Shane Reid Mungal's "Pan on Broadway" dances away with the sixth annual Ontario Science Centre Innovation in Mas' Award at the 2015 Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto King and Queen Competition and Show

TORONTO, July 31, 2015 /CNW/ - It's magical when Broadway meets the Carnival! Last night, the Ontario Science Centre awarded the sixth annual Innovation in Mas' Award to Carnival Nationz, led by Marcus Eustace, for "Pan on Broadway" at the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto King and Queen Competition and Show at Lamport Stadium. "Pan on Broadway," designed and performed by Shane Reid Mungal , features the steelpan and celebrates the magic of theatre.

"For the sixth consecutive year, the Ontario Science Centre continues its partnership with the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto by presenting the Innovation in Mas' Award," said Vishnu Ramcharan, Community and Visitor Engagement Specialist, Ontario Science Centre. "Shane Reid Mungal's design truly represents the intersection of art and science, unanimously impressing the jury with its dedication to developing Mas' culture."

Created in 2010 to highlight the processes of innovating involved in costume-making, the Innovation in Mas' Award honours the designer whose creation best exemplifies the application of principles and practices of innovation that includes the scientific processes of risk-taking, problem-solving, along with daring perspectives in materials, mechanics and engineering and demonstrated consciousness of the values of community collaboration on the future generations and evolution this unique craftsmanship.   

This year's jury comprised:

  • Vishnu Ramcharan, Community and Visitor Engagement Specialist, Ontario Science Centre
  • Walter Stoddard, Researcher-Programmer, Ontario Science Centre
  • Francis Jeffers, Community Science Promoter: Executive Director, Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum

"The skills, attitudes and practices of innovation were evident at all of the Mas' camps we visited, making this year's competition extremely tight. At one point, we considered a three-way tie," said Walter Stoddard, Researcher-Programmer, Ontario Science Centre. "Shane Reid Mungal's sense of risk in his design and materials were the edge he needed to push his creation into the top spot."

Vishnu Ramcharan and Dr. Rita Cox, Member of the Order of Canada, presented Shane Reid Mungal with a unique, custom-designed trophy, which will remain at Carnival Nationz's  Mas' camp until the Ontario Science Centre's Community Day celebrations on September 26, 2015, when the designer will receive a commemorative copy of the trophy for permanent ownership. 

The Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 50 million visitors since it opened in 1969, implementing an interactive approach adopted by science centres around the world. Today, the Science Centre is a leader in free-choice science learning and a key player in Ontario's innovation ecosystem, offering lifelong learning through hands-on, engaging experiences. It is a prime venue for public dialogue about science, technology and society. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. As a publicly assisted organization, the Science Centre relies on generous individuals, corporations and foundations who share a commitment to science and education for additional operating support. For more information about the Ontario Science Centre, please visit

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Image with caption: "(L-R) Vishnu Ramcharan, Dr. Rita Cox, Innovation in Mas' Award recipient Shane Reid Mungal, Walter Stoddard and Francis Jeffers at the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto King and Queen Competition and Show. (Photo credit: Anthony Berot) (CNW Group/Ontario Science Centre)". Image available at:

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