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Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival – Entertaining 1.2 Million Plus People Each Year
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Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival – Entertaining 1.2 Million Plus People Each Year 

The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. 

The festival takes place at various locations in Toronto engaging many sectors of our city and citizens.  Pre-festival activities include the Calypso Tents Music Series featuring The Professionals, Kaiso Forum, De Masters Cove from June 10 to July 10, at various venues across the GTA. This year`s festival features a NEW event – a sporting event in partnership with the Canada Rugby League. 

Annual Gala– July 22. An elegant evening at the Liberty Grand that showcases masquerade models, music, dancing, exotic food, signature drinks – sensational sights, sounds, and tastes. Attended by sponsors, donors, and partners, this event attracts the well-heeled clientele who bid on exciting prizes to support an identified cause.

Location: Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex located on the waterfront - the epitome of luxury and elegance. 

Kaiso 365 - Calypso Monarch Finals – July 23. The storytelling tradition gets the red carpet treatment when nine finalists compete for Canada's top Calypso prize. Music lovers experience a unique expression that is delivered with humour, double entendre and wit. Song topics range from personal to political, social commentary to celebration - a reminder that Calypso heritage is a vital link between us and the African griot, the keeper of our history. This year's show also features special guest Alex D Great - the reigning Calypso monarch of England.

Location:  P.C. Ho Theatre, Chinese Cultural Centre, Scarborough 

Mixology – July 25: Expert bartenders show their skills with Appleton Rums.


Calypso STARS Showcase – July 27. The showcase presents top Soca artists, Garth Burgess (steel pannist), and iconic Carnival Arts characters – Moko Jumbies (Swizzlestick Theatre), interactive Sailor Dancers (Hummingbird Dance Co.), and the Midnight Robber (Afro-Caribbean Dance Co.). House band for the evening is award-winning arranger/producer Ossie Gurley & Calypso All STARS.

Location: Harbourfront Centre, WestJet Stage 

Citizenship CeremonyJuly 28  Witness new Canadians being sworn in as citizens of Canada within a welcoming lavour of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival and Festival.

Location:  North York Civic Centre 

King and Queen Competition and ShowJuly 28.  A spectacular display of the talent and artistic skill of the designers and costume builders of the King, Queen, male and female individual costumes paraded in front of a captivated audience. These masqueraders compete in costumes that weigh two to three times their body weight.

Location: Allan Lamport Stadium – capacity 5000 spectators. 

Pan AliveJuly 29. 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 and judges at the Allan Lamport Stadium.   Hopefully this year’s winner will be a band from Ontario instead of the triple winning threat of Montreal’s Salah Steelpan Academy which walked away with the prize for three consecutive years.

Location: Allan Lamport Stadium 

Grand ParadeJuly 30. This is the marquee parade that is the showcase of the Festival.  After months of preparation, masqueraders in colourful and striking costumes and steelpan bands wind their way from the assembly area at Exhibition Place along a 3.5 kilometre stretch on Lakeshore Boulevard.  This performance of bejewelled masqueraders continues to draw millions from all over the world to see the live performing street art year after year. With opportunities for VIP seating in designated, controlled areas which will include upgraded seating, tents, and marketplace.

Location: Exhibition Place, Ontario Place, Lakeshore Boulevard.  . 

Grace Tropical Rhythm Food Festival – Islands Come to the Islands at Ontario Place  July 31. Continuing the tropical Caribbean ambience of the festival, cool down on the south beach at Ontario Place or have fun in the park while enjoying ‘de lime’ with food, music, dance, and an array of fun activities. Be up close and personal with the Bahamian Jankanoo band, ShortKnee performers from Grenada and the Rhyming chef who combines his unique talent of cooking and rhyming – the best way to end the long weekend. Enjoy the Tropical food festival and island hop to tasty, spicy morsels of Caribbean islands.

Location – Ontario Place. 

Canada Rugby League International Test Match - Team Canada Wolverines versus Jamaican National Team  July 31. This new event adds the sporting dimension to the festival. Growing in popularity in Canada, it is the most high speed, high impact field sport in the world. Most popular in England, Australia, New Zealand and across the Pacific, the largest professional associations are the National Rugby League and the European Super League, with a combined fan base of over 100 million”. Canada Rugby League will be developing the sport in the Caribbean and will expand the tournament to more islands each year. 

Location: Fletcher’s Field, 2743 19th Ave, Markham 

Learn more about the carnival at http://www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com 

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