Caribana 2009
Caribana 2009

Over the past couple of weeks, we have provided and discussed about the different events, jams and activities surrounding this year’s Caribana.  Whether it be Pan Alive, the plethora of nightlife this weekend or breakfast club…there are a multitude of things to do and see.  So, it is only fitting that we give you our ideal itinerary for the perfect Caribana weekend.  From a thought-provoking art exhibition, lots of whining to celebrating with a recently signed Ford model (and we’re praying that she brings along one of our idols!), this Caribana weekend just became FRESHLY.EDUCATED…naturally!

thursday july 30 2009

Scotiabank Caribana King & Queen Show:

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Location: Lamport Stadium; 1151 King Street West
Date: Thursday, July 30, 2009; 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
Cost: Individual Tickets $ 27.00; $35 at door

“On the Thursday evening before Caribana Day, the Kings and Queens of the Bands meet to do battle. Like peacocks they will primp and preen, eliciting “oohs” and “aahs” from the audience. It is an honour for any participant to be enthroned the King or Queen of Scotiabank Caribana 2009. The King and Queen symbolically have the keys to the city, freedom of the streets. Their movements are supposed to be uninhibited. Band members and onlookers alike are to give them the respect, even if mockingly, usually accorded to real-life royalty.”


friday july 31 2009

Getting a Cut @ Onyx Barbers:

index_r1_c1219A Yonge Street
(416) 363-8408

“Arrive early (and we mean 11am when they open early) as it will be another packed day for Onyx, especially because of the start of Caribana weekend.  Always need to maintain yourself first, make sure your line-up is on point as this weekend will be the weekend.”

“Beyond The Rhythm” – Art Exhibition:

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Location: Royal Ontario Museum; 100 Queen’s Park
Date: July 23 to August 3, 2009
Cost: The Scotiabank Caribana Festival features a fantastic discount rate. Adult $18.00

“A Visual Art presentation of 50 works on canvas, celebrating our survival and accomplishments, beyond the bounds of hardship and sorrow.

Beyond the Rhythm – produced by the Association of African Canadian Artists – is the Scotia Caribana 2009 Visual Art Exhibition – On display from July 23rd to August 3rd, at the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada’s largest and the fifth largest museum in North America.

The quality of this art exhibition and the majesty of the venue makes this event a growing highlight of the line-up of Scotiabank Caribana events.

The exhibit consists of 50 large 3’X4’ canvases, created by twenty-five artists – 11 male and 14 female – ranging in age from the 20’s to the 60’s – half of the artists born outside of Canada (Caribbean, Africa, England, and America) and bring to their canvases – their difference, their history and their struggles.

Each of the works were created and inspired by the poem “Beyond the Rhythm” written by the exhibit curator Joan Butterfield:

It’s the rhythm of our journey that has kept us alive,
it’s our strength as a people that helped us survive.

It’s more than the rhythm that set us free,
we are more than what you imagine us to be.

We are people proud of who we are,
and all that we have accomplished thus far.

We do more than play ball, bop and jive,
we have achieved much more in our lives.

We are artists, writers and teachers too,
read about us in the pages of who’s who.

Doctors, Scientists and Inventors – that’s what we are,
in spite of the obstacles we have come so far.

Business owners and corporate CEO’s,
actors and director’s of Broadway shows.

Houses in the country, condos downtown,
mega yachts floating leisurely in the sound.

We are proud mothers, fathers and children who,
have hopes and dreams for our families too.

{Welcome} Amber Rose and Friends to Caribana:


Location: Level+ Suite 106 + Wetbar; 102-106 Peter Street
Date: July 31 2009
Cost: $30 regular tickets; more at door

“From the people who brought us Mood Music and SNL, this is going to be by far one of the best Caribana parties this weekend.  If you’ve ever been to any of their jams, you know it’s going to be phenomenal, period.  Sweet music + Sexy crowd + hosted by a Ford model (and let us reiterate, hopefully one of our idols) = what else could you possibly ask for?  Expect the unexpected Friday night.  Oh yes, not only is this the best party for Friday night, it is by far one of the most recession-proof as well!

Toronto, New York, Montreal, Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, Ottawa, Chicago, Hamilton & More…
The Party • The Bashment • The Fete

Hosted by the gorgeous Amber Rose, come party with the flyest chick in the game as she & her friends experience their first Caribana! Newly signed to Ford Models (world’s top agency) make sure you step your fashion game up and come correct!

• Ford Model AMBER ROSE & Friends
• Future the Prince (Drake’s Official DJ)
• Canada’s funniest comedian/MC, Trixx
& many celebrity friends to be announced…

Future the Prince • D’Enforcas • DJ John J • Black Reaction • DJ Capone •DJ Spoonz • Infinity Sound
Welcoming special guest DJs from New York, ATL & Miami

One complex, 3 venues, capacity for 2500+
Level Bottom Floor: Club Anthems• Hip Hop • Crunk • Soca• Dancehall
Level Top Floor: Soca • Reggae
Suite 106: R&B • Oldschool • Lovers Rock • Mood Music™
Wetbar Indoor/Outdoor Patio: Hip Hop • R&B • Mash-Ups

Keep it Clean, Sexy & Fly.
Ladies & Gents, show Miss Rose that flyness exists in TO!
No overly baggy clothing, fitted hats or sneakers.


Breakfast Club @ Mars:

3277382631_0dbb0996be2363 Yonge Street
(416) 322-7111

“One of the best greasy spoons in the city, breakfast is served around the clock on Fridays and Saturdays.  Look for eggs served many ways (Benedict, Benjamin, Florentine, with onions, with steak, and omelettes), as well as Belgian waffles, French toast, and “griddle cakes”, freshly baked muffins, and cereal. You’ll also find gut-busting sandwiches (corned beef, Ruben, and BLTs) and lighter fare (salads and home-made soup).”

saturday august 1 2009

Scotiabank Caribana Parade:

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Location: Exhibition Place & Lake Shore Blvd
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2009;  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Cost: Individual Tickets $ 18.00

“Frequented by over 1.3 million visitors each year and pumping an estimated $100 million into the city’s economy, the world-famous Caribana parade is billed as North America’s largest street festival.  Caribana was introduced to Canada by immigrants from Trinidad and Tobago. Caribana is another word for Carnival that is held in Trinidad and Tobago and other countries in the Caribbean. Much of the music associated with the event, such as steel pan, soca (calypso), etc. originated in Trinidad and Tobago. Caribana has expanded to include the carnival traditions and music of many Caribbean nations, notably reggae, which originated in Jamaica.  This showcase event features an incredible display of colours and pageantry. Toronto will come alive with the sights and sounds of Carnival.”


Caribana After Parade Fusion:

cmitemvalue_110_591_event5_bigLocation: Lamport Stadium; 1151 King Street West
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2009; 8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Cost: $40

“With the plethora of nightlife going on in the entertainment district, it’s a breath of fresh air to get away from it all for one night. After having fun on the Lakeshore, come and enjoy a spectacular open-air evening concert celebrating carnival music in all the latest flavours.  This is the perfect setting to wind-down after a day of whining and sun!”

sunday august 2 2009

Late Brunch @ Aunties and Uncles:

20080131_auntiesanduncles74 Lippincott Street
(416) 324-1375

“One of Toronto’s best (and most popular) casual brunch spots, by far. The food is always cooked to perfection, even when the joint is busy, the atmosphere is really laid back, service is without pretention (though may come across as a bit grumpy) and the décor is fun (as there’s lots of cute little retro accents and nicknacks to check out while you wait).  They’re known for two things at Aunties & Uncles: their potatoes (made with this awesome mayo/dijon sauce) and the challah bread they serve with almost everything. It’s total soul food. French toast made with challah and served with poached pear. Oh god, mouth orgasm.  Just make sure to get here early to avoid the lineups.”

De Scotiabank Caribana Lime:


Location: Ontario Place; 955 Lakeshore Blvd.
Date: Sunday, August 2, 2009; 12:00 – 8:00 pm
Cost: $14 includes ground admission to Ontario Place

“On Sunday August 2nd, the Ontario Place grounds will come alive with a celebration of Caribbean song, dance, theatrical drama and story telling.  The ‘De Caribana Lime’ celebrations at Ontario Place will highlight the various talents and cultures of the Caribbean people. The pageantry and celebrations are a part of the 42nd year of North America’s largest outdoor festival.”



Location: Lot 332; 332 Richmond Street
Date: Sunday, August 2, 2009
Cost: $20

This Caribana Sunday LOT 332 presents ‘CLIMAX’, an event for those who aren’t looking to fork out all their hard earned dough on sky high admission prices. The sound track for the night will be provided by none other than Nostalgia’s Max B, MORE’s Dj Agile, and FLOW93.5’s Tricky Moreira, and Spoonz. Playing Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae, House, and Soca.

For $10 g-list please email climaxglist@gmail.com. Cover is $20 all night long.

monday august 3 2009

Late Dim Sum @ Fisherman’s Villa:


25 Glen Watford Drive
(416) 321-1624

“Their re-grand opening of the restaurant pricing has the masses flocking to dim sum, as $1.50 a plate (usually $2 to $3 a plate) fills the belly.  From the famous har gow (shrimp dumpling) to cheung fun (rice noodle roll), dim sum always hits the spot!  Be sure to arrive early or have lots of patience, as civic holidays usually bring in families.  Sidebar, the best (and most authentic) Chinese restaurants are in the Scarborough/Markham area (as most immigrants from China and Hong Kong settle in these two areas).”

TD Canada Trust Irie Music Festival:

n98033105770_5196Location: Queen’s Park
Date: Monday, August 3, 2009; 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost: Free

“Created as a unifying symbol of Toronto’s diversity, the TD Canada Trust Irie Music Festival is an opportunity to promote a greater understanding between the diverse cultures and traditions of our world-class city.  Irie Fest runs all weekend, bringing reggae and world music performances plus children’s activities, art and literature displays and of course food to Queen’s Park over the long weekend.  Plus Irie Eco Day featuring workshops and demonstration on how to reduce our environmental footprint.”

related links

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