Carnival and festival – from July 16 to August 2, 2012 with: 
·       Living Art through the presentation of stunning costumes known popularly as Mas’ at the Junior Carnival for kids age  2 to 16 years and Marquee Lakeshore Boulevard parades in a cosmopolitan Toronto. 
·       Performance Art capturing the original music in its diverse forms - soca, calypso, pan, and chutney music to animate the masqueraders and propel their dance steps as well as spectators. 
·       Ritualism motivating millions of visitors that have continued to make the city of Toronto the destination of choice for an absolute stunning Carnival event. 
Our festival takes place at various locations in Toronto engaging many sectors of our city and citizens.  This year we are offering improvements to the traditional events. 
Junior Carnival Official launch – July 16.  It’s all about the kids. This year, the event would be moved to a new location. Downsview Park. 
Festival Official Launch – July 10.  It’s the event that attracts wide media coverage especially by our media sponsors – television, radio, print media, and social media. It presents a snapshot of what’s on for the Festival. 
GTAA Launch – July 20.  It’s another year for the Greater Toronto Airport Authority partnership with the Festival Management Committee to promote the festival at the gateway to the City of Toronto with Caribbean entertainment and tastings. 
Citizenship Ceremony – TBD.  Witness new Canadians being sworn in as citizens of Canada within a welcoming flavour of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival and Festival.  Location:  North York Civic Centre. 
Carnival Art – July 29 to August 12.  A unique display of Carnival costumes and the history of the festival featuring photography capturing Carnival around the city and also featuring the pioneers of the festival with the recollection of the festival over the years. 
Media Conference at the Royal Ontario Museum - July 12. 
Junior Carnival – July 21.  The kid’s version of the Marquee parade attracting over 30,000 spectator visitors comprising families and featuring 2,000 mini masquerades, some as young as two years taking place close to one the city’s priority neighbourhood with partners such as 31 & 32 Division of the Metropolitan Police. This year the festival would be at the Downsview Park. 
CTV/CP24 BBQ – July TBD.  It was so successful the last two years that they’ve decided to do it again – an outdoor BBQ from Queen Street to Richmond Street that celebrates the festival with costumes, music, and of course, delicious food. 
Annual Gala– July 27.  An elegant evening at the Liberty Grand that showcases masquerade models, music, dancing, exotic food, and signature drinks – sensational sights, sounds, and tastes. Attended by sponsors, donors, and partners, this event attracts the well-heeled clientele who bid on exciting prizes to support an identified cause.  Location: Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex located on the waterfront - the epitome of luxury and elegance. 
The Calypso Tent Music Series (CTMS) – The Calypso Tent Music Series (CTMS) will run for 5 weeks on weekends beginning June 9th and ending July 8th.  Location: TBD.
Kaiso 365 - Calypso Monarch Finals – July 23.  After weeks of performances, calypsonians that have made the final cut will compete for the crown!!! Finalists compete for Canada's top Calypso prize. Humour, double entendre and wit, lyrics range from personal to political, social commentary to celebration.Location:  TBD 
Calypso STARS Showcase – August 1.  Gareth Burgess, Carnival Arts characters: Moko Jumbies (Swizzlestick Theatre), interactive Sailor Dancers (Hummingbird Dance Co.), and the Midnight Robber (Afro-Caribbean Dance Co.), Ossie Gurley & Calypso All Stars.  Location:  Harbourfront Centre. 
King and Queen Competition and Show – August 2.  A spectacular display of the talent and artistic skill of the designers and costume builders of the King, Queen, male and female individual costumes paraded in front of a captivated audience. These masqueraders compete in costumes that weigh two to three times their body weight.  Location: Allan Lamport Stadium – capacity 6000 spectators. 
Pan Alive – TBD. This event showcases the talent of steel pan performers ranging in age from early teens to adults as they perform their original renditions to the aficionados and judges at the Allan Lamport Stadium.  We are planning to move the event to a full day event as opposed to an evening event.  Location: Allan Lamport Stadium 
Grand Parade – August 4.  This is the marquee parade that is the showcase of the Festival.  After months of preparation, masqueraders in colourful and striking costumes and steel pan bands wind their way from the assembly area at Exhibition Place along a 3.5 kilometre stretch on Lakeshore Boulevard.  This performance of bejewelled masqueraders continues to draw millions from all over the world to see the live performing street art year after year.  With opportunities for VIP seating in designated, controlled areas which will include upgraded seating, tents, and marketplace.  Location: Exhibition Place, Ontario Place, Lakeshore Boulevard.   
Tropical Rhythm Food Festival – Islands Come to the Islands at Ontario Place – August 5 and August 6.  Continuing the tropical Caribbean ambience of the festival, cool down on the south beach at Ontario Place or have fun in the park while enjoying ‘de lime’ with food, music, dance, and an array of fun activities for two days. Be up close and personal with the Bahamian Jankanoo band, ShortKnee performers from Grenada and the Rhyming chef who combines his unique talent of cooking and rhyming – the best way to end the long weekend. Enjoy the Tropical food festival and island hop to tasty, spicy morsels of Caribbean islands.  Location – Ontario Place, a cultural and entertainment park within easy reach of the city. 
Canada Rugby League – TBD.  A new event featuring fans of rugby league is adding the sporting dimension to the festival. “Governed by the Rugby League International Federation, the sport is officially played in 57 countries across the world. Most popular in England, Australia, New Zealand and across the Pacific, the largest professional associations are the National Rugby League and the European Super League, with a combined fan base of over 100 million”. The event in Toronto will feature a matchup between the Jamaican international team and Canada for the first annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival Cup) and include a concert featuring artistes from Jamaica. Location: TBD.  
Issued By:

Stephen WeirFestival Publicist| stephen@stephenweir.comor sweir5492@rogers.com2482 Yonge Street, Unit 45032, Toronto, ONT.CANADA. M4P 3E3Tel: 416-489-5868 | Cell:

Mas Toronto.....calling all Section Leaders for 2012 Toronto Carnival

Calling all section leaders......MAS TORONTO is ready to welcome you ......
check the details below.......

Renaissance Mas Model Search

Hi readers,

RMP is on the hunt for models for the 2012 Toronto Carnival season......if interested check the details below....

As we prepare for the 2K12 Toronto Carnival season, Renaissance Mas Productions is looking for a variety of body types to hit the "RMP" runway at our Band Launch of "Gods & Goddesses: Myths of Ancient Worlds" Photo Shoot. Everything from the young to the young-at-heart, muscular men, tall, short to curvaceous women.
If you are interested in becoming a "RenaissanceMAS" model, please email the following to, Subject: Model Search
1. A full body shot in a two-piece bathing suit for females and board shorts for males.*Front, back & side profile shots preferred.
2. A headshot
3. Measurements including:
HeightBustWaistHipsBra sizeShoe size
4. Contact information:
5. Availability


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Promotional Video for Trinidad and Tobago

Sigh....T&T Carnival will miss me this year :-(

This carnival spoil meh.......nothing less.....will do!

BEACH HOUSE CARNIVAL from Beach House Entertainment on Vimeo.

POTHOUND......a short film

In loving memory of the pothounds that passed through my life......RIP Blackie and Patches......see you soon Melvin

POTHOUND (2011) - A Short Film from christopher guinness on Vimeo.

Tribal Knights 2012 Toronto Carnival Band Launch Info

I like how Toronto Carnival info is coming out early.......
Kudos to Tribal Knights or is it Tribal Carnival now???

Video Alert - K.Rich "Nothing Less"

Sweet Bacchanal spoil meh!!!!!

Can't Done - 3 Canal.....2012 Soca Mayaro Carnival Launch 2012 Trinidad and Tobago...


Video Alert - Farmer Nappy : YOU MAKE ME

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

OCPA Fundraiser Trip to Casino Rama - Saturday, February 4, 2012

Toronto Revellers Casino Rama Bus Trip ~ Saturday, January 28, 2012

Toronto Revellers Bus Trip to CasinoRama

Saturday January 28, 2012


Simone 416.616.6894
Elka 647.208.6494
Alycia 647.268.1125
Donna 416.262.2832

2:00pm - behind the Walmart at Kennedy & Sheppard
2:20pm - Fairview Mall closest to the library by the movie theatre

This event is a 19+ | Everyone most have ID
Seats are $20 (with a $10 players pass credit issued upon arrival)

9:15pm - leaving Casino Rama

***To make the arrival process more time effective, please download and complete a copy of the Players Passport Card Application Form. Please ensure that if you have never had a Players Passport Card before you complete an application prior to arrival. YOU MUST HAVE A VALID GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO IDENTIFICATION to enrol in the Players Passport Club and be granted entry in the casino as it is a 19+ venue.

All qualified Toronto Revellers will be be getting a $10 players card bonus downloaded to their card that can be used for gaming or food!

Upon arrival, Revellers will receive $10.00 in play money downloaded onto your card as you are exiting the bus. For those who do not have a players card upon arrival, you will receive the $10.00 offer once a Players Card is obtained at the Players Club desk.

Monday, January 16, 2012

2012 Groovy Soca and Power Soca Semi-Finalists

Hey readers,
Looks like Machel is going for 3zees this year........Groovy Soca, Power Soca and Road March!!!

2011 Carifest Calgary Video

New cup sizes at Tim Hortons

The Joy of Books


Hi readers,

As you may or may not have heard, The Real Jerk is closing its doors at the end of January as its new landlord seeks to develop the property and adjacent buildings into yet another condo project in this city.

The Socacize Appreciation Lime is scheduled for Friday, January 27, 2012 at The Real Jerk and I really hope its not the last time I enjoy a meal there.

If you would like to save The Real Jerk check out this website and sign the petition:

Friday, January 13, 2012

D' Bandit takes De Treasure Mix to CHRY 105.5 FM

For many years now D' Bandit has entertained us every Saturday afternoon with his internet radio show De Treasure Mix it was announced that De Treasure Mix will now be heard on York U's radio station CHRY 105.5 FM 

January 13th 2012,  
Please join us in welcoming new programmer Dwayne (D' Bandit) Pitt into the program family. D' Bandit will be delivering De Treasure Mix each and every Saturday from 6-9PM offering a strong mix of Reggae (including Canadian Reggae) and Soca. This show will continue the legacy of presenting Caribbean culture to the masses through artist interviews and a diverse mix of up-to-date and classic music.
D' Bandit brings a strong awareness of the music and connection to artists and community over a decade of deejaying and concert promotion across the GTA and North America. He is excited about the opportunity to showcase the strengths of his culture and Caribbean heritage.
We believe he will add much to the programing content on the dial (at 105.5FM) and help CHRY embody our role as talent developers of new broadcasters across the GTA and Canada.
Please forward your questions and/or concerns to:

D' Bandit says.......
Join me every Saturday from 6pm-9pm on Toronto’s number one College Radio Station.  I intend to bring the best in Soca and Reggae to the FM dial in Toronto.  Similar to what has been done on my internet radio for almost 10 years.  Please check out my podcast of my past shows to get a feel for De Treasure Mix at
You can see me in studio or join us in the chat room on or you can also listen live at or alternatively at Rogers Cable Ch. 945 and Bell Fibe 973
For any special requests check me out on Twitter.  Send your tweet to @lookdbandit or hit me up by e-mail at  I look forward to Jam with you every Sat 

Video Alert - Skhi: CANT STAY AWAY

Oh gosh.....on a cold night like tonight.....I wish I was in T&T.....eating a snowcone.....with plenty condensed milk.....and Mickey Mouse ears :-)

Toronto Revellers wants to hear from you.....

Hi readers,

The Toronto Revellers want to hear from their masqueraders as the band prepares for their 2012 Toronto Carnival presentation of "BOLLYWOOD"

Check this link for the survey:


TruDYNASTY is heading to Atlanta once again.....

Friday, January 6, 2012

Caribbean Airlines increases capacity for T&T Carnival 2012

Obeah Opera

Set in the late 17th century, Obeah Opera follows the journey of a Caribbean woman Tituba, in the days before her capture, her incarceration, and her stand on trial during the most infamous ‘witch-hunt’ in history. This uplifting Caribbean themed opera explores myths surrounding the Salem Witch trials whilst unraveling the branding of obeah as evil and connecting it back to its true spiritual nature rooted in West Africa. Sung in complete a cappella, Obeah Opera gives a voice to a group of women whose story has been missing from the pages of history.

918 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5R 3G5

Check the website for performance dates and ticket info

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Kuumba - February 3-5, 2012

Black History is next month and the event schedule for 
Kuumba at Harbourfront Centre is available on their website:

Exploring African roots through a 21st-century perspective.

Plato said that through perspective “every sort of confusion is revealed within us; and this is that weakness of the human mind on which the art of conjuring and of deceiving by light and shadow and other ingenious devices imposes, having an effect upon us like magic.”
This year we explore Black History Month, going back to the African roots and show these roots through our 21-century perspective. Where are we on the journey? What has changed? What hasn’t changed? How do we share our perspectives on issues affecting the black community?
With artist showcases, discussion panels, storytelling, a fashion workshop with Stacey Mackenzie, drumming, hip hop and dance workshops, games, and a village market, we will celebrate these roots through the art of light and shadow, and keep them en perspectiva.
Barbara de la Fuente
Dalton Higgins

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Isaiah 43:16, 18, 19
"This is what the Lord says, ‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."

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