Three-week long festival celebrates 45 years of heating up Toronto all
TORONTO, July 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Get ready to jump up all summer long, the
2012 Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is officially underway. The
three-week long festival kicked off today as soca artists, pan
orchestrators and mas dancers filled Nathan Phillips Square to mark the
beginning of the festival that starts today and runs through to August
"I can't believe it's Carnival time again in Toronto," said Denise
Herrera-Jackson, CEO of the Festival Management Committee. "We've added
new events to this year's festival line-up with non-stop activities and
entertainment. On Friday, August 3, Exhibition Place comes alive with a
late night Fish Fry, which transitions into early morning breakfast,
followed by a J'Ouvert extravaganza with 'Ole mas' revellers, steelpans
and drums all night long. We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy
this year's exciting line up of events."
Sport stars, politicians, business leaders, dozens and dozens of dancers
in colourful mas costumes and steel pan players all came out to
celebrate the festival's official launch today to kick of the
festivities for 2012.
"Scotiabank is delighted to be back as title sponsor the Scotiabank
Toronto Caribbean Carnival, an event that is not only one of Toronto's
greatest summer traditions, but also a vital expression of this city's
multicultural landscape," said Jacqueline Ryan, Scotiabank
Vice-President of Sponsorships and Partnership Programs. "Coming
together to mark celebrations like this is what makes our country
unique and we're excited to help bring the sites, sounds and flavours
of the Caribbean to Toronto through our sponsorship of the festival."
There's new and improved festival programming this year, with new
sponsors, including General Motors, that has come on board to help with
the Junior Carnival Parade and King and Queen Competition and El Dorado
Rum is sponsoring a July 27, 2012 Gala at the Liberty Grand Ballroom on
the CNE grounds.
The festival is expected to attract thousands of people over the course
of the three-week period, as more people from across North America
migrate toward the city during the summer. Long-time festival fans are
expected to return in large numbers, as the festival is an affordable
vacation destination in the middle of the summer heat. The Festival
Management Committee is also bringing in new green initiatives, aimed
at reducing the Festival's carbon footprint to meet the growing
interests and needs of the festival attendees.
All summer long the festival will present close to a dozen events in
Toronto that will be of interest to everyone who likes to jump up and
celebrate, or simply to watch. Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2012 Line Up:
Official Launch and Tent Village - July 17, 2012: The official launch presents the activities for the Scotiabank Toronto
Caribbean Carnival Festival. It is a snapshot of the festivities. Here
you can experience the rhythms and vibes of Scotiabank Toronto
Caribbean Carnival and join in the celebration of the creative spirit
of Caribbean carnivals and other events happening in and around
Junior Carnival Parade and Family Day - 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.
Canada versus Jamaica Rugby League - 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.
FMC BBQ - July 25, 2012: BBQ being held at FMC Headquarters. Admission is FREE
Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival 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.
Carnival: Emancipation to Celebration - July 28, 2012: A unique display of the history and cultural significance of the
Carnival in the City of Toronto capturing the festival around the city
and featuring the pioneers of the festival with their recollection over
the years. Takes place at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Calypso Monarch Finals- 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.
Toronto Pearson Official Launch - July 31, 2012: Once again, Toronto Pearson collaborates with the Scotiabank Toronto
Caribbean Carnival to promote the festival at the gateway to the City
of Toronto with Caribbean entertainment and tastings.
King and Queen Competition and Show - 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 is a thrilling evening displaying the musical and tonal qualities
of the steel pan as members of the Ontario Steelpan Association compete
before a panel of judges. This show is the best opportunity to hear
this wonderful instrument in all its glory. This event highlights the
talent of pannists ranging in age from early teens to adults as they
perform their original renditions.
Beyond de lime - Fish Friday and J'ouvert - August 3 & 4, 2012: Fish Fry from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 am. Reminiscent of so many island beach
get-togethers, when seafood such as snapper, lobster, shrimp, conch, is
cooked fresh and the conversation of the night's events continues
through to the early morning hours.
Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade - August 4, 2012: After months of preparation, masqueraders in colourful and striking
costumes and steel pan bands whine their way from Exhibition Place
along a 3.5 kilometre stretch on Lakeshore Boulevard.
Beyond De Lime - Food Festival & Concert - August 5, 2012: Lime and Breakfast on South beach: Starting at 8:00 a.m., greet the
morning with a Caribbean beach breakfast - fresh juices, coconut
breads, fish and condiments that enhance the taste buds.
Closing Festival Church Service - August 12, 2012: We give thanks for all the festival sponsors, donors, partners,
participants and audiences for their support. This service takes place
at St. James Cathedral.
This is indeed the year for all things Caribbean in Toronto this summer.
The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is marking its 45th anniversary. Jamaican Canadians are marking the 50th anniversary of independence for Jamaica and Trinidadian Canadians are
marking the 50th anniversary of independence for Trinidad and Tobago.
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
festival. Corporate sponsors of this year's festival include:
Scotiabank, The Toronto Star, Sway Magazine, CTV, CP24, FLOW fm, WinTV,
WinRadio, General Motors, 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 Foods. 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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