Mas’ in Vaughan

Carnival revellers in the city of Vaughan are getting ready to ” mash up de place” with Cari-Vaughn, a three-day family festival that celebrates Caribbean culture.   The CariFestival Association which is organizing Cari-Vaughan, says its 25th anniversary celebrations  will begin on August 26. The festivities will start off with the Tropical Lime and After […]

Ontario Summer games at the Hershey Sports Center

The city of Etobicoke started the Ontario Summer games in 1970 for kids from all around the province to compete in an array of individual and team sports. Fast-forward to 2016 the OSG was hosted in the city of Mississauga. Thursday saw 3500 Ontario athlete from ages 12 to 18 enthusiastically parading into the Hershey […]

Jamaican farm workers back on the job after fire

Jamaican farm workers back on the job after fire

Thirty-three Jamaican farm workers are back on the job, after a spectacular fire gutted their living quarters at Chary Produce, a fruit and vegetable operation in Mount Pleasant, Ontario, last Thursday, leaving them with just the clothes on their backs. When The Caribbean Camera reached co-owner of Chary Produce, John Chary, he said “no comment,” […]

Pan Fantasy five-peat champion at Pan Alive

Pan Fantasy five-peat champion at Pan Alive

By Oscar Wailoo Playing an Al Foster arrangement of Kerwin Du Bois’ “Unforgettable,” Pan Fantasy last Friday successfully defended its title and became the first Five -Peat champion in the history of Ontario Steelpan Association’s Pan Alive Competition. Its total of 258 points was 10 more than second placed Afropan, who beat Salah’s Steelpan Academy […]

Quo vadis, Toronto Carnival?

Quo vadis, Toronto Carnival?

  As we approach next year’s milestone when “our” carnival here in Toronto will see its fiftieth year of existence, we need to ask ourselves whether we are proud of what our carnival has become and of where it is headed. In fact, it is unfortunate, some say it is a disaster that, in the […]

Exploring pan culture

Exploring pan culture

Last Saturday,  Eyes  took the opportunity to visit the  Rita Cox’s Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection at the  Malvern Library in Scarborough and borrowed a book: ‘Carnival Music in Trinidad , Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture.’ The author,  Shannon Dudley, first played in a steelband at Oberlin College in Trinidad and Tobago,  and then worked as […]