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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Planning on coming for Caribana



















The questions from Caribana 1st timers started early (which I'm glad to see), so I'm doing the annual visitors and newbie mas players post now.
Here's last season's post, check it out regarding fetes, and pre & post parade events:
So You're coming for Caribana

When you comes depends on if you want to go to any fetes the weekend before.

Trini-in-Toronto says he would stay down near the lake because:
1. It’s a close walk to the Harbourfront Center where there will be lots of free entertainment in an open air atmosphere.
2. You are walking distance to restaurants, transit, fete venues, shopping, & a liquor store. It’s a real nice and safe tourist area, where you can walk around and that week, you will see lots of Trinis in the area.
3. There are a bunch of Caribana boat cruises that you can walk to, and they usually have top name entertainers performing. (check out Toronto-lime for boat cruise and other fete listings.)

Trini-in-Toronto actually searched for a list of hotels within 1 KM of Harbourfront Centre. Early bookings are always best, as Caribana attracts 1 million people.

0.0 km WESTIN HARBOUR CASTLE - 416-869-1600

0.0 km Radisson Plaza Hotel Admiral Toronto-Harbourfront - 416-203-3333

0.6 km InterContinental Toronto Centre - 416-597-1400

0.8 km Renaissance Toronto Hotel - 416-341-7100

0.9 km The Rosemont Residences - 416-340-1221

0.9 km Strathcona Hotel - 416-363-3321

0.9 km Residence Inn Marriott - 416-581-1800

0.9 km Strathcona Hotel - 647-438-2290

1.0 km SoHo Metropolitan Hotel & Residences - 416-599-8800

1.0 km Fairmont Royal York - 416-368-2511

You can always do a proximity search to the CNE, where the parade is. Or any downtown hotel will work. When staying elsewhere in the city, best to choose a hotel within walking distance to a subway.


Q: What are some good bands to play mas with for Caribana? Has the band launching season started yet for 2K10?

Bands will launch in April, May & June, with registration shortly after. There are big bands (@500+ masqueraders) and medium sized bands (minimum of 75) to choose from (see band list to the right of the blog).

If it were me coming from stateside, I would want to go with a band that has great online registration, as that's quite important. I would also want my email inquiries to be answered promptly.

As I've never had to register online with a band, maybe a foreign masquerader can tell us how it went for them in the past.

As far as costumes go, you can check out band launch costumes pics from last year:

Connections

Carnival Nationz

Saldenah

Mas Toronto

Toronto Revellers

You could always wait for when bands update their websites with new 2010 costume pics (which will hopefully happen soon after their launches). Some bands put on a more traditional mas for Caribana, and of course, there's bikini & beads mas. Whether you want some coverage or to go "skimpy", you'll have quite a costume selection for sure. If you're interested in reviews, I'd read the comments from masqueraders here about what they thought of their costumes, the band's customer service, and the on the road experience.

The event listings are here: http://www.caribanafestival.com/pagedisplay.aspx?i=203

Planning ahead is best, let me know if you have any other questions.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Caribana representing at the Olympics!!






















Saldenah's Fire Coral, Mexico, Paradisio and Carnival Nationz Secret Garden brought some Toronto heat to the Winter Olympics.

















Looked fantastic everyone! Hmmm, Vancouver looks as warm as here.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Caribana Festival performers on stage yesterday (Sunday) in Vancouver, (Winter Games)









From the stage: Left to right, Danielle Ramjattan, Nicki Ramjass and Martin Scott-Pascall show Olympic goers how to play Mas! Scott-Pascall is also the Artist Director on the tour.
  • Macomere Fifi (Eulith Woods) one of North America's best Calypsonian singer performs on stage at the Ontario Pavillion inside the Olympic grounds in Vancouver
An all-star cast of Mas Players, Calypso singers and Pan Artistes performed the first of three performancess at the Ontario Pavilion within the Olympic site in Vancouver.

The Ontario Government has built a 13,000 sq ft Pavilion at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver to showcase the province’s leading technological, cultural and culinary advancements. As the largest summer festival in the province and the cultural jewel of the country, Scotiabank Caribana was approached to produce a 10 min video and to stage three - one hour performances, one each on February 14th, 15th and 16th.

The intent of the festival's participation is to help promote the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario as a premier tourist destination to visit and do business. It will take the form of a 13-member team showcasing the various carnival arts; Mas’, Calypso and Steel pan.


The Ontario Pavilion is setting a new standard in creativity and innovation. It offers visitors a unique, one-of-a-kind, inspirational experience that will live on in their memories for years to come and reinforce Ontario’s Olympic brand message — “There’s No Place Like This…” An initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, the Pavilion will feature the best Ontario has to offer from a tourism perspective, featuring nightly concerts, culinary experiences, film, technology, the arts and a jaw dropping Scotiabank Caribana performance!


Audiences in Vancouver are experiencing some of the exciting entertainment that make the 3-week Scotiabank Festival Canada’s biggest tourist draw -- next to the Olympics. This year Scotiabank kicks off Tuesday July 13th at the Yonge Dundas Square. The parade will be held along Toronto’s waterfront on July 31st. The festival ends on Sunday August 1st with the DeScotiabank Caribana Lime at Ontario Place.


Even after the Scotiabank Caribana performers have left Vancouver, visitors to the Olympics will see breathtaking images from the annual Toronto festival. Last summer The Canadian Tourism Commission, in association with the Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, sent a film crew right onto the Scotiabank Caribana parade route and shot high definition footage to be used in a video postcard about the Festival.

The Caribana video postcard (one of two dozen made for the Olympics) has been reproduced into four lengths (2.5 minutes, 1 minute, 30 seconds, and 15 seconds), dubbed into several languages, and provided to over 200 official Olympic Games’ broadcasters around the world to be seem by a potential cumulative audience of over 10 billion people.


The Scotiabank Caribana Festival is an exciting two-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. Now in its 43rd year, it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As Scotiabank Caribana is an international cultural phenomenon, the great metropolis of Toronto and its environs will come alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Chutney, and Steel Pan music. The Festival Management Committee oversees the running of North America’s largest outdoor festival. www.caribanafestival.com

(The article and photos are from Stephen Weirs press release)


Friday, February 12, 2010

2010 Winter games are about to feel the Vibe

 
 
As if it wasn't hot enough at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games!  Today Scotiabank Caribana announced that an all-star cast of Mas Players and world renowned Calypsonian and Pannist will be performing for 3 days at Ontario House, located at 50 Pacific Boulevard at the Concord Place Community Celebration Zone.

Ontario House will showcase the province's tourism, technological, cultural and culinary success stories. As the largest summer festival in the province and the cultural jewel of the country, Scotiabank Caribana will be featured in multimedia presentations at Ontario House, as well as three - one hour performances, one each on February 14th, 15th and
16th. 

"We expect over 90,000 people to experience a little bit of Scotiabank Caribana at Ontario House," explained Festival CEO Joe Halstead.  " Our performers are energized and Vancouver is really going to feel our Vibe!!!"

The intent of Scotiabank Caribana's participation is to help promote the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario as a premier tourist destination to visit and do business. It will take the form of a 13-member team showcasing the various carnival arts; Mas', Calypso and Steel pan.

Located in between BC Place Stadium and Sochi House (Science World), Ontario House offers visitors a unique, one-of-a-kind, experience that will live on in their memories for years to come and reinforce Ontario's tourism brand message - "There's No Place Like This..." Ontario House will feature the best Ontario has to offer from a tourism perspective, featuring nightly concerts, culinary experiences, film, technology, the arts and a jaw dropping Scotiabank Caribana performance!

Audiences in Vancouver will get to experience some of the exciting entertainment that makes the 2-week Scotiabank Caribana Festival, Canada's biggest tourist draw -- next to the 2010 Winter Games. This year Scotiabank Caribana is set to kick off Tuesday July 13th at the Yonge Dundas Square. The parade will be held along Toronto's waterfront on July 31st.  The festival ends on Sunday August 1st with the DeScotiabank Caribana Lime at Ontario Place.

Even after the Scotiabank Caribana performers have left Vancouver, visitors to the Olympics will see breathtaking images from the annual Toronto festival. Last summer the Canadian Tourism Commission, in association with the Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, sent a film crew right onto the Scotiabank Caribana parade route and shot high definition footage to be used in a video postcard about the Festival.

The Caribana video postcard (one of two dozen made for the Olympics) has been reproduced into four lengths (2.5 minutes, 1 minute, 30 seconds, and 15 seconds), dubbed into several languages, and provided to over 200 official (add - 2010) Olympic Games' broadcasters around the world to be seem by a potential cumulative audience of over 10 billion people.

The Scotiabank Caribana Festival is an exciting two-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts.

Now in its 43rd year, it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As Scotiabank Caribana is an international cultural phenomenon, the great metropolis of Toronto and its environs will come alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Chutney, and Steel
Pan music. The Festival Management Committee oversees the running of North America's largest outdoor festival. www.caribanafestival.com

(This is a press release from Stephen Weir)

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Caribana at the Olympics!!




Here's some great news from Louis Saldenah: costumes from his band along with Carnival Nationz will be featured at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics!

5 costumes from each band (from '09 & '08) will be chosen. As to exactly how they will be used, we will soon find out...
So which costumes do you think will be chosen to go to Vancouver? Tembu Warriors and Anne Bonny are in amongst my choices of course. I'm thinking big bold headpieces and vibrant colours that stand out on camera.
I can't wait for the whole world to see Caribana costumes for the fun, imaginative, unique creations they are!
Congratulations on this prestigious honour Carnival Nationz and Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club!!

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