Toronto Caribbean Carnival Season News

By Stephen Weir

 Carnival Island moving to Fort York for August 4th event

The Carnival Island event was originally slated to be held on Hanlon’s Pont on the Toronto Island but is now heading for higher ground.

“Due to Flooding on the Toronto Islands we are heading for the mainland,” organizer Akil Heywood told the Caribbean Camera.  “Check our Facebook Page for a list of the performers that will be on stage on Sunday at the Fort.”

Fort York is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, northeast of Exhibition Place grounds at 250 Fort York Boulevard. It is easily reached by streetcar and car.


Sons of Steels at Tropicana, July 27

Special guest Earl La Pierre

Afro Pan’s Earl La Pierre Jr is the son of pioneer pannist, Earl La Pierre, so it is only fitting that he and Noel La Pierre are the organizers of next week’s Sons of Steel – One Evolution concert.  The Pan show is being held July 27th at the Tropicana Banquet Hall on Huntingwood Drive in Scarborough.

“Be prepared to be blown away by our fantastic cast,” Earl La Pierre Jr told the Camera. “We have truly gifted sons and sisters of steel performing!”

Suzette Vidal, Mark Mosca, Rudo Forteau, Earl Brooks Jr and Earl La Pierre Jr will join Pan pioneer Earl La Pierre Sr on stage.  Bruce Skerritt and the Liamuiga will back the musicians. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $30 in advance.


Hold the Soca Chutney till the fall!

Toronto Soca Chutney fans will have to wait a little longer to take in Canada’s first official Chutney Soca Monarch (CSM) contest. Trinidad’s CSM was supposed to be held in Toronto during the Caribana Festival but is now going to take place September 20th.

In Trinidad, the Chutney Soca competition attracts 5,000 to 10,000 spectators every time it is held. Southex Promotions, the owner of CSM is working with Canadian publisher Amit Gossai, to bring the Chutney Soca Monarch to Toronto.

“We have had problems getting our permits in place,” Gossai told the Camera. “We have just run out of time. It is being held at the Mirage Convention Centre, on Albion Rd in North Etobicoke.”


Caribana Sunday the Festival Management Committee wants to revellers to have a Rum time.

Just announced! The Festival Management Committee, the owners of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival has teamed with a well-known DJ, D’Rebel, to stage daylight Rum Festival at Ontario Place.

The Toronto Rum Festival: Taste The Spirits Of The Islands takes place Sunday August 4th at Ontario Place. According to a press release issued by the organizers the FMC is expecting a “minimum 3,000 patrons who are rum enthusiasts or curious tasters” to attend

Comedian Jay Martin is hosting the entertainment planned for the noon to 7pm fete. As of this paper’s press time the line-up of entertainment has not been released. Tickets are $30 and include rum drink tokens.

Sunday will be a busy day at Ontario Place. Rum Village is on the West Island. Just as it winds down, the doors will open at Ontario Place’s Budweiser Stage for the 6.30 pm start of the OVO concert.


FMC has also teamed with a number of Carnival events including 

  • The TFC soccer team is holding a pre-game Carnival Party 6:00 pm -8:00 pm. The game starts at 8:00 pm, July 27th at the BMO field in Exhibition Place.
  • The Ontario Calypso Performing Artistes’ Calypso Extravaganza featuring prize winning singers from Trinidad, Grenada St Lucia and Toronto. July 28th. St Peter Paul Banquet Hall, Scarborough. 6pm to midnight.
  • LeBron James
  • Party with NBA legend Lebron James all afternoon long on the rooftop of the swanky King Street Lavelle entertainment centre. 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm August 2nd.


  • Friday Night Mas in the parking lot. 8pm – midnight. The newest addition to Toronto Carnival schedule. Presented by the Festival Management Committee and taking place at Exhibition Place. It’s a night festival bringing Carnival into the light with glow in the dark costume components, music and massive vibes. 19+ event.