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2014 Schedule

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Music showcase

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Guney. Macomere Fifi, The Crooner...

More on some of our Calypso artistes:

Redman -  aka Michael Thomas https://www.facebook.com/redmanakamt?fref=ts
Roger Gibbs www.spiritofcalypso.com
Guney Cedeno www.facebook.com/guney.cedeno
 Dick Lochan www.facebook.com/dick.lochan

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

The OCPA crew wishes all our website visitors a healthy and happy Holiday Season.

We look forward to the coming year and welcoming you to our concerts and special event.

 

Sincerely,

OCPA Board of Directors

 

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2013 CaSo Awards coming!

 

Sunday, October 20th the Annual Calypso & Soca Awards music will be held at the popular Caribbean restaurant Windies, 3330 Lawrence Ave. East, in Scarborough.

This year’s Awards show starts at 2:00 pm and will be featuring a young cast of new singers – Rashida, Mahayah, Ngozi and Masada. This exciting crop of young, female singers are leading the charge to get more children and youth involved in the art of singing Calypso, a 200-year old music tradition.

Special Guest for the evening is Macomere Fifi, the winner of the ‘Kaiso 365’, held July 28th at the Chinese Cultural Centre. Fifi just returned from a tour to London, U.K. where she was a huge hit in their Notting Carnival calypso tent.

The evening of entertainment will be hosted by BJ Thornhill, the son of calypso veteran and founder of the Kaiso Forum Calypso Tent – Bryan ‘Structure’ Thornhill.

“The focus on youth will be a major theme in the year to come”, notes Angela Pierre, Program Coordinator, OCPA. “We feel this art form has a lot to offer young Canadians, especially those of Caribbean descent.”

Admission is $15. and the doors open at 1:00 pm. For additional information please call 416-445-3919.

 

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 Macomere Fifi on fire in London

 

Canada's 2013 Calypso Monarch - Macomere Fifi - made a special appearance at the U.K.'s Calypso Monarch Finals in London, giving the British calypso fans a taste of her powerful voice and control of the stage. Fifi is in London as part of an exchange program between OCPA and the Association of British Calypsonians (ABC) that saw their 2012 Monarch Sheldon Skeete in Toronto for the Kaiso 365 and the Calypso STARS. Below Fifi and St. Kitts & Nevis' Monarch King Socrates are seen posing for photographers with Sheldon Skeete (centre) who successfully defended his crown. Photos by Johnathan Milton. To see more photos of the U.K. Finals please visit:   http://www.miltonpictures.co.uk/

 

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Calypso STARS at Harbourfront Centre

 

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Canadian calypsonians bring the popular Island Soul festival to a exciting finale....

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 Susan G in fine form with her hit 'De Vibe'

 

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 Macomere Fifi's 'Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde' has the audience on their feet.

 

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 Calypso STAR's cast with OCPA's Roger Gibbs and Angela Pierre.

 

From left: Winston 'Pappy' Fredricks,Redman, Connector, Roger Gibbs, Sheldon Skeeke (U.K.'s 2012 Calypso Monarch), Angela Pierre, Macomere Fifi, Dick Lochan, Structure and Susan G.

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Macomere Fifi wins big...!!

 

Reigning Calypso monarch Macomere Fifi did the seemingly impossible by winning the Kaiso 365 Calypso Monarch for the fifth time and winning every category - music, lyrics, arrangement, rendition, topic, humour and presentation. 

The Tobago-born stood head and shoulders above the field of nine singers to capture Canada's biggest Calypso prize and become the 2013 Calypso monarch. The results:

 

 

1. Macome Fifi

 

2. Structure

 

3. King Cosmos

 

4. Pan Man Pat

 

5. Dennis James

 

6. Connector

 

7. Dynasty

 

8. Spivey

 

9. Redman

Macomere Fifi will be featured on Monday, August 5th at the Calypso STARS concert on the WestJet stage at Harbourfront Centre at 4:00 - 6:00 pm. It's a free concert and a great chance to hear her, along with Britain's 2012 Calypso Monarch Sheldon Skeete and a star-studded cast of calypso and soca entertainers.

 

 

 

'Kaiso 365' Calypso Monarch competition finalists

 

The popular Calypso Monarch competition's preliminary round was held

July 6th and 7th. A panel of judges chose eight singers from the Professionals

and Kaiso Forum calypso tents. The "tents" are a series of shows that are

held every summer and feature the latest songs from many of the top calypso

and soca singers in Canada. The highly-anticipated 'Kaiso 365 Calypso Monarch

finals takes place this year on Sunday, July 28 at the P.C. Ho Theatre, Chinese

Cultural Centre, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E.

 

Eight finalists will join last year's winner Macomere Fifi, each performing two

new songs in hope of winning the prestigious 'Kaiso 365' Calypso Monarch title

and Canada's top calypso prize.

 

The finalists are:

 

1. Dennis James

2. Panman Pat

3. Structure

4. Spivey

5 King Cosmos

6. Dynasty

7 Connector

8. Macomere Fifi

9. Redman

 

The ninth reserve finalists is Scotty.

 

Award-winning arranger Ossie Gurley will lead a 9-piece house band and the

host for the evening is Itah Sadu. Special guest from Britain is Sheldon Skeete,

2012 U.K. Calypso Monarch.

 

Tickets for this unique event can be purchased in advance for $40.

(plus service charges) or $45. at the door. Limited seats available

so get your tickets early!

 

Tickets are available at www.ticketgateway.com at select outlets (see flyer below)

 

 

2013 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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2013 Calypso competition prizes and trips

OCPA's President, Colin Benjamin is looking forward to seeing new faces at this year's 2013 Calypso Monarch competition. "We welcome young talent and fresh voices to help make our music appeal to the next generation," offers Mr. Benjamin. "It's always exciting to see young singers discover this great art form and learn to master its unique syncopation and style."

A total of $10,000.00 in cash prizes, plus gifts and trips are up for grabs in the 2013 Calypso Monarch competition sponsored by the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA).

Singers have to perform two original songs before a panel of expert judges in a set of preliminary rounds that will take place in early July. Eight singers will eventually be chosen to star in the 'Kaiso 365' Finals which will be held at the P.C. Ho Theatre, Chinese Cultural Centre, Toronto.

OCPA has been staging calypso singing competitions in Toronto every year going back to 1980. This year the organization will be offering the winner $5,000. cash prize and bookings to perform at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, at the Georgia Caribbean Carnival in Atlanta, Georgia, and at London's Notting Hill carnival. Last year's winner Tara Woods a.k.a. Macomere Fifi, also received a flat-screen TV.

Many of the competing singers in the past have come out of the annual calypso "tents" – a series of shows that run during the month of June. This year, OCPA will hold additional judging events for new entrants who wish to try their luck and vie for Canada's top calypso prize. 

Deadline for the competition is April 30, 2013.

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HOGAN CHEVROLET SPONSORS CALYPSO CONTEST

On Sunday, May 26th Hogan Chevrolet, Mas Toronto and the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA) get together to fight cancer and present a free community party hosted by Mas Toronto at its Mas Camp in Scarborough.

The party is an afternoon of fun and entertainment in the Mas Camp`s parking lot at 730 Military Trail (Morningside Ave. & Ellesmere Rd.). From noon until 4:00 pm the latest Chevrolet, Buick and GMC models will be available for test drives and Hogan Chevrolet will donate $25.00 to the  Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer for each test drive taken. There will be DJ music and a BBQ and soft drinks on sale to raise funds. Also, there will be draws for special prizes and gifts. Admission is free.

Mas Toronto will display the adult costumes for Toronto Caribbean Carnival festival. The costumes were designed by Andrew Lue Shue and feature the theme "Timeline".

The entertainment highlight of the afternoon will be a special calypso and soca song contest sponsored by Hogan Chevrolet. Eight singers will perform new promotional songs created to celebrate the occasion, including popular calypso heavyweights like Structure, Redman, The Juiceman, The Web, Connector and newcomer, The X-Factor.

Toronto Mas Band leader Garvin Crichlow is pleased to be able to support Hogan Chevrolet and this event.  The calypsonians are putting the final touches on their new compositions and excited about the chance to help raise money and awareness of the work of the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.

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  E-flyer - 3KingsBrunch

 Two Kings and A Queen

 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Windies Restaurant and Sports Bar

3330 Lawrence Ave. East

       featuring

Dennis James

Redman

Macomere Fifi

 

TICKETS: $25.00   Call 416-445-3919 

Brunch 1:00      Showtime 2:30 pm     

Doors open at 12:00 noon

 

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