Fantazia Carnival ready for the road

Fantazia Carnival ready for  the road

By Stephen Weir, photographs by Don Moreland For the youngsters who play mas’ with Fantazia Carnival, the natural elements aren’t hurricanes and volcanoes; they are gentle breezes, friendly sunsets and warm blue water.  On the weekend the  band held a launch party for the revellers who will be taking part in the July 21 Junior […]

Three junior carnival band launches last weekend

Three junior carnival band launches  last weekend

By Stephen Weir Photographs by Don Moreland held in Scarborough. A trio of mas’ camps  -Sunlime Mas’, Louis Saldenah’s Mas-K-Camp and Tribal Carnival – held free launches .  On Saturday, Sunlime Mas’ held just what its name suggests.  In brilliant sunshine, the band launch was taken outdoors onto a large wooden stage that had been […]

‘Let’s support what we call our own’

‘Let’s support what we call our own’

RUDDER 6.5, a concert to celebrate the career of  Trinidad-born artiste David Rudder, which was  scheduled to be held at the Sony Centre for the Performing  Arts in Toronto on Saturday, has been cancelled because of reported slow ticket sales.  The cancellation has prompted one of his fans and  a student of  Caribbean music to […]

Three junior carnival band launches this weekend

Three junior carnival band launches this weekend

By Stephen Weir /Photographs by Don Moreland The sexy fishnet stockings and tights and the angel wings  from the adult carnival costumes launches in Toronto have been put away and now it’s the children’s turn to show their stuff on stage. This weekend there are three  junior costumes launches  – Tribal Carnival and Sunlime  Mas’on […]

Nostalgia night at the Metropolitan Centre in Scarborough

Nostalgia night at the Metropolitan Centre in Scarborough

About 200 people -mainly in the 50-plus age  range – took a musical trip down memory lane last Saturday  night at the sixth annual   presentation of Nostalgia at the Metropolitan Centre in Scarborough. Don  Silver Fox Ali and his band serenaded the audience with  calypso classics,  Indian hits  and other popular numbers of yesteryear at […]

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 […]

At 65, David Rudder promises ‘ the same calibre performance’

At 65, David Rudder promises ‘ the same calibre performance’

Fresh from his successful performance Under  The Trees at the Normandie hotel in Port of Spain, David Michael Rudder is all set for another big  6.5 show to celebrate his 65th birthday – this time at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. But the show on June 9  is going to be […]

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 […]

Alana Bridgewater is singing the blues down at the Soulpepper Theatre

Alana Bridgewater is singing the blues  down at the Soulpepper Theatre

REVIEW –  Ma Rainey’sBlack Bottom   Alana Bridgewater is singing the blues down at the Soulpepper Theatre By Stephen Weir Way back in time, singing the blues was a cultural statement for embattled Black Americans. The sad truth, at least, according to a 36-year old award winning play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. that just opened […]

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 […]

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