Tag Archive: Carnival

Oshawa mayor gives 10 reasons why Oshawa is not the middle of nowhere. Take … – Toronto Star

Toronto Star
Oshawa mayor gives 10 reasons why Oshawa is not the middle of nowhere. Take
Toronto Star
REASON #4: Oshawa’s version of the festival formerly known as Caribana is Fiesta Week. “We’re fairly diverse and multicultural,” Henry says, noting that the Italian, Greek, Portuguese, Caribbean, Ukrainian and German communities are just a few of those who set up in June for their Carnival
When Canadian singer Jann Arden had a tiff with VIA Rail she was asked to leave the Ottawa-bound train with her contraband dog, she disembarked in Oshawa. Instead of using the city’s “prepare to be amazed” slogan, she called it “the middle of nowhere” on Twitter.Arden has since apologized, saying she was referring to the “10 acres of parking lot” that greeted her.

Certainly, she’d feel differently if she was let off downtown. They have free 30-minute parking at city hall, Mayor John Henry gives out Oh Henry! bars as business cards and bureaucrats smile as you walk by.

Tobago does not need a second Carnival – Trinidad & Tobago Express

Tobago does not need a second Carnival
Trinidad & Tobago Express
In a television interview, the Minister of Tobago Development, Vernella Alleyne-Toppin, in response to a question on nearby competing carnivals, stated the plan to hold another carnival in Tobago in October did not coincide with any other Caribbean carnivals.

There are some carnivals which, although being held in months other than October, are, in my opinion, still vying for the limited time and resources of “would-be ” travellers, including returning Trinbagonians.

There is the Barbados Crop Over, Grenada’s Spice Mas, St Vincent’s Vincy carnival, St Lucia carnival and other lesser-known carnival-type festivals, for example, Junkanoo in the Bahamas. Further, in North America, from which we will expect most of our visitors, there are the Trinidad-style Labour Day Parade in Brooklyn, New York; Miami carnival in Florida; Philadelphia carnival in Pennsylvania; and, more recently, Baltimore carnival in Maryland, all in the US; and Caribana in Toronto, Canada.

In addition, it is apparent that the Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism and his Government have not given consideration to the fact that the month of October is one of the wettest months in the year.

Maybe having a day allocated for a “Trinidad-style” Carnival during the Tobago Heritage Festival will not only give a boost to this festival but will be cost-effective.
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The best way to beat February blahs? Carnival and Mardi Gras and Shrove … – National Post

National Post
The best way to beat February blahs? Carnival and Mardi Gras and Shrove
National Post
Toronto’s most famous carnival celebration is, of course, the festival formerly known as Caribana(now Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival) — transplanted to summer because of the weather — but February offers a carnival smorgasbord in town as well.

For a taste of carnival Brazilian style, head to Rodeo Brazilian Steakhouse (95 Danforth Ave., 416-465-0969).

The spirit of New Orleans is alive at Southern Accent (595 Markham St., 416-536-3211, southernaccent.com), which is holding a Cajun house party for Mardi Gras (Feb. 21).

At Big Daddy’s Bourbon Street Bistro and Oyster Bar (212 King St. W., 416-599-5200, bigdaddys.ca) there’s a Mardi Gras party on Tuesday, with free beads and samplings of New Orleans-themed cocktails and snacks. From 7 to 11 p.m., Gene Hardy and the Pipsqueak Orchestra will play swing jazz and blues..

“The Swiss always have their carnival one week later than the Germans do,” says Helmut Enser, owner of German restaurant The Musket, which serves as home base for Canadysli, Toronto’s version of Swiss carnival, which has been taking place annually since 1976 (40 Advance Rd., 416-231-6488, musketrestaurant.com).

In Basel, Morgestraich starts on the Monday after Ash Wednesday, but here it falls on Feb. 25, beginning at 7 a.m. and running until about 10:30 a.m. Canadysli is an outdoor parade with indoor entertainment in full carnival style, with masked characters, surreal costumes and the dissonant chords of Canadysli Guggemusig, the house marching band. “They play false tunes on purpose; it’s really hilarious,” Enser says.

Participants and observers can restore flagging spirits with a Canadian breakfast or Swiss specialties such as mehlsuppe, a hearty flour-based soup with shredded cheese, onion quiche and küchli, a thin and crispy pancake dusted with icing sugar. On March 3, The Musket hosts a carnival masquerade ball with an optional dinner, raffle, live music from the Rail City Kings and, of course, the Canadysli Guggemusig.


‘Double D’ plans Carnival cultural exchange – Trinidad Guardian

‘Double D’ plans Carnival cultural exchange
Trinidad Guardian
This is just the second year that De Nu Image Kallaloo is hitting the streets on Carnival day, but Durham intends to take his masqueraders to popular carnivals in Miami, Atlanta, Brooklyn (Labour Day), Toronto (Caribana) and London. 

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