Fetes, shows, pop-ups and a parade

Models wear costumes designed for the Toronto Caribbean Carnival on Lakeshore
Samuel Engelking

Carnival Portal

After picking up what you need at Michael Kors and Nordstrom, stop in at Yorkdale’s ArtworxTO PopUp Hub and check out the innovative work (in fabric and VR form) by Toronto Carnival’s newest mas camp SugaCayne, whose costumes have ended up on our cover twice.

Runs to September 3. Free. Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin. yorkdale.com

Mashup Pon Di Road

Who knew Toronto Carnival would bounce back from the pandemic with an outdoor vaudeville-style show that has a thing to say about the patriarchy and the ruling class? The musical comedy written by The Handmaid’s Tale actor Bahia Watson will be touring the town (from Little Jamaica to the Bentway) and bringing laughs and snacks. And it’s free.

Previews July 19 at Assembly Park (Vaughan). Runs July 21-23 in Little Jamaica at the Green P Lot (1531 Eglinton West). July 27 at the Bentway, 250 Fort York. welcometodicircus.com

The [Clinic] – Pool Party Edition

The towels typically wrapped around your waist at Cabana Poolbar might end up in the air thanks to T.O. soca royalty. Dr. Jay de Soca Prince, the radio personality who kept soca culture thriving on our airwaves is hosting a Carnival Wednesday outdoor bashment where the Caribbean vibes meet the Toronto skyline.

July 27 at 3 pm. $30. Cabana Poolbar, 11 Polson. ticketgateway.com

A masquerader at the Toronto Carnival launch
Nick Lachance

Toronto Caribbean Carnival

The mas camps had two years during the pandemic to focus their energy and creativity on this year’s official events, which include the King & Queen (Thursday) and Pan Alive (Friday) showcases, the Grand Parade (Saturday) on a new route along Lakeshore. This year includes a remnant from the pandemic era: the Carnival Flavours food festival that hopefully has more goat, roti, ducana and roadside soup on the menu.

July 28-31. Various venues and

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