By Curtis Eustace
On Sunday 28th July, 2013, the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes will crown this year’s Calypso Monarch. Last year’s winner Macomere Fifi will be competing against eight other calypsonians each singing two original songs. The finals will be held at the Chinese Cultural Centre (P.C. Ho Theatre), 5183 Sheppard Avenue East Toronto, (Markham Rd & Sheppard Ave). Showtime begins at 5 PM. Additional information, ticket locations and purchases available online at www.ocpacalypsoca.com.
Join us at the Eglinton Square Mall parking lot this Thursday 25th July 2013 for our 4th Annual Free Summer BBQ. Enjoy Caribbean cuisine, Soca music, see Junior Carnival masqueraders and purchase tickets for all our events at this event.
Our 6th Annual Gala will be held at the Liberty Grand on Friday 26th July 2013. Presented by El Dorado Rum this event will inspire you to experience the beauty and diversity of the Caribbean while participating in the fundraising activities to support The Caribbean Children Foundation.
Wristband Policy – “Play Mas, Play Safe”
The Grand Parade will be held on Saturday August 3, 2013. Organizers are encouraging participants to be reminded of the wristband policy in effect. The Festival Management Committee has issued notices posted in all mas camps informing all participants about the new policy. In a nutshell, if you don’t have an authorized wristband you will not be allowed on the parade route (i.e. from Assembly Area in the CNE grounds to the end of the parade route at Colborne Lodge) and those not wearing a wristband will be removed from the parade route. This means all masqueraders, volunteers, band and section leaders, DJs, truck drivers and anyone affiliated with a band, guest band, or pan side and need to be on the parade route must procure a wristband from their respective leader. Even if you are wearing a costume a wristband will be required. Masqueraders need their costumes and a wristband. For Pan men need their band t-shirt and a wristband and for guest bands participants require their t-shirt or costume plus wristband. The Festival Management Committee thanks participants for their cooperation and highlights that following the wristband policy will maintain uniformity and a safe and organized experience for all involved. If you have not yet registered with a mas band or pan side, please go to www.torontomasbands.com for further details.
Weeks Ahead …
SUMMER BBQ AT EGLINTON SQUARE *FREE* – July 25TH 2013
6TH ANNUAL GALA AT LIBERTY GRAND – July 26th 2013
KING AND QUEEN SHOW AT LAMPORT STADIUM – August 1ST 2013
PAN ALIVE AT LAMPORT STADIUM – August 2ND 2013
GRAND PARADE AT LAKESHORE BLVD. TORONTO – August 3RD 2013.
CHUTNEY FESTIVAL AT THE ITALIAN GARDENS, TRAFALGAR AND DERRY RD, MILTON $20 – August 4TH 2013
featuring Dil e Nadan, Triveni, Raymond, Ki, Rick Ramoutar, Dollyboy, Tassa, Indian dancers,, Kerwin Du bois, and lots more.
Tickets for our premier events are at all Drupatis locations throughout the GTA, Play de Record downtown Toronto, Charlie’s Mississauga, online at www.ticketgateway.com or at all other advertised ticket outlets. Tickets can also be purchased at the Festival Management Committee office at 19 Waterman Avenue, Toronto. The FMC Office is open for ticket sales Monday – Friday 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM.
If you have any questions regarding to the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Pan or Calypso please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try my best to answer your questions.
If I find that your question is one pertaining to the general public I will print both the question and answer in my next column.
Curtis Eustace is the parade manager at Toronto Caribbean Carnival