Toronto going ‘Crazy’ this weekend

“Crazy” Edwin Ayoung

This weekend marks the first time in almost 2 years that Toronto will be graced with a high calibre international Parang Soca artist.  This joint effort by MyLime, JW Promo, and Curtis Eustace will be held this Sunday at the Crave Event Center at 55 Nugget Avenue in Scarborough.

The show signals a return to normalcy for Toronto’s parang community and what a way to kick it off with none other than “Crazy” Edwin Ayoung, The Lovable Lunatic, The Madman of Parang Soca, and the man who developed Parang Soca.  When he sang Parang Soca (Maria) in 1978 and continued making hit after hit for many years, hits like Put Jesus in your Christmas, Merry Christmas, Muchacha, and Yvonne,  to name a few, Crazy cemented his place as the first Parang Soca king.

Last Wednesday, Crazy told The Caribbean Camera that at 78 years-old, he feels great and enjoys life, composing and performing his music. He is also proud of being the creator of Parang Soca. He said he did this because prior to 1978, all the Christmas music played and performed in Trinidad were American songs. He wanted Trinidadians to have their own Christmas music.

The Parang music coming from Venezuela was also a Christmas staple in Trinidad, but they mostly did not understand the Spanish words. He changed that with his Parang Soca creation, and ensured that the words were in English. With people being able to sing along, Parang Soca’s popularity took off, and became Trinidad’s national Christmas music.

He said that this Toronto show follows appearances he has already made in Baltimore and Miami. On this Toronto visit he will feature some of his new tunes like Crazy Heaven, Love Her, and Philanthropy.

This show promises to pack a punch. Joining Crazy will be Eddie Charles, a crowd favourite also from Trinidad. Local entertainers include one of Toronto’s top parang bands Los Amigos, bringing the usual high calibre Parang music.

Curtis Eustace told the Caribbean Camera: “we thought that the people of Toronto deserved and needed a great parang show, so we went with the best, Crazy.”

The show will be on Sunday December 12th; doors will open at 3pm. For info call 416-728-6504.

“Crazy” Edwin Ayoung
“Crazy” Edwin Ayoung
“Crazy” Edwin Ayoung