The Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA) of Toronto will stage a monarch competition this year.
This was confirmed by OCPA President, Eulith Woods (Calypsonian Macomere Fifi).
In an interview this week, she told the Caribbean Camera that the event will be held on Sunday July 29. But the venue is yet to be announced.
Last year OCPA’s annual Toronto calypso monarch competition which was scheduled to be held on July 30. was put off to “a date to be fixed” in October. But it did not take place.
However, Woods said that the new board of directors of OCPA, appointed last October, has been having regular meetings to get ” things back on track.”
A calendar of events for 2018 has already been drawn up and the major event is the monarch competition, she pointed out.
A general meeting of OCPA to discuss plans for the new year was held on the weekend.
” Only a small number of members showed up,” Woods noted.
But she said this was no surprise.
“It seems as if calypsonians in Toronto hibernate in the winter,” she chuckled.
“As the weather gets warmer, we would expect more of them to show up at meetings.”
As for the future of calypso in Toronto, Woods remains optimistic.
She did note, however, that lately there have been fewer women taking part in calypso competitions staged by OCPA.
Founded in 1981, OCPA is a non-profit organization which was formed to promote calypso in Toronto.