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The sound, the beat, the music of the street is one of the most integral pieces of the Carnival puzzle. It is the audio colour to accompany the Mas band's vision; it's the energy and groove as the parade makes its move. It is the soundtrack to all the exciting events of Carnival. It is the food that feeds the spirit of festival.
Calypso, Soca and Steelpan will play an integral part of this year's celebratory Carnival. From the competitions and yard parties, to the stadium and street, the music will infiltrate the scene with live performances and concerts, sound systems and dance clubs, filled to rafters with the sound of the islands.
Calypso is a must have at Carnival time having sprung from the "chantuelles" whose music preceded the Carnival bands of the 19th century. Its songs were parodies used as themes, topics and issues of the day. Creativity in how one uses the language and double-entendre to make a statement is not lost on the people who listen carefully in captivated delight. Which artist song will out shine the others as the competition of songs begins? Listen to the best; enjoy all the rest as they find a way to say it – the top calypsonians of the year.
Soca is the fast-paced child of calypso. Soca found its feet, so-to-speak, in the '70s using the same basic calypso beat but sped-up and stroked with a laid-back bass line and unique drum style.
Steelpan is the music of a beautiful sounding instrument which came to life from the discarded oil drums of Trinidad and Tobago and today has morphed into a style of music and uniquely-tuned percussion instrument which is thought to be the one and only percussion instrument introduced in the past century. The steelpan holds at Carnival time.
Watch for the lineup of Monarch competitions surrounding this year's Carnival to be announced.
Looking to Jump Up in the Toronto Caribbean Carnival? Contact one of the bands listed for more information.
LIST OF BANDS
D'Regulars Arts and Cultural Club
Mas Camp: 120 BARBADOS ROAD, UNIT 11
Michael Williams - Bandleader
Mas Camp: 3401 MC NICOLL AVENUE, UNIT 8
Dexter Seusahai - Bandleader
Durham Mass & Recreational Club
Mas Camp: 30 BERTRAND AVENUE, UNITS 1 AND 2
Jerrol Augustine - Bandleader
Mas Camp: 2220 MIDLAND AVENUE, UNIT 84A
Louis Saldenah - Bandleaders
Mas Camp: 851 MILNER AVENUE
Jamaal Magloire - Bandleaders
Carnival Nationz Inc.
Mas Camp: 71 DYNAMIC DRIVE, SCARBOROUGH
Marcus Eustace / Bryce Aguiton - Bandleaders
Mas Camp: 1600 BRIMLEY, UNITS 3 & 4
Will Morton/Lisa Morton- Bandleaders
Concept Costume Creators
Mas Camp: 29 COMMERCIAL ROAD, (laird/eglinton)
Whitfield Belasco - Bandleaders
Mas Camp: 2220 MIDLAND AVENUE, UNIT 72BR
Godrey Wickham - Bandleaders
Mas Camp: 69 HOWDEN ROAD UNIT 7, SCARBOROUGH
Dwayne Gunness - Bandleaders
Atlantic Mas Toronto
Mas Camp: 2180 LAWRENCE AVENUE, OLD CHRYSLER BLDG.
Akil Heywood - Bandleaders
Mas Camp: 116 MANVILLE ROAD, SCARBOROUGH
Joanne Webster/Chrisel Griffith - Bandleaders
Carnival in the Fort