Carnival Toronto 2004

Events
& 2005 Caribana
is coming!!

 

These Dates & Times have been provided by the specific events and by compiling events listed on the official caribanafestival.com site 

The other sites  Caribana.ca ,    Word's caribana.com are not official and for whatever reasons, there has been more misinformation than average in 2004 making checking the official site advisable.
Like everyone else we also used the world's #1 Caribbean site toronto-lime.com for this compilation.

 
Date Event Time
Thursday
July 1
Canada Day Parade  
 The city.toronto.on.ca's July is the most fun filled event month of the year and no day has more fun, excitement and happenings than July 1st. In 2004 the Yorkgate Mall, we held a Caribana Canada Day event.
Friday
July 2
Media Launch
Metro Toronto City Hall (John & King Streets)
11:30 am – 1 pm
The Media are invited to join the Caribbean Cultural Committee for a preview of the music, dance, arts, costumes and excitement awaiting at the 37th annual Caribana™. North America's largest  street festival annually draws more than 1 million people to Toronto.
Admission: Open to the Public.
2004 MCs were
 CityTV’s Harold Hosein, who introduced CCC Chair Tom Kam, Harinder Takhar – Ontario’s Minister of Transportation – and City Councillor Joe Mihevc. Staff Superintendent Kim Derry stood in for Police Chief Julian Fantino
Entertainment at the Media Launch was by Martin Scott Pascall/Dance Caribe, pannists Joy Lapps and Sheldon Sookdeo and the Calypsonian Sparkles. Mas’ costumes were from Louis Saldenah’s Mask=K Club Band and Marlon Singh’s Saltfish and Callaloo Band.

 
July 16 Official Launch
Nathan Phillips Square
noon – 2 pm
The Official Ceremony launches the 2004 Caribana Festival. Patrons can expect to meet with Provincial and City Officials, CARIBANA representatives and Sponsors. Enjoy live entertainment, sample Caribbean foods, and pick up a CARIBANA souvenir or two from our Marketplace.
Admission: Open to the Public

 
Saturday
July 1
7
Children’s Carnival & Parade
begin 10am north of the Jane/Finch intersection, and end at 4:00 p.m. in front of the judging stands in the parking lot of The Yorkgate Mall.
10 – 4 pm
Ranging from ages 4 to 16, Junior Kings and Queens from participating bands in the parade will compete for the coveted crowns and prizes. A colourful showcase of costumes and lyrical talent, this event proves that Caribana is as much for the young as it is for the old.
Admission: Open to the Public

“We have merged all the (kids) parades into one
great parade,”
CCC Chair John Kam said at the media launch. “We have over a dozen bands and thousands of kids already signed up for the July 17 Parade and Carnival, and thanks to the help of The Yorkgate Mall, we will be holding this huge event in the heart of the Jane and Finch Community. We want to show the children the true meaning of Caribana – friendship, arts and a sense of pride in our community.”
 

Friday July 23rd Panorama
At: Monarch Park Stadium - 1 Hanson St (Danforth & Coxwell)
 6pm-midnight

Pan competitors from Toronto, Montreal & Cambridge


Saturday
July 24th
Children’s Carnival & Parade
Malvern Recreation Centre (Assembly area: Neilson Avenue, just South of Finch)

noon – 6 pm
Ranging from ages 4 to 16, Admission: Open to the Public
Saturday
July 24th
Canadian Calypso Monarch Finals
RJ Banquet Hall   
7 pm – 11 pm
 Since 1981, this event is the highlight of the Calypso calendar. Through social and or political commentary, and or humour, the artists tries to capture the attention of the judges, in their bid for the title of 2004 Canadian Calypso Monarch.
Admission: $25 in advance/$30 at the door

 

 

 Friday
July 30
Download Caribana in D' Square
Yonge-Dundas Square, Yonge and
 Dundas
noon – Midnight
Find out all you need to know about CARIBANA events, buy your tickets, drop into our Food court and shop for an array of Festival souvenirs and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of our rich cultural mosaic.
Admission:
Free, Open to the Public
 
Thursday
July 29
King & Queen Xtravaganza
Lamport Stadium (1155 King St. W.)

 
7 pm – 12 am
The biggest and brightest costumes compete to be named best of Caribana™
Admission: $30 (adult) $15 (senior/child)
 

Saturday
July 30
Pan Alive
Historic Fort York
 
Devoted entirely to the captivating rhythms of the steelpan, 10 Steel Orchestras from the Ontario Steelband Association showcase the musical and tonal qualities of the steelpan, each playing selections of choice for twenty minutes including a predetermined arrangement of a well-known piece for assessment by a panel of judges. Produced by the Ontario Steelband Association in association with the CCC
Admission:
$15 (adult) $10 (senior/child)

 
Downloadirie music festival
FREE at Nathan Phillips Square on 30Jul to 2Aug 2004
 
 

Saturday
July 31st
Parade of Bands
Lakeshore Boulevard

A 3.6 kilometre street party It begins at 10 a.m. Newfoundland & Princess Blvd. At Exhibition Place andDownload moves west along Lakeshore Blvd. to just east of the Boulevard Club, ending at 6 p.m. and marketplace
Admission: Seating in Viewing area A. $20 adults; $10 Seniors/Children Viewing area B. Minimum donation of $2  Free along Lakeshore
2004 Mas Bands click pic for full info
DownloadLouis Saldenah’s
HAVOC

Download Bookokeet's Canada
presents

IN AMERICA

directed by Frank Rampsaroop

 DownloadToronto Caribbean Connection presents
BREEZIN

 directed by Kenny Coombs
DownloadJulien Baptiste & Buddies
 
D’WORLD OFLOVE
Download Mas Toronto's
 
SHOWTIME Las Vegas
directed by Errol Achue
Download presents
WARRIORS

directed by Marlon Singh
2004 Band of the Year

DownloadKen Defreitas’
 D’LAST DANCE TO GLORY.
Download Scarborough Caribbean Sports Club  presents
 "Calypso Spectacle"

 
DownloadWhitfield Belasco’s D’PROPHECY’S. Tel. 905.568.9136
Masqueraders InternationalDownload

presents Butterfly Dancers

directed by Terry Skinner

MORE BANDS
Jesse Matthews
.  Tel. 905.294.9197
Arnold Hughes. Tel. 416.748.2858
Selwyn NipDavies’, FESTIVAL ON D’NILE. Tel. 416.264.5697
Jerry Jerome.  Tel. 416.767.3873
Courtney Doldron’s LOOK D’BAND COMIN’. Tel. 416.285.6911
Alvin Adore’s CALYPSO SPECTACLE. Tel. 416.220.1032
Kenrick Rickson. Tel: 905.444.9742
Rick Gosling.  Tel. 416.395.6475

Steel Bands (not officially confirmed
Afro Pan directed by Earl La Pierre
Jesse Ketchum Pan Vibrations
directed by Cecil Clarke
Metrotones
directed by Carl James
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Mississauga Academy
directed by Elton John

New Dimension
directed by Mikey Duke
Pan Fantasy
directed by Wendy Jones
Panatics Steelband Network
directed by Clyde John
Panwaves Steel Band
directed by Clyde Dookie
St. Jamestowne Youth Steelband Orchestra
directed by Ken Bhagan
Silhouettes
directed by Danny Mosca
 

Guest Bands & Official Cultural Bands
Selwyn Davies. Tel. 416.292.4722
Gary Anderson. Tel. 905.566.1598/416.471.7437
Paul Green. Tel. 416.530.4899/416.820.9407
Jamaal Magloire/MichaelWilliams. Tel. 416.286.1577
Michael Baillie. Tel.416.406.4975
Annie Challu/Jamal Hosein. Tel. 416.747.8800

 


 
Aug. 1 & 2 DownloadArts & Cultural Festival
Olympic Island
noon – 8 pm

A Caribbean cultural feast of local and international soca, reggae, calypso and steelpan artists, as well as dance, comedy, food and crafts in a waterfront parkland setting.
Admission:
Admission: $15 (adult) $12 (senior) $10 (child). Island ferry service: Ferries leave from the Metro Ferry Terminal at the foot of Bay Street. Ferry tickets cost $6 (adult) $3.50 (seniors/students) $2.50 (children). Free for children under 2. Ferry schedule: 416-392-8193. (Be prepared for lineups of 45 minutes or longer.)


August 6th 7th 8th Hamilton Carnival
2nd Annual Hamilton Mardigras Carnival
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Many Toronto Bands will be making Hamilton Carnival their last lap
* Friday August 6th - :
Pre-Parade Dance: Howard Johnson - 112 King Street East (10pm-3am)

* Saturday August 7th - Spectacular mardis gras parade that ends at Bayfront park in Hamilton.
Park gates open at 8am. More info to come.
Parade starts 11am. @ Hamilton City Hall 71 Main Street W. Goes along Bay St To Bay Front park
Costume Bands in the parade: Callaloo, Saldenah, Mas Toronto, Kenny Coombs, Alvin Adore, Wushu Institute, T&T Old Timers, Police Pipi Band & KING of TnT Carnival - Curtis Eustace.
After Party @ Howard Johnson - 112 King Street East (10pm-3am)

* Sunday August 8th - Bay Front Park Multi-Cultural Show - Gate open at 12.00 noon - Show start at 2.00pm - 9.00pm - Festival continue with Top Steel Band Local, Local Artiste, Carnival Rides / Games for the whole family, Arts & Crafts, Food Booth, and a Beer Garden.
Performers: Imij & Co., Traffik feat. Shurwayne Winchester, Moses Revolution, Andaz Brass, Guney, Andrea Henry, Macomere Fifi, Kaya & More

Parade starts 11am. @ Hamilton City Hall - 71 Main Street W. and Goes along Bay St to Bay Front park.

 
 
More July 2004 Toronto Carnival Events:

http://www.afrofest.org/toronto_events.htm http://www.wordmag.com/Hapcaribana.htm & Boat Cruises

New July festivals for 2004

Beats, Breaks and Culture: Toronto's Electronic Music Festival
July 9 - 11

Harbourfront Centre
This addition to Harbourfront Centre's summer festival line-up explores electronic music and culture in all of its forms, as well as its expanding influence in contemporary society. Performance highlights include Toronto-based Manitoba, New York City-based Tortured Soul, Vikter Duplaix and the Critical Point Band and Fertile Ground.
FREE Admission
416-973-3000
www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Global Café Festival
July 7 - 11

Distillery District, 55 Mill Street
Musicians from around the world come together with culturally diverse Toronto-based artists in free festival concerts and special presentations, all in the charming Distillery District environment.
Special ticketed concerts include:
Los de Abajo (July 7)
Bembeya Jazz (July 8)
Ex-Centric Sound System (July 10)
416-631-4311
www.smallworldmusic.com

Taste of Lawrence
Taste of Lawrence July 9 - 11

Lawrence Avenue East & Warden Avenue
This weekend of family fun includes tasting tables with mouth-watering cuisine priced from $1-$3, a concert stage with children's performances and music from around the world, face-painting, pony rides, a petting zoo and much more!
FREE Admission
416-698-9053

 


Where's What Who in 2004

The following events are not being held in 2004

  • the Kiddies’ Carnival on Eglinton Avenue West , ( not a CCC event) York Caribbean Carnival
    WHEN:
    Saturday July 26, 2003 from 12:00 till 6pm 
    WHERE:
    Neilson Avenue, just South of Finch)
    Malvern Recreation Centre (Assembly area:
     DIRECTIONS: Only 10 minutes from downtown on the Rocket. Take any 32 Eglington West bus Westbound from the Eglington subway Station or East from the Dufferin subway station. Fun for the entire family.
    For children from 3 to 16 years old to celebrate cultural richness, to dance to the music, and to soak up the sunshine. Since 1995 the parade has continued to grow organized by the York Children's Carnival Committee and the Toronto Mas' Makers Association

     10th Anniversary in 2003
  • Canadian Soca Monarch Competition ( not a CCC event)
Web Sites Done Gone Cobweb or 404 since Carnival 2003
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Toronto Carnival at www.carnaval.com