Old time Blocko brings out calypso in Toronto

By Stephen Weir

Connector sings as Gunny, K.B and Jayson look on

Connector (Joel Davis) undoubtedly has a sense of humour.

When the 2016 Toronto Calypso Monarch was asked to pose for a ” fun picture” with a member of the audience at a new weekly Blocko, he said he knew someone just stupid enough to help him out.

He was right. A blond haired mannequin in the Epic Carnival costume showroom.

The mannequin turned out to be an excellent model for this Caribbean Camera photographer.

Connector came to the Epic Carnival mas’ camp at the Tam Heather Curling Club in Scarborough last Friday to perform at  the first of the new Friday night Blocko parties.

It was perfect weather for a fete that was held both inside and outside the large sports building. He sang, danced and performed to an audience  of  about 100 people (and costumed mannequins).

“It was a bit of old time Carnival singing at midnight at a free Blocko,” said Connector.  “It was a nice tune-up for a coming gig in Bermuda.   I’ll soon be gone for five days. So I am glad that I was able to fit this one in!”

According to Epic Carnival’s manager Jerrol Augustine, the non-profit mas’ camp is holding free Friday night parties.

“Last Friday’s Blocko saw DJ Greg holding it down,” he said.

“We will host a Blocko every Friday unless specified otherwise. It is all a part of our community building and hyping it all up before Carnival!”

Connector is the second Calypsonian to perform at Epic mas’ camp’s Blocko. First was Brampton’s Guney Cedeno.

And next week?  Epic says to check  its Instagram account for the performance announcement.

E.P.I.C. Carnival is the new name of Durham Mas’ and Recreational Club. The name stands for Energy, Passion, Imagination and Culture. Its mas’ camp is at 730 Military Trail in Scarborough.





Connector found a dummy to ham it up for the Camera.  Photo by Stephen Weir.

Connector sings inside the Tam Heather Club, while most of the audience was outside looking in. Photo by Stephen Weir


DJ Greg and friend – photo by Stephen Weir


Carnival Dollz Section Booth at Blocko, Friday night. They are indeed slaying them with costume sales. – photo by Stephen Weir