Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Toronto @CarnivalSpotlight: EPIC CARNIVAL

FOR THE LOVE OF TORONTO CARNIVAL AND THE PRESERVATION OF CARIBBEAN CULTURE IN CANADA!

We love Carnival, we love Toronto, and we love to celebrate the beautiful elements of this Caribbean tradition! This year we’ll be featuring the details of ALL masquerade band’s presentation/costume details, to encourage carnival enthusiasts from within the GTA and internationally to take part in our city’s beautiful tribute to Caribbean culture: the Toronto Caribbean Carnival!

(*Unofficial reporting, based on our independent compilation)


BAND: Epic Carnival
2018 THEME: Epic Fantasy
BAND LAUNCH DATE: Saturday, March 24, 2018

BAND LEADER(S):

MAS CAMP LOCATION: 730 Military Trail, Scarborough
PHONE: 647-544-3627

EMAIL: epiccarnival2018@gmail.com
TWITTERwww.twitter.com/epiccarnival

For photos, pricing, and additional details, please connect with the bands and section leaders directly:

COSTUME SECTION 01: Blazing Phoenix
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @GemsOfSpice (swilliams1234@hotmail.com)
COLOURS: Red, orange

COSTUME SECTION 02: Guardian of the Glaciers
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @CarnivalStyles
COLOURS: Blue, white

COSTUME SECTION 03: Rebel Unicorn
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @Elle80s
COLOURS: Purple, white

COSTUME SECTION 04: Diamond Dust
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @Carnival.Dollz
COLOURS: Pink, white

COSTUME SECTION 05: Valhalla
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @Freyja_designs
COLOURS: Blue, gold

COSTUME SECTION 06: Khutulun
SECTION LEADER CONTACT: kenrick1002@gmail.com
COLOURS: Peach, orange, fuschia

COSTUME SECTION 07: Dracaras
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @Akiel.McLeod
COLOURS: Black, red

COSTUME SECTION 08: The Night's Watch
SECTION LEADER CONTACT: emilymflude@gmail.com or sealy@yorku.ca 
COLOURS: Green, teal

COSTUME SECTION 09: Mas on De Moon
SECTION LEADER CONTACT: jcarib8@bell.net
COLOURS: White, purple, fuschia

COSTUME SECTION 10: Myths of the Sea
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @epic_carnival
COLOURS: Tan, teal, blue
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We are here to support Toronto Carnival and promote Caribbean culture in Canada! We may not catch all details...but we're striving to be thorough! Please contact us at services@kyapublishing.com if we've missed anything or anyone!

SPONSORED BY @CARNIVALSPOTLIGHT

CARNIVAL SPOTLIGHT // Toronto’s former reggae dancehall princess Delia Chinn is drawn back into a seductive party lifestyle when she meets Jessica and Victor, members of the Groovy Massive soca dance group. Although Delia’s self-esteem is on the rise, it’s at the expense of her relationship with Ryan and their five-year marriage...a marriage that may not survive her first carnival season. // KYA PUBLISHING (2014)

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Pink's "Beautiful Trauma" Concert was Absolutely Outstanding (Toronto Review)

She was outstanding. Fantastic. And even that is an understatement. Last night's stop of Grammy-award-winning recording artist Pink's "Beautiful Trauma" tour was simply amazing.

We all know Pink can sing her ass off. Her vocals have been strong since day one. And day one was a looooong time ago, because most of us were first introduced to Pink around 2000 when she won her first Grammy for "Lady Marmalade" with Lil' Kim and Christina Aguilera...around those times. From 2001 and hits like "Just Like a Pill" from her "Missundaztood" album.

The greatest thing is to hear her sing live, and I can't believe it took me over 15 years to finally take part in her live experience.

And an experience it was! Right from the beginning, when she emerged upside-down from a hanging chandelier singing "Get the Party Started" it was a high-energy production. It was great to see how much she has developed as an artist. I remember Pink back in the day as a hip hop/R&B-style vocalist. She was fun and talented...but it was hard to predict that she would become this powerhouse!! "Get the Party Started" had an awesome remix featuring Redman, to the backdrop of the Eurythmics back then, and that was all I needed to hear to know she was dope.

From that funky young and vibrant dancing chick, Pink has evolved into this dynamic, acrobatic, bad ass vocal legend. Without missing a beat. Her dancing: still great. Her voice: still strong. Her performance: ridiculously impressive.

Born Alecia Moore in Pennsylvania 38 years ago, she received the nickname Pink around the age of 14, and has been known as that cool around-the-way-girl ever since then. Originally a part of an R&B group named choice in the mid-90s (courtesy of the powerful force that is LaFace), she ended up venturing out on her own and was off to a phenomenal start with her first album in 2000.

Not all of her albums were chart toppers, but she has celebrated many chart-topping hits over the years. "Fu*kin Perfect" and "Raise Your Glass" in 2010...and "One Last Kiss," "Try," and "Just Give Me A Reason" in 2012 from her "The Truth About Love" album to name a few.

The two nights Pink performed at the Air Canada Centre this week (March 20 & 21) were based on her latest album, 2017's "Beautiful Trauma." The set list contained a mix of all her beloved hits, and a sprinkling of new favourites-to-come from the new album. "Beautiful Trauma" debuted on the Billboard charts at #1, and "What About Us" continues to resonate on the airwaves.

She is a natural. A natural performer, an excellent songwriter, and I think this is the first time I really truly sat in awe of this woman. The concert's interludes were entertaining. Sometimes dancing, sometimes extended vocals from the band and backup singers...and even messaging via video as we waited for a costume change and song transition.

It reminded me that in her own humble way, Pink has been a symbol of strength, and fearlessness, confidence, and feminism for nearly two decades now. She has always been cool! Always spoken her mind, and lived authentically. She did hip hop when she felt like it, transitioned into ballads when the mood emerged, and could rock out with the best of them. Naturally.

I realized that her music is fluid, and transcends genre-classification. It is GOOD music, end of story. It's electrifying, and it's positive, and it feels good, and it sounds amazing. Her vocals have NEVER failed as an artist. If anything...they have improved over time. There are too many artists to name in the music industry who are only a distance shadow of their former selves, vocally. Pink has stepped into her career and her vocals have met her right there. This is impressive, as we know. Not everyone has it...but this lady. She has it: progressive longevity.

Her messaging centred around celebration of self, and confidence of self, and she spoke about her children Willow Sage and Jameson Moon, and had a couple of anecdotes about her husband, motorcross racer Carey Hart. She interacted with fans, and made us laugh. She reminded the audience about self-love, and shared her own personal journey and struggles with us. A role model with an edge, I think she represents everything that is great about womanhood. Her strength is palpable.

Throughout her career, Pink has sold 40 million albums, and over 50 million singles. She's won 3 Grammy awards, along with many other accolades. Self-described as a "tomboy/hippie/gangster," I believe there is a unique quality in this lady that speaks to music lovers of all preferences...because she can SANG, and because you can genuinely feel that she is being authentic to her self, her journey, and her own love and appreciation for various types of music.

And if the music appreciation wasn't enough...the acrobatics were out of this world. Jaw dropping. Literally. At the end of the night, after she had already performed a few stunts (i.e. singing on top of a floating bed, air-fighting an inflated Eminem figure, and spinning in a sensual duo during a ballad)...she catapulted from one side of the Air Canada Centre to the next, like nobody's business. Flipping, turning, twisting, and soaring...and still you couldn't even hear her pause to take a breath. Amazing!

She'll continue on to Montreal this Friday night (March 23), and won't return to Canada until later on the tour, May 12 in Vancouver, while she's on the west coast.

The tour started on the first of March, and will continue until the end of May in North America. Toronto is one of the few cities on the roster that was fortunate to have two shows. After a month's break, the tour will continue from July to September in Australia and New Zealand where Pink will perform multiple shows at various venues across the continent. I don't know much about the Australian Pink fanbase, but based on the numerous shows at each venue (in some cases for the entire week), the love for Pink must be beyond real, down under.

I have nothing but the utmost respect and love for this artist, and am so glad I organized myself enough to be there to witness her live performance this time around. Rest assured, I won't miss any more of them. I was thoroughly inspired by her strength and talent.



Written by Stacey Marie Robinson for Kya Publishing's "Urban Toronto Tales" blog.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

"RUM FOR BREAKFAST" Fete in Jamaica...Who Needs Ackee & Saltfish?


If I could just settle in Kingston, Jamaica for a full month before the actual road march, I would. The weekly events at the Bacchanal Jamaica mas camp and affiliated venues keep tempting me, but unfortunately I must settle for watching online from Toronto, and living vicariously through my smartphone and media updates.

Bacchanal Jamaica director Nicholas Franklin stated that RFB was added to the band's event calendar this year to treat loyal supporters and first-time masqueraders alike to a fresh new concept and venue.

Thanks to the Bacchanal Jamaica team and also Jahnai Productions & Management Services for keeping us in the loop on the activities, festivities, and official recaps! Here's a few photos from the RUM FOR BREAKFAST fete  and premium all-inclusive festivities that took place on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Hope Zoo from 5a.m. to 12p.m., courtesy of our friends at Bacchanal Jamaica!

KINGSTON, JAMAICA (March 2018) - Patrick the Hype Man, DJ Private Ryan and DJ Cruise kept the Bacchanal Jamaica Rum for Breakfast party vibes high going into the afternoon last Saturday.

The party truly got off the ground just after 8a.m. when the critical mass started to roll into the venue. By now DJ Cruise had warmed up the crowd turning them over to Patrick and DJ Private Ryan who whipped them into a musical frenzy.

"This is the perfect lead up to the climax of the season and has primed our revelers to come out and finish off the season with energy and excitement,” said Michael McMorris Bacchanal Jamaica director.

RUM FOR BREAKFAST event photos via Bacchanal Jamaica: 













Have you seen this year's costumes for the road, from Bacchanal? Check out their website and prepare to fall in love!


Toronto @CarnivalSpotlight: VENOM CARNIVAL

FOR THE LOVE OF TORONTO CARNIVAL AND THE PRESERVATION OF CARIBBEAN CULTURE IN CANADA!

We love Carnival, we love Toronto, and we love to celebrate the beautiful elements of this Caribbean tradition! This year we’ll be featuring the details of ALL masquerade band’s presentation/costume details, to encourage carnival enthusiasts from within the GTA and internationally to take part in our city’s beautiful tribute to Caribbean culture: the Toronto Caribbean Carnival!

(*Unofficial reporting, based on our independent compilation)














BAND: Venom Carnival
2018 THEME: Inked
BAND LAUNCH DATE: Saturday, March 17, 2018

BAND LEADER(S): Aneil Persad, Hayden Joseph

MAS CAMP LOCATION: 55 Nugget Avenue, Unit #10
PHONE:

EMAIL: info@venomcarnival.com
TWITTER: www.twitter.com/venom_carnival

For photos, pricing, and additional details, please connect with the bands and section leaders directly:

COSTUME SECTION 01: Calavera
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @novel_mas
COLOURS: Black, peach, teal

COSTUME SECTION 02: Acuarela
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @RebellienneDesigns
COLOURS: Teal, pink, yellow

COSTUME SECTION 03: Sakura
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @dreevayinc @shane_ramnarine
COLOURS: Pink, yellow

COSTUME SECTION 04: Samurai
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @badbreedcarnival @idirectorx
COLOURS: Black, gold

COSTUME SECTION 05: Malachite
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @hakwaito
COLOURS: Aqua, yellow

COSTUME SECTION 06: Koi
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @haydenmas0966
COLOURS: Pink, orange

COSTUME SECTION 07: Tatau
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @frolickmas
COLOURS: Pink, blue

COSTUME SECTION 08: Indigo
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @SugaCayne
COLOURS: Blue, white

COSTUME SECTION 09: Ta Moko
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @PlayMasWithJenny
COLOURS: Maroon, grey

COSTUME SECTION 10: Hieroglyphics
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @2getheras1fam
COLOURS: Neon yellow, pink, blue, purple

COSTUME SECTION 11: Tebori
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @DesigningDaryl
COLOURS: Tan, purple, teal, pink
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We are here to support Toronto Carnival and promote Caribbean culture in Canada! We may not catch all details...but we're striving to be thorough! Please contact us at services@kyapublishing.com if we've missed anything or anyone!

SPONSORED BY @CARNIVALSPOTLIGHT

CARNIVAL SPOTLIGHT // Toronto’s former reggae dancehall princess Delia Chinn is drawn back into a seductive party lifestyle when she meets Jessica and Victor, members of the Groovy Massive soca dance group. Although Delia’s self-esteem is on the rise, it’s at the expense of her relationship with Ryan and their five-year marriage...a marriage that may not survive her first carnival season. // KYA PUBLISHING (2014)

ORDER PAPERBACK BOOKCLICK HERE

ORDER EBOOKCLICK HERE

LISTEN TO THE @CARNIVALSPOTLIGHT SOCA SOUNDTRACK MIXED BY TORONTO'S @DJMAJESTY101CLICK HERE

Monday, March 19, 2018

Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2018 Band Launch Schedule

*Unofficial


KYA PUBLISHING LOVES CARNIVAL! The rhythm of carnival season is always exhilarating, from Trinidad to Jamaica to the U.S., and of course in our beloved Toronto, Canada! The band launch rollouts, the mas camp openings, Kiddie Carnival, and the anticipation of the road march day...we're looking forward to documenting the vibrance of this culture and the important role it plays for so many individuals in our city.

Here's an unofficial schedule of the official 2018 launches of the top Carnival bands in Toronto:

VENOM CARNIVAL @VenomCarnival
Saturday, March 17

EPIC CARNIVAL @Epic_Carnival
Saturday, March 24

TRIBAL CARNIVAL @TribalCarnival
Saturday, March 31

TORONTO REVELLERS @TorontoRevellers
Saturday, April 7

CARNIVAL NATIONZ @CNZInc
Saturday, April 14

SALDENAH CARNIVAL @SaldenahCarnival
Saturday, April 21

SUNLIME MAS @SunlimeMas
Saturday, April 28

FANTAZIA CARNIVAL @Fantazia_Carnival
Saturday, April 28

COSTUME CREATORS (647) 569-0919 / (416) 990-6737
Saturday, May 5

D’REGULARS @DNewRegulars
Saturday, May 5

ATLANTIC MAS @AtlanticMasToronto
Saturday, May 19

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For the Love of Toronto Carnival & the Preservation of Caribbean Culture in Canada!

Presented on behalf of @CarnivalSpotlight, the Toronto Carnival-focused novel from Kya Publishing.

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Listen to "Carnival Spotlight" Soca Soundtrack by Toronto's @DJMajesty101