CALYPSO MONARCH FINALS AND PAN ALLEY BLOCKO FOR AFROPAN – July 28, 2013
by Darling Nicky
CALYPSO MONARCH FINALS AND PAN ALLEY BLOCKO FOR AFROPAN
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. DOORS OPEN 4:00PM, SHOW TIME 5:00 PM.
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.
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.
PAN ALLEY BLOCKO THIS EVENING FOR AFROPAN – 40TH ANNIVERSARY FOR THE PEOPLES BAND
Afropan Steel Band – The People’s Band, celebrate their 40th Anniversary this evening. Afropan will hold a Blocko this evening beginning at 7pm. The Blocko will be held at the end of Jefferson Avenue in Toronto’s Liberty Village. The Pan Fantasy Orchestra, Panatics and New Dimensions will join the large pan orchestra.
The Blocko is a free outdoor street performance. People are welcome to come and enjoy free live music, while eating some delicious food, all in a safe family friendly atmosphere. This evening’s Big Block-O is a tradition as old as the band and is always held on the Sunday Evening the weekend prior to Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival. It is a chance for the band to showcase the music they have prepared for both the Parade and the Pan Alive Competition and put on a free show for the public. All are welcome to this family friendly event at 1 Jefferson Avenue, one block south of Lamport Stadium.
The Afropan Steelband “the people’s band” is Toronto’s oldest and most successful steelband. The pioneers of Afropan, an intimate group of pannists from Trinidad, got together in Toronto as early as 1970. It was not, however, until 1973 as “Harriet Tubman Survivors” that the Afropan Steelband was formally founded. Since 1973 Afropan, under the leadership of Earl La Pierre Sr., has won the Best Playing Steelband Competition at the Caribana Festival a total of 28 times, and has ranked in the top three on all other occasions. In 1987 Afropan had the unique distinction of winning the “Best Overall Band” participating in the Caribana Parade that year.
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.
For media inquires:
, Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Publicist
Phone 416-489-5868 Cell: 416-801-3101
Darling Nicky, Cultural Liaison