TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL TORONTO: BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER
Every summer the streets of Toronto have come alive with the sights, sounds and spirit of the Caribbean. And every year it draws carnival fans young and old, near and far to celebrate their heritage, music and, of course, food. Come experience Toronto Caribbean Carnival for yourself!
THE YEARLY EVENTS
These are just a few of the dozens of events that take place throughout the three weeks of Carnival!
OFFICIAL LAUNCH TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL -- JULY 5, 2016
The official launch of the annual festival is a cultural showcase and celebration of the creative spirit of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival and events happening in and around the City of Toronto. It all starts here! Nathan Phillips Square 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
JUNIOR CARNIVAL PARADE AND FAMILY DAY -- JULY 16, 2016
The Junior Carnival and Family Day event is the opportunity to experience the cultural presentation of young performers participating as producers, performers and presenters. Malvern & Neilson Park 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
CARNIVAL ANNUAL BALL -- JULY 22, 2016
An elegant evening at the Liberty Grand gives the community the opportunity to recognize the historical impact of people who have volunteered countless hours to this festival over the years. Guests enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing and a sneak peek of the lively calypso, steelpan and masquerade of the festival to come.
KING & QUEEN SHOWCASE -- JULY 28, 2016
If you've never been to a King and Queen Competition, then get ready -- the Caribbean Carnival's King and Queen show brings elaborate costumes, pulsating music and friendly competition together for a night of big fun! Come cheer on these colourfully-costumed Kings and Queens as they dance to the rhythms of the Mas bands and see the new King and Queen crowned. As one of the most popular Carnival events, the King and Queen Competition regularly sells out, so get your tickets soon to get in on the action. Lamport Stadium
OSA PANORAMA/PAN ALIVE -- JULY 29, 2016
The Ontario Steelpan Association showcases the pulsing rhythms of the Caribbean as they treat the ears of Carnival-goers to the sounds of the Pan Alive Competition. There's no better way to experience the sounds of this traditional instrument from the lively heart of Trinidad and Tobago: the steel pan.
GRAND PARADE -- JULY 30, 2016
After months of preparation, masqueraders in colourful and striking costumes and steel pan bands wind their way from the assembly area at Exhibition Place along a 3.5-kilometer stretch on Lake Shore Boulevard. This event continues to draw millions from all over the world to see the live performing street art year after year and on live streaming.
Date: July 8 to 24, 2016 at 220 restaurants across Toronto
10 TOP TORONTO RESTAURANTS TO TRY FOR SUMMERLICIOUS 2016
Summertime in Toronto means festivals, sun-drenched patios and events to suit every style. For locals and visitors from near and far, summer in the city also means that Toronto's tastiest tradition is just around the corner - Summerlicious!
This year, 24 new participants will be added to the mix, and while the restaurant list is long (more than 220 strong!) the event is short. So if you're itching to start making reservations, but aren't sure where to begin your summer culinary cruise, start here.
From classic Italian to cozy Canadian to Asian fusion and everything in between, savour the flavours of summer 2016 with our top picks for this year's Summerlicious.