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Dragonaires hit the road – Jamaica Observer

Dragonaires hit the road
Jamaica Observer
From the 3-6, they will play the Caribana Festival in Toronto before moving on to Britain 7-9. For the remainder of the month, the Dragonaires have shows booked for the Canadian cities of Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton. The Dragonaires was formed in

1963 footage of Byron Lee & The Dragoinaires demonstrating the latest dance craze from Jamaica: the Ska! with shared vocal duties

The Dragonaires was formed in 1955 by Byron Lee while he was a student at St George’s College in Kingston. The band had marginal success in the ska era of the early 1960s, but made a name for itself a decade later by recording a series of wellreceived calypso albums and songs.

The current Dragonaires lineup has one original member, percussionist Carl Brady. Other long-serving members are keyboardist Neville Hinds, trombonist/vocalist Sammy Johnson and guitarist Errol Gayle.

Lee, who initiated Jamaica Carnival in 1990, died in November, 2008 at age 73

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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

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
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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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