C-CAN brings a multidisciplinary group of artists to represent Canada

TORONTO July 30, 2019 – A contingent of nearly 50 nationally recognized artists, arts administrators and their supporters will arrive in Trinidad and Tobago on August 15 for the 14th edition of CARIFESTA.  The contingent is being managed by the Toronto-based, Canadian-Caribbean Arts Network (C-CAN). 

Canada is the only country with a Caribbean Diaspora Contingent participating in this year’s festival. 

“We are excited to make an impact with our performances and to make potential artistic collaborations between Canadian- Caribbean artists and their counterparts in the Caribbean,” said Rhoma Spencer, Artistic Director and Cofounder of The Canadian- Caribbean Arts Network. “This is an incredible opportunity for our youth to not only perform the work they love, but to also showcase in the Caribbean what we in the Diaspora have to offer. We are also looking forward to engaging our youth in cultural exchange workshops with local groups”

This year’s contingent will include:

  • Five times 2018 DORA nominee, Daniel Ellis presenting the play, Speaking of Sneaking
  • KasheDance, joining as part of its 10th anniversary international tour
  • Leading Calypso Jazz ensemble, Kalabash
  • Carnival Artists, SugaCayne Designs
  • The internationally acclaimed Melisizwe Brothers from Edmonton, Alberta.
  • The Children and Youth Dance Theatre Toronto (CYDT) and the Roots and Branches Dance Company 

“We are pleased that Canada is part of a festival that has historically been created and designed for countries of the wider Caribbean region”, said Co-founder Michael G-A Lashley, Chef de Mission/Project Manager of the Contingent. “Two years ago, we participated at CARIFESTA in Barbados with great success. This year we have an even bigger group and we are expecting an enhanced international experience for our Canadian contingent.”

Our 2019 contingent will have an increased national scope with performers not only from Ontario but also from Alberta.  The Melisizwe Brothers hail from Edmonton and add some significant star-power to the contingent. They continuously show and share Canadian pride during their international performances. They have been featured on the Ellen show and the Steve Harvey Show and they have won Showtime at the Apollo. 

We once again thank the Ontario Arts Council for their funding support.  

About the Canadian-Caribbean Arts Network (C-CAN)

The Canadian-Caribbean Arts Network (C-CAN) is an alliance of artists, artistic organizations and professionals of Caribbean heritage. C-CAN is committed to presenting and promoting creative products that are inspired by the art and culture of the Caribbean. 

For more information about C-CAN, visit our website at or Canadian-Caribbean Arts Network on Facebook. 

To arrange interviews, photo opportunities or for more information, please contact:

Dayo Kefentse 
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416-573-DAYO (3296)

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