Toronto Caribbean Carnival seeks alternative funding as government comes up short


Mischka Crichton

The Festival Management Committee (FMC) behind the annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival is grappling with financial hardships due to dwindling government support and soaring production costs. As they brace for an uncertain future, the FMC has announced a series of events aimed at securing funds and achieving self-sufficiency.

In a heartfelt message addressed to the Toronto Carnival community, CEO Mischka Crichton expressed deep concerns regarding the festival’s financial health.

“As you are aware, funding for the Toronto Carnival has decreased significantly or stagnated over the past few years,” said Crichton. “Based on our discussions with various levels of government, we believe funding may decrease further or remain at the same level. This is concerning due to the significant increase in the cost of producing the Carnival.”

Faced with this predicament, the FMC is now compelled to seek alternative funding sources and reduce its reliance on government funding in the years ahead. Crichton emphasized the need for fiscal responsibility, cost-cutting measures, and the exploration of alternate means to raise funds.

In response to these challenges, the FMC has unveiled a series of events designed to generate much-needed revenue. These events are not only intended to secure the Carnival’s future but also to engage the local community in supporting this iconic cultural celebration.

The first of these events, CARIB-OKIE, took place on Thursday, October 19, at The Avenue restaurant in Scarborough. The next significant gathering will be the ARGOS PLAYOFF GAME, where attendees can join in on the excitement on November 11th. This will be followed by a journey through their cultural bazaar, featuring a rich tapestry of flavors, crafts, and the familiar spirit of the Caribbean, slated for November 25th at the Metropolitan Banquet Hall located at 38 Metropolitan Road, concluding at 6:30 pm. This will be followed by a lively Parang event called PARANG, offering attendees a chance to dance to the rhythms of a Caribbean Christmas.

The FMC is calling upon the Toronto community and all supporters of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival to actively participate in and promote these events. The organization believes that by working together, they can ensure the availability of funds to provide the much-needed financial stability for the Carnival and its stakeholders.

As the FMC strives to secure its financial future and maintain the vibrancy of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, the hope is that these events will not only serve as fundraising opportunities but also as vibrant cultural celebrations that showcase the rich heritage of the Caribbean in Toronto.