Launched in 1967 as a Centennial Project, this world famous festival has become a major international event and an expression of Toronto's multicultural and multiracial society. North America's fifth largest city is also a proud model for 21st century living.
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One of three entrances into the Liberty Grand building at the Canadian National Exhibition.

On Friday July 25, 2008, over six hundred Caribana sponsors and supporters attended a new gala event that organizers plan to make a tradition. They paid tribute to festival pioneers at the Liberty Grand on the grounds of the CNE to honor the original founders including some 40 members of two original Caribana boards and Charles Roach Esq. who was the first festival chairman.
We are well-aligned with the vision of our founders," said festival chief operating officer Eddison Doyle. "We are passing on the baton to get new faces involved." as resported in the Toronto Sun which is one of 17 major sponsors now signed up.

Caribana is a landmark parade event and key tourist attraction for the City of Toronto, in 2008 it attracted more than 1.2 million revelers for its 40th anniversary!

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.  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
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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 – 41 and still jumpin’ strong. This year organizers launched the inaugural Caribana Gala with a chance to experience a piece of history. and proceeds from the formal dinner and dance event will going directly to the Scotiabank Caribana Foundation

The 2007 CARIBANA BAND OF THE YEAR was theTorontoRevellers.jpg Toronto Revellers with their production of by  'Viva Las Vegas' - directed by Jamaal Magloire who finished just ahead of Louis Saldenah  Mas-K Club, the longtime powerhouse who came out with Rainforest

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.

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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 hadMMM-2008.jpg decorating Masala! Mehndi! Masti! 2008, a celebration of South Asian culture. Lots of merchandise for sale inside 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.

Masala!Mehndi!Masti! will hold the World’s Largest Dance Class at the Bandshell Stage at the Exhibition Place on July 27, 2008 at 6.00 pm
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Bandshell Park, 60 Prince Edward Island Crescent
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TTC: Dufferin Subway Station Take 329 Dufferin South Bus, takes you directly into the CNE grounds.


Toronto 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. It closes on last weekend in July passing baton to Toronto Carnival


 
23rd Annual Great

 Latin American Folklore Show

in Celebration of the 187th Anniversary of Independence of Peru.

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July 27, 2008 02:00 PM -8PM

 18 countries, 23 dancing groups and 400 top artists will perform at Nathan Phillips Square to showcase an extravaganza of folk dances, costumes and typical instruments from all Latin American Countries and some special guests from Europe,Asia and Middle East.
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Nathan Phillips Square
(Toronto City Hall)

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Toronto City Hall - Nathan Phillips Square at Queen Street and Bay Street, 100 Queen Street West

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In the world of wakeboarding, Wakestock stands alone as the largest and most progressive event on the planet with a pioneering history of innovative firsts. The anchor event of the WWA (World Wakeboard Association) World Series, Wakestock is the only wakeboarding championship that features dedicated pro events showcasing the sport’s four diverse styles: Expression Session; Rail Riding; Wakeskating; and Pool Riding. Wakestock is also Canada’s largest amateur wakeboarding championship, and the only event in the world where an amateur rookie has a shot at qualifying to compete against the superstars of the sport.


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New A festival that explores ideas of “classical” music from a broad range of cultural perspectives, including musical forms from South Asian, Chinese, African and others.

 Island Soul   August 1-4, 2008 Crisscross a series of Caribbean cultural borders – shaped by African, Indian and European influences – across artistic disciplines. Full Schedule

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6:30PM Africa Unite:
 
AUG 8-10      South Asia Calling
examines how South Asia has blended borders through the arts and culture, uncovering the similarities and uniqueness of the different countries that make up this incredibly diverse region. Encompassing India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Tibet.
AUG 15-17  The Hot & Spicy Food Festival
serves up diverse hot food and flavors from around the globe, and occasionally pairs a spicy dish with a complementary sampling of the hot sounds of the region. One of our most popular festivals.Hot, sour, sweet and salty!
AUG 22-24 TAIWANfest World in an Island
A festival that promises to reveal how little we know about the world's influences on Taiwan. With fusion concerts such as Eastern Legends and Music without Borders, the festival showcases how old traditions have taken on new dimensions.
AUG 28 - SEPT 1   Ashkenaz  FESTIVAL
Now one of the largest and most prestigious events of its kind anywhere in the world, Ashkenaz 2008 will once again feature the best and brightest of the global Yiddish/Jewish culture scene
BrazilFest Toronto
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Sunday, September 7, 2008
2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunnyside Pavilion
1755 Lakeshore West
Toronto, Ontario

Download5th Annual Brazil Fest Toronto : Festival De Verao/ Brazilian Summer Festival
Toronto International BrazilFest - Recipient of the Top Choice Award 2007 for Festival

/Outdoor Event of the Year"
On Sunday July 20, 2008 - BrazilFest Toronto was Rescheduled for Sunday September 7 2008 due to heavy rainfall.**

 
Caribana Official Events
This celebration of Caribbean culture is part of 3 weeks of festivities that kick off with the launch on July 15th from noon to 2 pm at Nathan Philips Square.

The parade begins at Exhibition Place (Lake Shore Blvd) Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. and runs along the lake. The parade ends at Sunnyside Park at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Island. A full 2008 program schedule is listed below.

CARIBANA™ 2008 OFFICIAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
 

Luminat’eau: Carnival H2O (formerly “Carnivalissima”)
Friday June 13 - Sunday June 15, 2008; Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Harbourfront Centre
Luminato month long event closing at Harbourfront.
 

Calypso Tents Music Series
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from June 13 - July 13, 2008; 8:00 p.m. - Midnight
De Great Iron Pot, 55 Nugget Avenue, Scarborough | Calypso City, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto

This is an exciting annual showcase of Canada's best Calypso and Soca original music for the Caribana Festival. The series runs three nights each week (Friday Sunday) at various venues in Toronto, each night featuring a different cast of singers and 'live' bands performing Calypso in its best storytelling tradition: social and political commentary, humor and wit.

Scotiabank CARIBANA™ Official Launch
Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall
Tuesday July 15, 2008; Noon - 2:00 pm
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This official ceremony launches the activities for the 2008 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 coming weeks.

Scotiabank CARIBANA™ Junior Carnival
Shoreham Drive | Yorkgate Mall
Saturday, July 19, 2008; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Junior Carnival provides festival-goers and the surrounding community the opportunity to experience the thrills and joys as young masqueraders participate in their early festival years

Roots to Rhythm - Art Exhibition
Royal Ontario Museum Thursday July 24 – Monday Aug 4, 2008; Noon - 9:00 pm
A Visual Art Exhibition – COLOURblind International – ‘Roots to Rhythm’ produced by the Association of African Canadian Artists. An intriguing collection of over 60 works that have been influenced by our journey.

Carnival Sea, by Darrell McCalla.
Carnival Sea,
 by Darrell McCalla.

Scotiabank CARIBANA™ Caribana GalaNew
Liberty Grand – Exhibition Place
Friday July 25, 2008; 7:00 pm – 1:00 am

An elegant evening of style and glamour, celebrating Caribana and paying tribute to its pioneers. Proceeds from this event will be directed to a Caribana Foundation.

'Kaiso 365' Calypso Monarch Finals
Leah Posluns Theatre, 4588 Bathurst Street, Toronto
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.
Tickets are available for sale:
Advance: $35.00 Door: $40.00
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King & Queen Show
Lamport Stadium
Thursday July 31, 2008; 7:00 pm - Midnight
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On the Thursday evening before Caribana Day the Kings and Queens of the Bands meet to do battle. Like peacocks they will primp and preen, eliciting “oohs” and “aahs” from the audience. It is an honour for any participant to be enthroned the King or Queen of Scotiabank Caribana 2008. The King and Queen 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
Advance Tickets: $27.00  Door Admission: $35.00

Pan Alive
Lamport Stadium
Friday August 1, 2008; 7:00 pm - Midnight

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 biggest opportunity to hear this wonderful instrument in all its glory. The evening is devoted entirely to the capturing rhythms of the steelpan.

Scotiabank CARIBANA™ Parade
Exhibition Place (Lake Shore Blvd)
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Saturday August 2, 2008; 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Commencing at Exhibition Place and proceeding west along Lake Shore Boulevard for 3.6 km. Exhibition Place and Lake Shore Boulevard will come alive with the sights and sounds of Carnival! Tickets to Exibition Place:
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Tickets: Adults - $18.00 | Children / Seniors - $15.00 Door Admission: Adults - $25.00 | Children / Seniors - $20.00

De CARIBANA™ Lime — Island Festival
Olympic Island
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Sunday August 3, 2008; 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

This event features a full day of performances from a variety of artistes, highlighting the diverse cultures of all the Caribbean people. Activities include a food competition, song, dance, theatrical drama and storytelling.
Sunday, August 3, 2008; Noon – 8:00 p.m.
Advance Tickets: Adults - $10.00 | Children / Seniors - $8.00

The 16 Official Caribana Bands

The order of appearance for the
2008 41st annual
CARIBANA Parade of the Bands:


1. BOROKEETE CANADA (Frank Ramsaroop)  HIDDEN TREASURES

2. Tribal Knights (Dexter Seusahai) with THE DEEP RISING

3. Carnival Nationz (Curtis Eustace) with PIRATES
4. Toronto Revellers (Jamal Magloire) with ALKEBU'LAN...Beyond The Nile

5. Toronto Caribbean Connection (Mervyn Skeete) with VISIONS...thru one's eyes

6. Callaloo (Marlin Singh) with MAGIC OF THE ZODIAC

7. Mas Toronto (Errol Achue) - HEROES

8. Louis Saldenah Mas K Club (Louis Saldenah) - THE DEEP

9. Pleasure Players (Whitfield Bolasco)

10. Nip Davis & Associates (Sewlyn "Nip" Davis)

11. Jessie Matthews & the Calabash Company (Jessie Matthews)

12. Evolution Carnival (Andre & Ken Defrietas)

13. Mas Players International

14. Troy Logan

15. Jerry Jerome
 
 
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