Sunday, 29 July 2012

Macomere Fifi wears the crown and takes the Monarch Prize!!!

Crowning Glory - Fourpeat For Calypso Winner 
The scrum - photographers take pictures of the coronation
Canada has a new monarch. She was crowned last night. All hail Macomere FiFi. She is one of Canada's most successful Calypso singers, and last night, in Toronto, she won Canada’s top calypso music prize – Kaiso 365 – before a capacity crowd in the P.C. Ho Theatre, Chinese Cultural Centre. In a hotly contested battle between nine singers performing two songs each, Trinidadian-born Macomere Fifi also won the coveted People’s Choice Award and Special Awards for Best Composition On A Local Topic and Best Arrangement.

Fifi’s first song, “Never Again”, was a powerful commentary about the honour killing of the Shafia sisters; her second number titled “Tell Me Why” probed the issues surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin.
OCPA president Colin Benjamin is hugged by the new Monarch Eulith Tara Woods
Trinidadian-born Macomere Fifi also won the coveted People’s Choice Award and Special Awards for Best Composition On A Local Topic and Best Arrangement. The official results:


Winner                           Macomere Fifi – ( Eulith Tara Woods)
2nd                                  Structure – Bryan Thornhill
3rd                                  Dennis James
4th                                  Calypso Web – Hamilton Alexander
5th                                          Beginner  -  Michael Moore
6th                                          Connector – Joel Davis
7th                                  Redman – Michael Thomas
8th                                  Panman Pat -  Pat Mc Neilly
9th                                  The Crooner – Bill Newman
T and T consulate general crowns the new Monarch
BEST LYRICS: Structure  – The Ship Wreck
BEST MELODY: Dennis James – Now I am Sixty-five
BEST PRESENTATION: Connector – Showcase We Culture        
MOST ORIGINAL CALYPSO:   Calypso Web – Grandpa I Can’t Understand
BEST RENDITION: Dennis James – Now I am Sixty-five
MOST HUMOUROUS CALYPSO: Dennis James – Now I am Sixty-five
BEST ARRANGEMENT:  Carlyle Bailey – Tell Me Why
PEOPLE’S CHOICE:  Macomere Fifi 
Macomere Fifi has also won the Calypso Monarch title three previous times. She takes home a cash prize of over $5,334.00, a 50” LED Colour TV and will travel to London, U.K for the 2013 Notting Hill Carnival, as part of an exchange programme with the Association of British Calypsonians (ABC).  Britain ’s 2011 Calypso Monarch Alexander D Great performed as a Special Guest on the Kaiso 365.
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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Photo and Cutline from the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto newsletter and website

Fresh from the frying pan! Black Sage chef holds up a Bake and Shark dish!

 Bake and Shark.  Third Annual Blocko in Toronto during the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto

Bake and Shark is a very popular street food sold in Trinidad and Tobago but is difficult to find in Toronto ... except during Carnival. It is one of those must-try items if you attend any Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto events,or if you attend a Mas Camp Blocko!
On Saturday, June 30th the Black Sage Carnival Mas Camp held its third annual Bake and Shark Blocko. A huge crowd came out on Saturday to attend the party held on Barbados Blvd (Eglinton and Brimley).
Bake refers to fried dough. The inside of the bake is hallow and that is where the shark meat is stuffed.
Black Sage was serving up authentic Maracas Beach (Trinidad) Bake and Shark which means that the dish was seasoned with all the fixings, including: Shadow Beni, Garlic Sauce, Tambarind Sauce, Pepper Sauce, Ketchup, Coleslaw, Tomatoes, Lettuce and Pineapple.