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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Ronnie and Caro Frontline Prices

The mas camp for Ronnie and Caro is up and running, open until 7:00pm so I will check them out soon to take another look at the costumes. The prices have been attracting a lot of interest for persons wanting cheaper costumes with the all inclusive price.

Front line costume prices are not on the website but I managed to get the information for all interested:

Pirate (not shown at the launch) - $3500.00

Moonlight on de Bocas - $3700.00

Down de Islands- $3500.00

Treasures - $3700.00

Jelly Fish - $3700.00

Wild Fish - $3900.00

Batimamzelle - $3900.00

WE Magazine!

What is billed as Canada's premiere West Indian Entertainment magazine, WE Magazine hit the streets on July 30th and WE is now available FREE, at all West Indian outlets across the GTA. I am pleased to announce that I wrote for WE magazine, you can check out my article "Leave me and my Mas Alone" in the inaugural issue and I look forward to being a contributing author in the future.

Soca icon, Machel Montano graces the cover of WE's inaugural issue, and on the inside he shares his personal spiritual philosophy in an exclusive interview with WE writer, Karen Richardson. Other features in the CARIBANA issue include a special feature on Marcus Eustace (renown Mas designer and brother to 8-time Carnival King Curtis Eustace), the story of CARIBANA, interviews with top Soca and Reggae artists (Tessane Chin, Da'Ville, Ghetto Flex, Tizzy, Zoelah and others), plus bits on food, travel, film, beauty, fitness and more. According to the president of WE Magazine, Tony Chankar, "each month WE Magazine will celebrate the vibrant arts, culture, history and natural beauty of the Caribbean and it's people, through first-rate editorials and spectacular photography".

Here is some more information on WE:

Why WE?

(by Anthony Joseph – Publisher)

WE is not an acronym for West Indian Entertainment, but rather a reflection of you and me. It mimics our community. It celebrates the Canadians we have become and the West Indian niche in Canada we have created. WE is a reflection of the old countries of the Caribbean and all of our island's cultures and people. It celebrates what we have brought to our new northern home.

WE aims to represent you in the way you would expect to be in a quality periodical. WE will bring you the stories that matter to you. WE will keep you in the loop with what's happening within our community here in Canada and in the West Indies .

When the executives of WE Magazine first got together, it was with the intention of sharing ideas on marketing for our respective businesses. At the table was Tony Chankar (The Printing Press), one of our community's top printers, Jef Lo who operates the #1 West Indian website in the world (, Jason Singh (president of Soca Bookings) and myself Anthony Joseph, president of the #1 Caribbean newspaper serving the people of Toronto (The Caribbean Camera). Jef spoke about the number of people he met daily who expressed the need for a glossy, sexy Canadian mag that caters to the young at heart. The thought quickly gathered a life of its own and the next step was obvious - create a mag ourselves. Fill the gap ourselves. We took guidance from the old saying: Don't complain about it, just do it.

But even among a group of go-getters, ideas can die on the page moments after such sessions, but to my surprise Jason returned later with some compelling statistics that indicated that WE had to be created. Still, I did not think that my time or lack of it would permit me to be a part of such an enterprise, but with the encouragement of Raynier Maharaj, my business partner at the Caribbean Camera, passing on this exciting project was not an option. So here we are.

We intend to make WE your go-to periodical at month’s end when you can kick back, relax and dip into the glossy pages for perspectives on West Indian Canadian lifestyles, sport, entertainment, fashion, the spoken and written word in prose or verse written by some of the hippest writers in our community.

We will welcome your participation by keeping our editorial doors wide open because WE doesn't belong to only the people entrusted with its publishing and day-to-day operations, but to the people WE Magazine serves. WE is all of us.

For more information visit

Caribana Photos and Results

For photos from Caribana 2007 visit I really thought many of the bands looked great with Carnival Nationz Lion Tamer and Cotton Candy a standout. This year Carnival Nationz did not retain their Band of the Year title, being dethroned by Toronto Revellers and Saldenah coming in second. Congrats to all the winners of this year's Caribana.

CARIBANA Band of the Year 2007 (Unofficial)

Category A
1. Toronto Revellers
2. Saldenah Mas-K Club
3. Carnival Nationz
4. Mas Toronto
5. Callaloo
6. Caribbean Connection
7. Arnold Hughes & Assoc.
8. Calabash Company

Category B+C
1. Tribal Knights
2. Borokeete Canada
3. Evolution Carnival
4. Pleasure Players
5. Nip Davis & Assoc.
6. Mas Players International
7. Bazodee Connection
8. Scarborough Caribbean Sports Club

For full CARIBANA results go to:
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