Experienced hand at the wheel of Toronto’s Carnival. Curtis Eustace now the Parade Manager
Toronto, ON, 05.01.2013 – The Festival Management Committee announced today that Curtis Eustace has been named the Parade Operations Manager for this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade. The Parade annually attracts over 1-million spectators and participants.
Curtis Eustace is an experience parade organizer, cultural event promoter and participant in Carnival style events in Toronto and throughout the Caribbean. He replaces long-time parade manager Sam Lewis who retired at the end of the 2012 festival.
Mr. Eustace is the founder and bandleader of two very successful Mas Bands in Toronto - Carnival Nationz and the All Spice Mas Band. He has been an integral member of the Toronto Mas Band Association for over a decade, and was founding board member of the Festival Management Committee (the non-profit board that oversees the annual Toronto festival).
In 2012 Mr. Eustace was named as one of the top 50 persons of Caribbean Heritage living in Canada and promoting Caribbean culture. Mr. Eustace is revered in Trinidad, the birthplace of the Carnival parade. He has won the title of King of Carnival of Trinidad and Tobago a record nine times! As well Mr. Eustace has promoted and managed large scale concerts and cultural events in Toronto.
“ This is a key appointment for the festival,” explained festival CEO Denise Herrera-Jackson. “Curtis responsible for the efficient planning and execution of the Grand Parade for the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival and the execution of the of Junior Carnival Parade as well. Curtis will make sure that all of the bands get out on the parade route and that we put on the BEST show that Toronto is ever going to see!”
The Junior Parade will be held Saturday July 20th at Downsview Park in North Toronto. The Grand Parade will be held on Saturday August 3 along Toronto’s Lakeshore Blvd.
About Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival
The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. Now in its 46th year, it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the great metropolis of Toronto and its environs will come alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. The Festival Management Committee oversees the running of North America’s largest outdoor festival.
Corporate sponsors of this year’s festival include: Scotiabank, The Toronto Star, CTV, CP-24, FLOW fm, The Canadian Federal Government, The Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, The Government of Canada, Tourism Toronto, The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Ontario Place, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Public Library, Liberty Grand, and Grace Kennedy Foods.
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. Media Info: Stephen Weir Festival Publicist. Phone 416-489-5868 Cell: 416-801-3101 Email: Stephen@stephenweir.com