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Dec 27, 2015

Christmas Mix 2015 - Parang Soca

Christmas Mix 2015
Boxing Day 2015, Drew Atlas and DJ Majesti go through old and new Parang Soca favourites from T&T. Season's Greetings, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year from the entire CalgarySoca family. Enjoy!



Dec 20, 2015

The 'Best Of 2015' Year End Show

As we come to the end of 2015, the crew recaps the biggest songs out of ALL of this year's major Caribbean Carnivals. Trying to pick the best of all the songs for 2015 means going back to songs that were released as far back as 2014 Summer, as tunes can catch a '2nd wind' when they reach Trinidad for Carnival the following year. In short, if a song was in HEAVY ROTATION from February - August 2015 we considered it! There were literally HUNDREDS of tunes to pick from and these are each of our personal choices. 

(Songs released after that will be judged when we see how they perform in 2016.) The CalgarySoca crew give their picks for: Best Groovy Song, Best Power Song, Break Out Artiste, Artiste of the Year and Tune of the Year. Enjoy!  (*Note: Majesti stated in the show that Voice and Young Voice were the same artist which we realize now is NOT correct. Our apologies.  Voice = Aaron St Louis while Young Voice = Kevin James)


Nov 8, 2015

We 'Parangin' again this Christmas Season


Join the CalgarySoca crew as we end off the year with our annual Parang Soca fete. Come down early to Vagabond on Friday Dec.11th 2015 and enjoy authentic Parang tunes to get you into the Christmas spirit, then dance the night away with the hottest 2016 Soca to get you ready for Trinidad Carnival. Music by CalgarySoca's DJ Majesti and Drew Atlas. Regular tickets $15

Oct 12, 2015

'Miami-Ready' Soca mixtapes 2015

With Miami Carnival going on this weekend, it felt like the entire Soca fraternity was headed to the southern U.S. to play 'mas' and fete.  Some of the community's best known DJs made sure to release some hot mixes for the season.  Here are a few of the more highly-anticipated mixes for you to enjoy:

1) Supa Soca - Welcome to Miami
Soca heavyweights, Dr. Jay, Barrie Hype, Jester and Crown Prince have been on a roll with this series.  Look for hot remixes of your favourite tunes for 2015, exclusive 'dubs' and new releases.
2) DJ Private Ryan Presents Bienvenido A Miami 2015
The 'Most versatile DJ in the world is always on point with the hits and new tunes. This mix features hits from many of the islands in preparation for Miami Carnival 2015. For more Private Ryan mixes check: http://djprivateryanmusic.com/
3) CSI: Miami - Ryan Sayeed vs Walshy Fire
Ryan Sayeed  and Walshy Fire are invading Miami carnival 2015 with "CSI: Miami" The "Carnival Soca Invasion!" This mixtape is a guideline to the newer soca music that you will be hearing during the weekend of Miami Carnival.
4) Titan VCD presents BoYaKa SOCA
Titan VCD of BoYaKa sMash presents to you "BoYaKa SOCA", a soca based mixtape created while in Miami for Carnival with your favorite new soca hits, various blends, edits, brand new soca to get familiar with & remixes sMashed together in one.
5) Liftoff To Miami 2015 Mixtape - Hosted by 5Star Akil
 Miami Carnival 2015 in the air and Kaotic doesn't disappoint, joining forces with 5 Star Akil to host this year's Miami Liftoff mix is definitely going to get you pumping to the fetes in style. Blazing Soca hits from 2015 and giving sneak peek into 2016. 
6) D' Enforcas Miami Carnival Mixdown
Canada's D'Enforcas Sound crew deliver their Miami Carnival mixdown for 2015

Sep 26, 2015

Carnival Mix #220 - Soca Radio Show - Sep.26.2015

It's still September, but we got our hands on more new Soca hoping to impact into 2016.  Both Drew Atlas and DJ Majesti deliver mixes in the hour.  First up Drew with the new tunes, and then Majesti turns up the pace to end the hour.  Enjoy!


MASK returned for Halloween



Calgary's annual Halloween Soca fete, MASK returned Sat. October 31st 2015 to Vagabond. Huge thanks to everyone that got dressed up as your favourite ghoul, Carnival character, or sported your best mask as we partied the night away again.  Tag yourself in our pics, and we'll see you at the next fete!

Aug 23, 2015

Olatunji Yearwood misses Calgary performance

click to listen (details at 50:11)
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.

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:

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!




Jul 20, 2015

Carnival Mix 209 - July Bubbling - DJ Majesti

DJ Majesti mixes Summer Soca 2015
DJ Majesti holds court again this week. As we continue the countdown to the MONARCHS show and the Caribbean festivals in Alberta, Majesti goes through Vincy 2015 tracks and hits from the artistes coming to Calgary and Edmonton. Enjoy!

Jul 6, 2015

Carnival Mix #208 - New Crew, New Music

#Kyle, Alisha and DJ Majesti take over the studio
So with Anthony moved to Toronto, Carrie away on maternity leave, and Drew M.I.A for the first half of the hour, the newest voices of CalgarySoca take over the studio. DJ Majesti holds down the entire mix, while #KyleTheTrini chimes in, and Alisha firmly let's us know what is going on in the weekly 'Carnival Connection'.


Jul 5, 2015

Skinny Fabulous wins both Ragga and Power Soca Monarch titles - SVG 2015

Skinny Fabulous wins Soca Monarch 2015
Congratulations to Skinny Fabulous, on winning both titles in the St. Vincent Soca Monarch competition for 2015.  Skinny, first claimed the Ragga Soca Monarch title on the night with his patriotic 'This Island Is Mine' on the judges scorecards over Jamesy P's crowd favorite, 'Chronic Disorder'.  He then brought his energy to the masses with 'Mash Up International' to claim yet another double win in the competition. (*the audio unfortunately doesn't come in until the 1:55 mark and isn't the best quality, but you can definitely get a sense of the energy on the night)



Here are the official results as posted by CarnivalSVG.com

Ragga Soca Monarch Results

1st - Gamal Doyle - Skinny Fabulous - This Island is mine

2nd - James Jamesy P - Chronic Disorder

3rd - Delroy Fireman Hooper - Drunk Again



Soca Monarch Results

1st - Gamal ‘Skinny Fabulous’ Doyle - Mash up international  

2nd - Delroy ‘Fireman’ Hooper - Lunatic

3rd - Lancelot ‘Madskull’ Gloster-Scott - Alyo know me

4th - Rondy ‘Luta’ Mc Intosh - Charlie Charlie

Jun 14, 2015

Rupee, Olatunji and Ricardo Drue perform Aug. 22nd for MONARCHS!

This Carifest weekend,feting goes to another level. After the amazing response to KES the Band last year at Flames Central, the only way to top it was to get MORE Artistes, MORE DJs and deliver MORE Fete! With that, we proudly invite you to experience, MONARCHS 2015. 

Rupee (2011 People's Monarch Champion - Barbados)
Olatunji (Ola - Trinidad &Tobago Groovy Soca Monarch)
Ricardo Drue (Vagabond - 2nd runner up Intl. Groovy Soca Monarch) & Reigning Jumpy Monarch for Antigua 

Music by:
Canada's Multiple 'Soca DJ of the Year' winner - DJ Soca Sweetness.
The 'Minister of Liming' out of Miami by way of St. Lucia - DJ Barrie Hype.
International sensation and UAE resident - DJ Crown Prince.
Hosted by CalgarySoca's - Drew Atlas


***Just Announced ** Tickets to this event also gets you admission to the BREAKFAST Party at Vagabond directly after the concert!  1 ticket = 2 events





May 16, 2015

Our 200th Radio Show!

Its our 200th show broadcasting from CJSW studios. Just over 4 years ago we were given the opportunity to broadcast Soca weekly on Calgary radio via CJSW studios (and eventually online to the world). Here we go through a few of our favourite Soca tracks over the last 4yrs, revisit some of the highlights, and get into more of the new music being released for 2015. Enjoy!




May 5, 2015

Carnival Mix #199 - New music from the islands - May 2015

Alot has happened in the last month, (and there is alot already in the works for summer).  While we have been very active on our Facebook page, we admittedly have been behind on our posts here on the main page.

If you missed any of the 'Carnival Mix' shows over the last 3 weeks, rest assured all the shows are now up in the archive.  

This week we even get a sneak peak at the new music coming out from St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Grenada, and Antigua for their upcoming Carnivals.  Enjoy!



Apr 20, 2015

CalgarySoca's Anniversary was RED

Music by Drew Atlas, Gummi & Sherman Hype
Time flies when you're 'feting'. This April marked 4 years since Calgary Soca started bringing Soca music and events to the masses. It so happened that Calgary's TriniVibeTV turned 1 in April as well! It didn't take much more than that for us to decide we needed a party to celebrate!

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to the SOLD OUT event and helped celebrate with us.  There was Champagne, Rum and Appetizers along with the best Reggae and Soca music all evening.

Special thanks to Appleton for sponsoring the event and to 'Cakes by Selma' for our fabulous anniversary cake.

CalgarySoca and TriniVibeTV celebrate
Posted by Calgary Soca on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Apr 12, 2015

Carnival Mix #196 - Favs & New Antigua Groovy music

As we continue to warm-up for #RED -the anniversary fete, we received some new music for Antigua's upcoming Carnival. Drew drops them into the first half of the show as both he and DJ Majesti continue the vibes with more of the favourites from Trinidad Carnival 2015.

Apr 5, 2015

Carnival Mix #195 - Soca Oldies - Easter 2015

Its Easter Weekend. The crew decided to dig in the crates this week so both Drew and Majesti raided their Fathers' record collections to deliver a mix of classic hits. Everything from Arrow to Zulu Lightning was on the table but of course only so much could actually get played during the hour. With so much still left over, this may become our new Easter tradition. Enjoy!

Apr 1, 2015

Carnival Mix #194 - 'Cold Sweat' fete warm up

Cold Sweat Fete Warm-Up mix by Drew Atlas and DJ Majesti
We had a busy weekend.  Alberta-favorite, DJ Soca Sweetness was in Edmonton from Toronto to celebrate his birthday at the 8th annual Cold Sweat fete.  Drew was on the bill to play as well, so he delivered the warm-up mix in alongside DJ Majesti in Calgary, then immediately drove up to Alberta's capital to take in the epic event.


Download mp3: http://bit.ly/1CzFYiO


Mar 17, 2015

Carnival Mix #192 - Slept On Soca Pt. 2

Slept On Soca Pt. 2 - CalgarySoca
Let's face it, Groovy Soca 'ran' Trinidad Carnival for 2015. We're pretty certain that practically every Power Song was 'slept on' for the season. Therefore part 2 of the 'Slept On Soca' series was easy.....Play almost ANY Power tune. Most people didn't hear them anyway!

*We apologize for the uneven mic levels over the last couple weeks.  We're working on remedying the problem

Mar 7, 2015

Slept On Soca - Part One - Mar 2015

It happens every year with Trinidad Carnival......We end up hearing the SAME SONGS EVERYWHERE. Inevitably some pretty nice music falls through the cracks. We've tried to stay up with all the hot music for the 2015 season so of course we got caught in the same trap.  Just for kicks Drew and Majesti started playing 'little heard' songs and some favourites we hadn't touched in a while.  It ended up defining the show, and when we looked back we realized we'd have to do it again. With that......here is part one of 'Slept on Soca'



Download mp3: bit.ly/1Ersclm

Mar 3, 2015

Carnival Mix #190 - Soca Radio Show

**The MIC IS LOW for the 1st 5 min, then gets fixed**.  With the show back to 1 hour, the crew attempts to put as much music as they can into the show.  Drew Atlas plays the first half with DJ Majesti finishing up the mix.  With Machel Montano in Canada for Dr Jay's "Return Fete" and Sekon Sta hanging out on "Trini Vibe TV's" D'Couch this weekend, expect lots of music from both artists on the show! Enjoy.
Download coming soon.

Feb 24, 2015

Carnival Mix #189 - Carnival 2015 Cool Down

Trinidad Carnival comes to a close for another year and Anthony is back from T&T with stories to tell. The TriniVibeTV crew stop by for a lime as we recap some of the most memorable events and music of the season. As Lent has started we TRY to play a more mellow vibe today! Enjoy!

Download coming soon


Feb 15, 2015

2015 International Soca Monarch Review

This year's international Soca Monarch competition took place on Friday Feb 13th at the Haysley Crawford Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago. With contestants performing for the titles of Groovy Soca Monarch and Power Soca Monarch, the finalists represented some of the best music of the Carnival Season from around the Caribbean.
On this show we recap the winners, and offer up reviews some of the night's highlights.
Thanks to YouTube Channel 'Trinidad Carnival' we can revisit the finals with videos of all the performances!



 2015 Finals Results
Digicel International Groovy Monarch Competition;
4th Destra Garcia
3rd Ricardo Drue
2nd Farmer Nappy
1st Olatunji Yearwood
Lotto Plus International Power Monarch Competition;
4th Shurwayne Winchester
3rd Granny
2nd Iwer "King" George
1st Machel Montano
Carib Breakout Artiste of the Year, Powered by Slam100.5Fm and Driven by Ford;
2nd Five Star Akil
1st Sekon Sta

Feb 10, 2015

Machel Monday 2015 Video Hghlights

One of the most anticipated fetes every year for Trinidad Carnival is "Machel Monday".  Superstar Soca artiste, Machel Montano annually invites some of the biggest Caribbean music stars to put on an epic performance in the height of the season.

This year there wasn't a live video stream of the event for those of us abroad to enjoy, but we did find over 30 minutes of highlight video thanks to facebook page "Chocolate w/o the Milkk".  Take it in below:

Feb 6, 2015

Best of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2015 (Soca)

Here is CalgarySoca's annual compilation of the ABSOLUTE must have tunes for Carnival 2015 squeezed into a 75min (CD) mix. With all the great music that came out for the season, this task gets harder and harder each year. Drew Atlas delivers 50 of the best, from amongst the rising, and the biggest stars of Soca music. Enjoy!

 

Feb 1, 2015

Carnival Mix #186 - Trinidad Carnival 2015 (Warm-Up)

The Finalists for this year's international Soca Monarch have been announced plus we already have our favorite tunes for the season. Both Drew Atlas and DJ Majesti take turns delivering the 'heat' over the next 2 hours as we get ready for both our first fete of the year, and the official Carnival season. With just about 2 weeks left 'til T&T Carnival, needless to say, it was another party in studio. Enjoy!

Jan 27, 2015

2015 International Soca Monarch Finalists Announced

After a full day of competition on Sunday for the semis, the list of the finalists was released today. Congratulations to the following Finalists, who will compete on Fantastic Friday (February 13) at the International Soca Monarch Finals at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in the Groovy and Power Soca Monarch Categories! (Note: Although Machel will be defending the Power Soca title, Kerwin Du Bois has bowed out of the Groovy Monarch competition.)

Jan 12, 2015

Soca Monarch Semi-Finalists Announced for 2015


Over 350 hopefuls performed in the preliminary round of the International Soca Monarch competition 2015. After the competition, the field was narrowed to 35 competing for the Lotto Plus International Power Soca Monarch Title and 45 competitors for the Digicel International Groovy Soca Monarch.
Carded to compete at the Semi Finals to be held in The Greens, Queen’s Park Savannah Port of Spain, on January 25th are:

Groovy Category:
Preedy, 5 Star Akil, Biggie Irie, Darnella Simmons, Farmer Nappy, Saucy, Destra Garcia, Lyrikal, Dev, Blaxx, Crazy, Erphaan Alves, Faith Antoine, Skinny Fabulous, Jahmoun, J Angel, Jojo , Zan , Chow Chow, Keriz, Kitch, Tim Tim, Young Voice, Nadia Batson, Iwer, Sekon Sta, FaddaFox, Ola, Orlando Octave , Oscar B, Saddis & Leadpipe, Patrice Roberts, Ravi B, Ricardo Drue, Benjai, Chucky, Patch, Sasha, Menace, Lil Bitts, Shurwayne Winchester, Syo, Shal Marshall, Makamillion & Umi and Tallpree.

Power Category:
Preedy, Andrew Hitz Phillip, Ann G/ Incredible Myron B, Squeezy Rankin, Super Blue, Cj, Saucy, Destra Gacrcia, Prophet Benjamin, Devon Matthews, Blaxx, Eddie Charles, Erphann Alves, Skinny Fabulous, Snakey, Mr. Killa, Jangel, Jelani, KMC, Kitch, K.I., Fya Empress, Swappi 4D & Duceman, Nadia Batson, Iwer George, Sekon Sta, Granny, Patrice Roberts, RicardoDrue, R.K.G., Skinny Banton, Shurwayne Winchester, Shal Marshall, Jaiga TC and Pelf Buh Boy.

Kerwin Du Bois and Machel Montano,  the defending Groovy and Power Champions respectively, do not have to perform until the Finals on Feb. 13th in their categories. (Machel is NOT slated to be entering Groovy Monarch for 2015. update: Kerwin Du Bois has announced that he will not be defending his Groovy title for 2015)

Stay up to date with all SocaMonarch news by visiting www.SocaMonarch.net 






Jan 11, 2015

POWER SOCA 2015 (and @ThisIsJester in studio)

Not quite 2 weeks into 2015 and we are bombarded with massive POWER Soca tunes for the season. So much so, the entire first hour of the show will make you jump up and wave!

DJ Majesti and Drew Atlas bring the best of the 'Groovy' tunes for the 2nd hour and the crew are joined in studio, toward the end of the program, by Toronto's DJ Jester. 

Jester talks about how his genre-bending remix with Bunji Garlin and A$AP Ferg for 'Truck on D Road' came about, plus he makes the crew 'wheel' Kerwin Du Bois again....and again!




Jan 10, 2015

Lyrikal calls Edmonton the most surprising response for 2014

For years we've repeatedly mentioned that if there's a fete in Edmonton (especially during Cariwest) you should get in your car and drive the 2hrs to experience it.

Earlier this week, Soca star Lyrikal was interviewed on Trinidad's 96.1 WE fm and asked if there were any places he had performed where he was surprised by the response. Without hesitation Lyrikal mentioned his performance at Edmonton's Cariwest festival in August

The CalgarySoca crew is happy to have been a part of that presentation alongside DJ Soca Sweetness and, the man behind the event, Evan Rutherford of ETR Events.
Check the interview at the link below. Lyrikal goes on to talk about his upcoming plans and then breaks into a vibrant studio performance.


Jan 6, 2015

Get Ready for F.F.C 2015!

Get ready for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2015 with CalgarySoca's annual FFC fete. Don't miss out as the crew gets you up to speed with ALL the big songs impacting the world's most influencial Caribbean Carnival.

ADVANCED TICKETS will get the EXCLUSIVE 2015 CalgarySoca MIx with ALL the big tunes for the season!

Mark the date and start stretching from now! FFC 2015 returns to downtown as the party comes to Vagabond on Sat. Feb. 7th 2015


Jan 4, 2015

New Year, New Soca!

We start off 2015 as we get familiar with more of the latest releases for Trinidad Carnival. Both Drew Atlas and DJ Majesti each deliver a hot hour of new music. Enjoy!