Trinidad & Tobago celebrates its 50th Independence with a Toronto Gala on Aug 25th, 2012

The Trinidad & Tobago Heritage Group in collaboration with The Trinidad & Tobago Association of Ontario and The Tobago-Canadian Cultural Association jointly presents “Trinidad & Tobago – A 50th Independence Gala” to be held on Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, 1 Harbour Square (Metropolitan Ballroom), Downtown Toronto.

“The purpose of this special gala event is to celebrate Trinidad & Tobago’s 50 years of independence, its many achievements as a nation, and to acknowledge its founding father, Dr. Eric Williams,” says Gloria Small-Clarke of The Trinidad & Tobago Heritage Group. “Our three presenting groups share a similar vision of pride in Trinidad & Tobago’s many achievements. We have put together a diverse sampling of food, conversation and entertainment representative of the bounty of talent found in Trinidad & Tobago. We are also quite honoured to have several political dignitaries who will be in attendance. We feel confident that everyone will have a great time, and shall experience a wonderful sampling of what Trinidad & Tobago has to offer the world.”

Trinidad & Tobago political dignitaries scheduled to attend include: the Honorable Orville London, Tobago House of Assembly; the former Prime Minister of The Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, the Honorable Basdeo Panday; former Senator Canute Spencer; and The Consul General of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago (Toronto), Dr. Vidhya Gyan Tota-Maharaj. Other special guests include Dr. Eric Williams’ daughter, Erica Williams-Connell; and historian and archivist, Colin Williams (no relation).

“Trinidad & Tobago – A 50th Independence Gala” shall comprise several of Toronto’s best Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) entertainers: Andy Phillips; Afro Pan Steelband; Hamilton Youth Steel Orchestra; Muhtardi International Drummers; Jeffery Walcott , Panman Pat and Beverley Proctor Fritz; Footsteps Dance School; Juno® award winner Jason Perez; Nikeisha Toussaint; Dick Lochan; Connector; Macomere Fifi; La Petite Musicale of Toronto; Dance Caribe Performing Company; Rhoma Spencer; Mark Trinidad; and Anslem Douglas. Entertainers traveling to Toronto to perform at this special gala include: Carol Addison (NYC); SW Storm (UK); Relator (T&T); and our headliner will be none other that The Mighty Sparrow (T&T). Our house bands will be Toronto’s own Moses Revolution, and Destiny Band with DJ music provided by DJ Bad Lad and Soca Vibes.

Our hosts for the evening will be Carol Charles and Farley Flex, with additional hosting assistance from Richard Aziz; and Harold Hosein. The gala evening will start at 5.30pm with an elegant cocktail reception; to be followed by a sumptuous dinner at 6.30pm. An after fete will commence at 11.30pm.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Pharmasave® Toronto East; Producers’ Choice; ifreelancealot; DJ Bad Lad; Soca Vibes; The Caribbean Camera Newspaper; The Printing Press; TicketGateway.Com; Trinidad & Tobago Heritage Group; Trinidad & Tobago Association of Ontario; and Tobago-Canadian Cultural Association.

Tickets are $150 each. For more information, please call 647-740-0899 or 647-762-2025. Also, please check our event’s website at for any “breaking news” of more entertainers that may be added.

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