Sunday, October 27, 2013

Feature: Evelyn Rose

Hi Readers,

Apart from being a social platform that highlights culture (and carnival), The Collabo Blogspot also seeks to showcase individuals and initiatives that are pushing boundaries with creativity and entrepreneurship within and around the GTA. This week we caught up with Adi Hazlewood for a Q & A to learn about her line Evelyn Rose.

Evelyn Rose is an upcycle clothing line that utilizes reclaimed fabrics to create t-shirts that are both unique and environmentally friendly,

TCB: Tell us about yourself and how you started your line Evelyn Rose?

AH: I believe that life is about challenging yourself and constantly evaluating your beliefs and what you stand for. After graduating from university, I became increasingly interested in living sustainably. I wanted to challenge the idea that being conscientious of your decisions as a consumer meant rejecting fashion. I started the line Evelyn Rose to illustrate environmentally friendly clothing can be as expressive and of the same quality as mass produced merchandise.

TCB: What types of pieces does the Evelyn Rose encompass?

AH: At the moment, the line consists of t-shirts and tank tops. I am hoping to expand eventually into accessories but I believe working on one aspect of the line will ensure quality and help me truly meet the needs of the people interested in the line.

TCB: What is your target audience for your line?

AH: I envision Evelyn Rose to attract very strong, independent women who enjoy fashion but do not follow trends and wish to cultivate a unique style. I believe that description is not limited to a particular age range or demographic. 

TCB: What inspires you as a designer?

AH: The city of Toronto truly inspires me, it is so diverse and you see so many interpretations of trends and unique expressions of self. Traveling has also heavily influenced me, being exposed and immersing myself in different cultures has inspired to try new things and has helped direct my vision of the line.

TCB: What were some of the highlights or accomplishments that you are most proud from the development of your line?

AH: The line is still very young, I hope to accomplish a lot within the next year. So far it has been the craft shows I have participated in and the positive feedback I receive from people about my line. Hearing that people like and enjoy what I have created keeps me motivated to continue and develop as a designer.

TCB: Where can people learn more about you and see your work?

AH: People can follow me on Instagram at EVELYNROSEFH. To purchase or learn more about the line contact me at

Toronto Masqueraders Association

Hi Readers!!!

Thanks for checking out the blog! I have been missing in action (M.I.A) from posting due to health and personal reasons, but I hope to get back into the swing of things!

As we are approaching the month of November and well into the season of fall, the cold winter chill will soon be upon us (burrr).  Though there is much to look forward to such as the upcoming holiday season, as well the new opportunities, growth and progression that may come with the ringing in of a new year, it is also a great time to reflect on the past.

Reflecting on the events of this year Toronto Carnival, one initiative that I am thrilled to see being implemented is the Toronto Masqueraders Association. In response to the growing concern and disdain with  stormers infiltrating the Toronto Carnival parade, a facebook group started by Janelle Hills called Time for Change Toronto Carnival, provided a platform and forum that enabled masqueraders to express their sentiments and suggestions regarding the parade. Since the creation of facebook group, the momentumwas propelled forward with the development of the Toronto Masqueraders Association. 

The Toronto Masqueraders Association held their inaugural meeting on September 19th. Though I was unable to attend, I did read great reviews of the meeting from bloggers Karabana and De Cocoa Panyol. 

De Cocoa Panyol:

I think this is a great initiative that is both timely and needed! I would like to extend well wishes to the Toronto Masqueraders Association for starting this initiative and striving to stand as a unified voice from the masquerader perspective. 

For more information on the TMA, check out their website:

So with Toronto and Miami Carnival out of the way, who is looking forward to Trinidad Carnival 2K14!!! I know I am!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Saldenah Mas K Club Victory Party

Congratulations to Saldenah Mas K Club for winning the 2013 title for Band of the Year! 
They are hosting their Victory party on September 28th at the Metropolitan Centre

Fantazia International Appreciation Party

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Toronto Carnival 2013 Results

Here are the results per the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival website.

  • As of Saturday, August 3, 2013 (date of competition) at Exhibition Stadium, Toronto
  • Top three winners sited only per category
  • Bandleaders have two business days within which to protest these unofficial results. If unchallenged, they become official.

2013 Scotiabank Caribana™ Band of the Year (Category A)

1st HEAVEN AND EARTH – The Hyper Physical Being – Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club (Louis Saldenah) – 452
2nd THE REEF – King Crab – Carnival Nationz – (Marcus Eustace) – 447
3rd 007, MAS NEVER DIES - Moonraker – Toronto Revellers (Jamaal Magloire) – 429

2013 Scotiabank Caribana™ Band of the Year (Category B&C)

1st THE SPIRIT OF CARNIVAL – Home for Carnival – Carnival Revolution (Osei Brand) – 378
2nd CHIEF MALABOCH’S LAST STAND– Celebrating our Heritage - Concept Costume Creators (Whitfield Belasco) – 353
3rd MAMA THIS IS MAS – D’Regulars (Michael Williams) – 351

Judging Criteria:
Each band must portray a theme suitable of the Carnival masquerade tradition, and a panel of volunteer judges will adjudicate each band based on the following criteria: Visual Impact (max. 20 marks); Authenticity (10); Creativity (20); Mas on the Move (10); Clarity of Theme (10); Presentation (20); and Craftsmanship (10) for a total of 100 marks. The order of merit is determined by discarding the highest and lowest score per participant. The judges’ decision is final, and is announced at the end of the parade.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kaiso 365: 2013 Calypso Monarch Finals Recap

This past Sunday July 28th, I attended Kaiso 365 Calypso Monarch Finals presented by the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA). Held at the Chinese Cultural Centre, the event began promptly at 5pm. The event commenced with a warm welcome given by Master of Ceremonies, Itah Sadu, and the singing of the National Athem, by Ossie Gurely & The Truth. Opening remarks by Itah provided the audience with a brief overview of the Kaiso 365 Calypso Monarch competition, judging categories, point allotment and rules. In total, the nine finalists that were competing for the 2013 Calypso Monarch Title included Dennis James, PanMan Pat, Structure, Spivey, King Cosmos, Dynasty, Connector and Redman. Also among the finalist, was the reigning 2012 Calypso Monarch Macomere Fefe. 

The calypso monarch competition encompassed each finalist perform two original songs.  Referencing the historical roots of calypso, it is a genre of music that tells a story, conveys social commentary, highlights local issues and communities and/or adds a comedic twist to everyday situations. Many of the finalists’ song selections did the aforementioned, with musical renditions that highlighted issues such as violence, poverty, respect for elders, and scandal within government. On the other side of the spectrum, some of the musical renditions told stories that were humorous and celebratory in nature and reflected topics of relationships, obeha and carnival.  

Once the first half of the competition was complete, there was a short intermission and the audience was encouraged to check out the information booths of the event sponsors and partners. The audience was also informed food and drink was available upstairs to be purchased from local vendors such as Drupati’s Caribbean Restaurant. 

Subsequent to the intermission, the second half of the show followed with each of the finalists performing their second song selection. Prior the last performances, an overview of the prizes the finalists were competing for were announced. Prizes included, the winner of the 2013 Calypso Monarch Competition would be awarded the grand prize of $5,000, followed by $2,500 for the 1st runner up, $1,500 for the 2nd runner up and $1,000 for the 4th runner up. Additional sponsored prizes such as a trip to perform internationally would were also announced and said to be awarded to the recipient at a later date. 

While waiting for the results of the evening competition to be tabulated, the audience was treated to several live performances. Dance Caribe showcased a superb performance with an Afro-Caribbean dance routine that brought a fresh element the performances of the evening.  In addition, the live band and background accompaniment were exceptional when performing with the finalists as well as during their performances with International Calypso artistes, Sheldon Skeete and Scotty .  Complimentary giveaways and prizes were also drawn for the audience members, with prizes including two roundtrip tickets to any island of choice in the Caribbean courtesy of Caribbean Airline and also gift baskets from sponsors such as Carib beer.

Apart from the wonderful entertainment, another aspect of Kaiso 365 Calypso Monarch Competition that I really appreciated was the effort that was put towards ensuring the audience was informed about Emancipation day and its association with carnival. Historically, Emancipation Day is celebrated in many former British colonies in the Caribbean and areas of the United States on various dates in observance of the emancipation of slaves of African origin. Being that the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 ended slavery in the British Empire on August 1, 1834, Emancipation day is often recognized and celebrated during carnival, in countries that hold their festival within August. This year, Itah announced that to welcome in the Emancipation Day and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Underground Railroad, on Wednesday July 31st they would be meeting at Union Station at 11:15pm and taking the 11:35 train from Union to Downsview Station. All are welcome to attend!

With the evening drawing to an end, the OCPA committee stood on stage to announce the results and present the awards. Macomere Fifi, was crowned the 2013 Calypso Monarch, as well as the recipient of several special awards categories including: Best Lyrics, Best Melody, Best Presentation (for her song Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), Best Vocal Rendition, Most Original Calypso, Best Composition on a Local Topic, Most Humorous Calypso, Best Arrangement and People's Choice. The unofficial results of the competition included:
  1. Macomere Fifi
  2. Structure
  3. King Cosmos
  4. PanMan Pat
  5. Dennis James
  6. Connector
  7. Dynasty
  8. Spivey
  9. Redman
I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the Kaiso 365 Calypso Monarch Competition, especially being that it was my first time attending. I would like to extend congratulations to Macomere Fifi, all the finalists, the OCPA committee and volunteers for their contributions to an exceptional event. 

Stay tuned... An album of pictures from the Calypso Monarch Competition will be added to our facebook page soon! 

Sunday, July 28, 2013


Sunday July 28th, 2013from 1pm-9pm
@ The Woodbine Centre - 500 Rexdale Blvd (SE Parking Lot)

 BIKERBOYZ 10 Featuring...The BIGGEST Outdoor Bike MEET of the Year!
The Miss 2RIDE Pageant 2013
Custom Motorcycle Show N ShineBikini Bike Wash
Motorcycle Accessories & Apparel on Sale
Food & Drinks on Sale
- Kickstand Pucks
- Helmets
- Gloves
- Tshirts
- Jackets
- Sweaters
- Accessories\
- Calendars
Music by Toronto's finest
DJsJester (G98.7FM)
Jason Chambers (G98.7FM)
Soca Sweetness (Team Sweetness)
D'Bandit (Redemption, Sunset)
DOC (Island Explosion 105.5FM)
Mr Presto (Island Explosion 105.5FM)
WhiteBwoy (2012 Stylus DJ of the Year)
DJ Sin (G98.7FM)
DJ Shiva (Bacchanal Radio)
MarXman (from The KOS)
Renegade Squad (Slow Wine, Reggae Cafe)
DJ ChiefMs
Hosted byJean Paul (Comedian)
Jamaal Magloire (NBA Star)
Kid Kut (The Voice of the Vibe)
DJ Richness (QZ Radio)
$2 per bike (passenger free)
$5 per car
100% of Proceeds Donated to MSR's children (Ocean & Tyler Ruiz)R.I.P. Master Steve Ruiz
Kaiso 365 Calypso Monarch Finals
Sunday, July 28th   5pm

The highly-anticipated 'Kaiso 365 Calypso Monarch
finals takes place this year on Sunday, July 28 at the P.C. Ho Theatre, Chinese
Cultural Centre, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E.

Eight finalists will join last year's winner Macomere Fifi, each performing two
new songs in hope of winning the prestigious 'Kaios 365' Calypso Monarch title
and Canada's top calypso prize.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Summertime Barbeque

The Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Summer BBQ takes place in Eglinton Square, offering Caribbean food, live entertainment and arts & crafts from different Caribbean backgrounds. Young masqueraders who participated in the Junior Carnival will also get an opportunity parade again. The event starts at 12:00 noon and ands at 3:00 pm.

When: Thursday July 25th, 2013
Where: Eglinton Square Shopping Centre
Time: 12:00pm- 3:00pm

Monday, July 22, 2013

2013 Toronto Junior Carnival Parade

We had an amazing time attending the 2013 Toronto Junior Carnival Parade and Family Day event. With weather perfect for a fun day in the sun, thousands of junior masqueraders were jumping and waving as the sounds of soca music vibrated through the air.

Starting at 11:00 am,  the procession of the parade of bands began at William Baker Park and ended at Downsview Park for the Family Day festivities. Live entertainment, a midway, and delicious food were available for the children, parents, their families and spectators to enjoy.

In case you missed attending, check out more pictures in our facebook album.

Congratulations to the 2013 winners and participants of the Junior Carnival Parade! Your energy and enthusiasm is a true depiction of essence of the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival, which is a celebration of culture! Great job also to the parade organizers and volunteers for the successful execution of the parade and Family Day event.

The unofficial results of the Junior Carnival competition are now posted on the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean website and included:

  1. Tribal Carnival- Caneisha Edwards
  2. Carnival Nationz- Kai Castle
  3. Carnival Nationz- Reeyana Singh
  4. Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club-Emma Lemieux
  1. Toronto Revellers- Jalen Magloire
  2. Tribal Carnival- Courtney St. Louis
  3. Fantazia International- Joshua Martinez
  4. Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club- Amari Lee
  1. Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club- Faith Hermelijn
  2. Tribal Carnival- Celena Seusahai
  3. Fantazia International- Rebecca Martinez
  4. Toronto Revellers- Chania Cunningham
  1. Tribal Carnival- Malik Adams
  2. Toronto Revellers- Ty Williamson
  3. Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club- Fabian Lee
  4. Fantazia International- Aaron Degraff


1st Once Upon a Time - Toronto Revellers- Jamaal Magloire
2nd Heaven and Earth- Saldenah-Louis Saldenah
3rd The Reef- Carnival Nationz- Marcus Eustace
4th The beauty of Nature- Tribal Carnival- Dexter Seusahai
5th Mini Legends- Fantazia International- Will Morton
6th  In Flight- Connections Mastume Band-Mervyn Skeete
7th  Celebrating our Heritage- Concept Costume Creators- Whitfield Belasco
8th Home for Carnival - Carnival Revolution- Osei Brand
9th Lost Civilizations - Blues Carnival Fusion-Narissa Ali 
10th Sugar and Spice - Black Sage- Corey Howard
11th Mama Dis Is Mas -D'Regulars- Michael Williams  
12th Timeline- Mas Toronto- Garvin Crichlow