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Now Hiring: Parade Operations, Manager  (The closing date for the Job Vacancy is November 30th, 2016.)

8 months Contract January-August: JOB SUMMARY: Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the incumbent is responsible for the efficient planning and execution of Parade for the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival and the events outlined in the Summary of Responsibilities.  The incumbent is also responsible for the management, supervision and execution of the of Junior Carnival Parade and Grand Parade activities.

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How Mas Camps Help Preserve Caribbean Culture

 

Meet some of the people who bring Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival parade to life.

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What the Caribbean Carnival has taught these women about their bodies

Why these three women aren't afraid to march downtown in body-baring costumes

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"Sport Fishing in the Caribbean Sea" swims away with the seventh annual Ontario Science Centre Innovation in Mas' Award at the 2016 Toronto Caribbean Carnival

 

Last night, the Ontario Science Centre awarded the seventh annual Innovation in Mas' Award to Concept Costume Creators, led by Whitfield Belasco, for "Sport Fishing in the Caribbean Sea" at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival King and Queen Competition and Show at Lamport Stadium. "Sport Fishing in the Caribbean Sea" was designed and performed by Osei Brand, who was previously recognized by the Ontario Science Centre in 2015 with an Honourable Mention distinction.

 

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CHURCH SERVICE TO CLOSE THE FESTIVAL

 

The media and the public are invited to attend the closing service of the Caribbean Carnival 2016 Festival at the St James Cathedral, August 7, 2016 at 4.30 p.m.

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MEDIA ADVISORY : Mitzie Hunter, Laura Albanese, Marco Mendicino, John Tory, Police Chief Saunders and many others will kick-off Saturday’s Grand Parade

he media are invited to join the Honourable Mitzie Hunter, MPP Minister of Education + Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism, Laura Albanese, MPP Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Michael Chan, MPP Minister of International Trade, MP Marco Mendicino, Mayor John Tory Police Chief Saunders, and many others for the 2016 Toronto Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade launch this Saturday.

 

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Premier Wynne and Education Minister Mitzie Hunter to cut the ribbon at the Junior Carnival Parade tomorrow morning 10.45 AM. Parade starts at 11.00 AM. Map attached.

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival Junior Parade begins at 10.45 a.m. with over 2,000 junior masqueraders parading to Soca and Calypso Music through the streets of Malvern. There will be Caribbean Food, a Family Day Festival, a Junior Chef competition and more!

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PROGRAMME CHANGES – ADDITION, AND CANCELLATION

There are three programme changes in this year’s  Toronto Caribbean Carnival. Since the July 5th launch of the festival, organizers have, because of considerable performance booking problems, changed the focus of the July 31st event at Fort York, cancelled the August 1st  Last Lap at Fort York and announced a concert at the Woodbine Slots.

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MEDIA ADVISORY - Junior Carnival Parade Media Preview on July 12, 2016

TORONTO, ON-- The media is invited to join Toronto Caribbean Carnival's CEO Denise Herrera-Jackson, local MPs, MPPs, City of Toronto Councillors, Members of the Malvern and the Caribbean Canadian community for a colourful media preview. At the lunch time event the festival will e releasing information about this year's Junior Carnival/Family Day and the Junior Chef competition which will be held this year on July 16th 11.00 am to 8.00 pm.

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Breaking News: Great Sight Lines This Year As Most 10ft Fences Are Made A Thing Of The past.

The July 30th Grand Parade.

For spectators the Saturday July 30th Toronto Caribbean Carnival just got user friendly!  “The fences along Lakeshore Blvd are coming down, way down,” says CAO Chris Alexander. “ For years the fences that line our parade route have been 10ft tall.  And for most of the 3.5 km route we doubled the fences.”

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Toronto’s first Caribbean inspired 5K Run/Walk to encourage wellness and community involvement.

Caribbean carnival theme

TORONTO, ON – It’s time to lace up and hit the trails for a spirited 5K run/walk and kids 1K run with a Caribbean carnival theme. The Toronto Carnival Run is Canada’s first and only Caribbean inspired fun race and takes place one week prior to the world renowned Toronto Caribbean Carnival along the same route of the Grand Parade.

 

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Junior Soca & Calypso Showcase

July 16th, 2016. 4-6 pm

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The Calypso Monarch Competition “KAISO 365” is back!

Canada’s top calypso final is back with a new format. The 2016 Calypso Monarch Competition will see, for the first time ever, fifteen(15) contestants being judged on one(1) song – a change from the traditional two songs (from nine(9) singers - 8 selected finalists plus the Reigning Monarch). The move is one that would make for a shorter show and give greater exposure to more artistes thus providing greater variety, excitement and entertainment for the audience.

 

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New plans and locations for this year's staging of traditional Carnival events

TORONTO, June 7, 2016 /CNW/ - The Toronto Caribbean Carnival launched today at the Ontario Science Centre with costumed Mas' models, music and food. The Toronto Caribbean Carnival will run from July 5 to August 1, 2016, bringing the culture of Caribbean Canadians to over a million spectators in downtown Toronto. The Festival is predicting record numbers of visitors coming to Torontoand taking part in this year's Carnival events due to current economic trends.

 

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The 2016 Toronto Caribbean Carnival Launch

The Mayor, Jamaican Canadian Granville Anderson, 100 masqueraders in costume will kick-off the 3-week Toronto Caribbean Carnival at Nathan Phillips Square – Noon, Tuesday July 5th.  BIG BIG Parade News – fences are coming down!

 

 

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2016 JUNIOR SOCA & CALYPSO SHOWCASE

ARTISTS BIOS

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Toronto Caribbean Carnival Launch – Keynote Speaker Granville Anderson

Durham MPP Granville Anderson is in his first term at the Provincial legislature, but he has a long history of community involvement.

Mr. Anderson has lived in this community for more than 25 years. Prior to the election, he was owner and principle mediator at Anderson Mediation and Conflict Management.

 

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Face of the Festival – Sheldon Francis aka SKF The Champ!

My name is Sheldon Francis my emcee name is SKF THE CHAMP in the entertainment industry.

My background is in hosting events --  I have been doing this for about 20 years now and I have hosted concerts all over Ontario

 

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No Caribbean Carnival Gala in 2016. Stand by for the 50th Anniversary Carnival Gala next year!

 

Due to scheduling problems that could not be overcome, this year’s Caribbean Carnival Gala has been cancelled.  There will be no Gala in 2016.  However, the Festival has begun work on next year’s Annual Gala. 2017 is the 50th anniversary of Toronto’s Carnival, and a Grand Gala worthy of marking this milestone will take place.

 

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Junior Soca & Calypso Showcase

The Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA), in collaboration with the Toronto Caribbean Carnival is proud to present the fourth annual Junior Soca & Calypso Showcase. The popular two-hour concert takes place immediately after the Junior Carnival parade on Saturday, July 16th in the beautiful Neilson Park, 1555 Neilson Rd., in the Malvern community in Scarborough.

 

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Competition begins for the Junior Chef of the 2016 Toronto Caribbean Carnival.

Think your child has got what it takes to be the first Junior Chef of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival? The Carnival and Grace Foods is asking junior chefs to put on their thinking toque blanches and wow the Carnival celebrity chef consultant Latoya Fagon with a recipe suitable for summer!

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Junior Carnival Parade and Family Day in Malvern

On Saturday July 16th 2016, children in Mas costumes will be taking over the streets of Malvern between Malvern Community Center and Neilson Park, for the annual Junior Carnival Parade and Family Day. This popular and growing event for children is anticipated to be bigger and better, in 2016. A record numbers of officials, participants and spectators attended in 2015.

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Church Service celebrates the Toronto Caribbean Carnival

The media and the public are invited to attend the opening service of the 2016 Toronto Caribbean Carnival at the Church of the Nativity, on July 10th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  Everyone is welcome to participate in the service. The Church of the Nativity celebrates the Toronto Caribbean Carnival with an Anglican Service.

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Enjoy the Chutney Flavor at Fort York

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is ending the weekend of weekends at Fort York for two days of with live performances, food and family fun. Day One – July 31 offers the flavor of Chutney in De Park celebrating the music of the Indo-Caribbean performers – a popular event offering a fun day for families and friends. Day Two – August 1 is the Carnival Last Lap with  music fusion  - including Calypso, Soca, Salsa, Meringue, Zouk, Samba, Dance music and more food for family fun. Winding up the eventful weekend in the City of Toronto.

 

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Church Service to close the Festival

The media and the public are invited to attend the closing service of the Caribbean Carnival 2016 Festival at the St James Cathedral, August 7, 2016 at 4.00 p.m.

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

 

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The Grand Parade – Celebrations in the Street

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.  After months of preparation, masqueraders in colourful and striking costumes wind their way from the assembly area at Exhibition Place along a Lake Shore Boulevard.  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.

 

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Junior Carnival Media Launch / Preview on June 28, 2016

The media is invited to attend the Toronto Caribbean Carnival Junior Carnival Media Launch on June 28, 2016.  Attending the launch will be CEO Denise Herrera-Jackson and festival staff , local MPPs, City of Toronto councilors, and members of the Caribbean Canadian community .

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Who will be King! Who will be Queen!

Talented costume designers provide the main cultural entertainment for the King & Queen showcase, with male and female performers presenting the creative output of the artists, designers, and costume builders in the City of Toronto.  Costumes weighing more than the body weight of the performer and larger than can be imagined are the highlight and a must-see for Carnival aficionados. 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 Center continues to award a special prize for the engineering, construction, design, and best environmental use of material in a costume.

 

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Pan Is Alive in Toronto

On Friday July 29 2016, Lamport Stadium will be alive with the sound of steelband music as 14 steelbands compete in the Pan Alive Competition to decide Ontario’s Champion Steelband. This annual competition produced by Ontario Steelpan Association (OSA) on the Friday night preceding the Caribbean Carnival Parade, began as a non-competitive event at Ontario Place in 1997. It has now become the only community steelband competition in Toronto, and a major artistic component of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival.

 

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Azalea Hart – 2016 Face of the Festival

Azalea Hart is honoured to be named the 2016 Face of the Festival. She is a recent graduate of Seneca’s broadcast journalism program. Since graduating, Hart has been working diligently to succeed as a broadcast journalist. But for her, incorporating her culture into her career has been a priority.

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Carnival Village

Carnival Village is a new community celebration of masquerade, music, dance and storytelling that will take place August 8 – 13 in Toronto’s Regent Park, presented by Caribbean Community Engagement for the 2016 Daniels Spectrum Summer Series.

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OCPA Presents Unique Calypso Programming in Toronto Again for 2016

The Organization of Calypso Performing Artists (OCPA) announces its summer lineup of shows for the 2016 season. Perpetuating a tradition dating back to 1920s Trinidad, our city is graced by three calypso tents – Kaiso Forum, Professionals and Tropical Rhythms – each presenting shows on consecutive weekends from June 11 – July 10. As usual, the top competing singers from each of these tents will vie for the Calypso Monarch Finals on July 24, 2016 at 5.00 p.m, at the Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre (4 Credit Union Drive, East York).

 

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