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Toronto Caribana

Toronto Caribbean Carnival

Contact Staff Although not the massive show of costumes and revelers that once drew a million visitors to the city, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival remains of the biggest outdoor events in North America. The festival, which took place over the weekend of August 1 to August 5, was a grand success starting with the King and Queen Show on Thursday, August 1 to its Pan Alive competition on August 2 and the grand street parade along the Lakeshore in downtown T.O on Saturday August 3. Under brilliant sunshine for most of the day, a steady flow of large costumed bands …

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Community NewsMontreal Carifiesta

Carifiesta 2019: On the way back

On Saturday, July 6, the streets of downtown Montreal turned into a spectacle of revelry and music as the annual Carifiesta wound its way from Fort to Bleury streets under the burning mid-summer sunshine. The parade, just a shadow of its former self with just handful of bands and a scattering of masqueraders in costumes is said to be on a rebuilding course. But what it lacked in artistry was over-compensated for by the energy of the revelers and the enthusiasm of the thousands of Montrealers who turned out to enjoy the abundance of Caribbean flavors on display. Roots Cultural …

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Community NewsMontreal Carifiesta

The Affordable Party on Carifiesta Night

It’s going to be a massive gathering of fun people on July 6, at the Caribbean Paradise on Carifiesta night at the Affordable Party Show and Dance. They’ll enjoy performances by Loveman Kent, Pufty, Delta Antoine and Doggies And additional music by DJ Sunshine Int’s from Ottawa as well as Montreal’s Dj ABNA and DJ Earl, ,. All on Saturday July 6 from 9 pm till morning come At the Caribbean Paradise 8080 Newman, Lasalle Showtime from 9 to 10:30, Dance from 10:30pm Info: 514-363-8080 / 438-937*1924

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Community NewsMontreal Carifiesta

Carifiesta Parade July 6. Kiddies Carnival June 29

Contact Staff Junior masqueraders will be in their glory on the streets of Cote des Neiges on Saturday, June 29, for Kiddies Carnival, the inaugural event of Carifiesta 2019. Dozens of young revelers in full regalia, will be part of the parade that starts at Nelson Mandela Park on Victoria Avenue and make its way up Plamondon Avenue to Kent Park. It gets underway at noon until 8pm. Then on June 8, the Carifiesta parade takes to the streets of downtown of Montreal for the annual spectacle. Seven bands are lined up so far, to bring the excitement to the …

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Caribbean NewsCommunity NewsTrinidad Carnival

The 2019 Soca surge and Mr. Killa

Contact Staff Visitors to Trinidad and Tobago for the 2019 carnival were gifted with what has been loosely described as “a bumper crop” of Soca and calypsos. Yep, this year, many agreed the music was nice, especially hits like ‘So Long’ and ‘Hookin Me,’ two masterpieces penned by the erstwhile Nadia Batson, which she and her friend Farmer Nappy turned into party anthems for the season. In both songs, which were released very early in the season, Batson was able to capture the nuances of life-situations in T&T and packaged them in some sweet, sweet melodies and people jumping. Among …

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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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