Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival
- Dates July 7 to August 2. Grand Parade August 1.
- 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 2015: Bigger and Better Than Ever
For the past 48 summers, the streets of Toronto have come alive with the sights, sounds and spirit of the Caribbean. This year, Toronto’s beloved Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival promises to be bigger and better than ever! With an expanded parade route, special musical guests and favourite mainstays, come see why Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival 2015 is a can’t-miss cultural explosion.
The Yearly Events
A Taste of What’s to Come
On Tuesday, July 7, Carnival fans young and old gather in David Pecaut Square for the 2015 Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival’s 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 Salmon Cupid and the All-Stars.
Where: David Pecaut Square | 215 King Street West
When: Tuesday, July 7 @ 11:00am
An Evening of Elegance
On July 24 at the Liberty Grand, Carnival supporters, sponsors, donors and partners will come together for an evening of elegance. The Carnival Ball is where these 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.
Where: Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex | 25 British Columbia Road
When: Friday, July 24th @ 5:30pm
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.
Where: Allan Lamport Stadium | 1151 King Street West
When: Thursday, July 30 @ 7:00pm
Steel Pan Time
This summer, the Ontario Steelpan Association will once again showcase 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.
Where: Allan Lamport Stadium | 1151 King Street West
When: Friday, July 31 @ 7:00pm
New for 2015
Special Guests of Calypso Are Invited
Can’t get enough calypso? You’re in luck! This summer, Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival will feature even more colourful calypso music with Merry Monarchs Calypso Extravaganza.
This new event will feature 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!
Where: PC HO Theatre | 5183 Sheppard Avenue East
When: Saturday, July 25 @ 7:00pm
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, this year even the Parade route itself will be bigger and better than before. After all that hard work, colourful masqueraders will 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 will keep the party going down Lakeshore all the way to Budapest Park.
Where: View the parade route.
When: Saturday, August 1 @ 9:30am
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 this summer’s Carnival Island!
From morning ‘til night, Toronto’s Centre Island will explode 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!
This year, Carnival Island brings 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!
Where: Olympic Island Park
When: Sunday, August 2 @ 10:00am
There’s so much going on in Toronto this summer, it’s gearing up to be the BEST. SUMMER. EVER.
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