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article imageToronto gets ready for 46th Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Special

By KJ Mullins     May 21, 2013 in World
Toronto - It's almost time for Toronto's biggest and most colourful party, Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival. This year the carnival will run from July 9 to August 4 with activities that everyone can enjoy.
Today at the Ontario Science Centre the media was treated to a preview of this year's Carnival.
With the sizzling beat from the Toronto All Stars Steel Orchestra the scene was set for this year's Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival. Hosted by CP24's Pooja Handa the media event highlighted the importance of the annual Carnival. This year will see more events and slightly different parade routes for both the Junior Carnival and the Grand Parade.
The Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival has been a part of Toronto's summer for the past 46 years. With parades, rugby, galas and exciting music the Carnival brings Island culture to the streets, entertaining city visitors and residents alike. MPP Laura Albanese said that the Carnival brings in $132 million in tourism dollars. "It's the biggest party in North America," Albanese said adding, "Ontario is leading Canada in tourism and the Carnival is a big part of that. The festival raises Toronto's character profile."
It s time to get ready for Scotiabank s Caribbean Festive 2013
It's time to get ready for Scotiabank's Caribbean Festive 2013
Scotiabank has been a proud partner with the Carnival for years. “In 2008, we became title sponsor of the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival -- the largest North American Caribbean festival of its kind. I’m proud to say that once again, Scotiabank has extended our partnership for another three years,” said Christine Williams, Scotiabank Vice President, Toronto East District. “This partnership started an exciting new chapter for Scotiabank because the Caribbean is where the Bank’s international story began.”
On July 9 the Caribbean is coming to Nathan Phillip's Square to warm up the city for the month long party with dancers, musicians and calypso singers.
It s time to get ready for Scotiabank s Caribbean Festive 2013
It's time to get ready for Scotiabank's Caribbean Festive 2013
The Carnival is more than just entertainment with donations raised for charity. This year the Festival is supporting the Children's Breakfast Club, The Caribbean Children's Foundation, Prostate Cancer Canada and The Sickle Awareness Group of Ontario. There are also Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival scholarships to Seneca College going to five Scarborough students; Dinero Davis, Temitope Owolabi, Joy Uhunmhansebhor, Irina Masner and Adam Murray.
Singer Dan Hill spoke about the importance of raising the awareness of prostate cancer, a disease that affects one out of six Black Canadian men. "The Carnival shows how much Toronto has changed," Hill said in a heartfelt moment. "When I was growing up in the 1950's my parents (Hill is biracial) couldn't find a place that would rent to them. My mother, who is white, would have to have a white male friend pose as her husband to rent an apartment." What hasn't changed enough Hill said is that men aren't going to their doctors to see if they have prostate cancer. "The disease is completely curable if it is caught early but not enough men are getting early detection. We have to think beyond ourselves and think about our families and keeping our families intact."
It s time to get ready for Scotiabank s Caribbean Festive 2013
It's time to get ready for Scotiabank's Caribbean Festive 2013
Ontario Science Centre CEO Lesley Lewis said that it's a natural fit between the Science Centre and the Carnival. For the fourth year innovations of the engineers of the colourful costumes are competing for the Ontario Science Centre Award for Innovation in Mas. "Science is not just in the labs," Lewis said happily.
The Ontario Science Centre's Dr. Hooley McLaughlin said that the Carnival is his favorite partnership with Science Centre. He said it says that "science is everywhere in our lives." To McLaughlin the importance of the festival is being able to start a dialogue about the science behind the costumes which are "the fabric of Canadian culture."
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