Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Kerra Denel's Caribbean Women's Power Lunch, Supporting and Encouraging Women in Business

David Tufino Photography
Inspiration manifests from many sources; in Kerra Denel's life it naturally emerged from her love of Caribbean culture and the humanitarian passion of her family's influence. Owner of Kerra Denel Entertainment, the Trinidadian-born beauty is a cultural ambassador of many talents, who shares her expertise internationally as an event and artist manager, PR consultant, voice talent, and entertainment host. This Saturday, May 19, 2018 Ms. Denel will be hosting an afternoon of enlightenment and empowerment at the Caribbean Women's Power Lunch, powered by KD Entertainment.

Taking place at 5941 Leslie Street in Toronto from 1 p.m to 4 p.m., the lunch will be an afternoon of "food and sisterhood" where attendees and invited special guests can "eat, build, and empower" one another through their experiences and presentations.

"Networking is not about collecting contacts, it is about forming relationships," the event outlines. "Just as the goal is not more money, it is about living life on your own terms."

Attendees are encouraged to come out to take part in the fellowship, as well as take in the words of wisdom from the featured presenters from a wide range of disciplines. The admirable women from across the Caribbean diaspora are sure to provide an abundance of advice, motivation, and upliftment for the affair.

Special guest presenters will include:

Nneka Elliott
Lifestyle Blogger, and Host


Kamshuka
Author, and Life Coach

Hazel Smith
Business Operations Leader

Stachen Frederick
Non-Profit Executive Director and Consultant

Auntie Jillian
Social Media Personality

Ayanna Sealey
Mental Performance Coach and Net Practitioner

Stephanie Lowe
Health and Wealth Coach

Interactive events like the Caribbean Women's Power Lunch are necessary within the Caribbean community; the need for strength and mutual support is at the core of any social group, and helps to develop and maintain the cultural spirit.

Eli Ceballos Photography
Inspired by women in business herself, Kerra recognizes that confidence is key in any endeavour, as well as the growth and evolution of individuals and the community as a whole.

She has been a successful cultural ambassador with her business profile continuously expanding through her activities here in Canada, and through her adventures in Caribbean culture around the world. An instrumentalist with the AfroPan steel pan orchestra, as well as a featured costume model in various masquerade band presentations across Toronto, Kerra has dedicated her life to celebrating her culture as well as equipping the next generation to do the same.

@KerraDenel
Whether it's through event coordination at Florida's Caribbean Style Week, her work with Krave the Band in Barbados, or acting as the Team Lead Manager for Trini Jungle Juice operations in Canada, Kerra has proven to be a talent, as well as a force with a clear and intentional mission: to support her Caribbean brothers and sisters, and to lead her peers by gracious example.

In addition, her non-profit organization Kerra Loves Kids aspires to "educate and inspire children worldwide while sharping their future one book at a time." Encouraging women to also develop and fuel their businesses--while supporting one another as sisters--is the foundation to Kerra's success, and a key factor in the future growth of the community at large. This weekend's Caribbean Women's Power Lunch is a natural addition to Kerra's schedule of activities, as well as a necessary and motivating event for the Caribbean women of Toronto.

Tickets for the lunch are available via EventBrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/caribbean-womens-power-lunch-tickets-45577960908 for an afternoon that promises to be one that nurtures and leads the women in attendance with the knowledge and wisdom that will carry them through their daily professional pursuits.

For more information about the Caribbean Women's Power Lunch, connect with Kerra Denel online via her website at KerraDenel.com, or via email at kerradenelent@gmail.com.



















Written by Stacey Marie Robinson for Kya Publishing's "Urban Toronto Tales" blog.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Toronto @CarnivalSpotlight: D'NEW REGULARS

FOR THE LOVE OF TORONTO CARNIVAL AND THE PRESERVATION OF CARIBBEAN CULTURE IN CANADA!

We love Carnival, we love Toronto, and we love to celebrate the beautiful elements of this Caribbean tradition! This year we’ll be featuring the details of ALL masquerade band’s presentation/costume details, to encourage carnival enthusiasts from within the GTA and internationally to take part in our city’s beautiful tribute to Caribbean culture: the Toronto Caribbean Carnival!

(*Unofficial reporting, based on our independent compilation)


BAND: D'New Regulars
2018 THEME: Straight Outta John John
BAND LAUNCH DATE: Saturday, May 5, 2018

BAND LEADER(S):

MAS CAMP LOCATION:

WEBSITE
EMAIL
FACEBOOK:
TWITTER:

For photos, pricing, and additional details, please connect with the bands and section leaders directly:

COSTUME SECTION 01: Blue Diamond
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @xtazeecarnival
COLOURS: Purple, pink, indigo

COSTUME SECTION 02: Desperados
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @ariyahlove_
COLOURS: Blue, grey, teal

COSTUME SECTION 03: Red Army
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @tg.vi
COLOURS: Orange, lime

COSTUME SECTION 04: Carib Tokyo
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @ariyahlove_
COLOURS: Red, blue

COSTUME SECTION 05: Renegades
SECTION LEADER CONTACT: Clore Beauty
COLOURS: Black, lime, purple

COSTUME SECTION 06: Invaders
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG):
COLOURS: Lavender, pink, lime

COSTUME SECTION 07: Casa Blanca
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): Clore Beauty
COLOURS: White, gold

COSTUME SECTION 08: All Stars
SECTION LEADER CONTACT: Clore Beauty
COLOURS: Gold, blue

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We are here to support Toronto Carnival and promote Caribbean culture in Canada! We may not catch all details...but we're striving to be thorough! Please contact us at services@kyapublishing.com if we've missed anything or anyone!

SPONSORED BY @CARNIVALSPOTLIGHT

CARNIVAL SPOTLIGHT // Toronto’s former reggae dancehall princess Delia Chinn is drawn back into a seductive party lifestyle when she meets Jessica and Victor, members of the Groovy Massive soca dance group. Although Delia’s self-esteem is on the rise, it’s at the expense of her relationship with Ryan and their five-year marriage...a marriage that may not survive her first carnival season. // KYA PUBLISHING (2014)

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Toronto @CarnivalSpotlight: COSTUME CREATORS CULTURAL ARTS

FOR THE LOVE OF TORONTO CARNIVAL AND THE PRESERVATION OF CARIBBEAN CULTURE IN CANADA!

We love Carnival, we love Toronto, and we love to celebrate the beautiful elements of this Caribbean tradition! This year we’ll be featuring the details of ALL masquerade band’s presentation/costume details, to encourage carnival enthusiasts from within the GTA and internationally to take part in our city’s beautiful tribute to Caribbean culture: the Toronto Caribbean Carnival!

(*Unofficial reporting, based on our independent compilation)






BAND: Costume Creators Cultural Arts
2018 THEME: Birds of Paradise
BAND LAUNCH DATE: Saturday, May 5, 2018

BAND LEADER(S): Whitfield Belasco

MAS CAMP LOCATION:

WEBSITE
EMAIL
FACEBOOK:
TWITTER:

For photos, pricing, and additional details, please connect with the bands and section leaders directly:

COSTUME SECTION 01: TBA
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): 
COLOURS: Pink, white

COSTUME SECTION 02: TBA
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): 
COLOURS: Blue, lime

COSTUME SECTION 03: TBA
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG):
COLOURS: Purple, yellow

COSTUME SECTION 04: TBA
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): 
COLOURS: Red, gold

COSTUME SECTION 05: TBA
SECTION LEADER CONTACT:
COLOURS: Red, yellow, lime

COSTUME SECTION 06: TBA 
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG):
COLOURS: White, red

COSTUME SECTION 07: TBA
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): 
COLOURS: Peach, white

COSTUME SECTION 08: TBA
SECTION LEADER CONTACT: 
COLOURS: White, silver

COSTUME SECTION 09: TBA 
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): 
COLOURS: Green

COSTUME SELECTION 10:
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): 
COLOURS: 

_____________________________________________________
We are here to support Toronto Carnival and promote Caribbean culture in Canada! We may not catch all details...but we're striving to be thorough! Please contact us at services@kyapublishing.com if we've missed anything or anyone!

SPONSORED BY @CARNIVALSPOTLIGHT

CARNIVAL SPOTLIGHT // Toronto’s former reggae dancehall princess Delia Chinn is drawn back into a seductive party lifestyle when she meets Jessica and Victor, members of the Groovy Massive soca dance group. Although Delia’s self-esteem is on the rise, it’s at the expense of her relationship with Ryan and their five-year marriage...a marriage that may not survive her first carnival season. // KYA PUBLISHING (2014)

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Toronto @CarnivalSpotlight: FANTAZIA CARNIVAL

FOR THE LOVE OF TORONTO CARNIVAL AND THE PRESERVATION OF CARIBBEAN CULTURE IN CANADA!

We love Carnival, we love Toronto, and we love to celebrate the beautiful elements of this Caribbean tradition! This year we’ll be featuring the details of ALL masquerade band’s presentation/costume details, to encourage carnival enthusiasts from within the GTA and internationally to take part in our city’s beautiful tribute to Caribbean culture: the Toronto Caribbean Carnival!

(*Unofficial reporting, based on our independent compilation)


BAND: Fantazia Carnival
2018 THEME: Elements
BAND LAUNCH DATE: Saturday, April 28, 2018

BAND LEADER(S): Will and Lisa Morton

MAS CAMP LOCATION:

EMAIL
FACEBOOK:
TWITTER:

For photos, pricing, and additional details, please connect with the bands and section leaders directly:

COSTUME SECTION 01: Elements of Minerals
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @Annalisa4039 
COLOURS: Purple, pink

COSTUME SECTION 02: Elements of Earth
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @BeastCarnival
COLOURS: Peach, blue, green

COSTUME SECTION 03: Elements of Spirit
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @CarnivalCrashers
COLOURS: Gold, black, teal

COSTUME SECTION 04: Elements of Convexity
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @Annalisa4039
COLOURS: Black, purple, pink

COSTUME SECTION 05: Elements of Plasma
SECTION LEADER CONTACT: Lois
COLOURS: Pink, blue, orange

COSTUME SECTION 06: Elements of Ice and Water
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @Annalisa4039
COLOURS: Peach, baby blue

COSTUME SECTION 07: Elements of Psion 
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @peter__4 @2b_benoit
COLOURS: Purple, lime, pink

COSTUME SECTION 08: Elements of Magic
SECTION LEADER CONTACT: Jada and Will
COLOURS: Rainbow

COSTUME SECTION 09: Elements of Hydrogen
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @QuixoticCarnival
COLOURS: White, silver

COSTUME SELECTION 10: Elements of Time
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @AdoreMas2018
COLOURS: Lime, purple

_____________________________________________________
We are here to support Toronto Carnival and promote Caribbean culture in Canada! We may not catch all details...but we're striving to be thorough! Please contact us at services@kyapublishing.com if we've missed anything or anyone!

SPONSORED BY @CARNIVALSPOTLIGHT

CARNIVAL SPOTLIGHT // Toronto’s former reggae dancehall princess Delia Chinn is drawn back into a seductive party lifestyle when she meets Jessica and Victor, members of the Groovy Massive soca dance group. Although Delia’s self-esteem is on the rise, it’s at the expense of her relationship with Ryan and their five-year marriage...a marriage that may not survive her first carnival season. // KYA PUBLISHING (2014)

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Friday, May 4, 2018

COOL ROCK // Why Roots Reggae Will Never Go Out of Style

Roots reggae is the heart and soul of reggae music. While its mainstream popularity may fluctuate over the years, and it is often subject to trends and social movements, it still remains a staple of Jamaican culture, and an eternal asset to the genre of reggae music because its central tenets will never change. Roots reggae will never go out of style because by nature, it is rooted in messages of reality, Black/African pride, themes of spirituality, honouring God, and the preservation of social consciousness. It is an underground movement that continues to grow, indefinitely.

Distinguished by its minor key melodies, strong vocals, smooth and soulful basslines, and "militant rockers rhythms," roots reggae is clearly defined by messages of politics, observation of the people, and a keen awareness of Jamaica's colonial past and global appeal.

After the 1966 visit of Haile Selassie to Jamaica, political unrest became a common feature of roots reggae music, along with an increased spiritual awakening in themes and lyrics. Complimenting the drums, bass, guitar, organs, and percussion, were the truthful words of every day life and the thoughts and aspirations of the every day Jamaican.

It was in the 1960s that Jamaicans began to dramatically increase their presence in the U.K., the U.S., and Canada, as well as parts of Europe due to changes in immigration law, and this is naturally when the reach of Jamaican culture and reggae music also began to take flight internationally. It can be said that the zenith of roots reggae music, thus far, was significantly reached in the late 70s as a result.

Not only did Jamaican legends Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, and Peter Tosh and countless talented others cement themselves into roots reggae history around this time, but it was also a time of international resistance, where reggae served as a fitting soundtrack to passionate movements of culture, spirituality, and love.

Around this time, reggae music took over the hearts of every race, continent, and lifestyle with commonalities rooted in human nature and justice. Large festivals in Jamaica emerged, encouraging the mass appreciation of the music and the attendance of international fans, but it was also a time of celebrations in Europe, northern California and other locales as these powerful messages inspired music lovers of all origins.

Now, there are reggae music festivals in every corner of the globe. From the Jamaican traditions of Sunsplash and Rebel Salute, to the Ottawa Reggae Festival in Canada, Reggae on the River and the Kaya Fest in California, to reggae festivals in Springfield, Montana, Australia, New Zealand, Brazile, India, Korea's "Rise Again" festival, concerts in the Philippines, Croatia, and Sri Lanka, with reggae fan bases in France, "Reggae Jam" in Germany, and the popular "Rototom Sunsplash" event in Spain.

No other music inspires such unity and consistent dedication to the truth as roots reggae music does. Along with lover's rock, and other sub-genres of reggae music, roots reggae is an accessible form of the music that international audiences are most receptive to, and appreciative of. It is a music that benefits the well-being of mankind.

The 80s ushered in an era of dancehall music that has yet to simmer down. A change in the times, a new kind of global awareness, and a more aggressive and faster paced momentum made dancehall the new dominant sound in reggae music. While roots reggae still existed, it was the dancehall artists that were making new waves and hitting international music charts.

While the dancehall scene was gaining steam, two Jamaican artists were coming of age on the island. Now in their 30s, trends and charts didn't keep roots reggae DJ Yaadcore and roots reggae recording artist Iba MaHr away from the essence of the genre.

He was the first to play Kabaka Pyramid and Chronixx on Jamaican radio, and now tours as the official DJ for recording artist Protoje in addition to developing his international roots reggae musical brand Dubwise. Yaadcore (aka Rory Cha) integrated the influence of his selector father's Mandeville-based sound Love People International, and developed a career in the industry based on the energy of the music.

"Roots reggae...goes along with the positive word sounds to uplift the people," Yaadcore told BoomShots.com. "Music is for healing, not misleading...I was always conscious of this even when I used to play all types of music. This is when I realized if I wanted to protect my son from these type of lyrics, I would also want to do the same for other youths and the people in general."

Yaadcore's signature event Dubwise began as as weekly event on Wednesday nights in Kingston, and has developed into a travelling brand with roots in Miami, Washington, D.C., Trinidad, and NYC with contributions from international reggae DJs like Corey Chase, Dutty Bookman, Lion Twins, and DJ Gringo to name a few.

Yaadcore's goal: to reintroduce authentic roots dub reggae to spaces that are accessible by mainstream audiences. For this reason, he no longer DJs other genres of reggae, and has stopped accepting bookings in any other genre.

One of the spaces he will be permeating is Toronto nightclub Nest, where Yaadcore will be a part of the COOL ROCK event, hosted by Chris Dubbs. A Jamaican-Canadian producer and reggae radio personality, Chris Dubbs (the host of The Vibe Drive on Toronto's urban alternative radio station VIBE 105.5fm) is also dedicated to keeping the legacy of roots reggae flourishing in his hometown of Toronto, Canada as a whole, and over the airwaves.

"I love reggae music, and I want to ensure that the generations of Canadians that come after my generation continue to love and support reggae music in its purest form," said Dubbs. "All around the world there are thriving reggae music scenes, festivals, and ambassadors of all nationalities...I want to use my radio program, and my events to contribute to the presence of reggae music. I don't ever want to see it lose its natural vibration."

Yaadcore will be headlining COOL ROCK, Dubbs' roots reggae-specific event on May 11, 2018. Dubbs plans to have COOL ROCK remain a staple in the Canadian reggae music scene in the spirit of unity and positive vibrations. Also performing live at Nest Toronto for COOL ROCK will be Toronto-based DJs Black Reaction, Lindo P, Chris Dubbs, and DJ Tyrone, along with a special appearance for the first time in Canada, Jamaican recording artist Iba MaHr.

"Roots reggae gives you a feeling that speaks directly to your spirit," said Dubbs, who has been DJing reggae music in Toronto since his teen years in the 90s. "This is the original form of reggae music, and we owe it to our predecessors and the reggae music industry as a whole to make sure that this feeling continues to be transferred around the world. This is the feeling that makes so many people globally love and respect Jamaican people and the messages we represent in music and actions."

This is a sentiment that all lovers of roots reggae express: the focus on unity, one love, and cultural awareness...without the jokes or playful insults found in dancehall or soundclash culture. While the overall origin remains the same, it is the specific intention that drives roots reggae connoisseurs to stay true to themes of progress.

"I take pleasure in doing love songs," said Jamaican recording artist Iba MaHr, who will also be featured at the May 11 COOL ROCK event in Toronto. "Essentially, I am inspired to sing about real life occurrences, but in reality as artistes, we create melodies then connect words to them to craft stories that reflect other people's live."

Mario Greaves adopted the name Iba MaHr, as it represents humility and calm, as well as an homage to the Ethiopian province of Harar (hence, MaHR = Mario of Harar). Writing songs since high school, he began to perform after being his encouraged by his peers at the University of Technology where he studied towards a B.A. in Computing and Management.

Breaking into the musical scene with a 2008 song "Had It, Lost It" on a compilation album, he then went on to have a hit song on the VP Record's 2012 Reggae Gold Album ("Will I Wait") followed by tours of Europe and various festivals, before touring in the U.S. with Kabaka Pyramid in 2015.

Iba MaHr's debut album "Diamond Sox" debuted on the Billboard reggae charts at #7, and the iTunes reggae charts at #4 in 2015. The following year, he toured Europe, and also became a brand ambassador for the Bob Marley corporation and products.

Inspired by Rastafari, Iba MaHr--as accurately named--remains humble and calm, and continues to communicate messages of spirituality and love into the universe.

From the originators of the genre, to the latest musicians to promote Jamaica's national treasure, roots reggae music has stood the test of time, and has a permanent staying power precisely because it comes from good, and it promotes good.

According to Iba MaHr: "People need redemption songs, especially in these times of division and world crisis. I can only say that reggae music is a medium through which we connect and touch people in any situation, so I work to preserve its legacy."





Written by Stacey Marie Robinson for Kya Publishing's "Urban Toronto Tales."


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

@CarnivalSpotlight on Carnival Makeup Artist: BESOS

@BeatByBesos
She is affectionately known as Besos, and carnival makeup just became a part of her repertoire around eight years ago. Before there was makeup, there was a girl who was a natural artist from infancy, who had an eye for aesthetics and could always be found painting, drawing, or decorating. Discovering the art of makeup didn't happen until her teenage years, and it wasn't under her early twenties that Besos began to get creative with her makeup designs.

The elements of artistry in the whimsical world of Caribbean Carnival are widespread. They span various disciplines in a way that encourages participants to seek, enjoy, and repeat their interactions with the products. Indefinitely. In fact, the industry of Caribbean Carnival is so vast that it has developed into a year-round enterprise where musicians, designers, dancers, and all related artistic masterminds can effortlessly move from one carnival locale to another, month to month, and country to country, in order to enjoy the vibe that is the brilliant experience of mas.

Costumes dominate the carnival experience--from a participant's perspective--because they involve the act of individual selection, innovation, competition, and of course exhilaration as masqueraders join with a particular group of revellers for that particular carnival's season.

A tradition, much like pan competitions, calypso/soca singing contests, and parades of floats, the wearing of costumes is a definite highlight of the contemporary carnival experience. Costumes give masqueraders an intangible electricity. Carefully selected colours and fabrics compliment skin tones and body types. Participants of all ages, sizes, and races instantly equalize as they select a costume for parade day. It is within this costume that the climax of their carnival experience takes place.

Costume: GAIA by Jeannine for Carnival Nationz, Toronto
Wearing this costume can be an act of flaunting...or an act of fun, but any carnival enthusiast knows that it is the glimmer of fabrics, wave of feathers, and glistening of beads that make the presentation aspect an important one. And at the centre of this artistry is another creative soul who has the honour of  highlighting the costume and clothing with flair and eccentricity: the makeup artist.

Much like dancers, theatre performers, and even brides, the makeup of a masquerader is allowed to be bold, risky, and of course show-stopping on the day of display. Meant to highlight the best features of the individual as well as the outfit, the makeup is the ultimate finishing touch to the presentation of mas.

Costume: EMPOWERED by Jeannine
for Carnival Nationz, Toronto
From Trinidad to the UK, the United States, and right here in Canada, there are always a handful of experts who have perfected the art of makeup application and enhancing costumes. They are overbooked for band launches and photoshoots, pulling long hours for carnival days and evening fetes, and they are so full of talent that their individual legacies are also becoming a staple element of the carnival experience.

Besos--who expertly specializes in SFX and Halloween makeup, body art, body painting, weddings, and overall glamour year around--is also known as a Carnival Makeup Queen. She has contributed to many beautiful presentations in mas from Toronto to her native country of Trinidad.

Even with all of the various disciplines of makeup artistry in her arsenal, there is a special exhilaration she gets from applying carnival makeup in particular.

"Every year is loaded with awesome memories, but the best part is the joy and happiness on my client's faces when they feel extra beautiful in their costumes, with their faces #BeatByBesos," she said.

"This is a look I created, for
practice," said Besos.
Naturally, the appeal of playing with "glitter and bling" makes the process of carnival makeup artistry extra appealing for the artistically intrigued. Besos notes that it's also getting to work closely with the carnival designers, and helping to create beautiful looks that compliment their costumes that makes the process a fulfilling one.

Her must-have tools of the trade: "A good jet black liner, flawless medium-to-full coverage foundations with the appropriate undertones (no ash), and lots of eye and lip colours!"

In an era of a cosmetic industry boom, with numerous appealing brands to select from, Besos has not committed to a particular product or origin. Instead, she gravitates towards various textures, what works best with her and particular clients, and what colours stand out to her. Pinpointing a favourite brand wasn't necessary--she is always able to find selections based on the individual and their personal objectives.

"Making people feel beautiful and empowered with my makeup and body art designs inspires me to be better, every time," said Besos, who also serves as the director of makeup at Toronto's Vanity Bar on Queen Street.West.

Whether she is doing a special effect for a targeted project (Besos recently did makeup for the "Fix Yuh" Raptors anthem music video), or blessing a bride with a soft and memorable application, Besos is a genuine artist at heart. To excel at makeup artistry, within the traditions of the Caribbean carnival, is a welcome and enjoyable bonus.

Besos' makeup designs are visible online via Instagram at @BeatByBesos and on Facebook at Art by Besos. She can also be reached for other aesthetic services via email at IslandBesosMakeup@gmail.com.




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Written by Stacey Marie Robinson for Kya Publishing's "Urban Toronto Tales" blog.

Toronto @CarnivalSpotlight: SUNLIME MAS

FOR THE LOVE OF TORONTO CARNIVAL AND THE PRESERVATION OF CARIBBEAN CULTURE IN CANADA!

We love Carnival, we love Toronto, and we love to celebrate the beautiful elements of this Caribbean tradition! This year we’ll be featuring the details of ALL masquerade band’s presentation/costume details, to encourage carnival enthusiasts from within the GTA and internationally to take part in our city’s beautiful tribute to Caribbean culture: the Toronto Caribbean Carnival!

(*Unofficial reporting, based on our independent compilation)





BAND: Sunlime Mas
2018 THEME: Reign
BAND LAUNCH DATE: Saturday, April 28, 2018

BAND LEADER(S)

MAS CAMP LOCATION: 80 Midwest Road, Unit #20

WEBSITEwww.sunlime.ca
EMAIL
TWITTER: www.twitter.com/sunlimemas

For photos, pricing, and additional details, please connect with the bands and section leaders directly:

COSTUME SECTION 01: Mermaid
SECTION LEADER CONTACT: nicemas@gmail.com
COLOURS: Blue, silver

COSTUME SECTION 02: Victorian Empire
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @Oasis.mas 
COLOURS: White, purple

COSTUME SECTION 03: Utopian Dynasty
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @dynastycollectiveintl 
COLOURS: Red

COSTUME SECTION 04: Maleficent and the Shapeshifting Diaval 
SECTION LEADER CONTACT: sweetdread@live.ca
COLOURS: Black, purple, red

COSTUME SECTION 05: Persephone
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @designsbymary 
COLOURS: Lavender, orange

COSTUME SECTION 06: Queen Charlotte's Court
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @islandlimerz 
COLOURS: Blue, yellow

COSTUME SECTION 07: Mavia of Arabia
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @oasis.mas
COLOURS: Pink, fuschia

COSTUME SECTION 08: Queen of Sheba
SECTION LEADER CONTACT (IG): @bernzrichland 
COLOURS: Lime, pink, blue

_____________________________________________________
We are here to support Toronto Carnival and promote Caribbean culture in Canada! We may not catch all details...but we're striving to be thorough! Please contact us at services@kyapublishing.com if we've missed anything or anyone!

SPONSORED BY @CARNIVALSPOTLIGHT

CARNIVAL SPOTLIGHT // Toronto’s former reggae dancehall princess Delia Chinn is drawn back into a seductive party lifestyle when she meets Jessica and Victor, members of the Groovy Massive soca dance group. Although Delia’s self-esteem is on the rise, it’s at the expense of her relationship with Ryan and their five-year marriage...a marriage that may not survive her first carnival season. // KYA PUBLISHING (2014)

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Artwork of Master Ceramicist Homer Brown: An Exquisite Tribute to Black Women

I am in awe of the artistry of master ceramicist Homer Brown. This talented native of Jamaica is a humble and pleasant soul who creates the most stunning pieces that evoke not only the beauty of Black women, but the most detailed and loving depictions of the African spirit.

Art is not my area of expertise, yet I have been fixated on the images and emotions that just looking at the Homer Brown Collection evokes. While I can appreciate talent in many genres, and recognize the blessing that individuals have when it comes to building and crafting unique items...I do believe that Homer Brown has something special.

His signature sculptures are affectionately known as "Bumpy Heads," as distributed and celebrated in his hometown of Ocho Rios on the island of Jamaica where the works were originally inspired over ten years ago. A self-trained artist who has worked for various establishments in Jamaica and mentored with some of the best potters and visionaries, Homer has now taken his message of self-love and the celebration of black beauty internationally.

Last month at Toronto's DW Alexander, the Homer Brown Collection had a special showcase where the public was able to view the pieces that make up his latest collection, along with celebrate the launch of his website HomerBrown.com. Since then, the unique vases, paintings, and sculptures have been available for purchase and the impact thus far has been positive, and some might say long overdue.

Like many talented artists--confined by geography or oftentimes opportunity--Homer Brown has already established himself as an innovator in his field. His artwork leaves an impression. His structures are memorable. Anyone who has seen the fruits of his passion and years of skills training can see that he has something extraordinary. Something spiritual. Something praiseworthy.

Central to the collection of items is an evident love and admiration for African-Diasporic woman. From the hair texture, to the facial features, the carefully painted skin tones, and other culturally stimulating details, these pieces are an obvious token of respect and tribute to the Black woman, her strength, power, and beauty.

The BGroup of Jamaican Pottery noted that: "Homer is a sensitive and romantic individual. He has an exceptional insight into life. This is reflected in the wide spectrum of his subjects which range from classic African figures, to vivid flora and fauna, to large intense sculptural pieces with man and nature entwined. Homer's love of his work and personal high standards shows through in his art. The amount of detail that is presented makes his images lift from the surface of their clay canvas."

I applaud and revere this artist, not only because of his Jamaican heritage and obvious talent, but because his pieces are consistent with his persona; his observations and translations of nature, humans, and their breathtaking 3D textures are uplifting and exquisite.

Whenever someone as special as Homer Brown crosses our paths, I believe it is our duty to not only celebrate his artistry, but also to help communicate his powerful messages of self-love, African appreciation, and natural beauty. I wish him continued success as his website gains viewership and momentum internationally, and will continue to encourage the consumption of his creations, so art lovers and cultural connoisseurs can continue to take home a piece of this legacy.

All of Homer's current pieces are available through the newly launched website: HOMERBROWN.COM. His artwork is also on display on the Homer Brown Collection Instagram page, as well as his Facebook page Homer Arts.

View video of the Homer Brown Collection (please note that some of these one-of-a-kind pieces are no longer available). For an updated view of available items, visit the artist's website:


It will be a joy to see what comes next for this genuine talented, as he continues to expand his market and inspire his audiences with a small piece of this inspiring Collection. Wishing him all the best!

CONNECT WITH HOMER'S TORONTO-BASED TEAM:

EMAIL:
BrownHomer2@yahoo.com

PHONE:
647-528-8000

FACEBOOK:
Homer Arts (https://www.facebook.com/Homer-arts-1548592935457123/)

INSTAGRAM:
Homer Brown Collection (www.instagram.com/HomerBrownCollection)