Caribana Gala to honour pioneers

Tickets are now available for the second annual Scotiabank Caribana Gala and dance. This high-end event features “Carnival Music and Artistry” and is an evening to honour the works of the pioneers of the Caribana Festival.

The Gala will be held on Friday, July 24, 2009 at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex on the grounds of the CNE in Toronto.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the sit-down dinner begins at 7:30 p.m.  There will be a dance following the dinner with music by the Ozzie Gurley band. Dress for the party is being called “Creative Formal.”

Last year, the Gala sold out long before the event.  This year, interest in the party continues to grow.  Single tickets for the Gala cost $150.00 and are available from the Festival Management Committee’s downtown Toronto offices (263 Davenport Avenue, Lower Level) or on-line at

Net proceeds from the Gala go to the Caribana Arts Foundation which was formed in 2008 to enhance and develop the quality of knowledge and leadership in the field of carnival culture and arts in Canada.

The Scotiabank Caribana Festival is an exciting two-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. Now in its 42nd year, it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As Caribana is an international cultural phenomenon, the great metropolis of Toronto and its environs will come alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Chutney and Steel Pan music.

The Festival Management Committee oversees the running of North America’s largest outdoor festival.

This year, the Official Launch for the Festival will take place at Noon on Tuesday July 14.  The main parade will be staged on Saturday, August 1, 2009; 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. For complete listing information, visit

 Scotiabank Caribana 2009 Festival Office is located at 263 Davenport Avenue, Lower Level; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Tel: 416-391-5608; Fax: 416-391-5693; Email:

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