SCOTIABANK CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL TORONTO LAUNCH AND EVENT DATES
by Darling Nicky
MEDIA ALERT / PHOTO OP: TUESDAY JULY 9th, 11.30 a.m.
NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE, TORONTO CITY HALL
Minister Michael Coteau, Ravi B & a cavalcade of performers will kick-off the three-week long Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto festival 11.55am to 2pm
Followed by 2pm to 9pm Vibe Party
At noon on July 9th the media is invited to join MPP, Minister Michael Coteau, Scotiabank Vice President Christine Williams, members of the Caribbean Canadian community and Trinidad recording star Ravi B as the 46th annual Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto is official started. The kick-off ceremony will be held at Nathan Phillips Square, at Toronto’s City Hall on Queen Street.
Michael Coteau is the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and the MPP for the Don Valley East Riding. Christine Williams is Scotiabank’s District Vice-President of Toronto East Region. They will be on the outdoor stage with politicians, festival sponsors and community leaders. Festival COO Chris Alexander and CEO Denise Herrera-Jackson will be on stage announcing a major new Entertainment sponsor. There will be a musical tribute to the late Charles Roach performed on stage by Pat Man Pat.
The half-hour launch ceremony, hosted by CTV Toronto’s Andria Case and CP24’s Gurdeep Ahluwalia will be followed by a colourful parade of Mas players, Bahamian Junkanoo performers, steel pan performers, calypso singers and local and international Soca performers. There will be Caribbean food vendors and a beer tent on the Square throughout the day and evening.
Ravi Bissambhar, or Ravi B as music lovers in the Caribbean, North America and Bollywood know him, is in constant demand in Toronto, New York and Miami and are one of the most innovative Soca Chutney performers in the world. He has performed in Bollywood. He won the Chutney Soca Monarch title in 2010 making him the youngest Chutney Soca King in history!
There will be an additional full stage performance on Nathan Phillips Square later that day as part of a free outdoor party. The Vibe Party runs from 2pm until 8pm and will again Ravi B and will also feature the steel pan orchestra Salmon Cupid and Company, Calypso singers Macomere Fifi, Susan G, and Connector along with Canadian recording artist Mon-t-hama.
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival events this summer include:
- Opening Church Service. July 14, 11 a.m. Revival Time Tabernacle Church. Free
- Junior Carnival Parade, Soca & Calypso Showcase – July 20, 2013: 11am – 6pm The first big event, the Junior Carnival Parade, will take place at Downsview Park. In 2012, over 2,500 children performed for the judges and played Mas along the streets of the Downsview Park. Chevrolet supports the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Junior Carnival Parade.
- Festival Cup Match – July 20, 2013: Sport fans will want to watch the Canadian Rugby League take on the Jamaica Rugby League at Lamport Stadium. This is the third year for the Festival match – the Canadian team remains undefeated. Game starts at 7:00 p.m.
- NEW FREE EVENT: The Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Summertime BBQ JULY 25, 2013: Food, Soca music, costumes, and Moko Jumbies at the Eglinton Square Shopping Centre (Eglinton East / Victoria Park). 12 – 2 p.m. free.
- The Annual Gala – July 26, 2013: The Annual Gala, a formal wear party to honour the rich history of the festival and to sample the Caribbean arts, will take place at the Liberty Grand Ballroom on the CNE grounds. 5.30 p.m. – 2.00 a.m.
- Monarch Contest (KAISO 365) – July 28, 2013 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. 6 p.m. – midnight
- The King and Queen Contest – August 1, 2013: This nighttime event showcases the elaborate costumes, which will be worn by the Kings and Queens in the Grand Parade. Due to overwhelming demand, the seating for Lamport Stadium is being increased to accommodate spectators at this year’s King And Queen competition. 7 p.m. – midnight.
- Pan Alive – August 2, 2013: 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. 7 p.m. – midnight.
- THE GRAND PARADE – August 3, 2013: Exhibition Place & Lakeshore Blvd. 9am – 6pm. Rain or Shine!
- Chutney Music Festival (Hotta Than Ah Chulla). August 4, 2013: Music. Food. Performances. The Italian Gardens. 12245 Derry Road East. 4 p.m. – midnight. NEW EVENT
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. Now in its 46th 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, Chevrolet, The Toronto Star, CTV, CP-24, FLOW fm, The Canadian Federal Government, The Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, The Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Public Library, Eglinton Square Mall, and the Liberty Grand.
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $47 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at http://www.scotiabank.com.
For more information about the programmes and events, please visit the festival’s official website at http://www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com. The Festival Office is located at 19 Waterman Avenue. Contact info: Tel: 416-391-5608; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For media inquires:
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Publicist
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Assistant Publicist and Cultural Liaison to Media