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Toronto Caribbean Carnival Presents – First Lap: Keeping the Carnival Alive

(TORONTO, ON – April 6th, 2021) – The Toronto Caribbean Carnival in partnership with Carib Beer and Wack Radio presents First Lap: Keeping the Carnival Alive, a digital series to preview this year’s summer festival aimed at supporting Toronto’s economic recovery.

Paraders march down Lakeshore Boulevard at the Caribbean Carnival in Toronto on Saturday, August 3, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu

On April 11th at 7pm, First Lap: Keeping the Carnival Alive will broadcast live on the Toronto Caribbean Carnival website, hosted by Itah Sadu, Earle La Pierre, SKF and Kenny Phillip. The event will also be streamed live on Facebook, and WACK Radio YouTube Channel.


Carnival season will look different this year for many Caribbean islands. First Lap: Keeping the Carnival Alive provides viewers with an early taste of carnival, following on the heels of the Trinidad Carnival virtual event.


As the first show in the digital series, First Lap: Keeping the Carnival Alive will give viewers an all-access pass to the many elements of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, featuring dynamite costume display, enchanting steelpan, music and the showcasing of calypso and reggae music.


The digital event on April 11th will feature live performances by Macomere FIFI, David Rudder, Connector, Pan Artistes from Various pansides and Dance Caribe. First Lap will also feature costumed models from Louis Saldenah Mas K Club, Carnival Nationz, Tribal Carnival, Toronto Revellers, Venom Mas and Epic Carnival.


“As Canada’s celebration of Caribbean Culture, we want to ensure that we keep the spirit of the festival alive. This event is about celebrating freedom and diversity, while reminiscing together from the safety and comfort of home. The Festival Management Committee has reimagined the Toronto Carnival vibe, and is delivering it digitally to the world,” remarked Joe Halstead of The Toronto Caribbean Carnival.

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Toronto Caribbean Carnival Festival 

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival, formerly known as “Caribana” was established in 1967 as part of Canada’s 100th Anniversary celebrations by Caribbean immigrants as a cultural gift to Canada.

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is produced by the Festival Management Committee showcasing the best in Caribbean arts, it is known as the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America.

The Caribbean Canadian community that inspires and gives life to the Toronto Caribbean Carnival Festival is comprised of Canadians with heritage taken from Barbados, Bahamas, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Haiti, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and the other countries of the Caribbean.

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