Feel De Vibe at North America's biggest festival from July 15 -
TORONTO, July 15 /CNW/ - Soca artists, pan orchestrators and mas dancers
in 'full' costume took over Yonge and Dundas square today to officially
kick-off Scotiabank Caribana in its 43rd year, and announce
the upcoming events and festivities that help make the festival More
Than The Parade. This year's festival is expected to attract more than
one million people to downtown Toronto.
"We are thrilled to see all of the Scotiabank Caribana events back this
year, and we have added many more to show that the event is More Than
The Parade!" said Joe Halstead, Scotiabank Caribana Festival Management
Committee. "Last year, close to 1.2 million people participated in
Scotiabank Caribana and festival enthusiasts are looking forward to all
of the exciting events that we have lined up for this year. They are
coming back to Toronto to Feel de Vibe!"
Margaret Best, Provincial Minister of Tourism and Culture was present at
today's launch and recognized Scotiabank Caribana as a key cultural
event for Toronto. The Minister noted that Scotiabank Caribana was both
an attraction and an economic engine for the city.
"With all of the costumes, music, food and energy at today's launch, it
really feels like the Caribbean Vibe is back in Toronto," said Cecil
Arnold, Scotiabank Assistant General Manager, International Banking,
Caribbean. "Once again, this is a true celebration of the diversity that
we're fortunate to have here in our city and Scotiabank is thrilled to
support cultural events like the Scotiabank Caribana festival, one of
the greatest summer traditions in Toronto."
For all current festival updates and route information on-the-go,
festival enthusiasts can download the Scotiabank Caribana Navigator app
by visiting the website at href="http://www.caribanafestival.com/">www.caribanafestival.com.
This year's Scotiabank Caribana Festival events include:
Junior Carnival, July 17: Junior Carnival provides festival goers
and the surrounding community the opportunity to experience the 'trills'
and joys as young masqueraders participate in their early festival
years. Mobilicity joins the Yorkgate Mall as the official sponsors of
this growing parade and carnival at Jane and Finch. 11am - 4pm.
From the Soul: Scotiabank Caribana Art Exhibition, July 22-August 13:
The Association of African Canadian Artists presents original paintings
and sculptures at the Royal Ontario Museum. Now in its fourth year, the
exhibition will feature 170 works from African-Canadian artists. "From
the Soul" will arouse the conscious, still the mind and soothe the soul.
Calypso Monarch Finals, July 24: The Calypso Monarch will be
crowned this year at the best and biggest Canadian Calypsonian battle
for the crown. At the Ontario Science Centre, the event will take place
from 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Scotiabank Caribana Gala, July 23: The third annual Scotiabank
Caribana Gala is an evening of elegance celebrating Carnival Music and
Arts with proceeds benefitting Haiti Relief. The Gala runs from 5:30
p.m. - 2:00 a.m. at the Liberty Grand Ballroom, CNE Grounds.
King & Queen Show, July 29: The Thursday before the
Scotiabank Caribana Parade, all the Kings & Queens of the Bands meet to
do battle. It is an honour for any reveler to be enthroned the King or
Queen of a band. The battle runs from 7 p.m. - 12 a.m. at Lamport
Pan Alive, July 30: A thrilling evening showcasing the musical
and tonal qualities of the steelpan. At Pan Alive, members of the
Ontario Steelband Association will compete before a panel of judges at
Lamport Stadium from 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Scotiabank Caribana Parade, July 31: This showcase event features
an incredible display of colours and pageantry. Toronto will come alive
with the sights and sounds of Carnival. This year's Parade is from 10
a.m. to 6 p.m. at the CNE and along Lakeshore Blvd.
Scotiabank Caribana After Parade Party - Temperature De Festival,
July 31: NEW EVENT for 2010! After the Parade fun along
Lakeshore Blvd, all are invited to enjoy a spectacular open-air evening
concert at Lamport Stadium. The summer's hottest Parade After-Party will
feature live high-energy performances from some of the hottest artists
from Trinidad, Jamaica, Grenada and more. The fun begins right after the
De Scotiabank Caribana Lime, August 1 & 2: De Lime highlights
the various cultures of all of the Caribbean people. It's a celebration
of food, song, dance, theatrical drama and story telling at Ontario
Grace Tropical Rhythms, Caribbean Food Festival August 1: Running
alongside De Scotiabank Caribana Lime at Ontario Place, Grace Food's
presents the 1st annual "Tropical Rhythms" Caribbean Food Festival
showcasing the Caribbean food and culture.
ABOUT SCOTIABANK CARIBANA
The Scotiabank Caribana Festival is an exciting three-week cultural
explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and
performing arts. Now in its 43rd 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, Eye Weekly, CTV, CP24, The Federal
Government of Canada, The Province of Ontario, The City of Toronto,
Tourism Toronto, Research In Motion (RIM)/BlackBerry, Mobilicity, The
Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Ontario Place, Royal Ontario Museum,
Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Public Libraries, Yorkgate Mall, Liberty
Grand Entertainment Complex & Liberty Entertainment Group, CaribanaTM
Arts Group, The Caribbean Camera Newspaper, Toronto-Lime.Com, and
GraceKennedy (Ontario) Inc.
For more information about the programs and events, please visit the
festival's official website at href="http://www.caribanafestival.com/">www.caribanafestival.com.The
Scotiabank Caribana Festival Office is located at 263 Davenport Avenue,
Lower Level; Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5R 1E9. Contact info: Tel:
416-391-5608; Fax: 416-391-5693; Email: email@example.com.
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader
internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable
donations and philanthropic activities, in 2009 the Bank provided around
$39 million in sponsorships and donations to a variety of projects and
initiatives, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education, social
services and arts and culture. Please visit us at href="http://www.scotiabank.com/">www.scotiabank.com.
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