Thursday 29 August 2013

Media Alert - Toronto Mass Choir to record live album - Juno winners

Experience a Live Worship Recording Concert
Featuring the Juno award winning Toronto Mass Choir
What: Live Recording Concert
Deadline: Special Perks end September 2, 2013
When: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM)
Where: Global Kingdom Ministries, 1250 Markham Road, Scarborough, ON, M1H 3B4
Tickets: Early Bird: $25.00 (Regular); $45.00 (VIP) before September 1, 2013
$30.00 (Regular) and $50.00 (VIP) after September 1, 2013
(VIP package includes preferred seating, no wait entrance, and a 25th anniversary commemorative gift.)
Toronto, ON, August 28, 2013 – The Juno award winning Toronto Mass Choir (TMC) plans to record their first live worship album "Made for Worship" this fall. The choir will record mostly original material and the album will feature some of the top musicians in Canada. By recording the live concert, TMC hopes that the resulting CD and video will accurately capture a live and spontaneous gospel music experience.
TMC is a Canadian gospel choir that incorporates contemporary gospel, traditional gospel and Caribbean music influences resulting in their own musical style.  The choir has received worldwide recognition and has toured in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Europe.  This concert will cap a year of celebration for the Toronto Mass Choir’s 25th anniversary.
With nine CD releases to date, TMC is adding a live worship CD recording to their already diverse collection.  For the first time, TMC is running a crowd-funding campaign through Indiegogo to support this new recording. The campaign’s video features choir director Karen Burke describing the vision for the project and ways to partner with TMC on their journey.
The fundraising campaign has several different donation levels with corresponding rewards, termed ‘perks’.  These perks include a 90 minute performance by the choir at your church, home, school or office, a digital download of the new CD, a weekend getaway, tickets to the live concert and a copy of the new CD.
The Indiegogo campaign page itemizes what expenses are required to make the live CD so supporters know exactly how the funds are being spent.
To view campaign perks and video go to or at To attend the live worship recording concert buy your ticket online at or order by phone at 1-877-700-3130.
About Toronto Mass Choir
Founded by Karen Burke and her husband Oswald in 1988, the Toronto Mass Choir (TMC) continues to be on the forefront of the Canadian gospel music scene bringing their distinct gospel sound to the world stage.
In 2003, TMC won the Juno Award for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year, the Vibe Award for Urban/Soul Album of the Year, and the Urban Music Association of Canada Award for Gospel Recording of the Year.  Visit  for more information.
Media Contact:
Robin J. Osbourne, Incre8mode Marketing Services, 416.570.5593,

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Monday 12 August 2013

Caribbean Magazine Launches At ROM Tuesday Night


Afrocaribe International Magazine will be hosting its official Toronto launch on Tuesday August 13, 2013 at The Royal Ontario Museum.  This diversity and lifestyle focused publication highlights the African and Caribbean diaspora filling a void within the Afro-Caribbean print publication selection.   The magazine was founded in Trinidad in 2009, and has grown to a circulation of over 500,000 in regions including NYC, the U.K. and Africa.

Entertainment for the evening will include award-winning singer Liberty Silver, Calypsonian sensation King Cosmos, and fashion from Fenix Couture.  All guests will receive a complimentary copy of the August 2013 issue.

The launch kick offs at 6:00 p.m. in the 5th floor restaurant  at The ROM located at 100 Queens Park.

Saturday 10 August 2013

The Award for Innovation in Mas
Goes to ‘The Hyper-Physical Being’
Toronto, ON (August 2, 3013) – With its ambiguous coils unraveling outwards and colourful wings reaching upwards, “The Hyper-Physical Being” is the winner of the Ontario Science Centre’s Award for Innovation in Mas presented last night at the King and Queen Competition at Lamport stadium. The spectacular creation was designed and built by Danzo Balroop and the team at Louis Saldenah’s Mas-K club.
The judging panel was made up of Walter Stoddard and Bernie Hillar of the Ontario Science Centre’s Science Content and Design Branch, and Dr. Marsha Haynes, Medical Liaison for Merck Canada, who participated in many carnivals in her native Trinidad.
“Tremendous research, problem-solving, experimentation and collaboration were clearly displayed at every camp we visited in the days leading up to the competition,” said Walter Stoddard. “’The Hyper–Physical Being’ incorporates structurally-challenging elements using twisted and coiled masts and rods, adding an element of complexity that made it stand apart.”
The annual Award goes to the Mas designer who best demonstrates the application of problem-solving, risk-taking and inspiration. The costume must show innovation in the use of materials, mechanics and engineering that permit movement, flexibility and durability. The award was created in 2010 to put a spotlight on the science of Mas, drawing attention to the processes involved in costume-making and recognizing the scientific merit of the engineers of these creative masterpieces.
About the Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre delights, informs and challenges the communities we serve, enriching people’s lives and understanding through engagement with science of local, national and global relevance. Since 1969, the Ontario Science Centre has welcomed over 45 million visitors, with an interactive approach that was the model for Science Centres around the world. It is the public centre for innovative thinking and provocative dialogue in science and technology, aiming to inspire a lifelong journey of curiosity, discovery and action to create a better future for the planet. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario. Please visit us at
About Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. In its 45th 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, Hip Hop, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. For complete listing information, visit



August 7, 2013 (Toronto) – For the second year, the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival will close with a Sunday Church Service. The Festival Management Committee welcomes the public to attend both a Closing Choral Evensong Service on Sunday August 11th (4.30 to 6.30pm).
The Closing Thanksgiving Service will take place Sunday August 11th at the Cathedral Church of St James.  The Anglican Church is located at 65 Church Street, Toronto, ON. The service will be led by The Right Reverend Dean Douglas Stoute.

The service is open to all. There is no charge.

About Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival 

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. 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, Chevrolet, The Toronto Star, CTV, CP-24, FLOW fm, Caribbean Connection, The Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, OLG. The Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Public Library, Eglinton Square Mall, and the Liberty Grand.

Sunday 4 August 2013



Toronto, August 4, 2013 – On behalf of the organizers, volunteers and revellers involved in today’s Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival parade, we would like to express our heartfelt sympathies to the friends and family of a young man who died in a tragic accident earlier today.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss,” said Denise Herrerra-Jackson, CEO Festival Management Committee. “The Toronto police are conducting a full and thorough investigation and we will assist them in any way we can.”


Stephen Weir