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Month: August, 2013

CARIBBEAN TALES KICKS OFF HARBOURFRONT CENTRE SCREENINGS WITH ANNUAL GALA ON SEPT. 4th

Caribbean Tales Gala Reception

CARIBBEAN TALES KICKS OFF HARBOURFRONT CENTRE SCREENINGS WITH ANNUAL GALA ON SEPT. 4th

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto, ON – AUGUST 23

The 8th Annual Caribbean Tales Toronto Film Showcase continues its long-standing partnership with Harbourfront Centre where the public is invited to attend a Gala Reception and World Premiere screening of Christopher Laird’s No Bois Man No Fraid (Trinidad) on Wednesday, September 4th.   The Caribbean Tales Toronto Film Showcase kicked off Aug. 17th with special screenings at the CNE and continues until Sept. 14 with films from across the Caribbean and other exciting events that celebrate Caribbean filmmaking.  Following the catered Gala reception is a free party with music and dancing presented by CaribbeanTales and Rasta Phil Entertainment.

Advanced $45.00 tickets to the Gala Reception and World Premiere of No Bois Man No Fraid can be purchased from Harbourfront Centre online at: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/film.cfm?id=5430 .

September 4, 2013

Tickets Required

6:00 to 9:00 PM – Gala Reception (presented with T&T Consulate General)

9:00 to 11:30 PM – Select short films and featured screening of No Bois Man No Fraid

Free Event

8:30 to 11:30 PM – The Red Party presented by CaribbeanTales and Rasta Phil Ent.

About CaribbeanTales

CaribbeanTales is a group of companies that produces, markets and exhibits Caribbean-themed films for regional and international distribution, including: CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, that links quality Caribbean movies and their audiences everywhere, the CaribbeanTales Film Festival Group that produces events and training programs all around the world, and CaribbeanTales.ca, a nonprofit based in Toronto, Canada, that produces educational programs through film, contributing to an inclusive Canadian society. New for 2013 – CaribbeanTales-TV, an internet hub and video-on-demand platform aimed at students, educators and Caribbean film buffs.

Now in its 8th year, the month-long CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase is produced in partnership with the Harbourfront Center, and includes a Film Festival, Incubator Program for filmmakers, and a special CNE Screening series

For media information, please contact:

Caribbean Tales
Planet3 Communications Ltd. – Sarah Zajac/Joanne Smale
T: 647.346.4101 E: info@planet3com.net

EvenToBe – Louise Noel-Ambrose
T: 289-389-7204 E: eventobepr@gmail.com

CARIBBEAN TALES AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE SALUTES FRENCH-SPEAKING PRESENCE: SEPT. 4 & 11

Publicity Support are proud Media Partners of the 2013 Caribbean Tales Toronto Film Showcase

Publicity Support is a proud Media Partner of the 2013 Caribbean Tales Toronto Film Showcase

CARIBBEAN TALES AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE

SALUTES FRENCH-SPEAKING PRESENCE: SEPT. 4 & 11

September 4 – 14, 2013

CaribbeanTales is proud to have a French-speaking presence during the opening night Red Carpet Gala – September 4 and in the Haiti Mon Amour* programming on September 11 at the Harbourfront Centre. This presentation of films will include French shorts: Conversations with the Dead, Cinco Minutos Para Mi Pais and No Creo Que Somos Iguales and a feature Adopted ID, that is in English although shot in Haiti.

September 4th, 2013

9 p.m. – Shorts

Cinco Minutos Para Mi Pais – Dominique Telemaque, Haiti/Dominican Republic, French/Spanish, 2 mins.
5 Minutes for my Country tells the story of Julien, a young Haitian student in Santo Domingo, who in the face of all obstacles, struggles to finish his studies, so as to be able to donate the gift of his intelligence towards his country’s development.

No Creo Que Somos Iguales– Dominique Telemaque, Haiti/Dominican Republic, French/Spanish, 6 mins.
Two Shoe-Shine boys, one Dominican, and the other Haitian, discuss the concept of “Equality”.

September 11th. 2013

*Haiti Mon Amour Program

6:30 p.m. – Short (free)

Conversations with the Dead – Haiti Reporters (a collective effort of 12 community journalists), French, 23 mins.
What do we remember about the dead? How do we construct our memories of an event? On January 12, 2010, at 4:53 p.m., Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake that killed over 200,000 people.  Although the event has faded from the headlines, the lived experience of loss remains a daily struggle for many Haitians. Three years later in Port-au-Prince, nine survivors share intimate accounts of family members who still visit them in dreams, visions, and live on in the objects and spaces they left behind.  A collective effort of twelve Haitian community journalists, Conversations with the Dead goes beyond the official statistics and current events, and delves into the world of living memories.

Feature (free)

Adopted ID – Sonia Godding-Togobo, Canada/Haiti, English, 60 mins, 2012.
Abandoned at birth, a Haitian girl adopted by Canadians bravely returns to the impoverished nation to find her parents.

Tickets to Harbourfront Centre screenings can be purchased by calling CaribbeanTales at 416-598-1410 or Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-743-4000. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased online at caribbeantales-events.com, or in person at the Harbourfront Centre Box Office, located at 235 Queens Quay West. The Box Office is open Tuesday through Saturday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on evenings of performance. For information about getting to Harbourfront Centre during the Queen’s Quay revitalization, please visit harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere

• Centrepiece Films (at Harbourfront Centre): $20
• Other Harbourfront Screenings: Free

For more information, high-resolution images and interview requests, please utilize the media contact information below.

Media Contacts for CaribbeanTales:

Planet3 Communications Ltd. – Sarah Zajac/Joanne Smale
T: 647.346.4101 E: info@planet3com.net
EvenToBe – Louise Noel-Ambrose
T: 289-389-7204 E: eventobepr@gmail.com

About CaribbeanTales

CaribbeanTales is a group of companies that produces, markets and exhibits Caribbean-themed films for regional and international distribution, including: CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, that links quality Caribbean movies and their audiences everywhere, the CaribbeanTales Film Festival Group that produces events and training programs all around the world, and CaribbeanTales.ca, a nonprofit based in Toronto, Canada, that produces educational programs through film, contributing to an inclusive Canadian society. New for 2013 – CaribbeanTales-TV, an internet hub and video-ondemand platform aimed at students, educators and Caribbean film buffs. Now in its eighth year, CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase is produced in partnership with the Harbourfront Centre, and includes a Film Festival, Incubator Program for filmmakers, and a special CNE Screening series.

CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution
CaribbeanTales Film Festival Group
Newz From CaribbeanTales
CaribbeanTales Canada

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE SUMMER SEASON
Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto’s central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe. Harbourfront Centre attracts more than 17 million visits to its site each year to experience 4,000 diverse public events and activities.  Harbourfront Centre receives operational support from the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto and program funding from all levels of government, the private sector and individual donors.

For additional information, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

CARIBBEAN TALES AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE WELCOMES HISPANIC PRESENCE: Sept. 4, 13 & 14

Publicity Support are proud Media Partners of the 2013 Caribbean Tales Toronto Film Showcase

Publicity Support is a proud Media Partner of the 2013 Caribbean Tales Toronto Film Showcase

CARIBBEANTALES AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE

WELCOMES HISPANIC PRESENCE: Sept. 4, 13 & 14

September 4 – 14, 2013

CaribbeanTales welcomes a Hispanic presence throughout its programing for the 8th annual Toronto film showcase.  This presentation of films includes two shorts; Cinco Minutos Para Mi Pais, No Creo Que Somos Iguales, and two features; El Medico and Elliot Loves. Scheduling for these films can be found below:

September 4

9 p.m. – Shorts (free)
Cinco Minutos Para Mi Pais – Dominique Telemaque, Haiti/Dominican Republic, French/Spanish, 2 mins.
5 Minutes for my Country tells the story of Julien, a young Haitian student in Santo Domingo, who in the face of all obstacles, struggles to finish his studies, so as to be able to donate the gift of his intelligence towards his country’s development.

No Creo Que Somos Iguales – Dominique Telemaque, Haiti/Dominican Republic, French/Spanish, 6 mins.
Two Shoe-Shine boys, one Dominican, and the other Haitian, discuss the concept of “Equality”.

September 13

9 p.m. – Feature (free)

El Medico – Daniel Fridell, Cuba, Spanish, 85 mins, 2012, Canadian Premiere.
A young Cuban man has to choose between his duty to the State, and to his mother, and fulfilling his own ambitions to become a hip hop artist.

Tickets: http://tickets.harbourfrontcentre.com/calendar/view.aspx?id=20821

September 14

7 p.m. – Feature ($20):

Elliot Loves – Gary Terracino, (Dominican Republic/USA) 2012, 95 mins. (Canadian Premiere)
A delightful romantic comedy about a young boy’s transition from island life with his mother to finding romance in the Big Apple.

Tickets: http://tickets.harbourfrontcentre.com/calendar/view.aspx?id=20822

Tickets to Harbourfront Centre screenings can be purchased by calling CaribbeanTales at 416-598-1410 or Harbourfront Centre Box Office at

416-743-4000. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased online at caribbeantales-events.com, or in person at the Harbourfront Centre Box Office, located at 235 Queens Quay West. The Box Office is open Tuesday through Saturday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on evenings of performance.  For information about getting to Harbourfront Centre during the Queen’s Quay revitalization, please visit

harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere

Ticket Prices:

  • Centrepiece Films (at Harbourfront Centre): $20
  • Other Harbourfront Screenings: Free

For more information, high-resolution images and interview requests, please utilize the media contact information below.

Media Contacts for CaribbeanTales:

Planet3 Communications Ltd. – Sarah Zajac/Joanne Smale
T: 647.346.4101  E: info@planet3com.net

EvenToBe – Louise Noel-Ambrose
T: 289-389-7204  E: eventobepr@gmail.com

MEDIA ALERT: Gems of the Caribbean Film Screening at The CNE Aug, 17, 18 and 30

Publicity Support are proud Media Partners of the 2013 Caribbean Tales Toronto Film Showcase

Publicity Support is a proud Media Partners of the 2013 Caribbean Tales Toronto Film Showcase

CARRIBBEAN TALES WORDWIDE DISTRIBUTION KICKS OFF PARTNERSHIP WITH TORONTO TOURISM BOARD AT THE CNE WITH SPECIAL SCREENINGS

The CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase, in a unique partnership with the Islands of the Caribbean (IOTC) a new branch of Toronto Tourism, will be bringing the best of the islands to Toronto during the Gems of the Caribbean screening series* on August 17, 18, and 30 at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).

“We are delighted to be partnering with the tourism boards as there is a natural fit – they are promoting the Caribbean while we are marketing the brand by telling authentic stories of who we are,” adds Frances Anne Solomon, founder and CEO of CaribbeanTales.

Islands of the Caribbean is a new association of Tourism Boards from Grenada, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

There will be three screenings, featuring films from each of the participating islands. Highlights include: Marley, directed by academy-award winner Kevin MacDonald and produced by Tuff Gong; and a special preview screening of a newly released feature documentary on Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott (both TBA).

The Gems of the Caribbean screenings are free to all, as they are included in your admittance ticket to the CNE, for more information please visithttp://theex.com/main/guest-info/tickets/admission-tickets.

For an Advance Ticket Discount* visit http://www.theex.com and click on ‘guest info’, ‘tickets’ and then ‘group or promo code’ to use the unique online access code CT897794. Purchases can be made using a credit or debit card. Don’t forget to print your tickets at home for entry.

– All Ages Admission Pass (includes grounds admission only)
• Advance Price = $12
– Ride All Day Pass (includes General Admission and on-site Ride All Day
Pass)
• Advance Price = $36

Tickets to CaribbeanTales Film Showcase screening at Harbourfront Centre can be purchased by calling CaribbeanTales at 416-598-1410, in person at the Harbourfront Centre Box Office 416-743-4000, or online at caribbeantales-events.com.
• Red Carpet Gala: $60
• Centrepiece Films (@ Harbourfront): $25
• Other Harbourfront Screenings: Free
The Main Box Office at 235 Queens Quay West is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Main Box Office is open until 8 p.m. when there is an evening performance.

* Gems of the Caribbean screening series, Canadian National Exhibition:

CaribbeanTales-GEMS of Caribbean Screening

SATURDAY AUGUST 17, 6:00 p.m.
CNE, Direct Energy Centre-Presentation Theatre

Opening welcome and introductions by CaribbeanTales and Islands of the Caribbean
Screenings:
• No Creo Que Somos Iguales, Dominique Telemaque, Haiti/Dominican Republic
• The Shadows are Shining, Ken Wolff, Aruba
• Captain T&T, Christopher Guiness, Trinidad and Tobago
• Jerk Chicken, Samuel Stewart, Jamaica
• Marley, Kevin MacDonald, Jamaica

SUNDAY AUGUST 18:
6:30 p.m. – Antigua & Barbuda and Grenada – Short Film Showcase
8:30 p.m. – MAS MAN, Dalton Narine, Trinidad & Tobago, 2011, 60 mins

FRIDAY AUGUST 30
6:30 p.m. – Saint Lucia and St Vincent Short Films Showcase
7:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion with Caribbean Filmmakers
8 p.m.
– Poetry Is an Island (Preview), Ida Does, Holland/St Lucia 2013, English, 30 mins.
– Home Again, Sudz Sutherland, Canada, 2012, English

A reminder for future screenings, please check http://caribbeantales-events.com/ and please apply directly to the CNE for accreditation.

FOR MEDIA:

For admittance to the CNE, media should go directly to them for accreditation: http://theex.com/system/search?search=accreditation
The CNE will inform you of your accreditation.

About CaribbeanTales
CaribbeanTales is a group of companies that produces, markets and exhibits Caribbean-themed films for regional and international distribution, including: CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, that links quality Caribbean movies and their audiences everywhere, the CaribbeanTales Film Festival Group that produces events and training programs all around the world, and CaribbeanTales.ca, a nonprofit based in Toronto, Canada, that produces educational programs through film, contributing to an inclusive Canadian society. New for 2013 – CaribbeanTales-TV, an internet hub and video-on-demand platform aimed at students, educators and Caribbean film buffs.

Now in its 8th year, the month-long CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase is produced in partnership with the Harbourfront Center, and includes a Film Festival, Incubator Program for filmmakers, and a special CNE Screening series

For media information, please contact:
Caribbean Tales
Planet3 Communications Ltd. – Sarah Zajac/Joanne Smale
T: 647.346.4101 E: info@planet3com.net

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Caribbean Films to be screened at 2013 CNE

2013 Caribbean Tales Toronto Film Showcase

CARIBBEAN TALES ANNOUNCES SPECIAL PARTNERSHIP WITH “ISLANDS OF THE CARIBBEAN.”

The CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase, in a unique partnership with the Islands of the Caribbean (IOTC), will be bringing the best of the islands to Toronto during the Gems of the Caribbean screening series* on August 17, 18, and 30 at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).

“We are delighted to be partnering with the tourism boards as there is a natural fit – they are promoting the Caribbean while we are marketing the brand by telling authentic stories of who we are,” adds Frances Anne Solomon, founder and CEO of CaribbeanTales.

Islands of the Caribbean is a new association of Tourism Boards from Grenada, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

There will be three screenings, featuring films from each of the participating islands. Highlights include: Marley, directed by academy-award winner Kevin MacDonald and produced by Tuff Gong; and a special preview screening of a newly released feature documentary on Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott (both TBA).

“The Caribbean is more than just sun, sea and sand – it’s about our people, our spirit, our soul, it’s about our story. That’s why visitors are entranced by our islands – that’s why they are in love with our islands and ultimately return to our islands,” says Erica Henry-Jackman, Director of Tourism for the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. “This experience will come alive on film during the Gems of the Caribbean preview nights at the CNE.”

Join us at the International Pavilion, Hall B, Presentation Theatre in the Direct Energy Centre, for a taste of the islands here in Toronto! Then visit us at booth 3237, for more information about the CaribbeanTales and Islands of the Caribbean partnership. Make sure to also check out the rest of the CaribbeanTales films from September 4 – September 14 at the Harbourfront centre, where screenings will include the best new films from the Caribbean Region, ten Official Competition films, 30 shorts, world premieres, feature films, documentaries, musicals and comedies from Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Guadeloupe and Honduras.

The Gems of the Caribbean screenings are free to all, as they are included in your admittance ticket to the CNE, for more information please visithttp://theex.com/main/guest-info/tickets/admission-tickets.

For an Advance Ticket Discount* visit http://www.theex.com and click on ‘guest info’, ‘tickets’ and then ‘group or promo code’ to use the unique online access code CT897794. Purchases can be made using a credit or debit card. Don’t forget to print your tickets at home for entry.

– All Ages Admission Pass (includes grounds admission only)
• Advance Price = $12
– Ride All Day Pass (includes General Admission and on-site Ride All Day
Pass)
• Advance Price = $36

Tickets to CaribbeanTales Film Showcase screening at Harbourfront Centre can be purchased by calling CaribbeanTales at 416-598-1410, in person at the Harbourfront Centre Box Office 416-743-4000, or online at caribbeantales-events.com.
• Red Carpet Gala: $60
• Centrepiece Films (@ Harbourfront): $25
• Other Harbourfront Screenings: Free
The Main Box Office at 235 Queens Quay West is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Main Box Office is open until 8 p.m. when there is an evening performance.

* Gems of the Caribbean screening series, Canadian National Exhibition:

SATURDAY AUGUST 17
6:30 p.m.

Welcome and introductions by CaribbeanTales and Islands of the Caribbean

MARLEY
Kevin MacDonald, Jamaica, 2012, English.

Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

SUNDAY AUGUST 18:
6:30 p.m.
Antigua & Barbuda and Grenada – Short Film Showcase

  • Food For Thought – Malaika Brooks Lowe (Grenada)
  • GRAF by MOTION – Eklipse (Antigua)
  • Believe: Richardo Keens Douglas – Ngardy Conteh (Grenada)
  • Jemeni In The City – Regan MacAulay (Grenada)
  • Twisted Desire – Richel Frame (Grenada)
  • Short Shirt (Preview) – James Knight (Antigua)
  • Ariana – Shashi Balooja (Antigua)

8:30 p.m.
MAS MAN – Dalton Narine
Trinidad & Tobago, 2011, 60 mins

A stunning portrait of the genius of Peter Minshall: T&T Mas Man, Emmy Award winner, and the Artistic Director of three Olympic Opening Ceremonies (Atlanta, Barcelona, and Salt Lake City). Mingling traditional Carnival elements with abstract ideas, Minshall’s mobile street theatre, comprising 2,500 masqueraders, goes chic to chic with upper crust Art. The film captures his flair for costumery and the enigma of a designer/artist whose main job seems to be to open confrontation between good and evil against the backdrop of these celebrations. His calling, as such, is to awaken themes about humanity that not only display but also inform audiences that are privileged to discern his work.

FRIDAY AUGUST 30
6:30 p.m.
Saint Lucia and St Vincent Short Films Showcase

  • Concrete Jungle – Akley Olton (St Vincent)
  • Cephas and Saint Lucia We Love – Ted Sandiford
  • Hog Hole – Aiko Roudette
  • Shorts from the RISE Collective

7:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion with Caribbean Filmmakers

8 p.m.
Poetry Is an Island (Preview)
Ida Does, Holland/St Lucia 2013, English, 30 mins.

The Life and Times of Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, exploring the places of his childhood, the influence of land and language on his work, and showcasing the beauty and magnificence of his work and homeland.

About CaribbeanTales
CaribbeanTales is a group of companies that produces, markets and exhibits Caribbean-themed films for regional and international distribution, including: CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, that links quality Caribbean movies and their audiences everywhere, the CaribbeanTales Film Festival Group that produces events and training programs all around the world, and CaribbeanTales.ca, a nonprofit based in Toronto, Canada, that produces educational programs through film, contributing to an inclusive Canadian society. New for 2013 – CaribbeanTales-TV, an internet hub and video-on-demand platform aimed at students, educators and Caribbean film buffs.

Now in its 8th year, the month-long CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase is produced in partnership with the Harbourfront Center, and includes a Film Festival, Incubator Program for filmmakers, and a special CNE Screening series

For media information, please contact:
Caribbean Tales
Planet3 Communications Ltd. – Sarah Zajac/Joanne Smale
T: 647.346.4101 E: info@planet3com.net
EvenToBe – Louise Noel-Ambrose
T: 289-389-7204 E: eventobepr@gmail.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AFROCARIBE MAGAZINE LAUNCH – Aug. 13, 2013

AFROCARIBE MAGAZINE LAUNCH - Tues. Aug. 13, 2013

MEDIA ALERT – MAGAZINE EVENT TOMORROW NIGHT AT THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM. 5th FLOOR.

Afrocaribe International Magazine will be hosting its official Toronto launch on Tuesday August 13, 2013 at The Royal Ontario Museum. This diversity and lifestyle focused publication highlights the African and Caribbean diaspora filling a void within the Afro-Caribbean print publication selection. The magazine was founded in Trinidad in 2009, and has grown to a circulation of over 500,000 in regions including NYC, the U.K. and Africa.

Entertainment for the evening will include award-winning singer Liberty Silver, Calypsonian sensation King Cosmos, and fashion from Fenix Couture . All guests will receive a complimentary copy of the August 2013 issue.

The launch kick offs at 6:00 p.m. in the 5th floor restaurant at The ROM located at 100 Queens Park.

Advanced tickets are available online at www.ticketgateway.com

ABOUT AFROCARIBE

The Magazine aims to bridge the existing gap between the Caribbean,Latin America and Africa.  It is a quarterly publication that aims to bridge the Gap between,the Caribbean,Latin America& Africa through articles on topical issues in these regions.

For Media Inquiries:

Darling Nicky, Publicist
Cell: 905-399-5322
Email: darlingnicky.ca@gmail.com

PHOTO GALLERY: The 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival’s King and Queen Competition – Thursday Aug. 1, 2013

PRESS HEADER

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival’s King and Queen Competition Kicks OffThe Big Weekend, Thursday Evening Lamport Stadium

The media is invited to join Soca singing superstar Destra and Provincial Minister Michael Coteau (Immigration) at the first big event for this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival. The King and Queen competition will be held the evening of August 1st at Lamport Stadium in downtown Toronto.

This nighttime event showcases the elaborate costumes, which will be worn by the Kings and Queens in the Grand Parade.  Kings and Queens from 12 different Mas Camps will wear picturesque and oversized costumes (some 10+ metres tall 12+ metres wide) will dance in front of a SRO stadium as they vie for top honours at this year’s festival.

Doors open at 6pm for the outdoor competition.  At 7pm MPP Michael Coteau will officially open the event. Trinidad Soca singing superstar Destra will be in the stadium at 11.30 for the crowning of the King and Queen and the presentation of the Ontario Science Centre Innovation Award.

 This year marks the third year of the Ontario Science Centre Innovation Award that will recognize innovation in costume design at the celebration, widely known for its vibrant and dazzling costumes. The Award will shine a light on the intricate art and scientific merit of costume design by honouring the creators of these innovative masterpieces shown at the King and Queen competition.

The King and Queen Competition is considered the first big event of the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival weekend. On Friday evening Pan Alive, North America’s largest steel drum orchestra competition will be held at Lamport Stadium. On Saturday August 3rd, the Grand Parade will be held along Lakeshore at Exhibition Place and on Sunday the Chutney Soca party will be held in Mississauga.

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, Caribbean Connection, The Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, OLG. The Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Public Library, Eglinton Square Mall, and the Liberty Grand.

About Scotiabank

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 www.scotiabank.com.

For more information about the programmes and events, please visit the festival’s official website at www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com. The Festival Office is located at 19 Waterman Avenue. Contact info: Tel: 416-391-5608; Email: info@torontocaribbeancarnival.com.

For media inquires:

Stephen Weir
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Publicist
Phone 416-489-5868
Cell: 416-801-3101
Email: Stephen@stephenweir.com

Sheena Findlay
Scotiabank
Cell: 647-628-3501
Email: Sheena.findlay@scotiabank.com