by Stephen Weir
“The Carnival Winter Market and Parang Extravaganza is the work of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival,” explained the newly reconfirmed President of the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA) Henry Gomez (aka King Cosmos). “We are providing the evening’s entertainment.”
Hosted by the charismatic King Cosmos, the Parang Extravaganza features performances by some of OCPA’s artists, including Caribbean Monarch Macomere Fifi, Guney Cedeno, Princess Trinidad, and DJ Red X. In addition to his MC duties, King Cosmos will also be performing during the evening.
Expect a joyful sound from the singers on stage because it has been a joyful year for the Calypso organization who have seen a rebirth to performing in the city. “We held the first Calypso Monarch competition this summer since 2016,” continued Gomez, “It was a sold-out event. There was also a Calypso Workshop in early August at Harbourfront, along with the Calypso Stars Island Soul concert, and well, it has been a busy year for OCPA members.”
Friday evening’s Parang promises to be an unforgettable night. It is not only a concert and sing-along, but it will also be a fusion of music, dance, and the contagious energy of the Caribbean.
The Parang takes place at Scarborough’s Metropolitan Banquet Hall, (38 Metropolitan Road). It starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. Tickets purchased before the event cost $30, and ticket holders can get into the daytime Carnival Winter Market for free.
The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is organizing the Winter market at the Metropolitan Hall in tandem with the Parang. It will be a cultural bazaar offering a unique blend of flavours, crafts, and the warm familial spirit of the Caribbean. This one-of-a-kind event promises to be the perfect destination for those seeking culturally meaningful Christmas gifts.
The market doors open at 10 am.
THE CARNIVAL WINTER MARKET: Date: December 2 Time: 10 am – 6:30 pm Location: Metropolitan Banquet Hall, 38 Metropolitan Road Entry: $5 OR Complimentary entry with a Parang Ticket, Parking is free
From handcrafted treasures to rum cake and other delectable treats, the Carnival Winter Market will be a feast for the senses.
“Yes, there will be food available to eat (in the hall),” said Mischka Crichton, CEO of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival. Both day and night events offer a delectable array of Caribbean cuisine, ensuring that attendees can indulge their taste buds as they immerse themselves in the festive Caribbean atmosphere.