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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE I can hardly believe that 35 years has passed since the very first Cariwest Parade. My family like so many others that emigrated from the West Indies in the 60, 70s and 80s wanted to hang on to their Caribbean Culture. They loved to share the finest aspects of the Caribbean like the food, arts and music with their new Canadian friends. First it started with forming Caribbean music and Steel bands, then Costumes were created for Caribbean Themed entries in the Klondike parade and finally in 1984 Edmonton got a Carnival all its own. A year later the Western Carnival Development Association was established, and the Caribbean Style Carnival was called Carifete. After it was discovered another organization had held the rights to that name and, CARIWEST was born. Everyone came together to plan and the City of Edmonton gave us the streets as our stage! I loved it then…I have not missed one in 35 Years… and I love it even more now. The Cariwest Board of Directors is thrilled to bring you a fantastic show in celebration of 35 years of Celebrating our Caribbean Culture. We have posted some picture of past festivals over the last 35 years to honour all those who have put in their time and effort over the years. So this Cariwest go grab some real Caribbean Soul food on Herc Street, Sip a cool one in the Smatts Rum Garden, Dance in the Streets in our colourful Carnival Parade, be mesmerized by our Stage performances and then go Jump up Saturday night at one of 2 fetes “Island Rave” or the Big People Party... On behalf of the Board of Directors I wish you a Safe and Happy Cariwest Festival Weekend!

Annamarie Edwards President WCDA, Cariwest


We would like to acknowledge that our festival takes place on Treaty 6 territory, including the home of the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, and Nakota Sioux.


August 10–12, 2018

Dear Friends: I would like to extend my warmest greetings to everyone attending the 35th annual Cariwest Festival in Edmonton. This event offers a wonderful opportunity for participants to celebrate the culture and heritage of Edmonton’s Caribbean community. I am sure that everyone in attendance will enjoy the many activities planned for this year’s edition of the festival. I would like to thank the Western Carnival Development Association for bringing this festival to the community and for ensuring its success, year after year. Events such as this one remind us that diversity is our greatest strength. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I offer my best wishes for an enjoyable and memorable experience.. Sincerely,

The Rt. Hon. Justin P.J. Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada

MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER OF ALBERTA On behalf of the Government of Alberta, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone to Capital Plaza for Cariwest 2019. As summer gets into full swing, Edmonton’s Caribbean communities bring the excitement with this vibrant annual festival. Cariwest is a feast for the senses—an opportunity to experience carnival culture and the unique character of the Caribbean. I know Albertans and visitors alike will delight in the music, dancing, arts, crafts, fashion and food, as well as the warm hospitality of the capital region.

SSAGE FROM THE This event is a wonderful expression of our province’s diversity and a celebration of MIER OF ALBERTA

the people who carried these rich traditions with them to Alberta. Many thanks to the Western Carnival Development Association for 35 years of bringing the Caribbean to full swing, Edmonton’s Caribbean communities bring the Western Canada and making Cariwest a highlight of Edmonton’s festival season. Thank vibrant annual festival. Cariwest is a feast for the senses—an ience carnival culture and the unique character of theas Caribbean. you well to the sponsors, performers and volunteers for all your hard work to make this d visitors alike will delight in the music, dancing, arts, crafts, well as the warm hospitality of the capital region. event a success.

vernment of Alberta, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone to iwest 2019.

erful expression of our province’s diversity and a celebration of ed these rich traditions with them to Alberta. Many thanks to Development Association for 35 years of bringing the n Canada and making Cariwest a highlight of Edmonton’s k you as well to the sponsors, performers and volunteers for all ake this event a success.

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Enjoy the festivities!

Hon Jason Kenney Premier of Alberta

MESSAGE FROM HIS WORSHIP MAYOR DON IVESON On behalf of City Council and the people of Edmonton, I welcome everyone to the 35th annual Cariwest Festival. Cariwest offers Edmontonians the opportunity to experience the vibrancy of our city’s thriving Caribbean community. Featuring elaborate costumes, Caribbean cuisine, theatre, dance, music and a parade, the Cariwest Festival is one of the largest and most popular Caribbean events in Western Canada. Cariwest adds a unique flair to our city’s festival season and demonstrates how diversity makes our city a more spectacular and enjoyable place to live. I thank the Western Carnival Development Association, along with their volunteers and sponsors for organizing this festival. Your passion and enthusiasm help to make Edmonton a brighter, livelier and more connected city. Enjoy the festival!

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MESSAGE FROM DAVID SHEPHERD, MLA, EDMONTON-CENTRE On behalf of Rachel Notley & all my colleagues in Alberta’s Official Opposition, it’s my pleasure to welcome you to the 35th Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival! For decades, tens of thousands of immigrants have made their way from many Caribbean countries to build new lives in Canada. My own father made his way to Edmonton from Trinidad and Tobago in 1967. And though they’ve, at times, faced challenges of isolation & discrimination, they’ve also worked for and embraced opportunities to work, thrive and contribute to their communities as residents and citizens of Canada. Cariwest springs from the many community organizations that formed to provide a supportive, social space for Caribbean-Canadians to celebrate their unique cultures and heritage. And every year for 35 years running, thousands of Edmonton residents have continued to come out to enjoy the amazing costumes, music, dance and food that is part of who we are. At a time when some seek to divide use along lines of culture, ethnicity, faith or who we love, I believe it’s more important than ever that we recognize and celebrate the rich diversity of cultures that contribute to and strengthen our province. And so I’d like to thank all of the staff, volunteers and celebrants – past and present – who’ve continued to come together to express pride in their heritage and throw one of the best weekend parties in Edmonton since 1984. Here’s to another 35!

David Shepherd MLA, Edmonton-Centre

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Friday, AUGUST 9 The Cariwest festival officially opens with the costume extravaganza at 7pm! Get a sneak peak of the large parade costumes and enjoy some great Caribbean cuisine and entertainment. This is a competitive night for participating bands to show case their larger than life costumes and compete for the title of King and Queen of the Bands.

Location: CAPITAL Plaza

Saturday, AUGUST 10 Cariwest Parade The Cariwest parade starts in downtown Edmonton and will make its way towards the final destination at Capital Plaza located at 9820 – 107 ST. The parade consists of several Mas Bands displaying their many months of costume design and imagination. Dancing their way down the streets of downtown Edmonton, this is their moment to shine. 100 St.

Jasper Ave.


107 St.

FINISH Caribbean Village (a.k.a Capital Plaza) Caribbean Village will open at noon and closes at 11PM. Enjoy Caribbean cuisine, spirits, merchandise and entertainment! Parade is expected to enter the village at approximately 2PM.

Sunday, AUGUST 11 Caribbean Village (a.k.a – Capital Plaza) will open at noon and closes at 9PM. Come “Lime wit’ we” – just sit back and enjoy an afternoon in the Caribbean Village! Be entertained by many local artists performing dance, song and instrumentals, not to mention live Steelband performances. Kid Zone is open from noon to 4PM – Children will enjoy arts & crafts, games and more!

Caribbean Village Merchant & Food Vendors MERCHANTS Vendor Name

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Africart Plus More


T.H.R. Henna


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Mamadou Coulibaly Service






Safari Crafts


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Karen’s by Design


Bahati Creations


Chrishano Crafts


FOOD TENTS Vendor Name

Vendor Name

Booth #

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Tags N Flags


Cariwest Information Tent


Explore Edmonton


TD Bank


Kids Culture Zone (JANA/NBCC) 20 St. Johns Ambulance 31


Vendor Name

Booth #

Safrons 21

Paradise Grill


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Pot Luck


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Sagar Jerk Kitchen 30

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Look who is coming to Cariwest 2019 For 2019, Cariwest is bringing some of the most exciting live entertainment and taste of Caribbean culture to Edmonton’s Federal Plaza August 9‑11. Here are a few highlights of some of our amazing performers this year. Foli “Foli” is the word used for rhythm by the Malinke tribe in West Africa. There is rhythm in everything that we do! The way we walk, the way we talk, the way we move. “We got the Foli, we got the rhythm in we soul…” Our Friday night show will showcase 3 cultural groups, ShaktiFlow, Wajjo, and Aboriginal drummers to show you how individually they interpret “Foli”. Trincan Steel Orchestra The Trincan Steel Orchestra was formed as a non-profit organization in Edmonton in 1982. Our founder, Cecil George, hails from the twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago - the birthplace of pan. Our passion lies in sharing this musical artform with others through public and private performances across Western Canada. Fire Breather Emran “Emmz” Cenac, St.Lucia - A native of St. Lucia, Emran Cenac is multi-talented entertainer who started his journey at age of ten. Singer, song writer, dancer, Emran continues to evolve his craft; however, his real expertise is fire eating, which is sure to capture to your imagination at Cariwest during our Friday Night Extravaganza. Back in Time - 90s Soca/Calypso Session Dj Sherman Hype takes us on a journey back to when Krosfyah was Pumping us up, Machel was telling us to hold onto the Big Truck, and Byron Lee & The Dragonaires was instructing us to do the Soca Butterfly...

Jaxx & LVL Exodus Toronto, Ontario - LVL Exodus is the next revolution in Caribbean Music, bringing the authentic sounds of Soca, Calypso and Top 40 Caribbean Pop to Cariwest 2019. From Reggae to Chutney, Bollywood and Hindi music classics of the 80s and 90s, Level Exodus promises to deliver a highly energized, interactive and memorable performance. Come see them live all weekend.

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MAS BAND Thank you to all our Saturday Parade participants. Afrodisiac Mas Band Caribbean Spring Chickens Caribbean Women’s Network Carnival Dreams Mas Capoeira Academy Dondee Haitian Pride Islanders Social Club MnM Music & Mas Next Generation Soca Music Edmonton The Supreme Revellers Trincan Steel Orchestra Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Association Trinifeters Trini Revellers Unruly Islanders

If you are interested in “playing mas” next year please visit cariwest.ca for contact details on the above bands.


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Dame Lorraine: Carnival is Woman She saunters past swaying her voluptuous hips. Her heavy bosom catches the onlooker’s eye and she beckons them with a shy smile and a seductive wink behind her lace fan. Under the beautiful gowns, Dame Lorraine is royalty. In the 18th and 19th century, the French plantation owners held elaborate fêtes before the Lenten season. They donned masks and every aristocrat was fashionably dressed. The ladies’ fashion of the day were heavily brocaded gowns with huge skirts, fans and hats. The slaves would peep through the windows and see their owners enjoying the revelry. During this time, Dame Lorraine (the Character) was born. The slaves would portray this character with exaggerated features such as a voluptuous bosom and a large bottom. Dame Lorraine was originally a collection of characters that took part in an elaborate skit of the French plantation owners, but humorously played by men. This original character of Carnival is an ode to the French roots in the Caribbean. Today, Dame Lorraine is mainly played by women. You will see her elegantly moving through the streets under her parasol. Some say “Carnival is woman” and Dame Lorraine embodies the creativity, the poise and the wit of the mas makers.






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Passing the baton In the 50s and 60s when West Indians first came to Alberta, they were all looking for a place to gather and celebrate community. They wanted an avenue where they were able to continue to uphold their Caribbean roots through Steel Band, Calypso, and Carnival. They wanted to take their traditions to the streets, and at that time, the only outlet was joining the Klondike Days parade. Even though they were grateful to be part of the Klondike parade, they felt like something was still missing. In 1984 Cecil T. George gathered Caribbean’s from the community and collectively created what we all know today as Cariwest- Western Canada’s Largest Caribbean Festival. Imagine this, in the early days, the parade went down Grierson hill and the festival ended at Diamond Park! Through the years the location of the festival and parade has moved from East downtown, 124street, Westmount, Millwood and for 20 years has called Jasper Ave and Churchill Square home. Now we are at Capital Plaza and yes, the street names and locations have changed over the years, but the one constant is that our founders were PASSIONATE about our history and culture. Because of this, the culture has passed down to the future generations to share Cariwest with Edmonton and the world! This year as we celebrate 35 years of Cariwest, we give thanks to our founding members for their vision and passion for our culture. The children of the founders are now the mas-makers, the organizers, the performers and masqueraders who are now paving the way for the next generation.

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What does Cariwest mean to me? – Nandi Question: What is your first memory of Cariwest? Nandi: My Cariwest Story in de earlies ☺ Decorating the Islanders truck before the parade… The Thursday night before the parade the excitement would hit full blast soon as I pull up in Galaxy Auto body yard and see the truck out there waiting! Masqueraders, supporters, and family; would start strolling in after work one by one; ready to go until the night time and mosquito start chasing - to paint and nail up wood to prevent any speaker; winer; man, woman, or child; from flinging off de truck during the parade! Friday night I cyah sleep ‘cause da is de time to cut up and tie up T’shirt to make sure it look like ah Mas! Friday night was also the time to make a buljol for Saturday morning bake and saltfish breakfast. Parade sustenance! On Saturday morning; right back at the yard bright and early! – is time to decorate; streamer; and banner up the truck. And once sound check start and Soca playing at de right blast level; truck riders reach; first bottle crack open - all o we READY READY! Question: How does your Caribbean roots impact your Carnival experience? Nandi: I grew up in the land of Carnival; and in a family that was involved in many

things Carnival. So it remains larger than life and magical for me still– my dad was a forming member in a Jouvert band and as children we couldn’t wait to get a discarded headpiece or shield from their latest creation so we could play Viking warriors one year or Zulu fighters the next! For a time my family even lived in Woodbrook; right in the thoroughfare along the parade route...and if yuh didn’t see them before; every cousin, friend, tanty or nen nen from home and abroad, would drop in to rest; eat; and store costume. That nice and warm feeling of reunion hits me hard and beautifully every Cariwest! To see coworkers; neighbours; friends of old and new; lining along Jasper Ave! Question: This year you are going to be all over Edmonton as the face for Cariwest 2019. What does that mean to you? Nandi: I feel so privileged to be an ambassador, if I can use such a big word; of our festival! Born and bred right here in Edmonton! It is Our Champion festival and I hope my grinning face translates how joyous a time it is! Because when I’m frolicking down Jasper Ave showing off my colours and glitter; I’m smiling and all the people and children lining Jasper; dey does be smiling too! And dancing!



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