No Carnival in Trinidad in 2021 unless…

No Carnival in Trinidad in 2021 unless…

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley today gave the clearest indication yet that his administration is prepared to cancel Carnival celebrations next year as the two island republic, like all other Caribbean countries, deals with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that has so far killed 72 people here and infected […]

Carnival in Jamaica postponed until 2021

Carnival in Jamaica postponed until 2021

  KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett  announced last week that Carnival in Jamaica organisers will forego its annual road march and related activities until April 11, 2021. “As the country enters the community transmission phase of the COVID-19 virus, we strongly believe it is in the best interest of our people, to forego […]

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 […]

Calypso legend Sir Rupert ‘King Swallow’ Philo dies

Calypso legend Sir Rupert ‘King Swallow’ Philo dies

One of Antigua and Barbuda’s best-known calypsonians, Sir Rupert Philo, known widely as King Swallow, has died at the age of 78. King Swallow died last Friday at his home in Antigua after a prolonged illness. Philo was known for his social and political commentary, as well as his many hits which include Fire in […]

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, […]

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 […]

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