What Does Caribana Mean?

What does Caribana mean to you? In your mind does it even exist? Do you call it Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival? (no of course you don’t since no one does) Is it a time of the year when our city is flooded with American tourists lusting for the culture they lack? Do you take the week off work, and without guilt, hit up every soca fete in the city? Do you post up on Yonge St and holla American slang at the ladies who are dressed for mas? Or maybe you are a lady just looking to give a little wine? (cause you know a little wine never hurt no body) Oh my Toronto people, how I love thee!

I think I remember what Caribana is supposed to be about. The celebration of diversity. The celebration of our parents/grandparents and the courage it took for them to leave their country. The respect and jubilation we share with each other and our cultures. The gift of song, dance and public displays of love and affection sprinkled with colourful costumes.

Let’s keep it positive as we palance.

Photos below from our Caribanna Celebrations in the shop:

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Peace and hair grease.

Pan Am or am not?

We are well on our way through the Pan Am Games, Canada has surpassed its original medal goal and there were some truly excellent achievements from our athletes. I was only slightly interested in going to watch an event and never had the drive to follow through. This saddens me.

You know that we are avid sports fans in the shop, however the build up for these games was a dud. We weren’t introduced to the athletes, we didn’t see general highlights of the countries participating. We don’t even know if there are any rivalries with between athletes/countries. Most people I’ve talked to aren’t even sure which countries are in the games; even though it is kind of obvious. The consensus is that we have heard more about traffic and the HOV lanes before these games than the actual games. People need to know! If we are going for the big one, and when I say the big one I mean the Olympics 2024, we need to shape up. The average man is not interested in watching these games and that is highly unfortunate because it very well could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see top-notch talent.

My recommendation is this, instead of building up animosity towards the games by talking about traffic; we should have been highlighting our athletes on a daily basis through the media. People were starting to regret the games were coming before any events even started. We need a reason to go and watch! And limiting the viewership on TV is not going to push people to go buy tickets (although it was a nice try).

Our great City of Toronto deserves better, we deserved better! The community engagement failed to sell PanAm to Toronto! Our athletes are making an exceptional statement and the citizens of the city are missing history in the making. Shame on you! Shame on us!

 

Peace and hair grease