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TORONTO CARNIVAL KICKOFF: Get out your costumes and dance shoes!

Move over, Toronto Pride!

There’s a much more colourful and happier festival happening in Toronto.

The Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting four-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine and revelry.

It is the largest cultural event in Canada and the largest outdoor festival in North…


Added by Icom on July 14, 2018 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Saint Lucia Carnival 2018 Calypso Monarch finalists

The finals of the National Calypso Monarch competition will be held this coming Saturday 14 July 2018 at The Sab, Vigie, Saint Lucia.

Here are the calypsonians set to compete against defending monarch Mighty Pep:


Lady Leen



Added by Icom on July 14, 2018 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Carnival in Vogue

Even international Vogue has cottoned on to the wonder and source of joy that is Carnival. Last month, the magazine published an article online detailing five Caribbean carnivals not to be missed, and, alongside Grenada’s Spice Mas, Barbados’ Cropover and Bermuda and Saint Lucia’s carnivals, our very own Notting Hill spectacular was one of them.

The article, which also includes a short glossary of important…


Added by Icom on July 14, 2018 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Alison Hinds heads to Rotterdam

The Queen of Soca herself, Alison Hinds, is replacing Wyclef Jean on Saturday 28 July as part of the Rotterdam Unlimited five-day festival. After Wyclef unexpectedly had to cancel his entire European tour, organisers Ducos Productions and Mojo Concerts are happy to welcome one of the world’s best-known soca stars to Rotterdam. Mojo Concerts stage 150 shows annually, hosting performers like Beyonce and Ed Sheeran. The outdoor stage show at Hofplein, a…


Added by Icom on July 11, 2018 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Fireman Hooper retains Soca Monarch crown with an Amen

By the sound of it – and from the videos we’ve seen – the 2018 Vincy Ragga and Soca Monarch competitions were a big success. Fireman Hooper retained his crown with a performance of Amen, his 2018 Vincy carnival hit.

The results are as follows.

Ragga Soca Monarch:

1st. Fimba…


Added by Icom on July 10, 2018 at 10:31pm — No Comments

Cheats trying to enter Crop Over events with fake tickets

Event promoters are being encouraged to be on the look out this Crop Over season for an ever increasing number of people who are trying to get into events with fake tickets.

Several individuals were turned away from fetes last weekend after they showed up with knock-off tickets.

And while there have been such attempts in…


Added by Icom on July 10, 2018 at 10:26pm — No Comments

How to party like Rihanna at Crop Over, Barbados

As a general rule, I am never the last one standing at a party. My ideal night out ends before the clock strikes midnight. So it was unusual to find myself at a party in Barbados that didn’t start until midnight — and ended at 7am. 

The Foreday Morning Jam is one of the highlights of Crop Over, the 200-year-old Barbados carnival that celebrates the end of the sugar-cane season and fills the summer with…


Added by Icom on July 10, 2018 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Barbados: Soca on the Beach cancelled after complaints about endangering turtles

Hours after the Sea Turtle Project accused the organisers of the Soca on the Beach of endangering the sea turtle habitat at Drill Hall Beach, the event has been cancelled.

This afternoon representatives from Yello Barbados and 4D Entertainment met with acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw; Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey; Minister of the Environment and National…


Added by Icom on July 6, 2018 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Understanding the Business of Carnival

The OECS Commission has partnered with The Business of Carnival – a video series designed to educate persons based in the Caribbean and across the world about the legal and business matters associated with the carnival industry.

Through its talk show format, host and show producer Carla Parris chats with a selection of major stakeholders in the industry such as photographers, events producers, carnival…


Added by Icom on July 6, 2018 at 8:44pm — No Comments

More than Carnival: Caribbean events you don’t want to miss in July/Aug

The July/August vacation is here. Known as summer in temperate countries, this is the time of year when people are travelling and looking for fun events to attend. In the Caribbean and the diaspora, this is the time of year when there is a slew of Carnivals from St Vincent to New York but in the region, there is so much more happening in addition to Carnival. So if Carnival is not really your cup of tea, here are seven major non-Carnival events you…


Added by Icom on June 28, 2018 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Top Caribbean entertainers & DJs for 2018 DC Carnival Experience

Washington, DC (Sonique Solutions) – Following a collection of highly successful warm up events commencing in the month of March, all roads now lead to ‘Destination DC Carnival Experience’ which will feature exciting, major Caribbean cultural festivities.

These events will not only coincide with the US’ 4th of July celebrations but will showcase key artistes and DJs from…


Added by Icom on June 28, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons and Shenseea Rocked BET Experience Live

This past weekend, the star-studded BET Experience Weekend hit the Staples Center in Los Angeles, leading into the BET Awards held Sunday June 24th. On Friday, July 22nd BET Experience Live featured VP Records artists Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons. The show also featured a special 25th anniversary Reggae Gold Tribute by dancehall sensation Shenseea whose "Nothing Dem Nuh Have Ova Mi" is featured on this year's album. Other artists who performed…


Added by Icom on June 28, 2018 at 12:24pm — No Comments

The Caribbean Carnivals You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer

This is the eighth time I’ve found myself squeezed between strangers belting out lyrics in unison below a truck’s booming music. “Vibes up from the time that we reach. Drinks up, now the madness release. We having a good time, having a good time. We don't have no time for bad mind.” We raise our plastic cups to the moving bar beside us to receive another splash of rum, our energy drink of choice for the next eight hours.…


Added by Icom on June 26, 2018 at 1:19pm — No Comments

The 2018 Barbados Soca Bashment competition

Twenty five performers are taking part in the semi-final of the Yello International Bashment Soca Monarch Competition, and it’s an online vote to decide who goes into the final – so you get to choose. The competition has now reached beyond the shores of Barbados, and includes entries from the likes of Dynamite from St. Vincent, Da Real Champ from St. Lucia and, from Guyana, Rubber Waist.

Vote for your…


Added by Icom on June 26, 2018 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Vincy Mas 2018 Soca Monarch semi-finalists

Vincy Mas introduced their Soca Monarch Semi Finals in 2017 to make the overall competition for the crown of Soca Monarch a fairer one. It meant that the artists’ live performances, as opposed to recorded music, are judged at an earlier stage.

A great success last year, the event has been retained for the 41st Vincy Mas in 2018. The semis begin at 8pm on Saturday 23 June, at the ET Joshua Tarmac in Arnos…


Added by Icom on June 20, 2018 at 4:04pm — 1 Comment

Granddaughter of Trinidad's 'Father of Soca' Eyes BET Music Award

Nailah Blackman nominated for BET award The 20-year-old granddaughter of Trinidad's 'Father of Soca,' Nailah Blackman's catchy Caribbean compilation has won support across the region.

Music lovers from across the continent have embraced young Caribbean artist Nailah Blackman and may yet win her Black Entertainment Television's (BET) Viewer's Choice: Best New International…


Added by Icom on June 20, 2018 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Colour, music and fun in St. David’s

St David’s was a cacophony of colour this morning as thousands gathered to watch and take part in the National Heroes Weekend Parade of Bands.

Soca music pumped out from the main roundabout into Southside all the way to Clearwater Beach where the festivities began.

Band members were dressed in brightly coloured feathers and dazzling jewels for Bermuda’s fourth…


Added by Icom on June 18, 2018 at 9:07pm — 1 Comment

Review: Machel Montano ‘Pure’ Music Concert

Bermuda Heroes Weekend came alive early Monday morning when soca king Machel Montano graced the stage at Pure.

The annual white fete, put on by Wild Apache Promotions, was set to be the biggest event of the weekend and it certainly lived up to expectations.

Bermuda Carnival or #BHW is now in its fourth year and this is the first year Machel has performed at the…


Added by Icom on June 18, 2018 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Saint Lucia's Carnival Fete Calendar: Get Ready to Party

St Lucia’s Carnival is almost here and already the vibe is in the air for what promises to be another exciting Carnival.

As we countdown the days to Carnival on July 18 and 19, we are getting our shoes, outfits and energy together for the next few weeks of partying. If you haven’t planned your parties yet or don’t know which party to attend, here is a list of fetes you don’t want to…


Added by Icom on June 16, 2018 at 11:31am — 2 Comments

International Superstars Music Artists Perform at the Hollywood Carnival’s Culture Village Saturday, June 23 @ Hollywood Blvd

The 7th Annual Los Angeles Culture Festival (LACF)returns, bigger and better than ever! On Saturday, June 23, 2018, Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles will miraculously transform into a Grand Carnival and Street Extravaganzawith a parade that ends at the Carnival Culture Village.

Soca Music King Machel…


Added by Icom on June 16, 2018 at 11:28am — No Comments

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