CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL MUSIC & EVENTS ON
Thursday, July 28
CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL KING & QUEEN SHOW Music and dance performances and judging of elaborate costumes and innovative parade floats. 7 pm-midnight. $30-$35, VIP $100. Allan Lamport Stadium, 1151 King W. caribbeancarnival.com.
CARNIVAL FROST Dance party with DJs spinning soca, reggae, hip-hop and R&B. 10 pm. $30. Must wear white to attend. Fiction Nightclub, 180 Pearl. ticketgateway.com. AN EVENING OF HAITIAN CELEBRATION Traditional Vodou ceremony, Veve demonstration, food, live music with Jaffa and DJ Scar & more. 6-11 pm. $50. Benefits the Best of Both Worlds campaign to improve Haitian mental health. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W. bestofbothworldscampaign.wordpress.com. FESTIVAL KOMPA ZOUK ONTARIO
Celebration of French-Caribbean culture through music, dance, cuisine, visual arts, kids’ activities and more. Free and ticketed events, continues to Aug 2. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. fkzo.ca.
MILTON MESSAM Jamaican Vignettes painting exhibition continues to Aug 21. BAND Gallery, 1 Lansdowne. band-rand.com.
RAMAJAY Caribbean Carnival party with music by D’4 Hit Men, Backtobasics, D’Bandit, Jugglers International and DJ Kosi. Doors 10 pm. $20. Revival, 783 College. revivalbar.com.
Friday, July 29
BLUE AND WHITE CARNIVAL BOAT RIDE Boat cruise party with Patrice Roberts, DJ C-Lo, Soca Monarchs and DJ Oshawn. 1:30-6 pm. $45-$55. Empress Of Canada, 11 Polson Pier. ticketgateway.com. DAYFETE Soca dance party. 1-7 pm. From $30. Heaven Nightclub, 108 Peter. caribanatoronto.com. DJ BASS Island Soul festival presents calypso and soca music on the Concert Stage. 9-9:30 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com.
GLOW EXOTICA 2016 Caribbean Carnival party, you must wear white. 10 pm. $40-$45. Sound Academy, 11 Polson. ticketgateway. com, email@example.com.
GYALLIS: CARIBANA EDITION DJ Prestige, DJ Freshkidd & DJ Reckless spin at this women-led party for girls who love girls (men welcome). Doors 10 pm. $10-$40. Club120, 120 Church. club120.ca.
ÌFÉ The electronic/Afro-Caribbean/world music fusion artist performs on the Concert Stage. 8-9 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre. com. ISAX INJAH & CULTURE ITES Reggae/ jazz live on the Stage in the Round as part of Island Soul. 7-8 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com.
ISLAND SOUL FESTIVAL Celebrating the arts and culture of the Caribbean with music, screening of the doc Queen Nanny, mini mas camp for families, drumming and dancing workshops and more. Most events free. Jul 29-Aug 1. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com.
JAB JAB J’OUVERT Paint, powder, water, foam and soca sweetness with Tallpree, JW & Blaze, Skinny Fabulous, Lavaman, Fireman Hooper, Salty, Strayaway and others. $40. Wilson Outdoor Arena, 1677 Wilson. jab-jab.ca. JERK: 3-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CARIBANA EDITION Bambii, Birthday Boy and Young Teesh play music from around the world. 10 pm. $10. 461 King W. facebook. com/bambiilovesyou. OSA PANORAMA/PAN ALIVE COMPETITION Ontario Steelpan Association presents steel pan performances. 7 pm-midnight. $25. Allan Lamport Stadium, 1151 King W. caribbeancarnival.com. RETURN OF THE REAL: CARIBANA EDITION Music showcase with Ashleeca, Bishop City, Staasia Daniels, EverythingOShauN, Kemdilo Gold, Gina Lee, Mikey AK, Charmie, Matt Muse, Jade Siress, Ekelle, Chloe, Frank Blak, DJ Unstable & others. 10 pm. Free. Harlem, 67 Richmond E. eventbrite. com/e/26121407834. SET IT OFF Hip-hop, R&B, old school, reggae and soca with DJ Self, DJ Kast One and DJ L. 10 pm. $25-$35. Heaven Nightclub, 108 Peter. caribanatoronto.com. SOCA ABOVE THE WATER Four rooms and four sounds at this VIP experience party with a skyline view. 10 pm. $30. Atlantis Pavilion, 955 Lakeshore W. ticketgateway.com.
Saturday, July 30
CARIBANA DEF JAM PARTY 2016 Party with DJ Chase B, Black Chiney, DJ Baby Yu, Breakout Squad, DJ Bware, DJ Big Rob and others. 10 pm. From $30. Nest/The Den, 423 College. 416-414-5604, macamill@rogers. com. CARNIVAL IN THE 6IX Hip-hop, soca, reggae and R&B party with Rich Homie Quan and Kardi B. 10 pm. $40. Sound Academy, 11 Polson. ticketgateway.com. CARNIVAL KINGDOM Concert with Bunji Garlin & Fayann Lyons, Kerwih Du Bois, Olatunji, Rupee, Ravi B & Karma, Logun, comedians Majah Hype & Prnc Charming and others. 9 pm. $45-$55, VIP $65-$150. Wild Water Kingdom, 7855 Finch E (Brampton). sosfestinc.com. EXCO LEVI, JAH9 Island Soul Festival reggae, from 8 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre. com.
IRIE MUSIC FEST Celebration of Caribbean culture with Bushman, DaVille, Char David & the Hard Core Band, Wurl Trema Reggae Band featuring Comfort, dance showcases and more. Jul 30-31, 1-11 pm. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen W. iriemusicfestival.com.
THE BLACK STARS Afro-Caribbean fusion dance performance by the Black Stars, Jul 30 at 9 pm; Haitian ballet/jazz/folkloric fusion by Les Notes du Corps, Jul 31 at 4 pm; and an Afro-fusion workshop by Esie Mensah Aug 1 at 2:30 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com. ISLAND SOUL: YAADCORE AFTERPARTY Roots-reggae party in the Brigantine Room. 11 pm-3 am. $5. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre. com.
MINI MAS CAMP & PARADE Create a costume, learn the songs and dance steps, all to culminate in a parade on the last day of the Island Soul festival. Sat 2-6 pm, Mon noon2:30 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com. QUEEN NANNY: LEGENDARY MAROON CHIEFTAINESS Screening of the documentary about one of the most celebrated but continued on page 32
least recognized figures in the history of resistance in the New World. Intro by Brother Oji. Q&A to follow. 7 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com. SILHOUETTES STEEL PAN ORCHESTRA, CIRCLE 5 Island Soul festival presents live music on the Stage in the Round, 5 & 7:15 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com. THE 6 BOAT: TRIBUTE TO DRAKE &
OVO DJs pay tribute to the 6ix god on this boat party. Boarding 2:30 pm. $40. Stella Borealis, Pier 27, Yonge & Queens Quay. tdotclub.com. TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL
GRAND PARADE Lively procession of steel pans and masquerading bands begins at Exhibition Place, travelling 3.5 km down Lake Shore Blvd West. 9 am-9 pm. Seating inside Exhibition Place $20, srs $10, family $50; more for VIP. Free along the street route. Exhibition Place, 200 Princes’ Blvd. caribbeancarnival.com.
Sunday, July 31
BLOCKOBANA 6 Queer/trans Caribana celebration of the Caribbean & African diaspora. Bring picnic items & non-alcoholic beverages. More details TBA. 5-10 pm. Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church. Find event on facebook.com.
CARIBANA AFTER PARTY Afro-Brazilian drumming band TDot Batu and others perform a tribute to Bob Marley plus other samba reggae tunes, plus soca, dancehall & reggae by DJ Iron Lion. 10 pm (doors 9:30 pm). $15, adv $10. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W. lula.ca.
CHUTNEY IN THE PARK Caribbean music of South Asian descent, including Terry Gajraj, Jeffrey Iqbal, Talana Blu, Sally Sagram and many others. Jul 31-Aug 1 from noon. $20-$40. Bella Banquets & Gardens, 12700 Jane (King City). chutneyindepark.com. DJ TRIC KEY Island Soul & Festival Kompa Zouk present the Haitian DJ. 9-9:30 pm. Stage in the Round. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, harbourfrontcentre.com. IRIE MUSIC FEST See Sat 30.
JAMBANA ONE WORLD FESTIVAL Soca, reggae, calypso music, spoken word, comedy, talent contest, food, children’s village and more. Performers include Exco Levi, Mikey Spice, Nana McLean, Lady G, Dance Caribe, Master T and others. Sun & Mon 1-9:30 pm. $15, adv $12, child under 10 free. Markham Fairgrounds, 10801 McCowan. jambana.com.
KARIBANA HOUSE PARTY Celebrity Marauders present music by DJs Kardinal, Starting From Scratch, Cipha Sounds, Dready, plus guests Karl Wolf, comic Russell Peters, Tani-
sha Scott and others. 10 pm. $25. Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne. ticketgateway.com. KARIZMA, DJ ACE W/ SASKYA,
LEGENDS OF GUITAR Island Soul and Festival Kompa Zouk present diverse Haitian music on the Concert Stage. 7-9 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com.
LES NOTES DU CORPS Island Soul festival presents Haitian ballet/jazz/folkloric fusion dance. 4 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com. MAJAH HYPE: GO ASK YOUR PARENTS JUICE Comedy presents the Caribbean comic in a live show. 7 pm. $40-$55 adv. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 190 Princes’ Blvd. juicecomedytoronto.com.
SOCA RAVE Wayne Wonder, Patrice Roberts, Shurwayne Winchester, Nadia Baston, Skinny Banton & others. 10 pm. $35-$45. Luxy Nightclub, 60 Interchange Way. torontolime.com.
T-VICE Island Soul and Festival Kompa Zouk present the Haitian kompa band, 9:30 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com. TOTO LARAQUE, NU LIVE, DJ SCAR,
UNIK Live music on the Stage in the Round, 2:15-7:30 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com. THE URBAN JUNGLE – IN WE BLOOD
DJs Blackcat, Pleasure & Prestige give an urban underground flava with soca, R&B, reggae, hip-hop and trap at the LGBT Caribbean party. Dress code: army wear, camouflage, blacks, khakis & white. Doors 10:30 pm. $20 cover till 1 am. Club120, 120 Church. club120.ca.
Monday, August 1
CALYPSO STARS Island Soul festival presents a soca & calypso concert. 3-6 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com.
ESIE MENSAH Afro-fusion dance workshop. 2:30 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre. com.
MINI MAS CAMP & PARADE Create a costume, learn the songs and dance steps, all to culminate in a parade on the last day of the Island Soul festival. Noon-2:30 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com.