No fewer than eleven costumed bands “in competition” will be in the Grand Parade at the Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2018 on August 4.
And there will be more “big bands” this year, reports Chris Alexander, Chief Administrative Officer of the Festival Management Committee (FMC) , organizers of the carnival.
Speaking at the FMC’s media launch at Metro Hall on Tuesday, Alexander said there will be five” big bands” (each with more than 700 players) as compared to last year when there were only three.
“We’ll also have guest bands and non-competitive bands in the parade this year,” he said.
Alexander also repor
ted that the parade route will be extended.
Masqueraders and steel bands will wind their way from the assembly area at Exhibition Place along a 3.5-kilometer stretch on Lakeshore Boulevard to Canada Boulevard.
Alexander told re
porters that for the first time “we will have a
raised stage in Exhibition Place for the bands to
He also noted that steps were
been taken to ensure visitor
“We are going to make sure that everyone who participates in the festival is well protected ,” he said.
Toronto City Councillor Joe Mihevc, the Council’s Liaison with the Toronto Caribbean carnival, reported that the City has supported the Festival this year ” in the amount of $625,000 plus all the services that go into producing the festival.”
The official launch of the festival will take place at Nathan Phillips Square on
July 10.The FMC notes that this event ” engages the three artistic groups for the festival: Toronto Mas’ Bands Association, Organization of Calypso
Performing Artists, and the Ontario Steelpan Association.
The following are some of the other major festival events:
Junior Carnival King and Queen Showcase | July 15, 2018
Location: Woodbine Centre
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Junior Carnival Parade and Family Day| July 21, 2018
Location: Malvern and Neilson Parks, Scarborough
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Carnival Ball | July 27, 2018
Location: Beamsfield Centre, Exhibition Place
Calypso Showcase | July 29, 2018
Location: St. Peter and Paul Banquet Hall
Time: 6:00 p.m. – Midnight
Pan Alive | August 3, 2018
Location: Allan Lamport Stadium
Time: 7:00 p.m. – Midnight
Friday Night Mas’| August 3, 2018
Location: Ontario Place
Time 9:00 p.m. – Midnight