Dominicans to ‘play mas’ in Toronto

Costumes to be showcased at the event
Costumes to be showcased at the event

Dominican citizens living in Toronto and elsewhere in the Diaspora will celebrate the country’s 35th year of Independence when they ‘play mas’ in the 2013 Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade, in Toronto on August 3.

They will be appearing in a guest band named “Dominica! A Creole Paradise.”

Revellers will take to the streets in a vibrant display of ‘Ole Mas’ wearing the island’s national dress the Wob Dwiyet and Jupe, along with traditional carnival costumes, the Sensay and Souswell Souwi, all reminiscent of the island’s first Carnival celebrations of the mid 1800’s.

Dominica! A Creole Paradise is being organized by the Commonwealth of Dominica Ontario Association (CDOA) with creative production and support from Black Chick Entertainment and Sabeniah Mingo of Know Your Culture, from New Jersey.

Discover Dominica Authority – the island’s official Tourism Office – is the official Sponsor.

According to CDOA President, Frances Delsol, the band is about more than just jumping up in the Parade

“It’s about celebrating the gift of a rich and diverse cultural heritage along with the strong values that has raised confident men and women who contribute to the societies and economies of the world, including Canada,” she said in a release.

She sees the band as an excellent opportunity to showcase Dominica on a world stage while symbolically extending an open invitation for everyone to come see and enjoy what the island has to offer.

The band will be on display on the Lakeshore, on August 3rd and revellers are enthusiastic to show off their cultural pride.

Dominica will officially celebrate its 35th Independence on November 3rd.

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  1. Dorian Shillingford
    August 5, 2013

    Eddie looked good in that white Sensay.
    Thought he should know that someone saw him.

    • August 9, 2013

      I saw Eddy and wife also they were both in white/red sensays they look fantastic congratulations to CDOA see you next year.

  2. Lil Bo-Pip
    August 3, 2013

    Once is mass, Dominicans there – even if it’s in Mars.

  3. traliving all over
    August 2, 2013

    I see you melisa enjoy i will be missing this year,i will be there next year god give life.

  4. August 2, 2013

    Members,madam President, and Executives of the CDOA you all are doing a wonderfull job in promoting our lovely DOMINICA for all the world to see good work and may GOD continue to bless you and your organization.

  5. mac
    August 2, 2013


  6. caca dominique
    August 2, 2013

    i will be watching u guys

  7. One Love
    August 2, 2013

    8-O CHUPES

    August 1, 2013

    Aint No Stopping the CDOA. I hope the ones in Canada who are so desperately trying to destroy the CDOA, be totally ashamed of themselves. KEEP MAKING US PROUD. Hats off to the CDOA!!!!!!!

    • August 9, 2013

      Well said because at the end of the day we are Dominicans .

  9. CSNN
    August 1, 2013

    Well said Fran,i like de vibes.Toronto has always been a leader in d/a culture and togetherness.Keep up the good work as dominican patriots in toronto.There are some dominica associations here in the states that need to take a couple pages from u guys books.The ones that do nothing for or with their people, but have tax free status on dominica association name lining their pockets.Uncle Sam watching.To all our patriots keep up the good work and commitment to be dominican ambassadors wherever we are.

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