The Steelband Allstars @ Rössli Beiz Stäfa
Jul 12 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Musig i de Beiz – Saison-Abschluss mit den Steelband Allstars. Tanz mit uns in den Sommer. Wir freuen uns auf den traditionellen Calypso-Event mit Calvin Thomas, Junior Gill, Enzo Lopardo und Martin Grah.

Ellie Mannette Memorial Concert @ Metropolitan Theater
Jul 12 @ 7:30 pm

Ellie Mannette Memorial concert with performances by Andy Narell, Jeff Narell, Victor Provost, Duvone Stewart, and special guests.

Extempo Steelband @ Restaurant Goldenberg
Jul 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Extempo Steelband auf der Terrasse des Restaurants Goldenberg. Nur bei trockener Witterung. Auskunft über Durchführung gibt das Restaurant ab 14.30 Uhr. Reservation empfohlen.

Andy Narell @ Cotton Club
Jul 18 – Jul 20 all-day

Andy Narell & Friends at Cotton Club Japan.

Carnival Showcase @ Shaw Theatre
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A new pre-Carnival event, in the comfort of a theatre, will showcase the creativity, heritage and artistic excellence of Carnival. The featured bands are Elimu, Gemz, Soca Massive, UCOM, Island Mas and Cocoyea. And music, naturally – calypso from Alexander D Great, Tobago Crusoe, D Alberto and Giselle Carter-Sandy, plus DJ Piper and Ebony Steel Band. There will be moko jumbies, talented young violinist Jada Marsh and Trinidadian actress, model and entrepreneur Maurisa Coleman. Arts and crafts stalls and an exhibition showing the development of a costume from idea to finished creation are also promised.

Rhythm and Steel @ Restaurant Goldenberg
Jul 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Rhythm and Steel auf der Terrasse des Restaurants Goldenberg. Nur bei trockener Witterung. Auskunft über Durchführung gibt das Restaurant ab 14.30 Uhr. Reservation empfohlen.

8th Annual Education Africa International Marimba & Steelpan Festival @ St Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls
Jul 27 – Jul 28 all-day

This year, close on 90 different schools and institutions will be descending for the eighth Education Africa International Marimba and Steelpan Festival and will see over 2000 participants with kids travelling from as far as Zimbabwe, Botswana and Nigeria,” says Joan Lithgow, Marimba Specialist and Director of the International Marimba and Steelpan.

Education Africa launched its International Marimba and Steelpan Festival (The Festival) in 2012 to create an awareness worldwide of the educational value that marimba playing has while also creating an international platform for our marimba and steelpan players in South Africa to perform on.”

The Festival has become one of the largest of its kind in the world and takes place annually in Boksburg over a period of two days. It is fully inclusive and caters for people from all walks of life including deaf and special needs bands. Over the weekend, marimba and steelpan bands take part in various competitions divided into age sections and various categories. A prominent feature at The Festival includes fringe events which feature guest performances and approximately 90 workshops.

“500 disadvantaged children are also being looked after over the weekend, with The Festival sponsoring meals, some accommodation and transport,” says Lithgow.

In order to facilitate the tightly timed competitions, two sets of adjudicators have been selected with each including international and extensive local experience. Adjudicators include five-time Grammy ballot-nominee, Jason “Malletman” Taylor, Sasha Sonnbichler, Nobathembu Yvonne Raedane, Naledi award winning Musical Director, conductor, arranger, composer and educator, Eddie Clayton, Mokale Koapeng and SAMRO award winning composer, Dave Reynolds.

The Festival comprises six sections for Primary Schools, High Schools and Open Bands split between small and large ensembles and within each, a number of categories include Battle of the Bands, In the Mix, Strictly Classical and Proudly South African/African Prestige Bands.

“We would like to take the opportunity to thank our sponsors, especially Business Arts SA (BASA) and the SAMRO FOUNDATION for their continued support. We’d also like to thank the educators and we applaud the considerable effort and hours of learning and practice that each musician has put into their instrument of choice,” concludes Lithgow. “We look forward to another spectacular weekend of incredible music, learning, friendship and camaraderie.”

A Celebration of Emancipation @ The Little Carib Theatre
Jul 31 @ 7:30 pm

The King of Calypso is coming home for Emacipation Day! The Carib’s next big fundraiser features David Rudder LIVE, plus star panist Johann Chuckaree and his dynamic sister, Johanna Chuckaree bringing her own energy to the evening on the keys.

Ontario Pan Alive Show Competition @ Allan Lamport Stadium
Aug 2 @ 5:30 pm

Percussion and steelpan presented by Toronto Caribbean Carnival and the Ontario Steelband Association.

Steelband Educators Workshop @ Exodus Panyard
Aug 5 – Aug 7 all-day

Join us for a 3-day hands-on workshop at Exodus’ Panyard. Learn how to practically apply music theory to improvication, composition and music-making. Guide your students toward a lifetime of making, composing and playing music of their choice. Featuring: Dr. Kim Johnson, Vanessa Headley M. M., Malika Green M. M., Atiba Williams M. M.