Aneesa is back on the board of the FMC

Aneesa is back on the board of the FMC

Aneesa Oumarally is back. The former CEO of the Festival Management Committee (FMC) which runs the annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival, had “stepped down” last month. Now Omarally is returning to the FMC  – but as a member of the board, a position in which she had previously served. She joins four  new board members, most […]

Let’s hope for the best and prepare for the worst

Let’s hope for the best and prepare for the worst

Editorial Let’s hope for the best  and prepare for the worst The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to mas’ makers in 2020 but as we face the prospect of a second wave of the deadly virus, the Festival Management Committee  (FMC) which runs the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, is looking forward to better days […]

Toronto Caribbean Carnival CEO exits

Toronto Caribbean Carnival CEO exits

  Veteran carnival administrators Denise Herrera-Jackson and Chris Alexander are now back in charge of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival.  Aneesa Oumarally, who was hired in August 2019, as CEO, has now   left her duties as CEO after an amicable discussions with the Festival Management Committee (FMC). The Festival Management Committee (FMC) Chair, Joe Halstead, confirmed […]

New York Annual Caribbean Carnival Parade cancelled

New York Annual Caribbean Carnival Parade cancelled

NEW YORK – The New York-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) has announced the cancellation of the annual carnival parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway this year amid concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Our plans are to do whatever we can –in the virtual world of COVID-19 communications – to sustain us all […]

Digital Carnival 202O is now as close as your phone

Digital Carnival 202O is now as close as your phone

The Digital 2020 Toronto Caribbean Carnival kicked off  on Canada Day, July 1, and you can  take in  the celebrations on your phone, tablet or computer during the entire month of July. “We are presenting (on line) a virtual festival that engages Carnival audiences who look forward every year to a summer of parties, music, […]

Toronto police board member wants better system to respond to mental health crises

Toronto police board member wants better system to respond to mental health crises

Uppala Chandrasekera, a member of the Toronto Police  Services Board, said the community needs better options than calling police to respond to mental health crises. Chandraseka, co-chair of the Board’s mental ealth advisory committee, spoke of the need for community-based options that include social workers, peer workers and mental health and addictions workers. “Our system […]

Canadian calypsonians ‘going virtual’ for Carnival

Canadian calypsonians  ‘going virtual’ for Carnival

No fewer than 22 calypsonians will be appearing in this year’s  Calypsoca Cabaret as part of tbe Festival Management Committee’s (FMC’s) virtual Caribbean Carnival 2020. Pat McNeilly (Panman Pat) chair of the Organization  of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA), told The Caribbean Camera that  among the performers who are registered for the Cabaret are some of […]

FMC pushes ahead with plans for a digital carnival

FMC  pushes ahead with plans for a digital carnival

By Stephen Weir The Festival Management Committee ( FMC), the organizer of  the Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2020, is reported to  be pushing ahead with plans for its “digital jump up” beginning July 3rd with an official City Hall Proclamation of Toronto Caribbean Carnival Month. After the official opening, there will be four weeks of on-line […]

Toronto Caribbean carnival 2020 goes digital

Toronto Caribbean  carnival 2020 goes digital

By Stephen Weir Ooh la la costumes. Thundering pans. Sweet calypso. And while they are at it, throw in a few big name soca performers. Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2020 is getting ready to digitally jump up and thumb noses at the Coronavirus  come July. While the annual summer festival in downtown Toronto has been cancelled […]

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