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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Thursday evening King and Queen Show, Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Caribana's Crown Jewel) 2013




So Thursday evening, all roads lead to Lamport Stadium, 1151 King street West.
Admission is $35 in advance and $40 at the door (Seniors pay $35) Please note there is no discount for children. I know this is a bit of a sore point since many families attend this event. But it is one of the only opportunities the festival has to make money it needs to run. Also, seating is limited. One day they might move the event  to a larger venue (Panam games might accelerate this movement in 2015.)

That aside, this is really a must see show. You really can't compare the view of the massive King and Queen costumes under stadium lights to seeing them on the road. Also Destra is supposed to make an appearance and that is always an added bonus.
If you don't have tickets yet, I advise you to arrive early. Its general admission and lines start to form around 5pm.
Also, parking is a challenge. The entire Lamport parking lot is taken up by bands assembling costumes. So you are forced to find street parking or visit one of the neighboring lots. There is a lot at the corner of Liberty and Atlantic, but it fills up quickly. Also, there is a cheap rate after 6pm. My advice is to show up before 6, secure a spot and lime in the parking lot until the cheap rate kicks in.
(This is also a good place to park on Grand parade day for about $5.) I shouldn't be exposing my last Caribana insider secret, see how much I help you guys?

Don't forget, Afropan always has a panyard lime after the show. (Their yard is at the foot of Jefferson). So you can always lime there for a while and wait for the traffic to die down. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wanna do something FREE Friday night, but you think you are too young for Calypso Rose?

I'd question your thinking and suggest you need to know what came before soca, chutney soca, ragga soca, groovy soca etc.

But, I understand that Calypso may not be your thing and its Caribana, not Trini-Bana. So maybe you want to take in some Reggae also (Saturday and Sunday).


Kerwin Dubois comes on at 9pm @ Nathan Phillips Square and yes its FREE!!!!!!!


Enter Irie Music Festival Part 3

Nathan Phillips Square

TIME FRIDAY AUGUST 2, 2013 SAT AUGUST 3, 2013 SUNDAY AUGUST 4, 2013 MONDAY AUGUST 5, 2013
2:00PM
Opening Remarks Opening Remarks Opening Remarks
2:30PM

Django Urvah Khan
3:00PM
Samba Squad TD Dancers Keon Love
3:30PM
Irie Performer
Chach
4:00PM
Leroy Jr Dance Showcase Farahri
4:30PM

Dance Showcase Lady Pista
5:00PM


Maccie Paquette
5:30PM
Nu Evolution Jahsmin Daley Kaleb Simmonds
6:00PM Opening Remarks

JD Era
6:30PM DJ King Ujah Korexion Domanique Grant
7:00PM D’Enforcas

Masia One
7:30PM TBA Comfort Humble Shi Wisdom
8:00PM DJ Musical Sniper Jahbuddah
8:30PM D’Enforcas


9:00PM Kerwin Dubois Richie Stephens   Half Pint  Closing Remarks
9:30PM



10:00PM Closing Remarks Closing Remarks  Closing Remarks



Monday, July 29, 2013

Caribana Friday night FREE event you can take your kids to (Island soul festival)

We have been blogging in support of Caribana for the last 7 years and I know how much life can change in that time. When you started to fete, you were free, single and disengaged. Now, you might be happily toting a bundle of joy and studying how to make sure that your kids get some kind of connection to this culture that we love so much.
So, its Friday night (Caribana eve) and you think you’re not able to hit a jouvert fete and still get up play mas tomorrow. Plus, if you go and fete, you need to get someone to watch the kids. Maybe you could leave them with Grandma, but maybe she would like to go out too?
I have the perfect event for you, and it’s not going to cost hardly anything at all.
Load up the minivan and take everyone (especially grandma) to Harbourfront Centre. All you have to pay for is parking (or take the TTC). It’s called the Island Soul Festival.
At 6pm they have this art exhibit called Testimonials about Haiti (see you can be a good parent and work in something educational.)
After that you can grab some food at the world café. They have lots of options there beyond the typical jerk chicken and curry, you can sample some stuff from other cultures as well (more education).
Now the good stuff:




Kobo Town will be performing at 7:45pm. I know you might not know them, but watch the video.  They take traditional Calypso and fuse it with world beats and the result is profound.

Then at 9:30pm -11pm
You get the chance to take in a living legend and pioneer in Calypso.




Calypso Rose is an ambassador of Caribbean music, a living legend, a charismatic character, the uncontested diva of Calypso music.

Now you are getting all this entertainment for FREE. All you have to do is find yourself there.
They even have a little shopping area and a licensed patio, so you can take a break and go and shop or take a drink ... something for everyone.
So come and breeze out right by the lake.
This is really a venue and an event that makes our city special. Did I mention its FREE.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Carnival moves n' grooves dance workshop

Are you a new masquerader looking to learn some hot moves for the road? Maybe you are a veteran winer girl/boy and you just wanna mingle with some new like minded individuals.

Come and practice wuking up your waist.


Check out Pan Alive



This is a video of Pan Fantasy's wining performance from last year's Pan Alive competition

Plan to attend next Friday. It is really a good time. Especially if you live in another city where you don't have the opportunity to see full pan orchestras, you really need to take in the show.

And its early enough that you can check out the show and still hit a jouvert fete after.
 

Ticket info

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Fog up the place, don’t clog up the place



If you are accustomed to hoping the fence and storming a band, things are going to be a lot more difficult for you this year. There are going to be more fences and lots more security who will actually be opening the fences and escorting you off the route if you manage to get in.
There is still time to join a band, volunteer or at the very least go and buy a steelband jersey, get a wrist band and go and push pan. All these are viable options, but storming is going to get more and more difficult.
For the people who have bought their costume, you might be thinking to yourself, my band is going down the road about 11:30am and we might reach the end of the route around 1 pm. What do I do now? 

Well, the FMC has you covered, you can get off the route, walk back to the CNE, and take in a live performance by none other than Destra Garcia. She is coming on about 2pm in the band shell. And they have listed other performers also.
The organizers are trying to encourage you not to walk back up the route as they say this contributes to congestion. They will be putting security in place to prevent this.
You might say that you paid $200+ and you will walk where you damn well please. There are only a few thousand masqueraders and many, many more stormers, so they should deal with the guys not wearing a costume who shouldn't be in the parade and leave me alone.
That is a valid point, and the organizers are making every effort to keep non-masqueraders off the route, but they are also asking for your co-operation. If you want to leave the route, head back to CNE, take in Destra, then take a jump back down with a panside or some other band (if they will have you, you might have to take a wine on a band security to hop the rope :).  I don’t see the harm in that, but they are asking don’t walk backwards up the route.  Besides, you don’t want anyone to ruffle your feathers as you try to swim upstream against the flow of the bands.

So, get a wristband or wine to the side. Fog up the place, don’t clog up the place.

Trini-in-Toronto

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Toronto Caribbean Junior Carnival 2013!

 
 
Trini-in-Toronto says: I love going to the Junior Carnival. It reminds me of mas when I was a kid. Every band kinda does something different, and the kids really have a good time. Its so nice to see a bunch of happy people getting together to celebrate mas and youth. Nobody walks around screw face... its really nice. When my Canadian friends tell me, I've always wanted to check out Caribana, maybe I'll come down this year. I always say come to kiddies and get a taste. This is where we put our best foot forward.

 


There was a vast improvement over last year. We started the parade on time at 11am, there was no log jam of bands, and the last band crossed the stage before 3pm. Excellent work by the organizers, the mas bands and all the volunteers.

As far as I could see, everything went really smoothly.


Band of the year winners:
 1st Toronto Revellers
 2nd Saldenah
 3rd Carnival Nationz
 4th Tribal Carnival
 


 
(This is Karabana now) - I really enjoyed Jr. Carnival this year at Downsview. It looked like  the assembly area worked well, and the judging point was certainly fast moving (Kudos Curtis!) The parade route was shorter, which is better for the wee ones, especially in the blazing hot sun. There were plenty of food vendors in the park and fun activities for the kids. 
 

 
 
 

 


 


 
 

  
 
 


 
 




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 

JUNIOR FEMALE OF YEAR 

1st Place
Masquerade Theme: THE BEAUTY OF NATURE  
Theme For Female of the Year: THE BUTTERFLY MENAGERIE  
Band Leader: DEXTER SEUSAHAI  
Player:  CANEISHA EDWARDS


2nd  Place
Masquerade Theme: THE REEF
Theme For Female of the Year: D'ZEBRA FISH
Band Leader: MARCUS EUSTACE
Player:  KAI CASTLE



JUNIOR MALE OF YEAR 

1st Place
Masquerade Theme: ONCE UPON A TIME
Theme For Male of the Year: JACK AND HIS BEANSTALK
Band Leader: JAMAAL MAGLOIRE
Player:  JALEN MAGLOIRE 

2nd  Place
Masquerade Theme: THE BEAUTY OF NATURE
Theme For  Male of the Year: MANTIS, THE PREDATOR
Band Leader: DEXTER SEUSAHAI
Player: COURTNEY ST. Louis

JUNIOR FEMALE QUEEN  OF YEAR 

1st Place
Masquerade Theme: HEAVEN AND EARTH
Theme For Female Queen  of the Year: HEAVEN CAN'T WAIT 
Band Leader: LOUIS SALDENAH 
Player:  FAITH HERMELIJN 

2nd  Place
Masquerade Theme: THE BEAUTY OF NATURE
Theme For Female Queen of the Year: THE LOTUS QUEEN
Band Leader: DEXTER SEUSAHAI  
Player:  CELENA SEUSAHAI 

JUNIOR MALE KING OF YEAR 

1st Place
Masquerade Theme: THE BEAUTY OF NATURE  
Theme For Male of the Year: MARAHOOTAH THE GUARDIAN
Band Leader: DEXTER SEUSAHAI  
Player:  MALIK ADAMS

2nd  Place
Masquerade Theme: ONCE UPON A TIME
Theme For  Male of the Year: ANANSI WEAVES A TALE
Band Leader: JAMAAL MAGLOIRE
Player: TY WILLIAMSON

JUNIOR BAND OF THE YEAR 
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

FIRST: ONCE UPON A TIME - JAMAAL MAGLOIRE 
2 HEAVEN AND EARTH - LOUIS SALDENAH 
3 THE REEF -  MARCUS EUSTACE 
4 THE BEAUTY OF NATURE DEXTER SEUSAHAI  
5 MINI LEGENDS WILL MORTON 
6 IN FLIGHT MERVYN SKEETE 
7  CELBRATING OUR  HERITAGE - WHITFIELD BELASCO 
8 HOME FOR CARNIVAL - OSEI BRAND 
9 LOST CIVILIZATIONS - NARISSA ALI 
10 SUGAR AND SPICE - COREY HOWARD 
11 MAMA THIS IS MAS - MICHAEL WILLIAMS  

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