Toronto carnival band launching season ends with Atlantic Mas’

Toronto carnival band launching season ends with Atlantic Mas’

By Stephen Weir   The 2018 Toronto carnival band launching season ended last Saturday evening at the Rebel nightclub when Atlantic Mas’ held the eleventh – and final – costume show. Onstage was Machel Montano, the king of soca, telling Torontonians to go down the road with him  on August 4th. “Get your costume from […]

Grenada offers big summer savings

Grenada offers big summer savings

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada– Explore, relax and experience the best of Caribbean living while enjoying amazing savings in Grenada for the summer. Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, the three-island destination best known as the Spice Island of the Caribbean has launched its Summer Campaign #NextStopGrenada offering travellers true value for money and the chance to experience […]

More ‘big bands’ at Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2018

More ‘big bands’  at Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2018

No fewer than eleven costumed bands “in competition”  will be in the Grand Parade at the Peeks Toronto  Caribbean Carnival 2018 on August 4. And  there will be more “big bands” this year,  reports Chris Alexander, Chief  Administrative Officer of the Festival Management  Committee (FMC) , organizers of the carnival. Speaking at the  FMC’s  media […]

David Rudder sings Under the Trees at Rudder 6.5

David Rudder sings Under the Trees at Rudder 6.5

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad  – Canadian-based singer and composer David Michael Rudder took to the stage Under The Trees at the Normandie Hotel here two Saturdays ago to present many of  his hits, old and  new, at Rudder 6.5, a concert to celebrate his 65th birthday. The venue was jam-packed with fans of the artste […]

The lensman who fell in love with mas’

The lensman who fell in love with mas’

  By Stephen Weir There are two constants at all Toronto mas’ band launches.  Law number 1: The costume designs will always radically change from one season to the next. Law number 2: Don Moreland will be at every launch, photographing the models in their costumes and recording the elaborate fashion shows. Although Moreland is […]

Getting ready for Vincy Mas’ 2018

Getting ready for Vincy Mas’ 2018

KINGSTOWN  – Two Saturdays ago, hundreds of Vincentians took to the streets for the launch of their biggest annual festival, Vincy Mas’. There were carnival  celebrations throughout  St. Vincent and the launch climaxed with a street parade here that blossomed with colorful costumes, as revellers got into the swing of things to the hot hot […]

Weekend launch of ‘Bird of Paradise’ and ‘Straight out of John John’

Weekend launch of  ‘Bird of Paradise’ and ‘Straight out of  John John’

Weekend launch of  ‘Bird of Paradise’ and ‘Straight out of  John John’ By Stephen Weir Call it Toronto Doubles, if you like.  Two mas’ camps holding  band launches on the same Saturday night the second weekend in a row. This past weekend it was a pair of long established mas’ camps – the Costume Creators […]

Sally launches his ‘Wonders of Spring’

Sally launches his ‘Wonders of Spring’

Louis Saldenah’s Mas-K-Club took no prisoners on Saturday night.  The biggest band, with a legacy of winning that stretches back to the early days of Caribana, held a dramatic costume launch at the Chandi Banquet Hall in Scarborough in front an estimated crowd of over a thousand people.  Sixteen sections with the theme of the […]

Super Blue to headline Mother’s Day fete in Toronto

Super Blue to headline Mother’s  Day fete in Toronto

Super Blue to headline Mother’s  Day fete in Toronto By Stephen Weir Last month, the Toronto mas’ camps with their  colourful costume launches, kicked off the 2018 Carnival season in Canada.  Next month, calypso singers are making sure their part in the annual festival starts on a high note. On Saturday May 12, a concert […]

Mas’ lovers brave the wintry weather to celebrate with Carnival Nationz

Mas’ lovers  brave the wintry weather to celebrate with Carnival Nationz

By Stephen Weir  Freezing Rain. Stinging ice pellets. Blowing snow and streets filled with slush. Car Crashes. Power Outages… Despite warnings to stay off the roads, revellers thumbed their noses at the horrible weather on Saturday night to celebrate the coming summer with the Carnival Nationz  Mas’ Camp. “I was shocked to see the sheer […]

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