ANNUAL SCOTIABANK CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL GALA @ Liberty Grand – Exhibition Place (July 24, 2015)

By Bill Kwan

The 2015 Annual Gala is one of the most important nights of the year for people who “have a love” for celebrating “in-style” for The Annual Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival. It is a night to wear your finest formal attire to come out and celebrate the rich history of the Caribbean culture in the city of Toronto.

The evening starting off with the traditional Junior Carnival King and Queen leading into the VIP reception at the outdoor courtyard for cocktails, signature hors d’oeuvres and an award ceremony with an exquisite Caribbean dinner served quickly afterwards.

During the evening there was a showcase of calypso singers, steel pan performers and of course beautiful people wearing stunning masquerade costumes from many different Mas Camps. The models in costume also took part in a fashion show.

This year’s Gala was raising money for The Caribbean Children Foundation. The TCCF is continuously helping sick children from the Caribbean who travel to Canada seeking medical care.

The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural celebration of Caribbean music and cuisine. It has long become a major annual international event and one of the largest cultural festivals of its kind in North America. The city will explode with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands.

Some of the sponsors for this year’s festival include: Scotiabank, Willow Springs Winery, The Toronto Star, CTV, CP24, Carib, El Dorado Rum, The Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), the Ontario Science Centre, OLG, Guinness and the Liberty Grand.

For more information about the programs and events, please visit the festival’s official website at


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