Carnival Nationz wins Band of the Year

Official Results of the Grand Parade and King & Queen are announced


The highly anticipated Toronto Caribbean Carnival left a trail of joy, music, and vibrant culture in its wake at Exhibition Place on Saturday. A dozen bands comprising over 10,000 masqueraders danced their way along Lakeshore Boulevard in an astonishing display of costumes and culture. Winning first place in the judging was Carnival Nationz (Band leaders Bryce Aguiton and Marcus Eustace) whose theme was “Let’s Go Around The World in 100 Days”. Second place went to Toronto Revellers (Band leader Jamaal Magloire) with their “It’s Showtime” costumes, and Saldenah Mas-K Club’s “Unmasked” (Band leader Louis Saldenah) masqueraders took third.

The title of Medium/Small Band of the Year went to Sunlime Canada with their costume theme of Desires (Band Leaders Dwayne Gunness and Ashlyn Dawson).

“The resounding success of this year’s Carnival season is a testament to the immense talent, dedication, and passion of our participating masqueraders, performers, volunteers, and the entire community,” said Mischka Crichton, CEO of the Festival Management Committee. “Bringing people from all walks of life together to celebrate Caribbean heritage and participate in the richness of our culture is something we are immensely proud of.”

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The official judging of the King & Queen showcase did not take place during the parade as was first decided after the competition ended abruptly Thursday night due to a thunderstorm. Some of the costumes were rain damaged and, as a result, not all of the band leaders agreed to take part in the judging on the parade stage.

For the full results of the Grand Parade, Junior Carnival and Individual Showcase, please visit

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is a spectacular display of costumes, music, and culture. This year is the 56th anniversary of the Grand Parade, which was first gifted to Canada by the Caribbean Community during Canada’s centennial celebrations. This Caribbean tradition of parading through the street was founded in celebration of freedom and emancipation from slavery and is appropriately marked on what has been recognized by the Canadian government as Emancipation Day weekend.