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Jr Carnival, Showcase & Culinary Chef competition

Jun 28, 2017

Malvern, Scarborough, ON

 

The Junior Carnival and Family Day event provides its audience and the surrounding community of Malvern the opportunity to experience the cultural presentation of young performers as they participate in their earlier years. This event engages the three stakeholder groups: Toronto Mas Bands Association, Organization of Calypso Performing Artists, and the Ontario Steelpan Association. This family event is being presented to allow young people to participate as producers, performers, and presenters.  The Junior Carnival and Family Day event continues to be supported by the Children’s Breakfast Club and the Metropolitan Toronto Police Services.

 

Official Launch

Jul 11, 2017

Nathan Phillips Square

 

The official launch of the annual festival is a cultural showcase and celebration of the creative spirit of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival events and other events happening in and around the City of Toronto.

 

 

Opening Service

 Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. Join us as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. We’re bigger and better than ever!

Jul 9, 2017

Anglican Church of the Nativity 10 Sewells Road, Scarborough

 

 

 

Jul 23, 2017

Venue TBD

OCPA Calypso Finals

 

The Toronto Mas Bands Association provides the main cultural entertainment for this event, with male and female performers presenting the creative output of the talented artist, designers, and costume builders in the City of Toronto.  At this event, the Allan Lamport Stadium becomes an outdoor theatrical stage where the Kings, Queens, and individuals of the Carnival bands unveil their elaborately themed costumes. The Ontario Science Centre continues to award a special prize, the Innovation in ‘Mas Award for the engineering, construction, and design of the costume. The Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes participates in this event.

Aug 3, 2017

Lamport Stadium 1151 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario

King & Queen

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OSA Showcase

Aug 4, 2017

Lamport Stadium 1151 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario

 

Presented by the Ontario Steelpan Association, this is a thrilling evening showcasing the musical and tonal qualities of the steel pan as members of the Ontario Steelpan Association compete before a panel of judges.   This panorama of the North is the best opportunity to hear this wonderful instrument in all its glory. This event showcases the talent of steel pan performers ranging in age from early teens to adults as they perform their original renditions to the aficionados.

Grand Parade

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The Grand Parade continues to attract local, regional, national, and international attention by visitors and media as it is the highlight of the three-week Festival.  This event continues to draw millions from all over the world to see the live performing street art year after year and on live streaming.  After months of preparation, masqueraders in colourful and striking costumes wind their way from the assembly area at Exhibition Place along Lake Shore Boulevard.  Admission applies to Exhibition Place where patrons have the opportunity to enjoy the parade of the Mas Bands. Masquerade bands end up in Exhibition Place where masqueraders can party until 8:00 pm. Guest bands, cultural bands and steel bands also participate in the parade. Guest bands start from the staging area within Exhibition Place and wind their way along Lakeshore Boulevard to disperse west of the Boulevard Club. Steel bands stage on Lakeshore Boulevard south of the All Stream Centre and also proceed along Lakeshore Boulevard to the Boulevard Club.

Aug 5, 2017

CNE Exhibition Place & Lakeshore

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Aug 7, 2017

Venue TBD

 

Pan Steel drum orchestras will be performing outdoors at an all-day family friendly free event.  There will be live Soca and Calypso music, Caribbean Canadian DJs and lots of vendors serving up the food of the islands.  Carnival in the Fort replaces a planned ticketed outdoor festival of Indo-Caribbean music. That event was replaced because of booking problems with key acts.

 

Carnival in the Fort

Carnival Village

Aug 8-12, 2017

Daniel Spectrum/ Regent Park

 

 

Carnival Village is a new community celebration of masquerade, music, dance and storytelling that will take place August 8 – 12 in Toronto’s Regent Park, presented by Caribbean Community Engagement for the 2016 Daniels Spectrum Summer Series.

 

Carnival Village is a week-long multidisciplinary program of activities culminating in a Caribbean-styled street parade and whose goal is to promote the multicultural identity of the Regent Park downtown community and its neighbors. The festival is a family-friendly event and will engage all ages, in particular youth, in a series of workshops, concerts and street theatre to encourage creativity and self-expression. The festivals’ activities are designed to foster a deeper understanding of the artistic and cultural value of the Carnival Arts and to raise awareness of Carnival's role as a social custom and cultural celebration.

 

The Carnival Village will bring together members of the Regent Park community with professional mas’ costume designers, dance instructors, drum circle facilitators and storytellers - to create social music and community performance art. The festival seeks to partner with local organizations and groups to come together to create a spectacular celebration through cultural exchange.

Caribbean Community Engagement is a not-for-profit arts group affiliated with the Festival Management Committee, producers of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival - the largest festival of its kind in North America. The Toronto Caribbean Carnival will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. The Carnival Village is presented with the generous support of Artscape Inc.. For more information on Carnival Village please contact Yvette Martin or Roger Gibbs at 416-391-5608 or email us at [email protected]

 

 

Closing Church Service

Aug 13, 2017

St. James Cathedral, 65 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario

 

The public are invited to attend the closing service of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2015 Festival at the St James Cathedral,

 

The Cathedral welcomes visitors of all faiths and religions.  It will be an Anglican Evensong Service that will be celebrated.  This is a Free Event.

 

The Church is located in downtown Toronto at 65 Church Street, near the St Lawrence Market. Parking is limited behind the church, however street parking in readily available on Sundays.