FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THREE BIG SCOTIABANK CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL TORONTO EVENTS OVER THE NEXT THREE DAYS
by Darling Nicky
THREE BIG SCOTIABANK CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL EVENTS OVER THE NEXT THREE DAYS
NOON BBQ AT EGLINTON SQUARE MALL
The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival has a new event for 2013. The Festival is working with the Eglinton Square Mall (Eglinton / Victoria Park) to hold a free community BBQ — the party is set for July 25th, 12 p.m. noon to 2 p.m.
The free BBQ will be held outdoors in the parking area of the Mall. Throughout the two hour event there will be a cavalcade of performers on stage entertaining visitors with live Calypso, Soca and Pan Music. Vendors making and selling Caribbean style food will be a part of the BBQ too. A popular coconut vendor will be at the BBQ to demonstrate how to get both milk and meat from a coconut.
“The purpose of the BBQ is to engage the community where we operate from, “ explained festival CEO Denise Hererra-Jackson. “ Our offices are on Waterman Ave, just off Bermondsey Rd. We are part of the East York community and want to show people what we are all about!”
The Festival plans to have young people in full Mas costumes at the BBQ offering visitors two hours of photo opportunities. As well professional Calypso singers, Dick Lochan, Susan G and Connector will be performing at the party. Pan Man Pat, a popular singer and steel pan player rounds out the BBQ bill.
ANNUAL FESTIVAL GALA
July 26, 2013 is the most important night of the year for people who have a love of the Caribbean Carnival. That is the night of the Annual Gala, a formal wear party to honour the rich history of the festival and to sample the Caribbean arts.
The gala will take place at the Liberty Grand Ballroom on the Exhibition Place grounds. The evening begins at 5.30 p.m. and runs to 2.00 a.m. El Dorado Rum is one again sponsoring this special night. Tickets are priced at $160.00The evening features an exquisite Caribbean dinner with signature hors d’oeuvres and beverages. During the evening there is a showcase of calypso singers and steel pan performers. The Junior King and Queen of carnival will be there in costume as well mas players from 12 Mas Camps.
This year the Gala will be raising money for the Caribbean Children’s Fund. The TCCF is a tax-deductible organization that was created to help children living in the country of Haiti.
KAISO 365: REIGNING CALYPSONIAN MACOMERE FIFI TO DEFEND HER TITLE AT 2013 CALYPSO MONARCH FINALS
The OCPA ‘Kaiso365’ Calypso Monarch Finals will be held on SUNDAY JULY 28, 2013 at the PC HO Chinese Cultural Centre – 5183 Sheppard Avenue East.
Eight finalists will join last year’s winner Macomere Fifi (Eulith Tara Woods), each performing two new songs in hope of winning the ‘Kaiso365’ Calypso Monarch title and Canada’s top calypso prize. Competing against Macomere Fifi this year are: Dennis James, Pan Man Pat, Structure, Spivey, King Cosmos, Dynasty, Connector, and Red Man.
A tenth reserve singer, Scotty will also be on hand. Award-winning arranger Ossie Gurley will lead a 9-piece band. Itah Sadu will host the evening’s -hour program. This year the competition is starting earlier than previous competitions. DOORS OPEN 4:00PM, SHOW TIME 5:00 PM.
Calypso is an oral music tradition that has special meaning to the Caribbean people in Canada because it is a form of poetry of the people. Calypso is a powerful source of music and word play coupled together to tell us about ourselves as a people – where we came from and where we are going. Calypso is the heartbeat of life in the Caribbean and its sounds, rhythms and cadences evoke our past and our sense of hope for the future.
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 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.
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