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Community NewsToronto Caribana

Caribana 2018: Beautiful costumes, Salah Steelband Academy and Carnival Kingdom

Contact Staff   Thousands of revelers took over the Lakeshore in downtown Toronto on Saturday, August 4, in a spectacular showcase of the music, color and excitement of carnival, as the city celebrated   the 51st staging of Caribana. The celebration got underway early in the day with several dignitaries in attendance including newly elected Premier Doug Forde, and Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders. It attracted well over 250,000 spectators from across North America and beyond. About a dozen masquerade bands and four steelbands took to the Lakeshore before parading in front of the judges at Exhibition Center in Ontario Place. …

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CarnivalsCommunity NewsMontreal Carifiesta

Carifiesta 2018

  Contact Staff It took a little over two hours or so for Carifiesta 2018 to make its way from Guy Street to a block or so from its intended end-point on Bleury Street before the police and cleanup crews ended the parade and shooed people away from downtown Montreal. Again, as it has been for the past several years, the showcase of Black and Caribbean music and culture didn’t have much to show to the thousands of onlookers that lined Rene Levesque Street. About seven or eight music trucks, three representing the Haitian sector of the community, together with …

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Carnivals

Ottawa’s CariVibe: An enjoyable trip

Contact Staff On Saturday, June 16,  all roads led to Ottawa for a lot of Montrealers eager to take-in the return of the CariVibe parade to the streets of the capital city. Well… at least we had a chance to leave Montreal for part of the day. The little parade with about seven to eight bands   didn’t offer too much for on-lookers but was a fun diversion from the scorching heat and another opportunity to enjoy some of the 2018 Soca as well as some zouk and music from other Caribbean islands. In about an hour and a half it …

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CarnivalsCommunity NewsTrinidad Carnival

Move out the way

Carnival 2018: Young stars take their place at the top Egbert Gaye Veteran calypsonian Austin “Super Blue” Lyons teamed up with Soca’s most seasoned superstar, Machel Montano, to make an indelible mark on Trinidad and Tobago’s 2018 carnival celebrations with a decisive win in the Road March competition with their mega hit Soca Kingdom. The victory marked Blue’s tenth win in the competition for the most popular carnival song, and Montano’s ninth. However, even as these two veterans asserted their dominance on the road, the signs are clear that a new guard of stars is emerging to take Trini carnival …

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Community NewsMontreal Carifiesta

Carifiesta Color and Excitement

Contact Staff Carifiesta has always been able to provide Montreal with its fair share of color and excitement. And it was in full glow on Saturday, July 8, as hundreds of masqueraders and revelers took over St. Catherine Street between Fort and Philip Square for another of the annual ritual of show and music. In the end the parade, with its full compliment of a dozen or so floats, was depleted by the rain, which shut down many generators and forced groups to form on-the-spot partnerships with each other to share music. Roots Cultural Club, Carnival Vibration and Carnival Freaks …

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Montreal Carifiesta

Carnival Nite Fetes….

Brass, Denise  Belfon and Lavaman at Andre Laurendeau Party lovers in search of a night of dancing will converged at CEGEP Andre-Laurendeau in LaSalle to move to the music of T&T’s newest brass band Brass 2 the World, who will be sharing the stage with the super popular Denise Belfon. With Belfon in the house we know there will be a lot of wining taking place. Also appearing is Grenada’s Lavaman with his 2017 smash hit, “Crukus Bag”. The event is called “We Jamming Still” and will also feature several of the city’s top deejays including DJs 20-20, DJ 610, …

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Toronto Caribana

CONNECTOR crowned CALYPSO MONARCH in TO

by Neville “Nato” Brown After two hours of fierce competition by 14 calypsonians, former federal cabinet minister Jean Augustine crowned Joel “Connector” Davis the 2016 Canadian Calypso Monarch. Montrealer Dennis James held his own with a respectable fourth place showing. The competition took place on Sunday, July 24, when more than 300 calypso lovers filled The Latvian Canadian Center in Toronto to witness the crowning of The 2016 Canadian Calypso Monarch. No stranger to the competition stage, Connector had the audience on their feet with his rendition, “THE DRESS.” Dressed like a woman, the popular calypsonian, who is originally from …

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Montreal Carifiesta

Carifiesta 2016: Revelers took over St. Catherine Street

After a brief rain delay on the morning of July 2, Carifiesta 2016  kicked off in a blaze of color and music from the corner of Fort Street  and made its way along St. Catherine Street to Phillips Square. In all, about 12 groups of varying sizes participated in a parade that was dominated by what is known in the Caribbean as Jab Jab mas. Two of the more populated bands had hundreds of high energy  Jabs bringing a special something to the parades. Also on the street this year were the usually spectacular Roots with their presentation of Tings …

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Montreal Carifiesta

Carifiesta Bands 2016

Jab Army ‘All you gotta do is play a wicked JAB’ According to The #JabArmy Battalion, the best way to enjoy the Montreal Carifiesta experience is to come play a wicked Jab. The band, now in its second year, is well primed and ready to ‘oil-up’ and “muddy” the town. Again, they are expecting backup from Toronto Jab Jab battalion, but they are calling on Montreal to get in the ranks early. Montrealers can benefit from their weekend carnival packages, which include the Half Jab package that allows them to enjoy a Hotel room, have entrance to the group’s weekend …

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Trinidad Carnival

HOME FOR CARNIVAL

It’s a ritual that draws dozens of Montrealers every single year: the annual trip to Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. This year, the event was celebrated on February 7 and 8, but Montrealers were there for the long haul enjoying family, friends, foods and frolicking in what is acclaimed as one of the most lively nation in this hemisphere. Here they are, faces aglow with the excitement of being HOME FOR CARNIVAl. Photos submitted by Frank Junior Gordon. Look for more photos in our March 17issue.

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