PASS THE TORCH Honours the Next Generation in Canadian Calypso Music
On Sunday, June 16 at the Krave Banquet Hall (55 Nugget Avenue, Scarborough), non-profit program PASS THE TORCH (PTT) will be honouring Mr. Dick Lochan aka "De Juice Man" through their work, in spirit, and for his legacy. The afternoon of music and culture will feature a mix of calypso performances and entertainment, while celebrating PTT's 15th anniversary. Festivities will continue on July 21 when they present the first Junior Calypso Competition in North America.
Perez initially began his music instruction from his home, and then continued at the Malvern Community Centre, teaching young people the values and elements of Caribbean culture and music, with a special emphasis on the composition and performance of calypso music. Aiming to help his students build confidence and a unique skill set through performance, Perez has led many talented musicians to produce recordings of their own work, with the musical supervision of Ossie Gurley. Some of his students have even continued on to record professionally, and have maintained their love for the arts.
This weekend, the tradition of sharing and creating music continues at Krave Banquet hall, uniting children, parents, and community in the name of culture.
Sunday's event will be hosted by Masahda and DJ Rex, with live performances from the Junior Calypsonians in addition to performances from Malay Walker, Pannist, Roots and Branches, and the Hummingbird Drummers. The winners of the June 9 and June 16 junior calypso tents will compete on July 21, with the chance to win prizes and recordings of their work.
|Photo via TorontoCaribbean|
For more information about Pass the Torch and the upcoming Junior Calypsonian competition, contact 647-857-1566 or 416-428-6253, or visit EventBrite to purchase your $25 ticket: . Tickets will be $30 at the door.
Written by Stacey Marie Robinson for Kya Publishing's "Urban Toronto Tales" blog.
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