For the entire 39-year history of Caribana, the festival of the islands
has been appropriately held on Toronto Island. But for the celebration's
40th anniversary 2007 festival has expanded to 6 full days at Ontario
"It's a great opportunity for us to be able to program over five days
what we had to do in two on the island and an audience here that
probably would not make the trek over to the island." said Denise Jones
the Caribana Village Producer
2005 July/August Carnival Events on Toronto-Lime.net
EVENT Guides & Annual Festivals in aForum for power surf searching
Also worth checking out:
is trademarked by the
organizers. We apologize for our inability to always be adding the
& Extempo Competition
Of Calypso Performing Artistes ||
1313 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6K 1L8
The Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA) founded in 1981.
A non-profit, mandated to promote the art form of story telling, social and political commentary, and comedy in song; to promote calypso in Toronto and beyond; to facilitate the growth, development and the sharing of the calypso art form with all cultures and to administer competitions which embraces the calypso art form.
"Without the ability to contribute significantly to research and development, OCPA can not hope to maintain the interest of the youth, which is paramount for sustaining growth. On the contrary, it can expect a rapid depletion due to
spiraling cost, and unfortunately, the reduction will be greatest amongst the youth who are less able to absorb the exorbitant costs associated with performing"
The Canadian National Monarch
Competition takes place on Saturday before Carijama. OCPA has always
moved around a lot making next year's venues and times something to
confirm in advance.
Calypso Monarch Finals
Leah Posluns Theatre, 4588 Bathurst
Saturday July 26, 2008; 8:00 pm - 1:00 am
This is where the Calypso Monarch is
crowned. Come and see the best and biggest
Canadian Calypsonians battle for the crown.
From the topical to the lyrical, the sweet
Soca rhythms will lift you out of your seat
and get you moving.
available for sale:
Monarch Competition in aforum
Other Kaiso/Soca Radio shows @
One of Toronto
Carnival's great and unique traditions. Official Caribana Dinner Cruise has
Carnival Friday, but you can enjoy Caribana cruises with Caribbean food and
music throughout the month of July and beyond.
The Caribana Parade has always been on the Saturday before the first
Monday in August
3.6 kilometre street party where thousands of glittering costumed
masqueraders compete for the title of Band of the Year."
Beginning at 10 a.m. in CNE
Stadium, they will progress west along Lakeshore Boulevard, ending at Dunn Ave. Admission
along Lakeshore is free while the program and seating at the stadium is $20, with a $10
Senior/Children seating area only.
There will be additional spectator seating at the
beginning of the parade where the judging occurs.
begin noon north of the Jane/Finch intersection, and ending at
6pm in front of the judging stands in the parking lot of
The Yorkgate Mall.
|noon to 6 pm
|In 2008, following last years first
time ever shut down the entire width of the street/parade route
(2 kilometres) all 15 official Caribana bands entered the parade
with some of the best home made mas to be seen during the
Caribana season and plenty of room to jump up, dance and display their costumes.
is performance, the living now."
21st century mas arts
pioneer from Trinidad & Tobago Carnival [more]
Kiddies Carnival aka
The Caribana™ Junior Carnival --two-Saturdays before the main
Caribana™ Parade is sponsored by the nearby Yorkgate Mall and is
volunteer driven to support our youth. 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.
The hugely popular Junior Carnival Parade is eagerly anticipated
by its young participants every year where the community grows
the true meaning of Caribana friendship, arts and a sense of
pride in our community
WHERE: The general location is immediately west of the
York University Parade assembles on Shoreham Drive
in the heart of the Jane and Finch Community
[off Jane Street south of Steeles Avenue.] Access to Shoreham
Drive can also be obtained from Steeles via Murray Ross Parkway
The parade will travel west on Shoreham Drive, past the
judging point to be located at 31 Shoreham Drive (north of
Shoreham Public School), then move south on Jane Street to
Yorkgate Mall. The parade will enter Yorkgate Mall at the
Jane Street parking lot entrance, and move to its
west parking lot.
Discover Eglington in York
Lots of good, cheap ethnic food & drink in Toronto's most multi-cultural Carnival neighborhood. From roties to goatees or
Rastas to pastas you'll get the great atmosphere you won't find anywhere else.
yorkbia.com business directory
1 Yorkgate Blvd. North York, Ontario M3N 3A1
music festival A four-day celebration of Caribbean culture includes
music (today Arsenals 7 pm, Sattalites 8 pm, Third World 9 pm), vendors
market, film, visual arts and more. Through Aug 4. Free. Nathan Phillips
Get in the Carnival mood by taking a closer look at highlights of these
premier Toronto good-time Carnival bands
Toronto Carnival @ toronto/2008/bands
Get all the details spread out on this page.
Just like 2004|2005
|| 2006 ||
2007 We've been at
this since 1996 Did deep here
Parade Bands aForum
Louis Saldenah Caribana's most celebrated band
leader with Costumes by Steve Muradali
Toronto has an excellent public transportation system and is
very friendly to walkers in the summer.
Toronto Transit Commission - Public Transit
Canada411.com - Phone Directory
GO trains from the more distant areas
which feature free parking. Once within the metro area you will be
impressed by the efficient combination of subway, bus, and streetcar to
get you where you want to go. Phone the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
at (416) 393-INFO for specific Caribana route information. Don't try
driving to the parade because it is quite easy to get along Lakeshore
where downtown meets the water by taking the subway or GO train and
transferring to a Harbourfront streetcar.
GO Transit guideToronto info
(416) 869-3200 (7 days). This service is known as Government
of Ontario Transit. GO Transit operates trains over six
routes. The Lakeshore line has all-day service, seven days a week,
between Pickering and Oakville. The hub of the 49 station network is the
Lakeshore Station at 65 Front Street West (near Bay & York) known as the
Toronto Union Station which also integrates the web of transit
For further information on TTC routes, schedules, and fares, telephone
(416) 393-4636 (07:00 to 22:00, 7 days a week). A TTC Customer's Guide
is available in 15 languages for free at the TTC Customer Centre at 1900
Yonge St., Metro Hall, all other city halls in Metro, public libraries
and most cultural centres. Late-night buses and streetcars, running
specific routes every morning from 1 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.
Take a Ferry to Olympic Island
The two day Caribbean Arts and Cultural Festival is held here on the
beautiful tree lined shore of Toronto
In July in the Caribbean
Our web guide to the Caribbean's largest summer
Guides to Festivals Elsewhere
Festivalfinder The latest
details on more than 1,300 music festivals in North America. Many with their