Toronto's Carnival, otherwise known as Caribana is more than a mere carnival. It is an opportunity for all members of many different communities to come together and understand each other's cultures. Some say that the Caribana comes from the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, although even this carnival has its routes elsewhere.
There are influences from France and Africa too. There may even be a hint of India and China in the carnival's origins as well, since workers from these parts had an impact upon the Caribbean plantations. The history of such Caribbean locations is one of revival and freedom and thus Caribana combines these two themes into its festival.
Caribana Toronto Events
The first event in the series is the Calypso Tents Music Series which celebrates the best in North American calypso music. The series takes place at a variety of venues across Toronto and features cracking wit and humour throughout. The official launch is just after this in mid July and kicks off at noon. This takes place at the Nathon Phillip’s square and provides a simple overview as to what can be expected over the coming weeks.
There are representatives from many of the Caribana events there too. Entry to this event is completely free. There is a junior carnival as well as a gala and art exhibition and let's not forget the Calypso Monarch Finals.
This is one of the most popular events as calypso music plays a big part in the Carnival atmosphere. To add to these events are many others featuring music, dance and crafts from the Caribbean, early European and African cultures.
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