Durham Mas band launch for Toronto Carnival 2016

Durham Mas band launch for Toronto Carnival 2016

Band launches for Toronto Carnival 2016, aka Caribana, will kick off tonight with Durham Mas band unveiling their presentation “Festivals of Nations”. FYI: This will be the second year that Durham Mas is going to be on the road for Toronto Carnival. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009671130059&fref=ts http://www.durhammas.com/

Toronto Carnival Grand Parade is DEAD

Toronto Carnival Grand Parade is DEAD

Let’s talk about the unmitigated disaster that was Toronto Carnival’s Grand Parade 2015. The parade started off the way it always does.  Beautiful carnival costumes filled the CNE grounds and DJs played the same 5 songs over and over.  The parade ended the same way it did last year.  Stormers flooded the route and forced(…)

Photos from Toronto Carnival 2015

Photos from Toronto Carnival 2015

Photos from Toronto Carnival 2015.  Thanks as always to @SoulRebelTO for these amazing shots. If you need to reach our photographer then please email michael@theblacklens.com

More Paint, More Mud, More Powder at Jab Jab Jouvert this Friday

More Paint, More Mud, More Powder at Jab Jab Jouvert this Friday

Trust me, you don’t want to miss this!  Jab Jab J’ouvert is the closest that you will get to the Trinidad J’ouvert experience.  The fete has moved to a different venue this year so we are expecting more paint, more mud, more powder!  And live performances… what more could you ask for? So grab your(…)

Don’t Miss the Kings and Queens Show

Don’t Miss the Kings and Queens Show

This is one of my must attend events for Toronto Carnival:  Kings and Queens Competition on Thursday 30 July, 2015 If you want to see the big costumes without the interference of stormers then this is the place for you. The Kings and Queens of the bands come out the play their big mas and be judged.(…)

Order of the Bands for Toronto Carnival 2015

Order of the Bands for Toronto Carnival 2015

Here is the official order of the Bands for Toronto Carnival 2015.  This year that have been ordered by size of band with the largest band going last.  Hopefully this will help with flow during the parade. None of the bands are sold out as yet, so you still have time to register! 1.  Durham(…)

TMBA loses in court case against FMC

The Toronto Mas Bands Association (TMBA) was unsuccessful in the court case they brought against the Festival Management Committee (FMC) who runs the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival. So what does that mean to the masqueraders, spectators and general public?  Well it means we can go along our merry way and buy our costumes for Toronto(…)

Will Saldenah compete for Toronto Carnival 2015?

Will Saldenah compete for Toronto Carnival 2015?

With Saldenah Mas Band opening for registration today, I have been receiving lots of messages asking me what is really going on with Saldenah and their participation in Toronto Carnival.  Will they be competing?  Should I register for a costume and then what happens if they don’t get to participate? So here’s what we know:(…)

Saldenah Costumes for Toronto Carnival 2015

Saldenah Costumes for Toronto Carnival 2015

Saldenah Mas Band launched their presentation for Toronto Carnival 2015 last night.  We missed the reveal of  “The Chronicles of “Machel Montano” as I was stuck at home writing a paper school but I was happy to wake up to their online lookbook!  For some reason, Machel Montano’s section “Like Ah Boss” is not in(…)

Tribal Carnival Band Launch photos for Toronto Carnival 2015

Tribal Carnival Band Launch photos for Toronto Carnival 2015

Have a look at some of the costume choices from Tribal Carnival’s presentation “Animation” for Toronto Carnival 2015 For full album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.913762868681395.1073741881.205129872878035&type=1&l=bd2ec6af53