Friday, 17 July 2015


Winner of Last Year's Canadian Pan Alive Competition Representing Canada in International Competition and Performing Twice in Toronto Next Week!

PAN FANTASY STEELBAND steps up to the challenge to represent Toronto Canada At the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND PANORAMA 2015 which will take place in Trinidad from August 4th to 11th.

Pan Trinbago will host this International spectacle embracing all international playing steelbands along side the winning steelbands of the Panorama Competition 2015 from Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday August 9th.  Pan Fantasy Steelband one of Toronto’s top steelband and the winners of Pan Alive 2012, 13, 14 competitions is truly excited to Represent Toronto and Canada in this world class Panorama Competition.

The band will be taking 60 players under the leadership of Wendy Jones and executive members to compete in this ICP Panorama. The group is also still seeking sponsors to help offset the cost of this trip. Please Contact Wendy 416-525-2391.

Pan Fantasy Steelband will also be competing at the Annual OSA Pan Alive Competition which is being held at Lamport Stadium at 7:00pm Friday July 31st alongside nine other Toronto steelbands.

Pan Fantasy will be one of the participating bands at Pan Arts Network & Fort York New Generation Steelband Festival scheduled for Sunday July 19th  2:00pm til 8:pm this is a Free open event for families and friends.  

Stephen Weir &Associates |
109 Castlefield Avenue, Toronto, ON
Tel: 416-489-5868 | cell: 416-801-3101 twitter: sweirsweir 


picture from last year's Kiddies Carnival - weir

Editor's Note - Strong possibility that the Premier and Justin Trudeau will attend. Mayor Tory will attend. Will advise if/when guest list is confirmed 

Media Alert: 1,500 children in mas costumes will be jumping up in Malvern on Saturday, July 18th beginning at 11 am. Ribbon cutting at 10.35

The Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Junior Parade begins at 10.35 a.m. with over 1,500 junior masqueraders, Soca and Calypso Music, Caribbean Food and more!

Toronto, ON (July 17, 2015) - The media are invited to join local politicians, civic leaders, and Festival CEO Denise Herrera-Jackson and CAO Chris Alexander to the kickoff  ribbon cutting ceremony for the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s Junior Carnival Parade at 10.35 a.m. on Saturday, July 18th. The ribbon cutting will take place south of the intersection of McLevin Ave and Neilson Road. 

The brief launch ceremony will be followed by a 1.1 km long colourful parade of over 1,500 children in Mas costumes.  At the end of the 3-hour event, there will be a Family Day party - "Las Lap in De Park" at Neilson Park.

What:  The Junior Carnival Parade involves children, from 6 months to 16 years old, in Mas costumes from 9 Mas camps. The parade and party is the first large event of the 3-week summer festival.  The children will assemble at the Malvern Community Centre, parade west on McLevin to Neilson Road and then North on Neilson Road to the Neilson Park.

Why:   The annual parade introduces children to the traditions of Carnival. 1,500 children are expected to take part. The junior Mas players, grouped into 9 different Mas camps, will be judged by a panel of professional judges.  
           When: Saturday July 18, 2015

            Ribbon cutting at 10:35 a.m. 

Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. and is scheduled to end at 2:00 p.m. 

After the parade is a Family Day Party with junior Calypso Singers, Junior Steel Pan Orchestras and Caribbean Food in Neilson Park. The results of the parade will be announced at the party, which ends at 8:00 p.m.
Picture from last year's Family Fair following parade

Where: McLevin/Sewells Road/Neilson Road the Malvern and Neilson Parks.
 All media are welcome to cover the event. THE PARADE WILL TAKE PLACE RAIN OR SHINE. The public is encouraged to attend this FREE event.

For more information, please visit 


Media Contacts

Stephen Weir
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Publicist
Phone 416-489-5868
Cell: 416-801-3101

Friday, 10 July 2015


Church Service to open the Festival

Invitation to the Media and the Public

The media and the public are invited to attend the opening service of the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival 2015 Festival at the Anglican Church of the Nativity, July 12th, 2015 at 10.00am. Following the service light refreshments will be served. 

The Anglican Church welcomes visitors of all faiths. It will be an Anglican Service that will be celebrated. This is a Free Event.

The Church is located in Malvern at 10 Sewells Road, Scarborough, Ontario. Parking is limited, however visitors may park at the nearby Malvern Mall’s parking lot. 

The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, and revelry as well as visual and performing arts. 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, Salsa, Zouk, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands celebrating the Carnival of the Americas. The Festival Management Committee oversees the running of North America's largest outdoor festival. 

Corporate sponsors / partners of this year's festival include: Scotiabank, OLG, The Toronto Star, CTV, CP-24, The Canadian Federal Government, The Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto,  the Ontario Science Centre, Exhibition Place, the Liberty Grand and Porter Airlines.

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $47 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at

For more information about the programmes and events, please visit the festival's official website at The Festival Office is located at 19 Waterman Avenue.

Contact info: Tel: 416-391-5608; Email: 

For media inquires:
Stephen Weir
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Publicist 
Phone 416-489-5868 
Cell: 416-801-3101 

Monday, 6 July 2015



Official Launch of STCC Kicks Off at David Pecault Square

Over 100 masqueraders will be on the Square to pose for pictures

MEDIA ADVISORY: The Official Launch of the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Kicks Off at David Pecault Square

100 Masqueraders, Soca and Calypso Music, Caribbean Food and More

TORONTO, ON - (July 02, 2015) - The media are invited to join Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Coteau, Mayor John Tory, Scotiabank VP of the Toronto East District Christine Williams, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders, Ontario Science Centre CEO Maurice Bitran, Festival CEO Denise Herrera-Jackson and CAO Chris Alexander, members of the Canadian Caribbean community to kick off the 48th annual Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7 at David Pecault Square.

The NOON HOUR launch showcases the many events that will entertain and energize Toronto leading up to the Grand Parade on Saturday, August 1. Hosted by CTV Toronto's Colin D'Mello and CP24's Pooja Handa, the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2015 launch will be followed by a colourful parade of over 100 Mas players, Salmon Cupid and the All-Stars (steel pan), calypso singers and Caribbean dancers. Caribbean food vendors will be on-site with free entertainment to follow.

National anthem at 11:55 a.m. sharp. Speeches from 11:59 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Caribbean entertainment until 2 p.m.

David Pecault Square, Metro City Hall at 215 King St. West.

All media are welcome to cover the event. The public is encouraged to attend this FREE event.