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Moonwalk for Michael 2 Flashmob in Toronto

27 Jun

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FREE SCREENING OF JAB: The Blue Devils of Paramin

10 Apr

CARIBBEAN STUDIES, NEW COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO and A DIFFERENT BOOKLIST
YOU’RE INVITE YOU TO A SPECIAL SCREENING OF JAB: The Blue Devils of Paramin
Followed by a Q & A with Director/Producer Alex de Verteuil and Co-Producer Elizabeth Topp

WHERE: WILLIAM DOO AUDITORIUM, 45 WILLCOCKS STREET (SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SPADINA AND WILLCOCKS, ONE BLOCK SOUTH OF HARBORD AND SPADINA)
DATE: FRIDAY APRIL 11TH, 2008
TIME: 6:30 P.M.
ADMISSION: FREE
Isolated in the mountains of Trinidad, the district of Paramin once a year at Carnival time sheds its rural languor and erupts into an inferno of blue-painted ‘jabs’ or devils. This 46-minute documentary, filmed in the two weeks leading up to Carnival, follows Kootoo, King Devil, as he prepares with his three brothers to once again win the village competition for the most convincing devil band. Known for his athletic prowess, and given to extraordinary feats like ripping up trees and scaling tall buildings, the charismatic Kootoo must still work hard with his band of devils to win the prize in the face of serious competition from a new generation of ‘jabs’. Will the brothers’ scheme to add a new twist to the masquerade be enough for them to win?

Told by the villagers themselves, in their own dialect, this entertaining story highlights the joyous heart of Paramin. With its CD-worthy background music of folk-songs and calypsos, JAB sheds light on a Caribbean culture that few visitors ever get to see.

Official selection: Inaugural Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase (Cuba), Cambridge Film Festival (U.K.), Africa World Festival of Documentary Films (U.S.A.)
“..A spectacular success. Some shots will take your breath away” (B.C. Pires, The Daily Express, Port of Spain)
“Alex de Verteuil’s direction is serenely unobstrusive, letting the fascinating micro-culture unfold before our eyes. I was captivated…” (Tim Harding, Cambridge Film Festival )

Calypso Dreams at Harbourfront’s Island Soul Festival

30 Jul

People people people!!! how are you all? : D

I saw this movie when it premiered in Toronto last year and it was simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!! it truly captures the essence of calypso and documents our greatness. The movie gives us a behind the scene look and candid chat with the giants of Calypso. I would say more but I would give it all away.

Simply put DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!! it is even free :\ dont ask me why? I paid my good money last time to see it and it was well worth it. Buh ah goin an see it again.

look for meh.~ Rico

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August 3rd and 4th

Calypso Dreams to Highlight Harbourfront Centre’s Island Soul Festival.
Stalin, Sparrow, Singing Sandra, Superior, Crazy and Macomere Fifi to Join Kobotown and Moses Revolution on Main Concert Stage

Calypso Dreams will be staging an encore performance in Toronto as part of the Harbourfront Centre’s Island Soul Festival, August 3rd and 4th, with a pair of free screenings along with a pair of free concerts featuring some of Trinidad and Tobago’s greatest calypsonians, including Black Stalin, the Mighty Sparrow, Singing Sandra, Lord Superior and Crazy, and also featuring Toronto’s own kaiso legend, Macomere Fifi.

Dubbed the “greatest film ever made about calypso,” the award-winning documentary, Calypso Dreams, directed by Geoffrey Dunn and Michael Horne, will screen both Friday and Saturday nights at the Habourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Then come out of the cinema and catch the real deal on the Habourfront Centre’s Main Stage.

On Friday night, August 3rd, the Canadian-based band Kobtotown, headed by Drew Gonsalves, will open the show show at 8 p.m. Calypso legends Mighty Stalin, Singing Sandra, Lord Superior and Macomere Fifi will be perform from 9:30 to 11 p.m.

On Saturday night, the 8 p.m. show will feature Moses Revolution and the dynamic calypsonian Crazy. Then catch the Calypso King of the World — the Mighty Sparrow — along with Lord Superior and Macomere Fifi, from 9:30 to 11:00 p.m.

All Calypso Dreams events events at the Harbourfront Centre are free of charge.

Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

For information, please call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

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