Tribal Carnival Band Launch for Toronto Carnival 2016

Tribal Carnival Band Launch for Toronto Carnival 2016
Next up for Toronto Carnival band launches is, Tribal Carnival with their presentation "Tribal 10". We can't make it tomorrow as I have another paper that I am working on but we wish Tribal Carnival the best and say congratulations on 10 years and still going strong! toronto-carnival-2016-caribana-tribal-carnival-band-launch toronto-carnival-2016-caribana-tribal-carnival-band-launch-2 Here are some sneak peaks, you can see more at https://www.instagram.com/tribalcarnival/ toronto-carnival-2016-caribana-tribal-carnival-sneak peak toronto-carnival-2016-caribana-tribal-carnival-sneak peak-2 toronto-carnival-2016-caribana-tribal-carnival-sneak peak-3           For more information:

http://tribalcarnival.com/

https://www.facebook.com/tribalcarnival/?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/events/1683768025238256/  

Jazz Artists On The Greens 2016 – A Kinda Review

Jazz Artists On The Greens 2016 – A Kinda Review
Disclaimer: Due to logistics issues and new parent obligations of some members of the crew, we were not able to catch all of the performances. Sorry, folk.  To call Jazz Artists On The Greens (acronym: JAOTG) a concert would mischaracterize the show. I wouldn’t feel comfortable calling it a music festival either, even though the tagline, “come for the lime; discover the music,” would lead you to think that. JAOTG somehow manages to straddle that fine line and end up being both, while not suffering from an identity crisis. The first things that you see on entering the grounds, are white chairs leading up to the stage, surrounded by vending tents. While this layout gives the sense of a more traditional type show, the picnic baskets and small coolers which dot the outer edge of the area give the show a much more laid back feel. That Production One markets the show as a type of mini-music festival, and encourages patrons to bring their own drinks and chairs, adds to feeling that you’re really just attending a lime, and they are more than happy enough to just provide the background music. And speaking of the music…
Jason "Fridge" Seecharan courtesy Production One Ltd

Jason "Fridge" Seecharan
pic courtesy Chad Hall

Rolf Doyle, the de facto PRO of Production One, sat with us before hand and elaborated on the challenges involved in finding talent for a jazz show in Trinidad, and the need to often identify and tap into new and upcoming talent for JAOTG. The new talent that we were able to experience held their own admirably against the more established artists, and did not sound out of place or intimidated in the slightest. Clifford Charles and his band took the stage, and accompanied the next two vocalists. Jason “Fridge” Seecharan (of H20 Phlo fame) took the crowd back with covers of several golden oldies, ranging from Lionel Richie to Teddy Pendergrass. The hidden gem of the night may have been Moricia Cagan though. A relative newcomer, she impressed with a wide-ranging repertoire that moved effortlessly from funk, to Angela Hunte, to Fay Ann Lyons, to Cee-Lo Green. The Dean Williams Quartet performed original pieces that slowed the pace somewhat and gave the atmosphere a more laid back mood. Alexis Baro also played original compositions from off his new album, “Guilty Pleasure”, a blend of Afro-Cuban, Caribbean Jazz that alternated between being slow and sensual, and up-tempo and almost poppy.  This was the part of the proceedings where JAOTG truly flexed its jazz muscles. The music from the instrumental ensembles were not as frenetic, or familiar, as those from the vocalists. As such, there weren’t many sing-a-longs, but the spell that the melodies cast over the crowd was no less captivating. The sad part is that we missed out on hearing Vizion Musiq featuring Arita Edmund, and Dane Gulston.
Moricia Cagan pic courtesy Production One Ltd

Moricia Cagan
pic courtesy Chad Hall

There was a well-stocked Angostura bar present, along with the usual staples of burgers, wings and fries, shark and fries, and bake and shark. Sinpo tried it and rated it a solid “meh”, though he admitted this was more down to their playing it safe with the condiments, and any serious short comings. The presence of Poutinôis on the premises was a real surprise. A local outfit, they have been in existence for a couple of months and have been trying to introduce poutine to the local market. As an unabashed poutine-lover, I have been touting its merits for years now to strange looks and gagging noises. That being said, I convinced Sinpo to try it. His response, verbatim, was: “never had Poutine but I've heard of it. Pretty good. I'd definitely have it again.” One person successfully converted.
Dean Williams pic courtesy Production One Ltd

Dean Williams
pic courtesy Chad Hall

It’s rare that you attend an event that has no ostensible flaws. Even the most well organised show has some issue that it must deal with or overcome. And while we did hear that JAOTG did have some issues with the final performance (we heard that Dane Gulston may have had a minor problem with his mic), the show was basically flawless for the time that we were there. The show reportedly started on time, and band changes were smooth and snappy. Our one regret is that, due to logistical issues and new parent obligations, we couldn’t experience the entire show. Based on the what we saw though, this is definitely not an event to miss next year. Thanks to Rolf Doyle and the Production One team for accommodating us and granting us access to the artists.

Not Asking For It

Not Asking For It
Trigger Warning: This post deals with a sensitive topic. It covers consent, rape culture, victim blaming and a raft of other unpleasant issues that need to be addressed. There is also some harsh language, but no more, or less, than we feel is necessary. Once again, we are about to delve into some unsettling shit. We apologise for upsetting you, but these things need to be said.   Trinidad & Tobago can be a confusing and deeply conflicted place. The love/hate relationship that we have with ourselves is the stuff of therapists’ wet dreams. When your country’s most popular podcasts consist of DJ’s and pastors, said country may have some deep-rooted issues that need working out. podcast list

(Dutty wine for Jesus?)

Well, this Carnival, some of those issues reared their ugly head in spectacular fashion. A Japanese mas-player and pan enthusiast, Asami Nagakiya, was found murdered around the Savannah on Ash Wednesday. The then-mayor of Port-of-Spain, Raymond Tim Kee, had this to say on being asked to comment about the case: “Women have a responsibility to ensure they are not abused during the Carnival season. It's a matter of, if she was still in her costume - I think that's what I heard - let your imagination roll". By the time jaws were picked up off the floor, and the brouhaha had (somewhat) died down, Port of Spain had a new mayor, and the feminist group Womantra was cast as a contemptible collection of conniving witches who are in desperate need of some penis in their lives. Meanwhile, Mr Tim Kee rode off into the sunset, on the back of a groundswell of misguided support. That support is where the problem, and our conflict lies. Victim blaming, also known as the idea that Asami Nagakiya got what was coming to her, through the fault of her wearing a Carnival costume, is not unique to Raymond Tim Kee. Hell, it isn’t even that unpopular. The notion that an abused woman is often responsible for her own abuse is still quite prevalent in Trinidad & Tobago. Rape victims are drilled on their actions leading up to their violation, with a focus on what preventative measures they could have taken to avoid or prevent the attack. Sexual violence is still jokingly referenced as a means of controlling women. Sometimes, it is even advocated by women. Victim blaming is rape culture at its most insidious. What is “rape culture” you ask? Rape culture is a term that was coined by feminists in the United States in the 1970's. It was designed to show the ways in which society blamed victims of sexual assault and normalized sexual violence against women. Rape culture is saying that, “well, she was dressed like a hoe, and acting like a hoe, so we can't be too surprised that she got what hoes sometimes get.” Or, to use Raymond Tim Kee's words again, “Women have a responsibility to ensure they are not abused during the Carnival season.". Rape culture can be difficult to combat, because it can come disguised as little truisms which are meant to protect women. How many times have we heard a woman be told that a manner of dress or conduct isn’t “classy”? Once? Twice? A million times? Sounds like it makes sense, right? “You need to protect yourself!”, you might say. Here is the thing though: a person’s sense of decorum has yet to keep them from being sexually assaulted. If it did, you would never hear of a nun being rapedfierce kittens

(Here is a pic of kittens being fierce, if you choose to click on that link up there. You’re gonna need it.)

See, the fallacy that rape culture spreads is that women are both responsible for their conduct, and the conduct of their attacker. It is the ultimate strawman fallacy. And we need to fight it. The #NotAskingForIt campaign, by St. Lucian photographer Fiona Compton, is a step down the road of education and spreading awareness about rape culture. She has taken videos of women wining in their carnival costumes, and immediately juxtaposes next to a second video of the same women elaborating on themselves, and their hopes and dreams. The message is simple. It is not a case of either or. The celebration of their sexuality does not come at the cost of their humanity. The celebration of that sexuality does not manifest itself as an open invitation for sex with any and all comers either. To wit, they are not asking for it. It is wishful thinking to assume that we can simply reverse the attitudes that are pervasive in rape culture. It isn’t that easy. It becomes doubly difficult in a society that places such a heavy premium on the unusual fetishization of women around Carnival time. That is the conflict to which I alluded at the beginning of this piece. That attitude is what attempted to relegate the death of Asami, and the countless others like her, to mere footnote status. And that attitude will continue to leave us conflicted and confused, unless we start taking steps to end it.  
Triniyute is not an actual writer, though his love for life, liquor and liming is genuine. If you wish to contact with gifts of alcohol, or just your thoughts, he can be found at trinidadcarnivals@gmail.com. Or check him out his Twitter account @triniyute. For additional information: http://www.notaskingforit.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/notaskingforitofficial/    

JAOTG – Jazz Artists On The Greens

JAOTG – Jazz Artists On The Greens
We're in a bit of a transitional period here at Trinidad Carnivals. This year has seen us attempt to provide more varied content to our followers. One way we have looked at doing this is through covering events which,  while not Carnival-driven, are relevant to our spirit and interesting to our readers. So with that preamble out of the way, we are proud to announce that we have been given permission by Production One Ltd to cover Jazz Artists On The Greens 2016. This underrated open-air concert has developed a strong following over its 14 years in existence. But rather than tell their story for them, I will let them do the talking. (For more information, you can visit their website or their Facebook page). jatog logo WHAT: The 14th annual edition of Jazz Artists on the Greens WHO: Production One Limited WHEN: Saturday 12th March 2016. Gates open from 3.30 p.m. Event start time: 5.00 p.m. WHERE: The Greens at Farm Road, St. Joseph (formally WASA Grounds) TICKETS: Early Bird Special offers a discounted price of $250.00 on all tickets booked and purchased by Carnival Tuesday. Regular Tickets priced at $300.00 will be available at Ticket Outlets from Ash Wednesday

“Come for the lime … Discover the Music!”

Carnival 2016 is almost upon us, but even in the midst of the fete season, the anticipation and excitement for the fourteenth edition of the annual “Jazz Artists On The Greens” event continues to grow. “Yes, we know it’s Carnival time, but this season is very short and already people have been asking us about JAOTG 2016,” stated Rolf Doyle of the organizing committee. “So we wanted to let the general public, all our regular patrons and jazz and music lovers in general know that the early-bird special is on now, but once Carnival is over they would have to pay the normal ticket price to get in with no exceptions.” Scheduled to occur this year on March 12 at the spacious venue known as “The Greens” at Farm Road, St Joseph, “JAOTG” is set to thrill audiences with an exciting line-up of musicians and performers. Supplying the sensational soundtrack for this year’s event will be: guitarist, Dean Williams, pannist, Dane Gulston, Cuban trumpeter, Alexis Baro and the Alexis Baro Quintet, as well as Clifford Charles with Moricia Cagan and Jason “Fridge” Seecharan. Gates open at 3.30 pm with show-time starting at 5 pm. Early-bird tickets have just been released this week, but can only be obtained before Ash Wednesday. Thus, the hotline numbers and email address are being swarmed by interested parties and potential patrons. For more information, please visit the event page or the JAOTG page on Facebook, log on to jaotg.com or call 620-6920.

Fatima All Inclusive (50th Anniversary) – The Review

By Shello Price – $950. For what is considered an ultra-premium all-inclusive, you can’t really complain too much at the price. (4 out of 5) Music – There were live performances by Dil e Nadan, Famer Nappy and the Red Boys, Bunji/Fay-Ann with Asylum, and Blaxx/Ricardo Dru with Roy Cape All Stars. All the performances were great but I have to give special mention to the guest artistes. Allison Hinds (who is just too sexy…nuff said) and Olatunji (and his backup gymnasts, err…dancers,) both gave memorable performances.  (5 out of 5) Bar – The speciality bars carried everything from GlenFiddich 18-year, Chivas Regal 21-year and Johnnie Gold, to wines and champagnes (epic for the classy connoisseur drinkers). The general bars were loaded with all the rum, scotch, beers and chasers. A nice addition was the beer and water basins nearer to the stage areas so you could cool down while feting (5 out of 5) Food – This was the 1st time that I ever ate so much food at Fatima. (The evidence is on Instagram @shello2k). I was able to get the elusive roast (suckling) pig and it was besss. The ribs, kebabs, Cajun meat, stuff crab and dumplings, and dessert samples were all on point. But the best-tasting, though controversial, meat I had was geera horse. It was not my first time having it but I know my friends were like “Why do it?” But hey, there must be some kinda wild meat scene in the fete. (It’s better than eating frog legs to me). (5 out of 5) Amenities -  Well since the fete was within the school premises, the bathrooms were easily accessible. There was also a foot massage and shoe repair facility for those women who like jump up in high heels. (4 out of 5) Location – It is Fatima College fete. Self-explanatory. (5 out of 5) Experience – Fatima is the quintessential reunion fete of Family, Friends and past pupils. It very interesting to vibe with your past teachers (some still looking great since I was a student) and classmates from long time. (4 out of 5)   THE POST MORTEM: One of the premier prestige events for Carnival, Fatima has out done itself with the high level of food and drink options provided. The vibes were right on the money and that they kept the price the same for the second year in a row was a major plus. This was a great fete for meeting old friends, family, co-workers etc. With that, I will end by quoting Patrice Roberts: “We doing it ‘til we old and grey.” Overall (5 out of 5)

Carnival Cups – The Review

By Triniyute Carnival Cups took place on 29th January at The Anchorage. It was my first time attending this cooler fete, so this one was a new experience. Price ($250) – $250 for a cooler fete? Where do I sign up? All jokes aside, with the cost of feting sprinting upwards (see Soaka), finding a cooler fete for under $300 was a pleasant surprise. Let’s see if this holds over to next year. (4 out of 5). Music – There were a couple of live performances by Preedy and 5 Star Akil. Otherwise, this was a DJ-driven fete. The DJ’s were on point though, and kept the crowd moving well enough. Jugglers, Nuphoric and DJ Adam all maintained their usual standards. (4 out of 5). Bar – There was a fully stocked bar available, carrying all the usual staples: JWB, White Oak, Puncheon, beers, chaser. Nothing special there. The shot specials being offered by the Jose Cuervo and Smirnoff girls were a nice touch, and helps to bump this score to slightly above average. (3.5 out of 5). Food – Free doubles and corn soup have now become a staple at these events. Both were passable, though they didn’t help ward off the effects of the vodka sour shots. (Seriously, what is it about vodka sour shots?) (3 out of 5). Amenities – Anchorage hasn’t changed in the near 5 years since I last attended an event there. That statement goes for better or worst with regards to the facilities. Credit goes to the staff for keeping the bathrooms clean all through the night. (3 out of 5). Location – Not much was done to spruce up the Anchorage. The same comment that applied to the amenities can apply here. There is one notable though. I found that the sea could give off a gawd-awful smell on occasion. The liquor soon took care of that problem but still, wow… (3 out of 5). Experience – There was a decent-sized crowd. And the crowd did have vibes. The question I am still struggling to answer, is exactly what kind of vibe was it? The crowd was more laid back and relaxed than hyped, giving the fete more of a lime-atmosphere. It was cool, but can both work for and against the fete. If you like your fetes more "chillaxed", then this is the one for you. If you live for the hype, on the other hand, you may find yourself wondering if the money was worth it.  (3 out of 5).   THE POST MORTEM: In my humble opinion, Cups was a fete of untapped potential. The strong DJ line up and low price point should make this fete a must attend next year. In theory. However, something kept this from being an epic event, and I cannot quite put my finger on what it is. This was a good fete. And that is the problem. There are already several great fetes on the calendar. For now, I’m rating this one as average. You honestly can’t go wrong with $250 for a cooler fete, but even at that price, and with all that they offer, you sense that they could do something more. Overall Rating: 3 out of 5…

Dimanche Gras Live Streams

Dimanche Gras Live Streams
Today is the Dimanche Gras.  The show starts Sunday 7 Feburary, 2016 at 7pm (Trini time). We know for certain that Talk City 91.1 FM will be providing a reliable live audio stream.  TUCO will also be streaming live.
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Watch live stream on :http://video.ctntworld.com/stream.html Click below to listen live: You can listen live: http://www.talkcity91fm.com/ TUCO live stream: https://youtu.be/ie1f2C7z1MQ trinidad-carnival-2016-dimanche-gras-live-stream