Brampton band brings Reggae back to Toronto Carnival

Brampton band brings Reggae back to Toronto Carnival

By Stephen Weir Maybe it is time the annual carnival changed its name again.  How about the Toronto and Brampton Caribbean Carnival? Newly minted band leader Johanna Grant, a long time Carnival reveller, is starting her own band  – The Freedom Mas Band – and has already organized her mas camp in Brampton. She has […]

Toronto’s Marcus Eustace designs another winner for Trinidad Carnival

Toronto’s Marcus Eustace designs another winner for Trinidad Carnival

Veteran masqueraders Ted Eustace was crowned this year’s Carnival King in Trinidad early Monday morning. This represents the sixteenth time the Eustace family picked up the coveted trophy and the tenth time that brother Marcus Eustace who is the band leader of top Toronto band Carnival Nationz designed the winner. Eustace’s costume, “Lords Of De […]

SugaCayne bringing high tech to mas for Toronto Carnival

SugaCayne bringing high tech to mas for Toronto Carnival

By Stephen Weir Candice and Dwayne Dixon have launched a new competitive Mas Band that is using 21st cutting edge technology to put a new Wow factor into the costumes their dancers will be wearing down the road.  Their name is SugaCayne, and the mas band already has a costume launch location and date, five […]

Panman Pat elected president of the Organization for Calypso Performing Artiste

Panman Pat elected president of the Organization for Calypso Performing Artiste

OCPA appointed its new Board at the organization’s annual general meeting, which was held at end of 2019. The positions will be held up fall of 2021. The new President is none other than Pat “Panman Pat” McNeilly; the Secretary is Colleen Trotman; Treasurer is Tara Gonzalves, and Ossie Gurley is the Events and Program […]

Notting Hill Carnival facing challenges says British activists

Notting Hill Carnival facing challenges says British activists

By Lincoln DePradine The future of England’s Notting Hill Carnival is “challenging’’ and there is “dissonance’’ around the festival, says Ansel Wong, a Trinidad-born cultural and political activist. “In terms of the United Kingdom context, carnival can’t be stopped because it’s deeply rooted in the fabric of the society. It’s the major tourist event of […]

Caribana stalwart John Kam dies at 68

Caribana stalwart John Kam dies at 68

By: SW. Photos By: Herman Silochan Long considered the soul of Caribana and the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, John Kam, 68-year former bandleader and festival executive, passed away last Monday after a lengthy illness.  The funeral will be held on Friday (tomorrow) November 22, at 10 am at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Sheppard Avenue East […]

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 […]