Thursday, 26 July 2012

Monarch Finals for Calypso Finals



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MEDIA ALERT

KAISO 365: REIGNING CALYPSONIAN STRUCTURE TO DEFEND TITLE AT
2012 CALYPSO MONARCH FINALS
Saturday, July 28th, 2012
Start time 7 p.m.

OCPA FINALS TO TAKE PLACE AT P.C. HO THEATRE
5183 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough

What:        The 8 finalists from the July 7th and 8th preliminaries along with the 2011 Calypso Monarch Winner Structure shall perform two original songs in hope of clinching the prestigious 2012 Calypso Monarch award and Canada’s top Calypso prize.
Why:         Calypso is a unique part of the rich multicultural soundscape that is Canada’s World music scene.  It is an oral music tradition that has special meaning to the Caribbean people in Canada because it is a form of poetry of the people. Calypso is a powerful source of music and word play coupled together to tell us about ourselves as a people - where we came from and where we are going. Calypso is the heartbeat of life in the Caribbean and its sounds, rhythms and cadences evoke our past
and our sense of hope for the future. 
                  
Who:         In order of performance:
1. Pan Man Pat – Pat McNeilly
2. Beginner – Michael Moore
3. Connector - Joel Davis
4. Macomere Fifi – Eulith Tara Woods
5. The Crooner – Bill Newman
6. Dennis James – Dennis James
7. Calypso Web – Hamilton Alexander
8. Redman – Michael Thomas
9. Structure – Bryan Thornhill
 A tenth reserve singer, De Carra – Leslie Carrabon, will also be on hand.   Award-winning arranger Ossie Gurley will lead a 9-piece band.  Itah Sadu will host the evening’s  4-hour program and Special Guest is Britain’s 2011 Calypso Monarch Alexander D Great.
When:         Show starts at 7 p.m.  Tickets for this exciting annual event are $38. adv. / $42. door. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketgateway.com or at select outlets.
Where:     Chinese Cultural Centre’s P.C. Ho Theatre, 5183 Sheppard Avenue East. (Markham and Progress), Toronto.
How:          All registered Media with a Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Media Pass are welcome to cover the event.  www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com.

About The Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA)

The Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA) was founded in 1981 by community-oriented individuals who saw the need for an umbrella group to guide the growth and development of the Calypso art form in Toronto and Canada. The founding members recognized the power of Calypso to educate and entertain, to help people learn about their history, their present, their country and the world.

Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes
www.ocpacalypsoca.com
215 Spadina Ave. Suite 120, Toronto ON M5T 2C7
PH: 416-795-2722

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: info@ torontocaribbeancarnival.com.
Stephen Weir, Festival Publicist | Phone 416-489-5868 | Cell: 416-801-3101 | Email: Stephen@stephenweir.com
Darling Nicky, Cultural Liaison | Cell: 905-399-5322 | Email: darlingnicky.ca@gmail.com          


LGBT EVENTS IN TORONTO DURING CARNIVAL

LGBT EVENTS IN TORONTO DURING THE CARIBANA FESTIVAL


*Wednesday Aug 1 - DJ Blackcat upstairs at The Barn on Church St, unofficial Caribana weekend kickoff, 10pm

*Friday Aug 3 - HEAT at Pacha Lounge, hosted by Anopenmind group. Party for LGBT women and friends, featuring two female erotic dancers and DJs Unruly Twin and Lissa Monet 10pm (http://www.facebook.com/events/261580807274872/)

*Saturday Aug 4 - All Girls Caribana Long Weekend Extravaganza hosted by Pleasure Her Entertainment at Harlem Lounge, featuring DJ Blackcat, DJ Tri-Shy, and DJ Pleasure. 10:30pm (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002461431035)

*Sunday Aug 5 - Summer Breeze Street Party patio with DJ Blackcat and DJ Pleasure 3pm-10pm (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151917291620624&set=a.10151062944965624.782809.603455623&type=1&theater)

*Sunday Aug 5 - House of Monroe Summer Sizzle Ball at Zipperz/Cellblock patio, 6pm (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151917291620624&set=a.10151062944965624.782809.603455623&type=1&theater)

*Sunday Aug 5 - THE BIG EVENT - Go Hard "The Urban Jungle" at FLY nightclub, DJ Blackcat co-hosting with Big Primpin', also including DJs Unruly Twin, JJ Rock and the Yes Yes Y'all DJs, as well as a military mini-ball with House of Monroe expect hundreds upon hundreds of people! 10pm.