Caribana

The FMC renames the Caribana festival amid controversy

By ed 26.05.2011

The Festival Management Committee (FMC), the organization that has been running the summer Caribbean carnival for the past five years on behalf of the City of Toronto, has renamed it the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival (STCC) since it is no longer allowed to legally use the name Caribana, a registered trade mark of the Caribana Arts Group (CAG). The move follows an Ontario Superior Court ruling two weeks ago in favour of the CAG which replaced the Caribbean Cultural Committee (CCC), the founders and owners of the festival.

Caribana was launched by a group of Caribbean community members in 1967 as a way of celebrating Canada’s centenary.

The new name was unveiled yesterday.

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Our responsibility to stop City’s takeover of Caribana

By ed 26.05.2011

By LENNOX FARRELL

Once upon a time in old Trinidad & Tobago, if in a court you were facing imprisonment for an offence, and the police maliciously informed the judge that you were a ‘panman’, that is someone who “does make noise beatin’ pan”, you could get an additional six months in jail. Civilized people just didn’t ‘beat pan’!

Once in that T&T, being a ‘kaisoman’ or calypsonian meant to the authorities that you could only have come from the low-class dregs of the undesirables in the society. Civilized people just didn’t ‘sing kaiso’!

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Time to decide where we stand on Caribana

By ed 26.05.2011

By ARNOLD A. AUGUSTE, Publisher/Editor

In a recent conversation, Denise Herrera-Jackson, the CEO of the Festival Management Committee (FMC), the organization which has run the Caribana festival for the past five years, told me that the FMC’s aim is to wean the festival off of the City of Toronto’s funding. She said her organization is working to attract sponsors for the festival which will make it less dependent on the city.

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CAG plans to fight FMC over Caribana

By ed 19.05.2011

By RON FANFAIR

The Caribana Arts Group (CAG) plans to legally challenge every move the Festival Management Committee (FMC) makes to run the Caribana Festival without a licensing agreement.

Last week, the Ontario Superior Court ruled that the FMC – which was created five years ago by the City of Toronto to administer the annual event – cannot use the name “Caribana” because it’s trademarked by the CAG which replaced the Caribbean Cultural Committee (CCC) that started the summer event 44 years ago.

At a media conference next Wednesday, the FMC will announce a new festival name and other plans for this year’s event.

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No Caribana this year?

By ed 19.05.2011

By ARNOLD A. AUGUSTE, Publisher/Editor

There will be no Caribana this year!

That got your attention, didn’t it?

For many in our community, there are very few things that would raise our ire more than there not being a Caribana. But we will leave that discussion for another day.

O.K. Here’s what’s been happening. The Festival Management Committee (FMC) which has been running the festival for the past five years has been using the name Caribana which is a registered trademark (wordmark) owned by the Caribana Arts Group (CAG), formerly the Caribbean Cultural Committee (CCC).

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Small Caribana grants an insult

By ed 14.05.2011

By RAPHAEL FRANCIS

A few weeks ago the headline in a local newspaper heralded the fact that the Festival Management Committee (FMC) received the paltry sum of $400,000 as a government grant to stage the 2011 CARIBANATM. Well “la di da” I thought but after yawning at the idea it occurred to me that the Caribbean community once again had been insulted and we somehow failed to realize the insult.

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