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The official launch of the annual festival is a cultural showcase and celebration of the creative spirit of the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival events and other events happening in and around the City of Toronto.
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. Join us as we celebrate our 48th anniversary. We’re bigger and better than ever!
The Junior Carnival and Family Day event provides its audience and the surrounding community of Malvern the opportunity to experience the cultural presentation of young performers as they participate in their earlier years. This event engages the three stakeholder groups: Toronto Mas Bands Association, Organization of Calypso Performing Artists, and the Ontario Steelpan Association. This family event is being presented to allow young people to participate as producers, performers, and presenters. The Junior Carnival and Family Day event continues to be supported by the Children’s Breakfast Club and the Metropolitan Toronto Police Services.
BAND Gallery Caribbean Food Bank
BAND Gallery partners with chefs, Bashir Munye of My Little Dumplings and Ikeila of One Love Vegetarian, to celebrate the communal exchange that is a core part of Caribbean culture with a Caribbean food market. In exchange for a recipe, patrons will be given ingredients to create a classic Caribbean meal or introduce a friend to the unique blend of African, Indian and Chinese flavours that make up Caribbean home cooking. Pelau anyone?
Fri. Jul. 22, 2016 - TBD
The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Ball - An evening to discover
An elegant evening at the Liberty Grand gives the Festival Management Committee the opportunity to engage the community of supporters including sponsors, donors, and partners. This event presents the cultural outputs of the festival – masquerade, calypso (soca), and steelpan - to this unique audience and also gives the Festival Management Committee the opportunity to recognize the historical impact of people who have contributed and volunteered countless hours to this festival over the years. Start the evening at 5:30 pm with Cocktails and Fundraising, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. End the night with a runway show of costumes and an after party from 10:00 pm to midnight.
Merry Monarchs Calypso Extravaganza, a special event featuring our Calypso and Soca monarchs such as the unstoppable six-time Calypso Monarch Macomere Fifi, Structure, Connector, Susan G, Yellows and Love Bug. In addition, there will be international guests such as the legendary David Rudder, Sheldon Skeete, the British Calypso Monarch and Aaron Duncan, Trinidad & Tobago’s reigning Junior Calypso and Chutney monarch.
Bandleaders provide the main cultural entertainment for this event, with male and female performers presenting the creative output of the talented artists, designers, and costume builders in the City of Toronto. At this event, the Allan Lamport Stadium becomes an outdoor theatrical stage where the Kings, Queens, and individuals of the Carnival bands unveil their elaborately themed costumes. The Ontario Science Center continues to award a special prize for the engineering, construction, design, and best environmental use of material in a costume. Interspersing the appearance of magnificent costumes weighing three to four times more than the bearer is entertainment with music and dance performance. Entertainment sponsor- Ontario Lottery Group.
Jul 28, 2016 - TBD
King & Queen
Presented by the Ontario Steelpan Association, this is a thrilling evening showcasing the musical and tonal qualities of the steel pan as members of the Ontario Steelpan Association compete before a panel of judges. This panorama of the North is the best opportunity to hear this wonderful instrument in all its glory. This event showcases the talent of steel pan performers ranging in age from early teens to adults as they perform their original renditions to the aficionados.
Jul 30, 2016 - TBD
The Grand Parade continues to attract local, regional, national, and international attention by visitors and media as it is the highlight of the three-week Festival. This event continues to draw millions from all over the world to see the live performing street art year after year and on live streaming. After months of preparation, masqueraders in colourful and striking costumes wind their way from the assembly area at Exhibition Place along Lake Shore Boulevard. Admission applies to Exhibition Place where patrons have the opportunity to enjoy the parade of the Mas Bands. Masquerade bands end up in Exhibition Place where masqueraders can party until 8:00 pm. Guest bands, cultural bands and steel bands also participate in the parade. Guest bands start from the staging area within Exhibition Place and wind their way along Lakeshore Boulevard to disperse west of the Boulevard Club. Steel bands stage on Lakeshore Boulevard south of the All Stream Centre and also proceed along Lakeshore Boulevard to the Boulevard Club.
GRAND PARADE MAP
Get away from the city and come to Carnival Island to take in the smell, sights and sounds of Carnival 2015 and the Tropical Rhythms Food Festival with exotic Caribbean cuisine prepared by local chefs; cooking demos, and special signature dishes courtesy of the festival's Official Celebrity Chef-La-toya Fagon. The island is transformed with performances by Iwer George – Prince of Soca , Tallpree, J-Perry (Dekole–Haiti), Reggae greats Moses Revolution and Len Hammond, Roger Gibbs, T.Dot Bantu–Afro-Brazilian Samba Reggae, and Bahamian Junkanoo; laugh with comedians Fatman George and Blakka Ellis; pan-jazz with Danny and Mark Mosca of Silhouettes Steel Band; dance presentations by D’LYFE (Dance, Let Your Feet Explore); play with the Brazilian Soccer Academy and a games area for adults - bring your dominoes, cards, and other games.
Jul 31, 2016 - TBD
Calypso All Stars
One Lime..One Jam
Closing Church Service
Aug. 07, 2016 - TBD
The public are invited to attend the closing service of the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2015 Festival at the St James Cathedral, August 9, 2015 at 4.00 p.m.
The Cathedral welcomes visitors of all faiths and religions. It will be an Anglican Evensong Service that will be celebrated. This is a Free Event.
The Church is located in downtown Toronto at 65 Church Street, near the St Lawrence Market. Parking is limited behind the church, however street parking in readily available on Sundays.