“Spirit of the Mas”  coming to Durham Region


12 Days of Caribbean-Inspired Fun Unveiled East of Toronto


Carnival City, presented by House of Culture, will be welcoming visitors to Durham Region at Ajax Downs, 320 Audley Road (across from Casino Ajax) from Wednesday July 27th to Sunday August 7th, 2022.  Look no further than Ajax for a spectacular merger of culture and community. During these 12 fun-filled days, immerse yourselves into the Caribbean creative community to celebrate the culinary arts, music, steelpan, cultural costumes, history and dance.

“Carnival City is welcoming the Durham region and beyond to indulge and connect with the community through the art of cultural expression in soca, pan music, dance and food!” exclaims Gerard Weekes, House of Culture Founder and Festival Producer of Carnival City. “This event is for friends, family, young, old and in between. We welcome you all with open arms.”

Each day invites you to experience this year’s theme – Spirit of the Mas – which spreads and celebrates the love for Caribbean culture.  Featured events include:

  • Wednesday, July 27th – Mas Factor: Frontline Runway Show
  • Thursday, July 28th – Brass Fest – Soca Band Showcase
  • Friday, July 29th – Soca Village – International and local artists
  • Sunday July 31st – Tsunami Unleashed – International and local artists
  • Monday August 1st – Emancipation Day Special Presentation
  • Thursday, August 4th – Mas Factor: North Kings and Queens
  • Friday August 5th – Caribbean Fusion
  • Saturday, August 6th – Junior Carnival at Durham Carifest
  • Sunday, August 7th – Pan in the North – Steelpan Competition
Shurwayne Winchester
Nailah Blackman

The line-up of performers for Soca Village includes: The Princess of Soca – Nailah Blackman, 2-time Road March Champion Shurwayne Winchester, Jaxx & Lvl Exodus Band, Afro Beat Star Nomcebo, MCS Bass Line, 3-time Chutney Soca Monarch – Ki, and other surprise local and international performers.

“We have worked very hard to curate a festival with something for everyone,” explains Joan Pierre, Carnival City organizer and founding Director, House of Culture Board. “I especially encourage people to attend the Emancipation Day stage production and Blaxx tribute, Brass Fest and Pan in the North. All will be a cultural, historical and entertaining experience like no other!”