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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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Toronto Caribana

Caribana 2015: A sad spectacle

Contact Staff It wasn’t long ago when Toronto Caribana was the place to be. And there were years when up to a million visitors from across North America and around the world made the mad rush to take in the action in the Tdot, where dozens of mas bands, steelbands and thousands of masqueraders fashioned one of the biggest and most spectacular parades in the world. Well these days the once spectacular showcase is now a sad spectacle. On August 1, was the staging of Caribana 2015 and by the end of the day, only nine bands made it to …

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Carnivals

Cropover 2015

I’m writing to you while enjoying a countryside view of the beautiful island of Barbados. After a long hiatus I returned this summer to witness the huge carnival event known as Crop Over. The festivities began in June and reached its climax the first Monday in August with The Grand Kadooment. Masqueraders from Canada, the USA, and UK and beyond descend on the little island known as the rock. A few days before I landed the winners were announced for two of the main singing competitions. Former Krosfyah front man and Triple Crown winner Edwin Yearwood took home the sweet …

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Montreal Carifiesta

Experiencing Carifiesta 2015

At the end of the day, on Saturday, July 4, the Carifiesta Parade delivered what was expected of it… lots of music, massive crowds and seemingly mindless indulgences. As usual, so many in the community try to put perspective or make sense of what has become, really, an exercise in hedonism for some and the search for a good time for others. The thing can only be defined by the scarcity of splendor and predominance of Jab Jab. And the big discussion to come will be about those who find fun in spraying kerosene in the air and how long …

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Montreal Carifiesta

Roots and the art of mas

Inskip, Evelyn and Seymour The “three musketeers” of Montreal’s most popular masquerade band committed to keep the color and splendor in the Carifiesta parade Contact Staff On Saturday, July 4, Roots Cultural Association will be on St. Catherine Street in downtown Montreal doing what they have done best for close to four decades, showcasing the art of masquerade and adding that little touch of splendor to the Carifiesta parade. This year’s presentation From North to South is what’s called in Trinidad, Indian Mas and traces the migration process of various native tribes from North to South America. As they have …

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