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June 6, 2022 | Petronilla Marchan |

Trinidad and Tobago celebrates its 60th Anniversary of Independence on August 31st, 2022, with a series of events taking place across the City of Toronto to commemorate the significant milestone.

In honor of the 60th Anniversary of Independence, the Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in Toronto, in conjunction with Tourism Trinidad Limited and the Tobago Tourism Agency Ltd, will officially kickstart the celebrations at Crave on July 9th, 2022.

This VIP all-inclusive event takes place at Ontario Place (West Island). Guests will experience a variety of cultural offerings, including entertainment paired with a unique culinary experience featuring food and drinks of Trinidad and Tobago.

The calendar of commemorative events and celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of Independence will include partnerships with Toronto Chow Fest and the Caribbean Golf Social. There will also be unique collaborations with the Toronto Caribbean Carnival events (King and Queen Showcase and Pan Alive) and the OCPA Calypso Showcase at Harbourfront Centre. For the sports fans, the Diamond Jubilee Cricket Match between Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica takes place in Brampton on August 20th.

Torontonians can also experience an entire film night on September 7th, partnering with the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival to highlight Trinidad and Tobago’s solid cultural ties in Canada.

On August 31st, Niagara Falls and other Ontario landmarks will light up in the national colours of red, white, and black to mark Trinidad and Tobago’s 60th independence. Flag raising ceremonies will also take place, spearheaded by diaspora groups with the support of the Consulate.

The celebrations all culminate at Yonge and Dundas Square on August 27th and 28th with a two-day extravaganza that will showcase the best of Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural offerings and bring Torontonians together for the party of the summer!

“In 2022, we would like Toronto to feel the full impact of the red, white, and black”, remarked Tracey Ramsubagh-Mannette, Acting Consul General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in Toronto.

“The roster of independence activities is designed to bring us together to show our people’s warmth, creativity, and resilience, the beauty of our islands, the vibrance of our culture, and the brilliance of our citizens here who fly the flag high every day. We hope that they will also inspire Trinbagonians and their friends to “come home” for an authentic Trinidad and Tobago experience.”

Some of the signature Independence events will be sponsored by notable Caribbean brands such as House of Angostura, Carib Brewery Ltd, Neale’s Sweet N’ Nice Ice Cream, and Grace Foods Canada Ltd. They will be providing immersive tasting experiences, highlighting the history of the islands and their brand, and showcasing Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural contribution to Canada and beyond.

The Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago will release more details on each event in the coming weeks via the Consulate’s Facebook page and e-mail distribution.

Source Petronilla Marchan

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