Saturday, May 29, 2010
1. Toronto Revellers
2. Mas Toronto
3. Saldenah Mas-K Club
4. Tribal Knights
6. Carnival Nationz
8. Black Sage
9. Mas Players Int'l
10. Fantazia Int'l
11. Pleasure Players
13. Tru Dynasty Carnival
14. Genesis Carnival
Friday, May 28, 2010
Metro Police to Play Mas with kids from Jane and Finch
Will open Mas Camp for kids
2nd floor, Yorkgate Mall
Monday May 31st, 11:00 am
Toronto, ON, 27.05.2010: Senior Officer Superintendent Sam Fernandez from 53 Division will be officially opening the Metro Toronto Police Force’s Mas Camp for Children on Monday May 31st at the Yorkgate Mall (Finch Avenue East at Jane St). He will be joined by children who are at the camp to learn how to make mas (masquerade) costumes for this summer’s Scotiabank Caribana/Yorkgate Mall Junior Carnival Parade. Brittany Dardaine, a teenage pan artiste will be performing at the event.
In addition to the children and Sam Fernandez members of the Toronto Mas Band Association, including NBA player Jamaal Magloire will be in attendance. Master costume designer Walter Elliott will be demonstrating to the children how to make costumes for the July 17th parade down Jane Street.
Scheduled to speak briefly at the Festival Management Committee morning event are:
· Superintendent Sam Fernandez
· Walter Elliott, master costume designer
· Denise Hererra-Jackson, co-chair - Scotiabank Caribana
· John Kam, Toronto Mas Band Assocation
· Teenage pannist Brittany Dardaine will perform
The Scotiabank Caribana Festival is an exciting three-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 Carnival 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, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. The Festival Management Committee oversees the running of North America’s largest outdoor festival.
Corporate sponsors of this year’s festival include: Scotiabank, The Toronto Star, Sway Magazine, Eye Weekly, CTV, CP-24, The Canadian Federal Government, The Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, Research In Motion (RIM)/BlackBerry, The Greater Toronto AirportsAuthority, Ontario Place, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Science Centre, The Toronto Libraries, Yorkgate Mall, Liberty Grand, Caribana Arts Group and Grace Kennedy Foods.
This year the Official Launch for the Festival will take place at 12 Noon on Thursday July 15th. The Scotiabank Caribana/Yorkgate Mall Junior Carnival Parade will be held on Saturday July 17th from 11am to 4pm. The adult parade will be staged Saturday July 31st; 10 am to 6 pm. For complete listing information, visit www.caribanafestival.com the only official website for the Festival.
Scotiabank Caribana 2010 Festival Office is located at 263 Davenport Avenue. Lower Level, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Tel., 416-391-5608; Fax, 416-391-5693; Email: email@example.com
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
To date 1/2 Carnival Nationz sections are sold out, with Big Bamboo being the latest. Obeah Wedding is gone from their site.
Saldenah's Portrait of a Rose and Autumn (XPats) are sold out, and now also India and Indonesia frontlines.
Toronto Revellers Infatuation frontline and men's, and Ebony & Ivory frontline are sold out.
Tribal Knight's has Rodeo Dreams, Indulgence, Show Time, and Champagne on Ice remaining.
mas, not Halloween". I know vampires are hot, but do we really want to resort to playing black cats, evil witches, bats, devils, ghosts, and goblins? Don't we do that on October 31st?
I like to see a costume fit the theme, and for designers to boldly go beyond beads & feathers in their mas (Salt Fish, Portrait of Canada, Egypt). I appreciate the use of fabric, soft plastic, & even a bit of fur in a costume, and headpieces need not always be feathered.
March, for Caribana, we're talking bikini mas. It used to be traditional style mas back in the day, but since I've been playing (started in 2000), the bike shorts & sports bras have gone the way of the bikini. Whether some bands (I'm thinking Mas Toronto and Toronto Revellers) will take us back to real traditional mas remains to be seen in the years to come. They've already started by reintroducing what most people see as more coverage, but it's really using elements of traditional mas.
Have a great long weekend everyone, we're away this one.
Monday, May 17, 2010
I've been hearing rumors for weeks but didn't want to say anything, lest is just ole talk. This is the first thing I've come across in writing, so here it is.
This actually raises more questions than it answers, like:
When is it?, Is it the same day as the new Brampton Carnival? Are they going to switch the dates so we can play mas every weekend for a month (Toronto, Hamilton, Barrie and Brampton)? If anyone is interested, that's my preference.
If anyone knows any of these answers or wants to share more info, please do so.
Anyway, bottom line is Hamilton Carnival is back, ....... Yeah baby!!!!!!
We're also seeing a few Indian costumes this year. I like the skirt, very pretty material, & the golden headpiece. Not sure what's up with the blue corset winged one's headpiece, but I don't know the section names yet.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
The headpieces are strong, among the best out there. Some bras and panties are La Vie En Rose, good job. For me, I was drawn to Rays of Sunshine, it's a powerful colour that really stood out. Dazzled in Diamonds headpiece, which is a frontline section only, is simply stunning. I was right about most of my colour guesses, but am kind of surprised there was no red costume, being a fever hot theme.
Great showing Thea & Dario!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Mas Toronto has been in the game for 25+ years. They've always been known as the theme band, and they go beyond bikini mas. They know to not be afraid to design to the theme, so fabric & cloth used in Greece (like a toga), Japan (kimono), Philippines (sarong), India (sari) and Egypt (cape) works well. Four of my costume guesses were correct, and I'm pleased to see Egypt, it's a strong costume.
I applaud Mas Toronto for keeping their costume prices to $150. I'm having a hard time with the price increase to $175 most other bands have gone with. From what people have said to me, I think Mas Toronto is going to gain masqueraders who don't want to pay $25 more for a skimpier costume.
The launch at the Pickering Rec. Ctr. drew a decent size crowd of old and young - just like who their costumes cater to. The crowd was dancing up to the stage at 11:20 before the costumes came on, and they continued after wards.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Their presentation is called "Out of many, one Toronto."
Their launches are always a nice time, almost like a social club. Karabana says she thinks we'll see Toronto multiculturalism, such as the top ethnicity's in the city: Asian, East Indian, Italian, Greek, Russian, and Polish.
On Saturday night, Tru Dynasty will be launching "Fever, what makes you hot". They made a pretty big impression with that sneak peak for that nice yellow costume (Rays of sunshine), I can't wait to see the rest of the band. They are launching at Embers and it starts at 11pm.
Karabana's guesses are for section Blazin' Fire, a sexy skimpy red number; soft feminine pink for Is it Lust or Love; Dazzled in Diamonds, sparkly white/silver; I Love Money, green of course; and Caliente, perhaps smokin' black & red.
And also on Saturday night, Fantazia will be presenting "Fashion Runway"
Hmmm, what do you think we'll see? Costumes translated into current Parisian fashion (wonders Karabana)??
We'll have pics up for you on Saturday and Sunday morning.
- ► 2014 (45)
- ► 2013 (55)
- ► 2012 (68)
- Order of bands announced
- Metro Police to Play Mas with kids from Jane and ...
- GuyCan (Sparkle Guyana) band launch
- Hamilton is BACK !!!!!!!
- Fantasia International - Fashion Runway band launc...
- XPAT'S Section Launch - Portraits of Autumn
- TruDynasty band launch - Fever what makes you Hot
- Mas Toronto Out of Many...One Toronto band launch
- 3 Band Launches this weekend
- Saldenah mas camp opening
- Toronto Revellers band launch - Disco Fever
- TruDynasty Preview
- Portraits on Saturday
- Tribal Knights 2010 Bandlaunch (HOLLYWOOD: Glitz ...
- Sparrow d'Legend - Carnival Nationz 2010 band laun...
- Carnival Nationz band launch tonight
- ▼ May (17)
- ► 2009 (60)