Category Archives: Toronto Caribana News

Three honoured locally for Black History Month – Oshawa Express

Oshawa Express
Three honoured locally for Black History Month
Oshawa Express
Russell Charter, Pastor Kevin Cole amd Lyril Browne are three local residents who share one common trait.

They are dedicated to spreading culture and equality in the community, making Durham a multicultural mecca where education and diversity thrive.

According to Club Carib, Charter took a group of ‘masqueraders’ to Toronto’s Caribana for the first time in 1979, and their group emerged as band of the year in the competition. He served for two terms as president of Club Carib and has since attained  

Full marks for two quality educators – Royal Gazette

Millicent (Carey) Burgess was awarded the Reverend Addie Aylestock Award, and Phyllis (Simmons) Brooks received the Harriet Tubman Award at a special awards brunch arranged by OBHS. Both ladies are in their 80s and live in Canada.
Before Caribana there was CANEWA. That event served as the precursor to Caribana, a popular annual festival in Toronto that celebrates Caribbean culture. “I have been involved with CANEWA since way back,” said Mrs Burgess. “I came to Toronto in 1957, and I became involved with CANEWA

Spreading Trini vibes all over the world – NOW Toronto

Primarily based in Trinidad, DJ/producer Jillionaire (aka Christopher Leacock) knows a hell of a lot about emerging Toronto dance music talent. When the topic comes up, he reels off familiar names like Torro Torro, Bonjay and Zeds Dead as ones to watch
Caribana is supposed to be the largest street parade in all of North America, but I meet people in Toronto who’ve never been. Because I tend to play more for a hipster crowd now, I try to blend Caribbean music with current club music so people have a

Seven must-do parties in the Caribbean – Toronto Star

Seven must-do parties in the Caribbean
Toronto Star
Think Caribana. To the nth degree. Mark Stevens is a freelance writer based in Caledon, Ont. JUST THE FACTS ARRIVING: Air Canada has just launched a non-stop flight from Toronto to St. Thomas, a quick ferry ride away from Tortola.

Boca Toronto Support Group 2012 Trip to Grenada – Grenadian Connection

Boca Toronto Support Group 2012 Trip to Grenada
Grenadian Connection
The Boca Toronto Support Group will be visiting the Spice Isle of Grenada in August 2012 and you’re invited! From August 9th – 23rd; Come and be part of the fun and festivities! Keep in mind that you won’t be missing Caribana, you’ll be there for  

A decade of celebrating black history – London Free Press

A decade of celebrating black history
London Free Press
She became an activist and founded the Calypso Carnival, which became Toronto’s Caribana. She organized the first National Congress of Black Women. An annual award named for Livingstone is presented to the outstanding black woman in Canada.

The most exciting city in Canada? Toronto, of course! – National Post

National Post

The most exciting city in Canada? Toronto, of course!
National Post
Our events are a draw above anything else, particularly TIFF, Luminato, whatever they’re calling Caribana these days and Nuit Blanche. Tropes such as multiculturalism and St. Lawrence Market aren’t nearly as special as we think they are and should be

An occasional series about what Toronto can learn from other cities, it’sl suggested we take a page out of New York’s book and market this town as it’s meant to be sold.

McBurnie lived to dance – Trinidad Guardian

McBurnie lived to dance
Trinidad Guardian
The T&T Guardian concludes its tribute to great black women in history with our very own Beryl McBurnie—dancer, choreographer and founder of T&T’s first theatre—The Little Carib Theatre
Federal Parliament of Toronto in April 1958. In fact, the celebration in Canada in 1958 would influence the way Caribbean culture was understood in Canada. Her performances in Canada helped pave the way for Canada’s Caribana festival in the 1960s.


Toronto’s Top 100 Events of 2011 – BizBash

Toronto’s Top 100 Events of 2011
Additions to our yearly list challenge the traditional and include the Polaris Music Prize, Contact Photography Festival, and the TNT Waterfront Night Market. New to the list this year are six events to watch that push boundaries and add to the diversity of Toronto’s events. Here’s our look at the biggest deals on the city’s event calendar, with the dates of their next iterations.
Festivals & Parades
1. Scotiabank Caribana Festival, recently renamed, introduced a new route that allowed for a record 20,000 to participate in the parade—and allowed for an admission fee. Summer

Join In! Toronto Carnival Wants You!



2. Pride Week ended on a high note with the longest parade in Pride’s history, clocking in at just over four hours. June 22-July 1 2012

3. The Santa Claus Parade went digital this year, adding a smartphone app to track Santa’s progress down the parade route. November 20,  2012

4. Toronto Jazz Festival brought 1,500 musicians to the city for its 25th anniversary, including Aretha Franklin, who opened the festival with a free performance at David Pecaut Square. June 22-July 1 2012

5. Toronto Fringe Festival sold 57,282 tickets to 150 unjuried plays and added a visual arts component this year. July 4-15 2012

6. Cavalcade of Lights had 30,000 visitors congregate in Nathan Phillips Square for the annual tree lighting and skating party, hosted by special guest Debbie Travis. November 26 2012

7. Beaches International Jazz Festival saw 850,000 guests flock to the Beaches neighbourhood for the 23rd annual festival. July 20-29 2012

8. New Year’s Eve in Nathan Phillips Square surprised its 40,000 attendees and 5.26 million television viewers with a performance by Shawn Desman and Danny Fernandes. December 31

9. New to the List: Halloween on Church takes over the Village for the week, with events like the children’s costumes parade, the Develicious Culinary Tour, and the annual block party, which lasts until 3 a.m. on Halloween night. October 24-31 2012

10. Scotiabank BuskerFest featured more than 100 street performers in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood for the four-day festival. August


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