TORONTO’S ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
Missed it? Oops! Well good news is you can still catch a few more exhibits running past the May 31 end date. Here’s Mixed Bag Mag’s comprehensive list of what’s still on for Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.
As if we didn’t see enough colour at Toronto’s Festival of India, when we arrived at this year’s Caribana Parade it looked like a bag of skittles had scattered out onto Lakeshore. Mango yellows, deep maroons and fiery reds cooled by jade greens and watery blues.
Caribbean culture is a truly hybrid culture(s) with each country representing a mix due to the dark side of history – slavery, migrations of indentured workers, and colonialism but Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Festival (Caribana) is the celebration of what can happen when people with diverse music, food, dance and religion end up living together in a new place – a new world emerges.
The opening up of immigration in the 70s attracted many people from places like Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago. The result, 45 years later, is the warming up of Toronto with this hot festival.
None of us believed that the shadow of clouds was going to dampen the day. With more than enough thunderous banging of the drums by Toronto’s Maracatu Baque Bamba we were distracted from the fact that a storm was indeed brewing.
But despite all of us being collectively caught unprepared in the end when the sun came back so did we. No better way to dry off then by dancing!
In fact the summer heat combined with the tropical downpour seemed to suit and in the end MIXED BAG MAG’s first Brazilfest ended up being a great way to spend a Sunday.