Miami Junior Carnival bigger and better than ever

Miami Junior Carnival bigger and better than ever

Photos by: Jetta Photo Miami Carnival kicked off in style when the children of South Florida got their chance to celebrate their Caribbean culture. The young masqueraders (age 14 and under) paraded around Central Broward Regional Park, dancing in their brightly colored costumes to classic Caribbean Soca music. With more than ten junior masquerade bands, […]

Nicholas Guy wins Ontario Science Centre award for King Costume

Nicholas Guy wins Ontario Science Centre award for King Costume

By Stephen Weir Summertime memories of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival Parade may have begun to fade, but for fans of the Caribbean Arts one memory will never disappear.  Who can forget Heart Beat of the Thrill of Life, the incredible King Costume worn by first time designer Nicholas Guy at the August King and Queen […]

FMC, Carnival & Caribana was the talk at York U

By Lincoln DePradine   More than a dozen years after the City of Toronto withdrew funding from the Caribbean Cultural Committee (CCC) and assigned the festival’s management and operation to the FMC, disagreement still exists on how, as well as who facilitated the transition of ownership. “The FMC is just managing something to make money […]

By any other name would Caribana smell so sweet?

By any other name would Caribana smell so sweet?

By Stephen Weir Toronto’s annual Carnival has had many names since it burst out of the gate in 1967 calling itself Caribana.  Since then the summer street festival has been called, Scotiabank Caribana, Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Peeks Caribbean Carnival and the current Toronto Caribbean Carnival. No matter what you might see on the official […]

New York Caribbean Carnival ready for the road

New York Caribbean Carnival ready for the road

NEW YORK – The Brooklyn based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) has kicked off its 2019 Caribbean Carnival with performances and displays by dance troupes, stilt dancers, a steel pan ensemble, soca artistes and costume bands, among others. Hundreds of Caribbean nationals attended the opening event last Thursday during which WIADCA also presented […]

Roger Gibbs bids goodbye to Toronto Caribbean Carnival (FMC)

Roger Gibbs bids goodbye to Toronto Caribbean Carnival (FMC)

By Stephen Weir   When September rolls around the Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s Festival Management Committee (FMC) will lose one of its original members. Bajan Canadian Calypsonian Roger Gibbs has reached the end of his formal board term.  After years of giving sage advice to Carnival, Gibbs will no longer be part of the management team […]

FMC names Aneesa Oumarally as new CEO

FMC names Aneesa Oumarally as new CEO

According to an August 12th press release, the Festival Management Committee (FMC), which stages the Toronto Caribbean Carnival (TCC), has appointed Mrs. Aneesa Oumarally as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The position was previously held by Richard de Lima. Oumarally is a current board member of FMC, and chaired the Governance Committee for the […]

The Parade: Time to go back to the drawing board

The Parade: Time to go back to the drawing board

This year marked the 52rd time the Toronto Caribbean Carnival/Caribana grand masquerade (parade) pranced along one of Toronto’s famous boulevards. Before proceeding we wish to assert that the use of the word “Caribana” is not an attempt to stir up controversy that has dogged the festival regarding its ownership. We are quite aware that the […]

Great Festival, but what about that Parade anyway?

Great Festival, but what about that Parade anyway?

By Stephen Weir Three months ago, plans for the 2019 Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Caribana for all us old timers) had all the makings of a plan for a funeral parade.  The festival had lost Peeks, its name-sponsor, and behind the scene sources said that the Smart Phone App had not ponied up the total monies […]

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