2007 Toronto Summer Carnival
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Caribbean Carnival
Leading up to the main parade climax, a number of Caribbean music artistes will make an appearance to Toronto where they will perform in many smaller parties held around the city by the resident Caribbean community. These parties are generally called "Fêtes" (Pronounced "fett") which is a French-creole Caribbean word meaning Festival. These Fête will usually begin in June-July and will be carried out on the weekends leading up to the parade.

Each Fête held will tend have its own theme. A "Wet Fete" means usually there will be a bubbles machine at the venue which will soak party goers while they dance the night away to up tempo Soca music. The "You must wear-white Fete" means you're supposed to wear nothing but white clothing where all sorts of black light effects will make everyone's clothes a dazzling part of the party's light show. The "Mad hatters ball Fete" is a fete that you're supposed to wear your craziest head-gear/hat that you can find.

Caribana has run annually since 1967, and was originally performed as a gift from Canada's West Indian community, as a tribute to Canada's Centennial year.
This weekend traditionally coincides with the Ontario statutory holiday Simcoe Day named after John Graves Simcoe who, among other things, abolished slavery in Upper Canada in 1810.









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While the largest Caribbean festival in North America kicks into high gear on the Saturday before the first Monday in August with its 1.5 kilometre parade running all day along Lakeshore Blvd., the organizers season of events begin at the beginning of summer in June.  Now Toronto has announced a major new 10-day arts festival, LuminaTO with a standout multicultural Carnaval component, Carnivalissima, anchoring the main 2nd weekend in June.
The City of Toronto, has been investing in its culture as if it was going to host the Olympics. The city slogan of "To Live with Culture" has been translated into a billion dollar spending program that whose original purported ending in 2010 with the opening
Bell Festival Centre. However this  new home to the #1 Toronto International Film Festival is being challenged by a new museum proposal celebrating the history of Toronto and the stories of its multicultural communities being planned for an iconic site on the central waterfront: at the foot of Bathurst St. adjacent to the giant Canada Malting Company silos.  The museum, which could be called the Global City Centre, won't open before 2012 at the earliest.
Toronto Caribbean Carnival

Caribana Festival is an expression of Toronto’s multicultural and multiracial society. Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the great metropolis of Toronto and its environs will come alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Hip Hop, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands during a phenomenal 6-week carnival countdown  season.

Caribana is the largest cultural event of its kind i n North America, and this year's event drew in over 1.5 million visitors. Aftrer years of financial and leadership struggles, the event has thrived in the past few years under new leadership, even turning a small profit in the past year. And now, after 10 years on the Caribana organizing committee, Ward 21 (St. Paul's) councillor Joe Mihevc wants to push for federal funding. He notes that the federal government reaps considerable profits from sales tax during the event, but is a minor financial contributer. The federal government contributes heavily to art-based events such as the Stratford and Shaw festivals, but it's $100,000 contribution to Caribana has not increased in 10 years.

There are a massive number of large soca fetes leading up to Carnival weekend. Other keynote events include the King and Queen of the Bands Competition and the two-day Olympic Island Caribbean Arts Festival. Toronto pioneered the Carnival Caribbean boat cruises and has more than any other Carnival anywhere.

Caribana Toronto News
The weekend before Carijama

is a jammed as Carijama weekend with innumerable events filled with a wide variety of music, cultures and foods.

Exhibition Place had decorating Masala! Mehndi! Masti! 2007, a celebration of South Asian culture. Lots of merchandise for sale insideDownload CNE's Better Living Centre. Outside a spectacular multi-generational presentation connects today's world with the wonders of 5000 years of civilization, its ancient traditions and modern influences as doors open to cross cultural collaborations and diverse thinking. www.masalamehndimasti.com/

Ontario-Place-JinshanTemple.jpgOntario Place the next complex down  just across Lake Shore Blvd., was the Chinese Lantern Festival which will then from Aug 1st to August 6th become Carijama Village

DownloadToronto International Beaches Jazz Festival closed to vehicular traffic about a dozen blocks of Queen St. E. between Woodbine and Beech, and enjoyed a record weekend which was estimated by the producer at  750,000. As many as 45 performers per night could be enjoyed from participating restaurants. clubs and at designated sidewalk performance areas.

DownloadFree hip hop lessons could be found on the linoleum floor outside the Harbourfront Centre during the Global Hip Hop festival which also included a film festival.
Calypso Monarch Finals - 'Kaiso 365'

DownloadThe Organization of Calypso Performing Artists' (OCPA) puts on whatthey call Kaiso 365, The 2007 Canadian Calypso Monarch Competition Finals.  It will take place in the George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts at 5040 Yonge [and Sheppard Avenue West  St.] in North York.

Download The Islands Wakestock brought gawking water-sport enthusiasts to the Islands for 4 days combining it with some bigger name acts Deftones,  De La Soul and ska-punk crowd-pleasers Goldfinger. De Las Soul was upset to see large tree branches being cut down to accommodate the moto-cross jumping. The place was packed.
In the style typical of most large events held in the city, attendees find themselves fuming through endless lineups for food and beer tickets that can be exchanged at the end of further lineups for a narrow range of food or the privilege of gagging down a single brand of beer in a charmless, tightly policed "ID zone."
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Anne was admired during the Avonlea convention at Black Creek Pioneer Village.

The inaugural Toronto Just for Laughs Festival was anDownload unforgettable 3-day comedy extravaganza at Yonge-Dundas Square and an additional two city blocks http://www.hahaha.com/toronto/


Caribana Official Events
July 8, 2007
Theatre Activity/Cultural Singing/Dance Drumming

This event will highlight the various cultures of all of the caribbean people. It will include a food competition, Theatrical drama and story telling. The event will be held in three locations, namely Scarborough, Brampton and Missisauga.

July 13, 2007
Official Launch
Nathan Phillips Square

The official ceremony launches the activities for the Caribana Festival Season. Patrons can meet and mingle with federal, provincial and municipal officials, Caribana Representatives and Sponsors while sampling Caribbean and International cuisine. It is a snapshot of what’s in store over the next two weeks.

July 15, 2007
Theatre Activity/Cultural Singing/Dance Drumming

This event will highlight the various cultures of all of the Caribbean people. It will include a food competition, Theatrical drama and story telling.

July 21, 2007
Junior Carnival
Yorkgate Mall

Junior Carnival provides festival goers and the surrounding community the opportunity to experience the trills and joys as young masqueraders participate in their earlier festival years.

July 22, 2007
Theatre Activity/Cultural Singing/Dance Drumming

This event will highlight the various cultures of all of the caribbean people. It will include a food competition, Theatrical drama and story telling.

July 26 - Aug 6, 2007
Art Exhibition
Distillery District

A display of Visual Arts, Sculpures and Artifacts depicting a wide range of creativity of Caribbean Culture.

July 27, 2007
Calyspo Monarch Finals
Venue TBA

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 you seat and get you moving.

July 29, 2007
Concert in the Park
Venue TBA

Free Concert hosted in conjunction with City of Toronto.

August 2, 2007
King & Queen
Lamport Stadium

On the Thursday night before Caribana Day all the kings and queens of the bands meet to do battle. Like peacocks they will primp and preen, eliciting oh and ahs from the audience. It is an honour for any reveller to be enthroned the king or queen of his or her band. The kings and queens symbolically have the keys to the city, freedom of the streets. Their movements are supposed to be uninhibited. Band members and onlookers alike are to give them the respect, even if mockingly, usually accorded to real-life royalty."

August 3, 2007
Pan Alive
Lamport Stadium

A thrilling evening showcasing the musical and tonal qualities of the steelpan as members of the Ontario Steelband 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. Devoted entirely to the capturing rhythms of the steel pan.

August 3, 2007
Caribana Ball

Westin Harbor Castle

An evening of style, glamour and pomp, celebrating Caribana 40th anniversary.

August 4, 2007

Exhibition Place

This showcase events features an incredible display of colours and pageantry along a 3.6 kilometer parade route on Lakeshore Blvd.

Saturday August 4, 2007
Machel Montano After Parade Bash
Lamport Stadium

Description: de JUMBE mash up TnT…flatten NY…and now coming to Toronto. Join Machel Montano a host of other artists for a Caribana after Parade Bash at Lamport Stadium.

Sunday August 5, 2007 Caribana IMAGINE MusicDestra-2k5.jpg Festival
Molson Amphitheatre – Ontario Place
Caribana celebrates its 40th anniversary with the Imagine Music Festival. Join superstar performer Grammy Award-nominated R&B and pop singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, Grammy award winner Sean Paul, Soca Queen Destra Garcia, as they all perform together on ONE stage!

August 9 - 12th, 2007
And the "Beat" continues - JAZZ
Distillery District

Jazz extension to the traditional carnival type events. The event will be held the week after Caribana in conjunction with the Nu Jazz Society and featuring the vibes of Caribbean Jazz.

The 16 Official Caribana Bands

The order of appearance for the
2007 40th annual
CARIBANA Parade of the Bands:

Band Bandleader 2007 Theme
1 -- Mas Toronto Errol Achue PETIT MONDE
2 -- Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club Louis Saldenah THE RAINFOREST
3 -- Toronto Revellers Jamaal Magloire VIVA LAS VEGAS
4 -- Carnival Nationz Curtis Eustace THE BIG TOP
5 -- The Calabash Company  Jessie Matthews THRYTHM OF LIFE
6 -- Arnold Hughes & Assoc. Arnold Hughes QUEST FOR GOLD
7 -- Callaloo Marlon Singh THE CONQUEST OF ALEXANDER
8 -- Toronto Caribbean Connection Mervyn Skeete FUSION
9 -- Scarborough Caribbean Sports Club Alvin Adore REFLECTIONS 2K7
10 -- Bazodee Connection Cecil & Roz Roach THE ENCHANTED GARDEN OF SOCALAND
11 -- Pleasure Players Whitfield Balasco AMAZONIA
12 -- Evolution Carnival Andre & Ken Defreitas DREAMSEEKERS
13 -- Mas Players Int'l Bridget Renne / Troy Logan DANCING SPIRIT OF RESILIENCE
14 -- Nip Davis & Associates Selwyn "Nip" Davis IN FLIGHT
15 -- Borokeete Canada Frank Ramsaroop ATLANTIS
16 -- Tribal Knights Dexter Seusahai TRIBAL KNIGHTS
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Caribana 2007 Official Results:

CARIBANA Band of the Year 2007

1. 'Viva Las Vegas' - (436) - Jamaal Magloire (Toronto Revellers)
2. 'Rainforest' - (425) - Louis Saldenah (Saldenah Mas-K Club)
3. 'The Big Top' - (416) - Curtis Eustace (Carnival Nationz)
4. 'La Petit Monde' - (398) - Errol Achue (Mas Toronto)
5. 'Conquest of Alexander' - (393) - Marlon Singh (Callaloo)
6. 'Fusion' - (391) - Mervyn Skeete - Toronto Caribbean Connection
7. 'Quest for Gold' - (372) - Arnold Hughes (Arnold Hughes & Associates)
8. 'Rhythm of Life' - (359) - Jessie Matthews (The Calabash Co.)
1. 'Tribal Warriors' - (424) - Dexter Seusahai (Tribal Knights)
2. 'Atlantis' - (418) - Frank Ramsaroop (Borokeete Canada)
3. 'Dream Seekers' - (413) - Ken/Andre Defreitas (Evolution Carnival)
4. 'Myth of D'Amazon' - (403) - Whitfield Belasco (Pleasure Players)
5. 'In Flight' - (398) - Nip Davis (Nip Davis & Associates)
6. 'Dancing Spirit of Resilience' - (379) - Bridget Renne/Troy Logan (Masqueraders Int'l)
7. 'The Enchanted Garden of Socaland' - (370) - Dr. Roz Roach (Bazodee Connection)
8. 'Reflections' - (237) - Alvin Adore (Scarborough Caribbean Sports Club)
Kings & Queens Official 2007 Results
1. Rudy Rampersad - 'The Ring Master' (434) - Carnival Nationz
2. Ronnie Desvignes - Toharqa: King of the Tribe' (417) - Mas Toronto
3. Dexter Seusahai - 'Spirit Hawk: Chief of the Pow Wow' - (416) - Tribal Knights
4. Satish Narinesingh - 'The Shaman Rising' (412) - Pleasure Players
5. Anton Saldenah - 'D'Proctor' (409) - Saldenah Mas-K Club
6. Bobby Mansingh - 'The Final Battle' (392) - Callaloo
7. Martin Scott-Pascall - 'Vire La Rou (Spin the Wheel) (381) - Toronto Revellers
8. Keith Thomas - 'Lycaena Gorson, The Copper Butterly (370) - Nip Davis & Associates
9. Andre Defreitas - 'Bachac toting Ganja' (367) - Evolution Carnival
10. Albert Sledderman - 'The Golden Phoenix' (356) - Arnold Hughes & Associates
11. Gavin Williams - 'The Seventh Fire Prophecy' (354) - Jessie Matthews & the Calabash Co.
12. Phillip Dopwell - 'The Catalyst' (345) - Toronto Caribbean Connection

1. Tamara Alleyne-Gittens - 'Abracadabra' (435) - Carnival Nationz
2. Carol Cuffie - 'A Nubian Queen' (422) - Arnold Hughes & Associates
3. Susan Low - 'Lady Shanghai' (414) - Evolution Carnival
4. Betty Toney - 'D'Rising of the Phoenix' (411) - Tribal Knights
5. Michelle Kelly - 'Olympia, The Wicked' (400) - Callaloo
6. Alicia Achue - 'Mother Earth: Together As One' (397) - Mas Toronto
7. (TIE) Lenore Caterson - 'Shaki: Queen of the Amazon' (395) - Pleasure Players
7. (TIE) Laverne Moore - 'Showgirl Spectacular' (395) - Toronto Revellers
9. Daria Francis - 'Airborne: Masquerade & Flight to Freedom' (391) - Nip Davis & Associates
10. Carrol Tanis - 'Butterfly of the Rainforest' (390) - Saldenah Mas-K Club
11. Shanna Campbell-Joseph - 'Kulu Malikiya' (381) - Scarborough Caribbean Sports Club
12. Dr. Roz Roach - 'Utopia' (362) - Bazodee Connection
13. Karen Baptiste - 'The Jeweled Pearl' (360) - Borokeete Canada
14. Whitney Doldron - 'Waves of Viva City' (357) - Masqueraders Int'l
15. Lauralee James - 'The Ritual ance of the Scarlet Ibis' (353) - Jessie Matthews & the Calabash Co.
16. Joella Crichton - 'Fusion in Bloom' (328) - Toronto Caribbean Connection

1. Kerth Alexander - 'Master of the Seals' (417) - Carnival Nationz
2. Andy Charles - 'The City That Never Sleeps' (406) - Toronto Revellers
3. Gaelen Sidney - 'Dreamscape: Limbo of the Lost' (397) - Evolution Carnival
4. Shane Richards - 'Cold Fusion' (395) - Toronto Caribbean Connection
5. Shane Mungal - 'D'Last Tribe of Oceania' (390) - Tribal Knights
6. Micah Akal - 'Tiki Tiki: The Jumbie Prince of Unity' (382) - Mas Toronto
7. Victor Hooper - 'Ajax, The Great' (381) - Nip Davis & Associates
8. David Cowan - 'Lurking in the Rainforest' (376) - Saldenah Mas-K Club
9. Anton Alexander - 'Soaring High: Majestic Power' (373) - Jessie Matthews & the Calabash Co.
10. Harry Dass - 'Reflection of the Caribbean Sun' (357) - Scarborough Caribbean Sports Club
11. Cordell Adore - 'Coming Home to Roost' (352) - Scarborough Caribbean Sports Club

1. Joanne Boisson - 'Gateway to Atlantis' (424) - Borokeete Canada
2. Rebecca Kerr - 'The Fire Dancer' (423) - Carnival Nationz
3. Cyrese Pounall-King - 'Andromcia: Subduer of Men' (412) - Tribal Knights
4. Monica Lewis - 'Zena, Road Warrior Travelling the Universe' (410) - Nip Davis & Associates
5. Patricia Caterson - 'Morning Dawn of the Amazon' (400) - Pleasure Players
6. (TIE) Jessica Belasco - 'The White Witch of the Amazon' (393) - Pleasure Players
6. (TIE) Nneka Elliott - 'Accent on Pink' (393) - Toronto Caribbean Connection
8. Venessa Dupie - 'Golden Glow Fairy' (392) - Bazodee Connection
9. Carleen O'Brien - 'A Magical Fantasy' (387) - Toronto Revellers
10. Merlyne James - 'Goddess Hathor: Lady of Light' (383) - Jessie Matthews & the Calabash Co.
11. Thea Jackson - 'Egytian Ra' (373) - Callaloo
12. Liz Magloire - 'La Femme Fete De Monde: Women of the World' (369) - Mas Toronto
13. Pat Horsham - 'The Wanderer' (368) - Saldenah Mas-K Club
14. Nicole Brand-Dixon - 'Assyrian Princess' (354) - Arnold Hughes & Associates
15. Lystra Ford - 'Babylon Ah Bon' (352) - Callaloo
16. Zakiya McGregor-Ricketts - 'Rainbows End' (336) - Arnold Hughes & Associates
17. Gloria Whitney - 'Wings of Faith' (321) - Masqueraders Int'l
18. Aisha Saintiche - 'Temptress' (296) - Bazodee Connection
2007 CARIBANA Junior Carnival Results
1. 'Viva Las Vegas' - (258) - Jamaal Magloire (Toronto Revellers)
2. 'Rhythm of Life' - (253) - Jessie Matthews (The Calabash Co.)
3. 'Tribal Warriors' - (248) - Dexter Seusahai (Tribal Knights)
4. (TIE) 'Atlantis' - (245) - Frank Ramsaroop (Borokeete Canada)
4. (TIE) 'Conquest of Alexander' - (245) - Marlon Singh (Callaloo)
6. 'Myth of D'Amazon' - (240) - Whitfield Belasco (Pleasure Players)
7. 'Quest for Gold' - (238) - Arnold Hughes (Arnold Hughes & Associates)
8. 'Reflections' - (237) - Alvin Adore (Scarborough Caribbean Sports Club)
9. 'The Big Top' - (230) - Curtis Eustace (Carnival Nationz)
10. 'Rainforest' - (229) - Louis Saldenah (Saldenah Mas-K Club)
11. 'Dream Seekers' - (217) - Ken/Andre Defreitas (Evolution Carnival)
12. 'Dancing Spirit of Resilience' - (210) - Bridget Renne/Troy Logan (Masqueraders Int'l)

1. Andrew Ramsaroop - 'The Atlantean Prince' (243) - Frank Ramsaroop (Borokeete Canada)
2. Jameal Antoine - 'Casino Royale' (242) - Jamaal Magloire (Toronto Revellers)
3. Fabian Lee - 'Alexander's Chariot' (236) - Marlon Singh (Callaloo)
4. Jordine Caterson - 'Jumbie in D'Amazon' (228) - Whitfield Belasco (Pleasure Players)
5. Darian Joseph - 'Goldfish' (208) - Arnold Hughes (Arnold Hughes & Associates)
6. Kahneal Blagrove - 'Xochipilli' (201) - Bridget Renne/Troy Logan (Masqueraders Int'l)
7. Shawn Nicholson - 'King of the Tribes' (191) - Dexter Seusahai (Tribal Nights)

1. Keyra Best - 'Keeper of the Coral Reef' (272) - Frank Ramsaroop (Borokeete Canada)
2. (TIE) Tamika Thomas- 'Battle at the Granicius River' (241) - Marlon Singh (Callaloo)
2. (TIE) Cherica Edwards - 'Queen of the Butterfly' (241) - Louis Saldenah (Saldenah Mas-K Club)
4. Genika Bennett - 'Rainbow Country' (238) - Alvin Adore (Scarborough Caribbean)
5. Ashley Gangaram - 'D'Spirit of D'Antilles' (236) - Bridget Renne/Troy Logan (Masqueraders Int'l)
6. Pia Stewart - 'Life in the Rainforest' (231) - Whitfield Belasco (Pleasure Players)
7. Lindsay Ohid - 'Majestic Beauty' (230) - Ken/Andre Defreitas (Evolution)
8. Paige Lewis- 'Aerial Fantasy' (225) - Curtis Eustace (Carnival Nationz)
9. Chelsea Seusahai - 'Queen of the Tribes' (221) - Dexter Seusahai (Tribal Nights)
10. Kyona Brand - 'Apache Princess' (220) - Arnold Hughes (Arnold Hughes & Associates)
11. Khyle Matthews - 'Rhythm of the Sky' (218) - Jessie Matthews (The Calabash Co.)
12. Shamika Phillips - 'No Business Like Show Business' (213) - Jamaal Magloire (Toronto Revellers)

1. Kishi King - 'Apache Warrior' (231) - Arnold Hughes (Arnold Hughes & Associates)
2. Le Shaun Bernett - 'The Spirit of Trinidad & Tobago' (218) - Alvin Adore (Scarborough Caribbean)
3. Devante M. Jacobs - 'Guardian of the Oasis' (212) - Marlon Singh (Callaloo)
4. Anthony Narinesingh - Protector of the Amazon'' (203) - Whitfield Belasco (Pleasure Players
5. Dillon Correia - 'Deal or No Deal' (196) - Jamaal Magloire (Toronto Revellers)
6. Jhamal Hewitt-Romeo - 'Spirit of the Tribes' (178) - Dexter Seusahai (Tribal Nights)

1. (TIE) Coryn Defreitas - 'Fly Pretty Butterfly Fly' (219) - Ken/Andre Defreitas (Evolution)
1. (TIE) Chenez Power - 'The Atlantean Princess' (219) - Frank Ramsaroop (Borokeete Canada)
3. Keleshaye Christmas-Simpson - The Amazon Princess' (209) - Arnold Hughes (Arnold Hughes & Associates)
4. Destiny Gunness - 'Persian Princess' (208) - Marlon Singh (Callaloo)
5. (TIE) Celena Seusahai - 'Eyes of the Tribe' (202) - Dexter Seusahai (Tribal Nights
5. (TIE) Caneish Edwards - 'Princess Sunflower' (202) - Louis Saldenah (Saldenah Mas-K Club)
7. Kanika Balgrove - 'D'Spirit of Africa' (201) - Bridget Renne/Troy Logan (Masqueraders Int'l)
8. Faith Edwards - 'Sunrise in the Amazon' (191) - Whitfield Belasco (Pleasure Players)
9. Alissa Correia - 'Dance De Las Vegas Style' (181) - Jamaal Magloire (Toronto Revellers)

Pan Alive 2007 Results

1. Salah's Steelpan Academy - 271 points
2. (TIE) Pan Fantasy, Afropan, Silhouettes - 266
5. New Dimension - 263
6. Pan Vibrations - 248
7. Panatics - 242
8. Metrotones - 239
9. Pan Masters - 228
10. (TIE) St. Jamestown, Hamilton Youth Band - 227
12 - Symphonex 225

Kaiso! Kaiso highlights new music for the Caribana 2007 festival with Calypso tents featuring various performers.
  •  The Calypso Vanguard Tent starts Fri. June 15th;  7:30 p.m. at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.;
  • The Professionals Calypso Tent starts Sat. June 16th; 8 p.m. at Steelworkers Union Hall, 25 Cecil St.;
  •  Kaiso Forum Tent starts Sun. June 17th; at Scarlet Ibis, 1880 O'Connor Dr. More info at 416-729-4383.

Eight finalists were chosen over three consecutive nights of performances that ended on Sunday, July 15th. The reigning Calypso monarch - Montreal-based Dennis James - will defend his title against an impressive cast of singers, backed by a 8-piece band plus 3 supporting vocalists and led by Musical Director Jeremey Ledbetter, leader of the band Canefire.

The eight challengers are Crooner, Drew Gonsalves, Naki, Pan Man Pat, Skippy, Structure, Susan G. and Victorio. Drew and Naki are newcomers to the competition while others are past monarchs or seasoned calypsonians. The Finals will be hosted by MC Rhoma Spencer.

One Voice, One People, One Love
is the 2007 Caribana theme
From HQ: Caribana Festival Management Committee
"There will be a whole new host of events that will be a credit to our community. It is something not to be missed,"

Joe Halstead,
head of the Festival Management Committee, said to the Sun on June 14

"This year, the B'nai Brith is a sponsor, as well as 20 other national organizations ... including the Russians and Italians," he said. "That's what Toronto is all about. "It is the most multicultural city in the world and Caribana reflects that."
"There's just not enough product to make it (Toronto) a first-tier city," she said.

"People are no longer conventional tourists...They're looking for an authentic experience."

That authenticity comes not from novelties, but from grassroots events and organizations.Toronto is trying too hard to copy Chicago and Paris, and it hasn't found a way to embrace what it does offer: multicultural neighbourhoods and greenery, People don't visit a city to visit a museum, they come for the feel of a city." ---Rachel Dodds

Ms. Dobbs is an associate professor at Ryerson University's school of hospitality and tourism management and director of a consultancy firm called Sustainable Tourism. [source  Jun 18, 2007 last article in series on the recovery of Toronto tourism by  thestar.com This article was written by business columnist Jan Gerson]

Official Ticket Outlet
TICKETBREAK Corp., Canada's fastest growing full-service ticketing company is proud to announce our partnership with the 2007 Caribana Festival. TICKETBREAK will be exclusively handling all on-line ticket sales as well as offering our 'Entry Management' solution on site. This year's festival features six events and is expecting over 60,000 people to attend.

ABOUT THE CARIBANA FESTIVAL: The Caribana Festival, an expression of Toronto's multicultural and multiracial society, is an exciting two-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. In this, its 40th year, it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. more at ticketbreak.com/
Before pride week begins there is the Pride Toronto Media Launch and VIP Party then there is the Official Pride Week Kick-off Launch Party. These are the links go to the official events at the official site pridetoronto.com
The Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall Pride Toronto kicks off with a flag raising ceremony at City Hall. Citizens, politicians, friends and community members hear the Mayor read the Pride Week proclamation, raise the Rainbow Flag and enjoy food and entertainment
Pride Awards and Gala Dinner
The Community Fair & Marketplace
Saturday June 23rd and Sunday June 24th 
Seven Entertainment Stages over three days Friday June 22nd – Sunday June 24th
 The Pride Toronto Community Fair provides activists, community and non-profit groups with a public forum to explain their role in our community, educate about their mission, recruit volunteers and garner support for their cause.
 Family Pride
Saturday June 23rd and Sunday June 24th  This child-friendly, interactive space provides an oasis for families of all kinds. Family Pride features crafts, games, children's entertainment by Rainbow Songs and face painting as well as on-site daycare on the Saturday and Sunday of Pride Weekend.
The Dyke March
Saturday June 23rd
a focus on women. It is open to women loving women of any race, culture, orientation, ability, health, economic group, family structure, faith or age. The March is for women only; however, men are encouraged to support the women from the sidelines.

Visit our Toronto
Parade Gallery

The spectacular Pride Parade on Sunday June 24th 2007
The Pride Parade is the climax of the Pride Week celebrations. During the week the past and future of the culture in concert with all who choose to support us is celebrated. The Pride Parade is the community's opportunity to express freedom, gratitude and pride for being able to live in harmony in the moment.
June is Pride Month for our Planet. Particularly noteworthy are celebrations in Carnaval sister cities of London, New York and San Francisco.
Carnivalissima @ Luminato @ Harbourfront

  Luminato Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity

From June 8 to 10, Harbourfront will be transformed with special events and performances that incorporate elements of Carnival in Venice and Rio, Mardi Gras, Jamaica’s Junkanoo, Bolivia’s La Diablada, Columbia’s Barranquilla, Trinidad Carnival and many other traditions.
“I try to break down the boundaries between the arts, and carnival does that,”
says Theodoro Dragonieri, multidisciplinary artists and head of the Arts Department at Dante Alighieri Academy
The main component will be dispalys of masks and performances by the art high school students. Dragonieri is also curating an art exhibit called “Carnival: The Spirit and the Soul”  features carnival-related work representing several cultural traditions. These include photographer Jeffrey Chock from Trinidad; Italian mask maker Paolo Consiglio; New Orleans mask maker Rob Faust; Dutch artist Mieke Bevelander, whose drawings examine mask from a personal perspective, and Toronto photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo. [more]