Caribbean Carnival Bands for Toronto Caribana 2007
ties for record 8 T&T Carnival King titles
Curtis Eustace assured his entry into the ephemeral top tier Carnival Hall of Fame with his recent record 8th title at the premier giant costume contest held in February at the 2007 Carnival in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The win in 2007 gave put him in a tie for 1st place in all-time wins with Peter Samuel.
In a 2007 interview with Carnaval.com Peter Samuel called for a ban wheels to prevent ever larger King costumes becoming more and more like floats. He expressed a some hope that the rules would changed and vowed that he would reenter the competition if the judges would again elevate the aesthetics and skill of costumes supported only be the body and balance of the contestant.
Peter Samuel, who's first win came in 1976 when he portrayed 'The Serpent' for Stephen Lee Yeung & Associates, went on to dominate the 80's, copping the title another seven times while portraying some of the most memorable pieces (like 'Man Crab' and 'The Merry Monarch') for the legendary Peter Minshall.
Curtis comes from a Carnival family with royal blood, he is the son of the late Tedder Eustace ( a 3-time Carnival King - '75, '77, '85)His brother, Marcus Eustace, who also has numerous King and Queen wins in Toronto Canada.
Curtis debuted with 'D'Matador' in Barbarossa in 1997 and edged out Geraldo Veira Jr. for the crown. He won again the following year. Curtis is the only King to ever win four consecutive titles in 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005.
His Toronto Band Carnival Nationz won Band of the year in 2005 with their inaugural presentation 'Dis Is Paradise' and again in 2006 with V-La Copa Mundial. with a presentation entitled “V… La Copa Mundial” celebrating the exploits of the TnT SocaWarriors at the world cup soccer match in Germany 2006. The band for this year had grown from 700 in 2005 to over 1,200 masqueraders for their second year and thus becoming not only one of the largest bands but also the band to beat.
Carnival Nationz enjoys the support and leadership of not just the Eaustace brothers but also two of the Toronto Caribbean scenes more venerable and talented event promoters; Bryce Aguiton (De Island Boyz) and Dwayne Pitt (D'Bandit), who have have hosted many memorable events over the years.
|The 16 Caribana Bands|
1. Band of the Year winners for 2005 and 2006
Curtis and Marcus Eustace and Carnival Nationz are
presenting "The Big Top".
2. Caribana’s most winning band, with 15 Band of the Year titles,
Louis Saldenah and Mas-K Club are presenting "Rainforest".
3. NBA star
Jamaal Magloire and Toronto Revellers are presenting their second
annual Caribana band, "Viva Las Vegas".
4. Errol Achue and Western Union Mas Toronto are presenting "Petit Monde".
5. Jessie Matthews and Calabash Company are presenting "Rhythm of Life".
6. Arnold Hughes and Associates are presenting "A Quest for Gold". Mas camp: TBA. Contact: 416-748-2858. Launch details TBA
are presenting "The Conquest of Alexander" for their tenth anniversary. Contact: 416-576-0694, 416-898-3535.
8. Mervyn Skeete, taking over from Kenney Coombs, and Toronto Caribbean Connection are presenting "Fusion". Mas camp: TBA. Contact: Mervyn Skeete 416-492-5584 or 647-295-5584, Kenney Coombs 416-293-7244.
Alvin Adore and Scarborough Caribbean Sports Club
are presenting "Reflections 2K7".
Cecil and Roz Roach and Bazodee Connection are presenting "The
Enchanted Garden of Soca Island".
11. Whitfield Belasco and Pleasure Players are
Andre and Ken de Freitas and Associates, along with veteran
bandleader Jerry Jerome, are presenting "Dreamseekers".
13. Courtney and Melissa Doldron and Mas Players International
are presenting "Dancing Spirit of Resilience".
Selwyn "Nip" Davis and D' Midas are presenting "In
16. Caribana’s newest bandleaders
Dexter Seusahai and Godfrey Wickham, who were former masquerade
with Callaloo and Louis Saldenah's Mas-K Club, are presenting