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Caribbean culture celebrated through music, food and art in a weekend-long festival that bridges the gap between Canada and the Islands.

Discipline:

Venue:

Caliente Caribbean Latin Carnival

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Dance

Don’t just stand there, it's time to dance… Caliente style!

Roy Cape and the Kaiso All-Stars

8:00pm – 9:30pm

Music

Over the past two decades, Roy Cape and the Kaiso All Stars have earned the reputation as the most sought-after calypso brass band!

CANCELLED - Lord Nelson CANCELLED

9:30pm –11:00pm

Music

Catch this 79-year-old calypso legend in a rare live appearance! - CANCELLED

KOS (Kingdom of Soca) featuring Dr. Jay de Soca Prince, E-Man and more!

10:00pm –11:00pm

Music

One is a DJ, the other a steel pannist – together they’re the hottest soca party this side of the Caribbean!

Redpath Kids Crafts

12:00pm – 8:00pm

Craft

Family

Kids make beautiful beaded bracelets to wear!

Asheba

1:30pm

Family

Music

Children and parents alike will joyfully sing, clap and dance along to Asheba’s musical storytelling.

Children’s Workshop with Asheba

2:30pm

Family

Music

Learning

Kids learn to write their own musical tale!

Children’s Workshop with Asheba

3:30pm

Family

Music

Learning

Kids learn to write their own musical tale!

SOCASIZE with Ayanna Lee-Rivears

4:00pm

Dance

Learning

Burn up to 1,000 calories per hour with this creative blend of high/low impact aerobics combined with African and Caribbean dance movements.

Children’s Workshop with Asheba

5:00pm

Family

Music

Learning

Kids learn to write their own musical tale!

Kids' Craft: Music Shakers

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Craft

Family

Make a unique music shaker to add to the music of the weekend.

Empress Divine

6:30pm

Music

Empress Divine represents a diverse female sound with a mix of reggae music and dancehall.

Baby Boyz Dance Group

7:30pm

Music

Dance

Seven accomplished young men incorporate globally-inspired "urban" dance forms that involve popular reggae dance cultures to an irresistible effect!

Caribbean Folk Performers

8:30pm

Dance

Music

Theatre

These performers will regale you with bold colours, breathtaking moves and uplifting drumming, all while engaging in story telling!

Jam Dung Comedy Jam featuring Jay Martin

9:00pm

Theatre

What better way to warm up for a night of conscious reggae roots music than to be entertained by some authentic Jamaican comedy vibes featuring Jay Martin and more!

Queen Ifrica presented by State Farm

9:30pm –11:00pm

Music

One of today's crucial reggae figures with immense cross-over appeal performs with a powerful voice and pulsating rhythm!

Judgment Yard with DJ Patrick Roots

11:00pm – 2:00am

Music

It’s reggae, reggae, reggae until the early morn’!

Redpath Kids Crafts

12:00pm – 8:00pm

Craft

Family

Kids make beautiful beaded bracelets to wear!

Pass the Torch: The Calypso and Soca Project

1:00pm

Dance

Music

Pass the Torch is comprised of a group of talented youth performers who train and perform in calypso arts.

CaribbeanTales Film Festival Workshop

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Film

Learning

Learn about computer animation film making in this exciting workshop.

All About Miss Lou with Natalie Gyles

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Family

Music

Sit back and relax on the veranda and learn all about Miss Lou and the Anancy stories, then create your own.

The Ultimate Steel Pan Experience

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Music

Learning

Family

In this hands-on workshop, youth learn to play the only acoustic instrument invented in Trinidad in the 20th century!

Pan in the Park

2:00pm – 6:00pm

Music

Family

Steel pan players and ensembles jam in the park under the hot summer sun, staging a local interpretation of a traditional Trinidadian pan yard!

Panmasters Steel Orchestra

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Music

When four homesick pannists met and formed the Panmasters Steel Orchestra Band in 1989, they never dreamed they’d soon be one of the country’s best!

CaribbeanTales Film Festival

3:00pm – 9:00pm

Film

Take in the best of Caribbean cinema from all around the world during this not-to-be-missed film festival.

Melo’s Divine Delights

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Food

Chef Melody will use festival dumplings to demonstrate an innovative approach to the presentation of vegan/vegetarian gourmet cuisine.

The Ultimate Steel Pan Experience

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Music

Learning

Family

In this hands-on workshop, youth learn to play the only acoustic instrument invented in Trinidad in the 20th century!

Conjo: Head Wrapping Expose and Workshop

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Learning

Family

Craft

Have you ever wanted to wear a head wrap, or learn how to wrap the fabric to be used as a headdress? Explore the significance, benefits and history of wraps/head coverings from around the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora and globe.

Best Caribbean Dumplings in Toronto Cook-Off

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Food

The Real Jerk and Caribbean Roti Palace cook-off for true dumpling supremacy!

Kids' Craft: Music Shakers

5:00pm – 8:00pm

Craft

Family

Make a unique music shaker to add to the music of the weekend.

Silhouette Steel Orchestra

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Music

One of Canada’s premier steel pan ensembles!

CANCELLED - Stars Amongst Stars and Guests

7:00pm

Dance

Family

CANCELLED - Young dancers showcase their skills!

Hollywood Presents: Knew Skool vs Old School

7:30pm

Dance

A look at the foundation of urban dance styles, from hip hop to dance hall, and their evolution.

The Melodians

8:00pm – 9:00pm

Music

One of Jamaica's greatest rocksteady groups, the band’s hit “Rivers of Babylon” became an anthem of the Rastafarian movement.

Caliente Caribbean Latin Carnival

9:15pm

Dance

Don’t just stand there, it's time to dance… Caliente style!

Frankie Paul

9:30pm

Music

This talented multi-instrumentalist with a tremendous vocal range has been dubbed “Jamaica's Stevie Wonder.”

Zion Train with Natty B and Special Guest DJ

11:00pm – 2:00am

Music

Natty B spins the freshest selections of reggae music into the wee hours of the morning!

Redpath Kids Crafts

12:00pm – 6:00pm

Craft

Family

Kids make beautiful beaded bracelets to wear!

Carnival Faces Move to the Music

1:30pm – 5:30pm

Family

Visual Arts

Dance

Have your face painted, inspired by photographs from the Children’s Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, and then move to the music with our salsa workshop for kids, led by Caliente Drum and Danz and guest salsa champions.

SOCASIZE Kids

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Dance

Family

Learning

SOCASIZE Kids is one of the most innovative and exciting dance/fitness program that allows kids to embrace and participate in recreation other than traditional sports.

Pan in the Park

2:00pm – 6:00pm

Music

Family

Steel pan players and ensembles jam in the park under the hot summer sun, staging a local interpretation of a traditional Trinidadian pan yard!

Conjo: Head Wrapping Expose and Workshop

2:30pm – 4:30pm

Learning

Family

Craft

Have you ever wanted to wear a head wrap, or learn how to wrap the fabric to be used as a headdress? Explore the significance, benefits and history of wraps/head coverings from around the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora and globe.

CaribbeanTales Film Festival

2:30pm

Film

Take in the best of Caribbean cinema from all around the world during this not-to-be-missed film festival.

Afropan

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Music

Don’t miss Toronto's oldest and most successful steelband!

Chef Washington's Ox Tail Dumplings

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Food

Chef Washington from Room Service restaurant will demonstrate how to cook ox tail dumplings!

La-toya Fagon's West Indian Cuisine

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Food

Italian meets West Indian cuisine in Twist Catering Services's chef La-toya Fagon’s recipes!

Pan Fantasy

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Music

Over the past 22 years the band has grown from an intimate group of players to an impressive collective of vibrant musicians. Check them out!