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Aug 24, 2015

Rupee and Ricardo Drue cap off an amazing Caribbean Festival 2015

August 2015 is now the biggest month for Soca music to date in the province of Alberta.
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Albertans were treated at the start of the month to Edmonton's vibrant downtown parade, and later a capacity show featuring Soca Supertar, Kerwin Du Bois for the annual Cariwest festival.

The following weekend 'Standard' nightclub in Calgary even played host to a capacity rooftop patio/nightclub Soca and Reggae party, and this weekend the energy continued with Calgary's annual Caribbean festival, Carifest.  Mother nature smiled on masqueraders as they partied up 8th avenue and into Shaw Millennium Park on Saturday. The free 'Sunshine Festival' kept the atmosphere going with food, drink and music until 7pm.

CalgarySoca proudly presented this year's 'Monarchs' fete, at Flames Central with crowd favourites, Rupee and Ricardo Drue.  International Groovy Soca Monarch, Olatunji Yearwood was also scheduled to perform but unfortunately never made it into the city.  Organizers were told by his management that he was 'under medical supervision' and wouldn't be able to attend just hours before the show.

That didn't hinder the party's atmosphere as both Rupee and Ricardo Drue expertly took fans through all of their hits and kept the room electrified up until 2 am alongside DJs Barrie Hype, Soca Sweetness and Jester. That still wasn't enough for some as over 300 party goers immediately left 'Monarchs' and filled CalgarySoca's first ever breakfast fete, at the aptly named 'Vagabond'.  DJs played music there straight up until dawn.

Huge thanks to all of the organizers, venues, volunteers, masqueraders, performers and patrons that helped make this entire month so memorable for Alberta and more specifically, Alberta Soca fans.

Aug 23, 2015

Olatunji Yearwood misses Calgary performance

For party goers this weekend, its hard to avoid the fact that Olatunji was not present at Saturday's MONARCHS show at Flames Central in Calgary. After a few phone, and numerous online conversations with his management to track his whereabouts, organizers were first reassured that he was on his way, then told no one could get a hold of him in transit, and finally sent a message hours before the event that Olatunji is 'under medical supervision.

Since that was the only information was received up to the opening of the doors at 10pm Saturday, it was the only thing that host, Drew Atlas could accurately report before the start of the performance. At the writing of this message, that is still unfortunately the only information anyone has received. 

CalgarySoca shares our patrons disappointment at not being able to see the International Groovy Soca Monarch live. Since we have heard nothing further from Olatunji's manager, or the artist himself, via either direct message or social media, we can only speculate that the situation might be quite serious and wish Olatunji a speedy recovery. 

A huge thank you to the very professional and courteous Ricardo Drue, Rupee, Barrie Hype, DJ Jester and DJ Soca Sweetness for filling in any gap and thoroughly entertaining the crowd at Flames Central. If and when we hear anything further regarding Olatunji's situation we will definitely pass it on. 

CalgarySoca Team.

Aug 19, 2015

Carifest Calgary Weekend - Complete Events List

Friday and Saturday (and even Sunday morning) are now jam packed with events to celebrate this year's Caribbean Festival in Calgary.  Here are the official (and unofficial) events that should be on your list:

Friday Aug. 21st
Saturday Aug.22nd
Sunday Aug.23rd

(*Jimmy's is in NE Calgary and not shown on the map)

Aug 10, 2015

Best of Olatunji, Ricardo Drue & Rupee

As we countdown to the Aug.22nd fete for Calgary's annual Carifest, we've compiled the biggest hits from all three of this year's performers into one mix!  Here is the best of veteran Rupee, Antigua's back-to-back-Monarch, Ricardo Drue, and Reigning International Groovy Soca Monarch, Olatunji! Refresh your memory with ALL their hits before the show! Enjoy!

Aug 3, 2015

Carnival Mix #212 - Focus on Barbados Cropover 2015

Focus on Cropover Barbados 2015
Summer Carnivals are in full swing! Toronto, Barbados and more! In our neck of the woods we are getting ready for three weeks of celebrations as well.  With Kerwin Dubois headlining Edmonton's Cariwest; and Bunji Garlin, Rupee, Olatunji and Ricardo Drue all making appearances for Calgary's Carifest Festival, we are very excited...again!  The whole crew is in studio this week as we focus on some of our favourites from Barbados 2014 and celebrate the big tunes for Cropover 2015 Season! Enjoy!