Niagara Falls getting ready to jump up to a Caribbean beat

Niagara Falls  getting ready  to jump up to a Caribbean beat

By Stephen Weir While Torontonians have already put away their carnival costumes for another year, in Niagara Falls the Caribana “schooling” is just about to begin. Tomorrow morning the musical group, Kobo Town, a fleet of food trucks and a busload of mas’ veterans will be heading down the QEW to a famous Niagara Falls […]

West Indian ‘Family and Friends Picnic’ to be held at Markham fair grounds

West Indian ‘Family and Friends Picnic’ to be held  at Markham fair grounds

By Lincoln DePradine An outing which began simply as an occasion for nationals of Trinidad and Tobago to  “lime” together in Toronto, now has mushroomed to include other West Indians and has raised thousands of dollars for charitable causes. The first “Family and Friends Picnic’’, organized by what is now known as the United Trinbago […]

Cancellation of Carnival Kingdom leaves ticket holders angry and disappointed

Cancellation of Carnival Kingdom leaves ticket holders  angry and disappointed

Less than two hours before a soca concert in Vaughan was due to start on Saturday night, the show was  cancelled, leaving thousands of ticket holders angry and disappointed. Carnival  Kingdom, hosted by Summer of Sound (SOS)  Fest Inc, was to be held at the Improve Canada outdoor entertainment complex, starting at  9 p.m. But […]

Sally wins ‘Band of the Year’ – again

Sally wins ‘Band of the Year’ – again

By Lincoln DePradine Victory always leaves a sweet taste, even when you are an ace mas’ band leader like Louis Saldenah, who now has captured 19 “Band of the Year” titles at  the Toronto carnival. “It’s always great to win,’’ Trinidad-born Saldenah told the Caribbean Camera. “It’s great for the volunteers, the workers, the section […]

Pan Fantasy wins again at Pan Alive

Pan Fantasy wins again at  Pan Alive

After  winning the  Ontario Steelpan Association ‘s Pan Alive competition for last six  years in a row, Pan Fantasy, led by  Wendy Jones, was adjudged  winner of the 2018 competition held last Friday at  Lamport Stadium in Toronto. Pan  Fantasy, playing Hulk, was one of eleven steelbands which took part in the competition which was […]

Harry Belafonte awarded Jamaica’s Order of Merit

Harry Belafonte awarded Jamaica’s Order of Merit

KINGSTON,  Jamaica  – American singer, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte, whose mother was of Jamaican descent, has been accorded Jamaica’s fourth highest order — the Order of Merit — for outstanding contribution in the field of music. Belafonte, 91, was dubbed the “King of Calypso” for popularizing calypso music with an international audience in […]

King and queen of carnival to be crowned at Lamport Stadium

King and queen of carnival to be crowned at Lamport Stadium

Extravagant costumes and talented masqueraders will be in the spotlight at the Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival King and Queen Showcase tomorrow night. The event at Allan Lamport Stadium in Toronto’s Liberty Village will present the creative works of masqueraders, designers and engineers of the authentic costumes that are recognized worldwide, says a news release from […]

Young champs star at Calypsoca Extravaganza

Young champs star at Calypsoca Extravaganza

By Oscar Wailoo Last Sunday, calypso, the music that is the heartbeat of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, took centre stage for the “Calypsoca Extravaganza 2018: The Evolution.”  The annual show is staged by Organization of Calypso Performing Arts (OCPA), the outfit that maintains and nurtures one of the Caribbean’s most loved art forms. This year […]

Bacchanal in Centennial Park on Sunday

Bacchanal in Centennial Park on Sunday

By Stephen Weir Actors, stick fighters, stilt walkers and calypso stars will “dingolay” in Centennial Park  in Scarborough at  the Ol’ Time Carnival, Bacchanal in d’ Plantation Yard! on Sunday afternoon. The show tells the story about how the Trinidad carnival started. “ Ol’ Time Carnival came about after I met a young woman who […]

Trinidad calypso monarch will be one of the headliners at the Calypsoca Extravaganza

Trinidad calypso monarch will be one of the headliners  at the Calypsoca Extravaganza

Helon Francis, the Trinidad 2018 calypso monarch, and Rondell Donawa who placed third in the competition for the coveted crown, will be the headliners at the Calypsoca Extravaganza to be held at the St.Peter and Paul Banquet Hall in Scarborough on Sunday July 29. Among the leading local artistes who will be appearing at the […]

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