Wednesday, 09 May 2012
Bollywood 2012Jamaal Magloire Launches 2012 Toronto Caribbean Carnival Costumes

TORONTO, ONT. (May 2012) – On Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Armenian Community Centre (45 Hallcrown Place), Toronto Raptors Captain and Toronto Revellers Band Leader Jamaal Magloire will launch his costume lineup for the 2012 Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival. This year, his band’s theme is “Bollywood: Lights, Camera, Action!” with fabrics and designs inspired by the Indian film industry.

“We have a strong team this year, and I’m excited to reveal the costumes that our masqueraders will be wearing during the parade in August,” said Magloire. “We have assembled a group of great designers, creative minds, DJs, models, volunteers, and administrators to help us create the best costumes and the best carnival experience possible.”

The Toronto Revellers is Magloire’s cultural non-profit organization that aims to contribute to the multicultural landscape of Canada by promoting, celebrating, and exploring the rich cultural diversities and traditions of the Caribbean. Since entering the Caribana competition in 2005, the Toronto Revellers have become a premier masquerader band in the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival.
Big Cat's Corner | CARNIVAL SEASON
Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Big Cat's Corner Band launches have started. Prototypes are being constructed. Masqueraders are getting ready to select their costumes. As soon as the NBA season ends for me, another season begins: Carnival Season! Last week I let you know about the Children’s Breakfast Club and Second Chance Scholarships organizations; this week I’d like to tell you about my Toronto Revellers Cultural Association.

We are a non-profit organization that contributes to Canada’s multiculturalism through promoting and celebrating the traditions of the Caribbean. We first entered Toronto’s carnival competition back in 2005, and have since become one of the premier bands in the festival.

Big Cat's Corner | CREDIT HISTORY
Thursday, 12 April 2012

Big Cat's Corner When I didn’t have money, I didn’t understand the responsibility of having good credit, and the true value of a dollar. I remember back in the day, I would sign up for department store cards like the Bay, Eatons and Simpsons (yeah, you remember them stores?) and I didn’t think twice about it. I also didn’t realize those choices would come back and bite me in the long run. I learned quickly that it doesn’t matter how much money you eventually do have or make…your credit history is always a factor.

Big Cat's Corner | MEN OF HONOUR
Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Big Cat's Corner I am still overwhelmed and humbled by my experience last night (March 27) with the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA). Along with nine other men, I was given a “Distinguished Men of Honour” award in a ceremony at the Pantages Hotel.

It was a well-attended and well-organized night. The BBPA President Pauline Christian and the Chair of the Harry Jerome Awards Karlyn Percil, along with the rest of their team, did a great job welcoming us and presenting a classy event.

The other recipients were Kardinal Offishall, Al St. Louis, Mark Beckles, Marlon Reid, Nathan Downer, Lytton Barrett, Dwight Drummond, Julian Falconer, and Mark Cummings. It was nice to see that the work of these men has not gone unnoticed. It was something to feel proud of, knowing that even though at times our community is portrayed negatively (particular the men!), there I was standing amongst black Canadian leaders and legends and we all had a unique story to tell.

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