Thursday 26 June 2014

UPDATED: Toronto Caribbean Carnival - Media Preview for Junior Parade on July 2nd

90 kids in costume at Wednesday's launch, Rathika and Raymond too

The Junior Carnival Parade Moving Back to Malvern
Media Launch/Preview on July 2, 2014
TORONTO, ON - The media is invited to join Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival's CEO Denise Herrera-Jackson, local MPPs, city of Toronto councillors, Scotiabank representatives and members of the Caribbean Canadian community for the releasing of information about this year's RELOCATED Junior Carnival/Family Day. The colourful 11.30 am media preview will be held at the soon-to-be-opened Malvern Family Resource Centre (90 Littles Rd).
The Festival Management Committee, members of the Toronto Mas Band Association and The Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes will be releasing key information about this year's Children's Parade and Carnival. Starring in the media preview with be 90 children in costumes (with signed model releases) from nine mas camps and will be showing their new Mas dance moves for the first time! There will also be Junior Calypso singers, a dance group and steelpan performances.
For the past two years, the Parade and Family Day has been staged in Downsview Park. However, since this summer the roads and bridge that the children danced along are slated to be closed for reconstruction, the parade is coming to the Malvern community. On Saturday July 19th, over 1,500 children in Mas costume will be taking to the streets between Malvern and Neilson Park south of Finch and Neilson Road for the annual parade.
Who: 90 children in mas costumes.
Jr steel pan orchestra (OSA), Jr calypso singers (OCPA)
MC Calypso star - Dick Lochan
Spokespeople from the Junior Carnival Parade, An MP and a city councillor and Scotiabank will speak at the press launch.
MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan, Scarborough Rouge River Riding
Councillor Raymond Cho Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River
Scotiabank branch manager  Michael Lawrence 
CEO Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Denise Herrera-Jackson
When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: 90 Littles Road (east of Morningside Ave and Sewells Rd)
What: The children will hold a short parade along Littles Road into the new Malvern Family Resource Centre. Parking available
For more information about the programs 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:
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. 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, OLG, The Toronto Star, CTV, CP-24, Virgin Radio, The Canadian Federal Government, The Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the Ontario Science Centre, and the Liberty Grand.
About Scotiabank
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  • For media inquires:

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

    Diana HartScotiabank, Public, Corporate & Government Affairs
    Phone: 416-866-7238
    Cell: 647-821-3849