Christine Kangaloo elected President of Trinidad and Tobago

Christine Kangaloo elected President of Trinidad and Tobago

Former Senate President Christine Kangaloo has been elected President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She received 48 votes while opposing candidate Israel Rajah Khan received 22, when a full complement of the Electoral College convened last Friday in Parliament. There were three spoiled ballots. (The Electoral College comprises all members of the House […]

The late Horace Thorne – a community man to the end

The late Horace Thorne – a community man to the end

He was a proud Trinidadian Canadian who never said no when asked to help the community.  Last week Horace Reginald Thorne passed away at the age of 85. A photographer, a community organizer, a tireless long-time Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Caribana) volunteer and a loving family man, he will be remembered and honoured at the Trinidad […]

Toronto dancer about to take to the big stage with Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre

Toronto dancer about to take to the big stage with Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre

By: Stephen Weir Not only is it the first weekend for Black History Month in Toronto, it will also be two days of first for dance fans.  On February 3rd and 4th “America ‘s Cultural Ambassador to the World” the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre will kick off its 2023 North American tour with a trio […]

Wrong winner named in calypso queen competition

Wrong winner named in calypso queen competition

The Montserrat Arts Council has apologised to the 10 contestants, who participated in the Queen of Queens Regional Female Calypso Competition, after announcing the wrong winner last evening. Kenneth Silcott, Director of the Montserrat Arts Council, explained that “human error” led to defending champion Karene Asche being announced as the winner when she was actually the […]

Black Stalin – The Caribbean Man – dies at 81

Black Stalin – The Caribbean Man – dies at 81

Black Stalin, who has died aged 81, was a modern calypsonian of the old school, dedicated to keeping political and social commentary at the heart of his music when other exponents of the art were becoming purveyors of frivolous party music. His determination to stick to what he saw as the righteous course allowed Stalin […]

Oakwood Wesleyan Church mourns the passing of Pastor Ira Taylor  

Oakwood Wesleyan Church mourns the passing of Pastor Ira Taylor  

By Lincoln DePradine Dr Ira Moulton Taylor spent several decades pastoring in various places, from Antigua and Trinidad in the Caribbean to Toronto and Maryland in North America. He died December 29 in Toronto, two days short of his 101st birthday. However, those who knew Taylor – a national of St Kitts & Nevis – […]

Black Stalin jolted our collective consciousness to injustice

Black Stalin jolted our collective consciousness to injustice

“Black Stalin” (Leroy Calliste), the Trinidadian calypsonian, popularly known as “The Caribbean Man,” died at his home on December 28 last after a long illness. He was 81. In 2014, he suffered a stroke which affected his speech and movement on the right side of his body. ‘Black Stalin’ was crowned calypso monarch in Trinidad […]

Singing Francine dies at 79

Singing Francine dies at 79

Barbados-born calypso artiste Francine Edwards, better known onstage as Singing Francine, died in Queens, New York last Friday. She was 79. She was reported to have suffered a heart attack. Singing Francine won the National Calypso Queen competition in Trinidad in 1972, 1973,1981 and 1983. A news release from the Trinbago United Calypsonians Organization (TUCO) […]

After Christmas, Etienne Charles invites you to jam with him at T&T Carnival  

After Christmas, Etienne Charles invites you to jam with him at T&T Carnival   

By Stephen Weir While Toronto Caribana revelers have put away their mas costumes and glitter and brought out their Christmas decorations, Trinidadian music man Etienne Charles wants Caribbean Camera readers to come dance with him in the streets of Port of Spain in a couple months. That’s right, forget about winter holidays, suddenly it is […]

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