The much-anticipated annual Calypso Showdown staged by the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA) is set to take place this Sunday at the Latvian Cultural Centre in North York. After a seven-year hiatus, the Toronto calypsonians are gearing up for an intense battle, and the stage is set for a captivating evening of rhythm, talent, and cultural expression.
Let’s delve into the history of this event, the reigning monarch, and the talented contestants ready to compete for the coveted crown.
In 2016, the calypso community witnessed a remarkable feat as Connector, adorned in a dress and a full-length wig, clinched the last contested crown. With this victory, Connector solidified his position as the longest-reigning monarch in Toronto’s calypso history. This year, the contestants are determined to challenge Connector’s record.
In anticipation of the upcoming showdown, Ossie Gurley and The Truth have been working tirelessly, mentoring and preparing the nine contestants to be in the best possible shape for the competition. Their dedication to honing the performers’ skills and ensuring they deliver their best on the big night is commendable and reflects the passion of the calypso community in Toronto.
The calypsonians set to compete for the prestigious crown promise a night of thought-provoking lyrics, infectious melodies, and vibrant performances. In order of appearance, the following are the contestants: 1, Brown Sugar – “Disinformation”, 2 Boots – “Summertime”, 3 Mr. Wonderful – “Festival Music” 4 Macomere Fifi – “We Don’t Want to Know”, 5 The Crooner – “Trinis Never Leave”, 6 Susan G – “Kiss Goodbye”, 7 Pan Man Pat – “Winds of Change”, 8 Logie – “Prices is De Crisis”, and 9 Connector – “Reality Of Life” (Defending Champion)
The recently concluded calypso tent shows held in Scarborough provided a platform for these artists to showcase their talents, and their performances were well-received by the audience, adding further excitement to the upcoming showdown.
To ensure an entertaining event, the actress/comedian Rhoma Spencer will grace the stage as the host, bringing her charm and wit to engage the audience throughout the night. Additionally, guests will be treated to mesmerizing performances by DJ Gus, St Jamestown Youth Centre Steel Orchestra, and the Guest Artiste Princess Trinidad. The Touch of Masquerade by the Dance Caribe Performing Company promises to be a visual delight, adding to the cultural richness of the evening.
As the Calypso Showdown draws near, Toronto’s calypso community is buzzing with anticipation. And OCPA has curated an unforgettable event that celebrates the vibrant Caribbean culture, artistic prowess, and the camaraderie among performers. Whether the reigning monarch, Connector, will successfully defend his title or a new champion will emerge, the calypso showdown promises to be a night to remember, full of soulful melodies, spirited performances, and an electric atmosphere of unity and celebration.
Join them on July 30 at the Latvian Cultural Centre to witness the magic of Toronto’s Calypso Showdown! Doors open at 5:00 pm. Show begins at 6:30 pm. $40.00 Advance; $45.00 at the door. Call Glenda: 416 – 445 – 3919 get your tickets from outlets or online at www.ticketgateway.com.