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 programming of steelpan music, live calypso performances, a virtual King and Queen competition, a Junior Parade and the Grand Parade itself.
“For several nights in July there will be performances using footage from past years, borrowed footage from stakeholders and new pan and calypso performances, including some big name surprises,” Aneesa Oumarally, CEO of the FMC, recently told The Caribbean Camera.
Earlier this week Reggae instructor and currently a CBC radio announcer, Kevin Carrington (aka The Voice) posted on Facebook that he will be the host of the online carnival.
“Like many of us I am eagerly anticipating what this year’s virtual presentation of @torontocarnival.ca will look like in these uncertain times,” wrote Carrington “I am happy to announce that I will be back as the official VOICE of the Festival …From the Lake Shore to your living room!”
Sharing the hosting duties with Carrington will be popular pannist and mas model Raesha Sirois. For many summers she has been one of the on-air hosts on CP24s coverage of the annual parade along with Nathan Downer and Patricia Jaggernauth.