Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival
- Dates July/August 2016 (dates to be announced)
- Location Various locations
- Official site TorontoCaribbeanCarnival.com
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Feel de vibe at the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto (formerly Caribana) – an exciting cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine and revelry as well as visual and performing arts. Through its fifty-year history it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. Join the excitement as Toronto comes alive with the pulsating rhythms of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Hip Hop, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands.
Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto: Bigger and Better Than Ever
For the past 49 summers, the streets of Toronto have come alive with the sights, sounds and spirit of the Caribbean. And now, Toronto’s beloved Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival is bigger and better than ever! With an expanded parade route, special musical guests and favourite mainstays, come see why Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival is a can’t-miss cultural explosion.
The Yearly Events
A Taste of What’s to Come
Carnival fans young and old gather in David Pecaut Square for the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Official Launch Ceremony. This event is a true taste of the festivities to come, featuring a showcase of upcoming events, including a variety of free entertainment and a lively parade featuring Caribbean dancers, Mas players, calypso singers and special guests.
An Evening of Elegance
Carnival supporters, sponsors, donors and partners come together for an evening of elegance at The Carnival Ball. Special guests enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing and a sneak peek of the lively calypso, steelpan and masquerade of the festival to come. If you’re planning on attending the gala, though, make sure you dress to impress – this formal event calls for suits and evening gowns.
Here Come the King and Queen
If you’ve never been to a King and Queen Competition, then get ready – the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival’s King and Queen show brings elaborate costumes, pulsating music and friendly competition together for a night of big fun!
Come cheer on these colourfully-costumed Kings and Queens as they dance to the rhythms of the Mas bands, and be there when this year’s new King and Queen are crowned. As one of the most popular Carnival events, the King and Queen Competition regularly sells out, so get your tickets to get in on the action.
Steel Pan Time
The Ontario Steelpan Association showcases the pulsing rhythms of the Caribbean as they treat the ears of Carnival-goers to the sounds of the Pan Alive Competition. There’s no better way to experience the sounds of this traditional instrument from the lively heart of Trinidad and Tobago: the steel pan.
Special Guests of Calypso
Can’t get enough calypso? You’re in luck! Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival now features even more colourful calypso music with Merry Monarchs Calypso Extravaganza.
For 2015, this new event featured some of the biggest names in Calypso and Soca, including Love Bug, Susan G, Structure, legendary calypsonian David Rudder and celebrated Calypso Monarchs Macomere Fifi and Sheldon Skeete.
Featuring both Canadian talents and international acts, this summer’s Carnival is sure to scratch your calypso itch!
The Parade Will be Hotter Than Ever
To celebrate Caribbean and South American tourists visiting for the Pan Am games, this summer’s Carnival will feature even more diversity – expect to hear and see an even larger variety of cultural sights and sounds. Various guest bands representing an array of Caribbean Island nations will take part in this festive parade – visiting guests from all over the Caribbean are sure to be entertained.
What’s more, even the Parade route itself is bigger and better than before. After all that hard work, colourful masqueraders show off their elaborate costumes as they make their way through Toronto’s Exhibition Place, to Lakeshore Boulevard, then along Lakeshore all the way to British Columbia drive. As the Mas bands make their way back to Exhibition Place for judging, guest bands and steel plan orchestras keep the party going down Lakeshore all the way to Budapest Park.
Big Names Will Come to Carnival Island
Want to end your carnival experience with a bang? Then escape the city and immerse yourself in Caribbean culture at Carnival Island!
From morning ‘til night, Toronto’s Centre Island explodes with the sounds and tastes of Caribbean music and cuisine. Enjoy all the flavours that the Caribbean has to offer at the Tropical Rhythms Food Festival, and savour exotic dishes prepared by local chefs while soaking up non-stop reggae, soca, drumming and dance performances and even Junkanoo!
In 2015, Carnival Island brought even more big names to the city, with the likes of Celebrity Chef La-toya Fagon, Prince of Soca Iwer George, Tallpree, J-Perry and Moses Revolution. There’s no better way to wrap up your Carnival weekend!
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