New events, new locations, new supporters
TORONTO, June 1, 2012 /CNW/ - The countdown is on for the Scotiabank
Toronto Caribbean Carnival. The Festival Management Committee is
preparing for Toronto's 45th annual Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival, which will run from July
17, 2012 to August 5, 2012, and once again bring the culture of the
Caribbean to Toronto. The official launch will take place on July 17, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at Toronto's Nathan Phillip's Square, where dancers, musicians, and calypso singers will get the city into the
"There are a number of new and exciting events lined up this year and
we've also moved a couple of the events, like the children's parade and
the international Rugby Match, to new locations to accommodate a
growing audience," said Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival CEO
Denise Herrera-Jackson. "And this year we're making sure that every
event that we manage donates to a different community charity."
The Toronto waterfront Carnival parade, taking place on August 4, 2012, is still the largest outdoor event in Canada. Parade attendees have the
option of making it an all-nighter this year, with the new Fish Fry at Ontario Place which will take place from 10:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m. The
following morning kicks off the food festival which includes a lime and
breakfast on Ontario Place's South Beach followed by a retro J'ouvert.
The Caribbean-style parade party will have Bahamian Junkanoo, French
Creole Kompas and Zouk, and Grenadian ShortKnee performers.
"The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an ongoing expression of
Toronto's multicultural community and has been so for more than 40
years," said John Doig, Scotiabank Senior Vice-President, Toronto
Region. "As Canada's most international Bank, with operations in 27
Caribbean countries, supporting Canada's largest cultural
festival since 2008 has been a natural fit for us at Scotiabank and we
are delighted to be a part of this exciting tradition in Toronto again
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival events include:
Junior Carnival Parade - July 21, 2012: The first big event, the Junior Carnival Parade, will take place at
Downsview Park. Think of it as a junior's version of the big parade.
In 2011, over 2,000 children performed for the judges and played Mas
along the streets of the Jane Finch corridor. Downsview Park, better
suited to handle the growing number of children taking part, is the new
location of the parade.
Festival Cup Match - July 21, 2012: Sport fans will want to watch the Canadian Rugby League take on the
Jamaica Rugby League at Lamport Stadium. The Canadian team is the defending champion from the 2011 matchup. Game
starts at 7:00 p.m.
The Annual Gala - July 27, 2012: The Annual Gala, a dress up affair to honour the rich history of the festival and to
sample the Caribbean arts, will take place at the Liberty Grand Ballroom on the CNE grounds.
Monarch Contest - July 28, 2012 and All-Star Showcase - July 31, 2012: Many of the world's best Calypso performers will show their stuff at the
contest and the showcase taking place at Harbourfront.
The King and Queen Contest - August 2, 2012: Each year this popular contest proves to be a sold-out event. Lamport
Stadium has been reconfigured to allow for an expected 20,000
spectators - up from 11,000 last year.
Pan Alive - August 3, 2012: This huge battle of steel pan orchestras will take place at Lamport
"Our corporate sponsorship base has expanded this year," continued
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival CEO Denise Herrera-Jackson.
"Scotiabank is of course our title sponsor and CTV, CP-24, the Toronto
Star and Sway Magazine continue to be our very generous and supportive
media partners. We have added El Dorado Rum as the official presenting sponsor of our Gala; FLOW radio is back and is taking a bigger role with the festival. We have just
added WIN TV and WIN Radio --a popular Caribbean radio and television station based in Trinidad --
as our Caribbean media sponsor and will be live streaming the parade
back to Trinidad."
For additional event times and locations, please visit: www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com.
About Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival
The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week
cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, and revelry as well as
visual and performing arts. Now in its 45th year, it has become a major
international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in
North America. As Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the
great metropolis of Toronto and its environs will come alive as the
city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca,
Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. The Festival Management
Committee oversees the running of North America's largest outdoor
Corporate sponsors of this year's festival include: Scotiabank, The
Toronto Star, Sway Magazine, CTV, CP-24, FLOW fm, WinTV, WinRadio, El
Dorado Rum, The Canadian Federal Government, The Province of Ontario,
City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, The Greater Toronto Airports
Authority, Ontario Place, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre,
Toronto Public Library, Yorkgate Mall, Liberty Grand, and Grace Kennedy
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic
program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader
internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable
donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on
average approximately $45 million annually to community causes around
the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.
For more information about the programmes and events, please visit the
festival's official website at www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com. The Festival Office is NOW located at 19 Waterman Avenue. Contact
info: Tel: 416-391-5608; Fax: 416-391-5693; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE Scotiabank - Sponsorships
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