A dozen Calypsonians to gather for “Artiste[s] on a Mission”

At the Twilight Club, Scarborough

By Stephen Weir

Calypsonians

In a city where live Calypso music has taken a backseat to uber expensive “arena shows”, the Connector has launched a community mission to revive the spirit of live creativity at a price everyone can afford.

Connector (i.e. Joel Davis), the last crowned Organization of Calypso Performing Artists’ Calypso Monarch title (2016) says he has a mission fueled by a vision to go big this May 6th. In Scarborough!

It is a multi-artist show aptly called Artiste on a Mission and will feature performances by close to a dozen Toronto performers.

 “This show is not just about the Connector,” he told the Caribbean Camera,” but about arts and culture and artistes working together for a better representation (in the city).”

Their May mission is simple but profound – to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to embrace the music and to recognize its transformative power to enrich lives, stimulate imaginations, and foster social change.

The evening event takes place at the Twilight club, on Nugget Avenue in Scarborough. There will be a variety of different Calypso styles and, according to the Connector, it will be a blend of Soca, Bollywood Calypso, Reggae, Chutney and standard Calypso music throughout the evening.

“Artiste on a Mission is a platform to bring us together as one unit,” he said. “We will be spreading culture in different genres.”

The growing line-up for the show includes former Calypso Monarch Macomer Fifi, Quanno, Mala Harripersad, CJ Pierre, Crystal Reize, Meep-Moop and of course The Connector and his Lynx Band.

The ticket price when purchased in advance is a modest $20. Doors open at 6.30 and the show starts at 8pm.

For many Calypsonians, it was a tough go throughout the pandemic years. It is only recently that there has been an increase in performance opportunities. Connector says that for him during the downturn “the output was more than my input!”

But things are looking up. He recently won the Impact Award and has recorded two soca songs that will soon be dropped. The May concert signals the start of the busy Carnival season in Canada.

And what about the annual Calypso Monarch contest in July? “I am not sure if they are actually having it but if they do I have a song that I have composed calypso style. But I am ready.”