Caribbean stars win big at JUNO’s

Caribbean stars win big at JUNO’s

The JUNO Awards 2020 ceremony , originally scheduled to be held in Saskatoon in  mid-March, was cancelled because of the virus lockdown. But on Monday evening  42 awards were presented online. The big winners were singer-songwriter Alessia Cara (3 awards) and Shawn Medes (Single of the Year Award).  For the second year in a row, […]

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, […]

Prime Minister Trudeau and Mayor Tory make surprise appearances at Walk of Excellence broadcast

Prime Minister Trudeau and Mayor Tory make surprise appearances at Walk of Excellence broadcast

By Stephen Weir North Toronto students got the online surprise of their lives last Thursday while watching a live YouTube broadcast of the annual graduation Walk of Excellence.  Not only did community leaders, entertainers and family members take part in the two-hour social media presentation. So too did the Prime Minister of Canada and the […]

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 […]

Cayman Island students are learning to play the pans online

Cayman Island students are learning to play the pans online

Ask accomplished pannists where they learned to play their instruments and they would tell you that it was in their beloved panyards. But now, at least for one group of would-be pannists, there are no panyards. They are staying at home to master the steel drums., Under the direction of veteran Trinidad-born steelband leader Earl […]

In a state of limbo

In a state of limbo

In conversation with Rhoma Spencer In a state of limbo By Stephen Weir Rhoma Spencer is an actor, director, storyteller and broadcast journalist who began her career in her native Trinidad. Up until the virus  lockdown, Spencer was one of the busiest live performers – on stage, in TV shows, movies parts, and public events. […]

Caribbean Tales Film Festival goes online

Caribbean Tales Film Festival goes online

The theatres were booked, the movies picked and the stars were making plans to come to  Toronto to walk the Caribbean Tales Film Festival’s (CTFF’s) red carpet this September.Then, yesterday,the CTFF announced that although the show must go on, it will not be taking place in any bijous in the year of COVID-19. “It is […]

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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