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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Carnival Revolution 2014 Launch photos

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Annual Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Returns With Expanded Access to the Grand Parade Route and New/Improved Events

We had to work, we missed the launch, but here is the media summary.

The main changes are :

The Lime after the Parade is back on the island (Yeaah!!!)
 Kiddies Parade is moving to Malvern
They are expanding the main parade route within the exhibition grounds before we head out onto the lakeshore. There will also be more room within the grounds for paid spectators.
All the details are below:

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - May 22, 2014) - The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival launched today with costumed mas models, live pan music and Calypso singers at the Ontario Science Centre. The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Finance, helped unveil the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival 2014 campaign.
The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival will run from July 8, 2014 to August 3, 2014, and once again bring the culture of the Caribbean to over a million spectators in downtown Toronto. The public launch will take place on July 8, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at Toronto's Nathan Phillip's Square, where dancers, musicians and calypso singers will get the country into the Carnival spirit.
"The big news is that as the city changes, so too must our events. We are expanding the length of the parade within Exhibition Place. The Junior Carnival Parade location is moving from Downsview Park to the Malvern community in Scarborough, and our final Island Lime is returning to the Toronto Island after almost a ten-year absence!" said Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival CEO Denise Herrera-Jackson. "We are also expanding the footprint of the Grand Parade within Exhibition Place to improve the experience of both performers and spectators!"
"We are proud to support the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival," said John Doig, Scotiabank's Chief Marketing Officer. "We have been the title sponsors of the festival since 2008 and it has been wonderful to see how the Carnival has been embraced by both the local community and by visitors from around the world. We are looking forward to a great festival as we celebrate the sights, sounds and flavours of the Caribbean."
"The Ontario Science Centre is delighted, for the fifth consecutive year, to sponsor the Innovation in Mas award. We celebrate our partnership with the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival and through this award recognize innovation in Mas costume design and engineering. Science is everywhere!" said Lesley Lewis, CEO, Ontario Science Centre.
The Toronto waterfront Carnival parade, taking place on August 2nd, is expected to draw over a million people down to Toronto's Exhibition Place and surrounding grounds. This year the parade will begin at the Northwest corner of Exhibition Place behind Medieval Times. The parade will travel the width of the Exhibition Place before entering Lakeshore Blvd, giving the festival more space to accommodate paying spectators.
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival events include:
  • City Hall Public Launch -- July 8th, 2014: Over 100 masqueraders in costumes, well known Soca, Pan and Calypso performers will gather on Nathan Phillips Square beginning just before noon, to officially launch Carnival in Toronto. Free.
  • Junior Carnival Parade and Family Day -- July 19th, 2014: The first big 2014 Festival event, the Junior Carnival Parade, will take place in and around Neilson Park in the Malvern community. Over 2,500 children will perform for the judges and play Mas. Chevrolet is the presenting sponsor of the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Junior Carnival Parade in its new Malvern community location. Free.
  • The Annual Gala -- July 25, 2014: The Annual Gala, a black tie event to honour the rich history of the festival and to sample Caribbean cuisine and the arts, will take place at the Liberty Grand Ballroom on the CNE grounds. Ticketed.
  • Monarch Contest -- July 26, 2014: Ontario's best Calypso performers compete to see who will wear the crown as this country's top Calypso singer. Evening competition to be held at the Chinese Cultural Centre's P C Ho Theatre in Scarborough. Ticketed.
  • The King and Queen Contest -- July 31, 2014: This nighttime event showcases the elaborate costumes, which will be worn by the Kings and Queens in the Grand Parade. Always popular. Almost always sold-out. Ticketed.
  • Pan Alive -- August 1, 2014: Pan Alive is the largest outdoor steel pan orchestra competition in North America. Over a dozen orchestras from Ontario and Quebec will compete in an evening battle of the bands at Lamport Stadium. Ticketed.
  • THE GRAND PARADE -- August 2, 2014: Exhibition Place & Lakeshore Blvd. 10am - 6pm. Rain or Shine! Ticketed inside Exhibition Place and Free along the Lakeshore.
  • Beyond de Lime August 3, 2014: For the first time in almost a decade Beyond the Lime will be held on the Toronto Island. Live Music. Caribbean Food. Non-stop Performances. Traditional end to the Caribbean festival. Ticketed.
About Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival
The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, and revelry as well as visual and performing arts. 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, OLG, Chevrolet, The Toronto Star, CTV, CP24, Virgin Radio, The Canadian Federal Government, The Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the Ontario Science Centre, and the Liberty Grand.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Toronto Revellers Warriors band launch 2014

Toronto Revellers held their Warriors band launch again at the Armenian Community Centre. The crowd was treated to a talented group of drummers and costumed warriors fighting.  The costumed models hit the stage at 11:30. Kudos to Revellers for that start time!! I saw quite a few people arriving after midnight only to find out that they missed the presentation.  

 Ghazi Warrior

Asian Dynasty

Jamaal always puts on a great show, and this time was no exception. The stage was set with fire lighting and warrior images showing across the screen. I thought the elevated stairs on the stage was a good idea. Most models were rather fast walking the stage though, and many didn't stop and pose at centre stage. Not all sections came to the front of the stage for the finale either, but remained behind.

Native Warrior

Zulu Warrior

Cosmic Warrior

The theme of Warriors was very well represented. A lot of creativity went into the details, and while sure, there were feathers, especially in some frontlines, we didn't see the usual inundation of jewels & feathers in every single section. Some may think the materials used in the above purple and below blue sections appear to be from back in the day, but really, they best said Warrior to me. The use of full (unfeathered) leg pieces, spiky headpieces, and armored shoulder pads was designing for the theme, something that was refreshing to see. I don't see it as risky because Revellers prides itself on designing costumes that portray a theme, and good for them I say. Plus there are still many pretty feminine feathered sections. Whether you want to play sexy, cute, or wickedly warrior like, you've got your choices.
Ice Warrior


The guys costumes are particularly well done, most with innovative headgear, armor and weapons. And it's high time to see proper costumes designed for male masqueraders. Maybe more men will play mas if these are the kinds of costume choices they have.

Soul of Africa

Wrath of the Barbarians
Fight of the Eagle

 Carnival Warrior
  Plan of Attack



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