Caribbean Community Engagement in partnership with The Niagara Parks Commission present Niagara Caribbean Festival, an exciting new cultural festival set in the picturesque setting of Queen Victoria Park facing one of the world’s wonders – Niagara Falls.
This weekend the superb park grounds will come alive with Caribbean music, dance, Carnival costumes and more. The festival offers a family-friendly programme of entertainment and a range of mouth-watering island cuisine to suit all tastes.
Included in the programme, throughout the weekend is Canadian Calypso Monarch Joel Davis, a.k.a. Connector, who will be featured along with the Bacchanal Drummers, the Hummingbird Tassa Drummers, steelband music bythe Steel Bandits and PK Hummingbird Steel Orchestra, plus popular reggae artist Monty Hama.
The Festival begins on Friday August 18 at 7:30 pm, on the Queen Victoria Park Stage, with musical performances by Monty Hama, the Steel Bandits and Connector, followed by a fireworks display at 10:00 pm. The winning costume of the 2017 Peeks’ Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s Junior Carnival competition will be on display, along with the Queen costume of the Venom Carnival masquerade band.Face-painting is being offered free to children by renowned Carnival Arts designer Christopher Pinheiro, artistic director of Swizzlestick Theatre, who recently returned from a 5-month stint in Trinidad where he produced a short film titled “Pierrott Noir’ for the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival.
Niagara Caribbean Festival is part of a calendar of Carnival Arts events being developed by Caribbean Community Engagement (CCE) to create partnerships across the province of Ontario and designed to engage local communities in cultural exchange. The festival is designed to bring a taste of the Caribbean to Canada’s iconic tourist and honeymoon region and intended to complement the Niagara Region Tourism vision of promoting distinctiveness and cultural individuality of the region.