Snake eyes and lizards on stage for Venom Mas’ costume launch

Snake eyes and lizards on stage for Venom Mas’ costume launch

  By Stephen Weir More than 80 reptilian mas’ models slithered, slinked and strutted onto a huge V-shaped stage in Toronto early Sunday morning. Despite a very late start, the models put on a fashion show that wowed the more than 1,000 people who crammed into the Grand Cinnamon Banquet & Convention Centre on McNicoll […]

Carnival Nationz goes on the road with Kes

Carnival Nationz goes on the road with  Kes

Carnival Nationz whose theme this year is “The Music of Kes, ” launched its band on Saturday. More than 1.700  carnival fans showed up for the launch at the band’s mas’ camp in Scarborough ( Kes, a soca/pop group which hails from  Trinidad , is known for its unique blend of soulful vocals, calypso inspired […]

Caribbean Island Mix presents a wide variety of styles

Caribbean Island Mix presents a wide variety of styles

Caribbean Island Mix ? Well, it could be a potent  rum drink. Or  a radio program  highlighting the torrid beat of the music of the Antilles. Or  perhaps a restaurant that  serves up the spicy dishes of the Caribbean. But for Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2019, it’s the theme of Costume Creators Cultural Arts, founded by […]

Sunlime presents “Mesmerize” for Carnival 2019

Sunlime presents “Mesmerize” for Carnival 2019

By Stephen Weir All photographs by Anthony Berot Sunlime mesmerized almost 500 fans of Carnival last Friday night in North Toronto.  It was almost a full house for the annual Sunlime Mas Band Costume launch. Using the theme “Mesmerize”, over 70 male and female models took to the stage of Eglinton East’s Latvian Cultural Centre […]

Golden voices at La Petite’s 50th Anniversary

Golden voices at La Petite’s 50th Anniversary

By Laxman. When I arrived at La Petite’s 50th Anniversary I knew I was in for a great evening.  I was greeted by two gentlemen in tux and top hats, who opened the door with a bow, and welcomed me to what turned out to be an evening that I will remember for a very […]

Machel Montano for Atlantic Band launch

Machel Montano for Atlantic Band launch

By Stephen Weir Atlantic Carnival, one of the newest mas bands taking part in the annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival Parade, isn’t going to be competing in this year’s massive August 3rd event.  That doesn’t mean you won’t see them out on the road, or hosting their signature gigantic mas costume launch – they have been […]

Pan Arts Network 8th Annual Gospel Praise on Steel

Pan Arts Network 8th Annual Gospel Praise on Steel

The Pan Arts Network’s 8th annual Gospel Praise on Steel concert will be held at a new location this year. The annual show, which was previously staged at the Canada Christian College, will be held on May 11th at Global Kingdom Ministries Church located at 1250 Markham Road in Scarborough. Organizers Wendy Jones and Earl […]

Saldenah is all Heart for this year’s Carnival

Saldenah is all Heart for this year’s Carnival

By Stephen Weir The Saldenah family pulled it off. There was too much at stake. Renowned masquerade bandleader Louis Saldenah and his family were able to get a record number – 2,800 people – into the Scarborough Cinnamon Banquet Hall. They had 120 fancy-dressed models on and off the stage before the bar closed at […]

Jai Ojah-Maharaj is back playing Caribbean music to the world!

Jai Ojah-Maharaj is back playing Caribbean music to the world!

By Stephen Weir The “Dean of Soca Music’’ on the Toronto airwaves is back! Jai is again behind the microphone playing the sweet sounds of soca and calypso music. The return of the broadcaster, simply referred to as Jai, occurred Sunday morning two weeks ago. Jai is best remembered for his presence on the Caribbean […]

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