Mon, Aug 53pm

OCPA’s Calypso Stars Showcase

A calypso showcase featuring veteran and upcoming Canadian calypsonians.
Concert

part of Island Soul

Free Admission
No tickets required

 

Mon, Aug 53pm

OCPA’s Calypso Stars Showcase

Concert

part of Island Soul

Free Admission
No tickets required

 

About

OCPA’s Calypso Stars Showcase is the organization’s annual contribution to Harbourfront Centre’s Island Soul Festival. The showcase features veteran and upcoming Canadian calypsonians who perform their original material or cover versions of calypso standards by international artists. The cast for the showcase includes the current Canadian calypso monarch and finalists from OCPA’s annual competition. This year’s stars include Macomere Fifi, Connector, King Cosmos, Susan G, Princess Trinidad, Brown Sugar and more. MCs will be the inimitable Rhoma Spencer and King Cosmos. 

About King Cosmos

King Cosmos is a Canadian calypso monarch, composer, recording artist, musician and actor rated among Canada’s top calypsonians. He has just released Trinbago is Home, his patriotic, nation-building calypso, arranged by Leston Paul and available on all streaming platforms. He has won a Canadian Urban Music Award, a Canadian Reggae Music Award and a Sunshine Award nominee. He also holds an MA and MFA from York University. He notably performs his original compositions like Jammin, Santa Bring My Baby Home and Put it in Writing and cover versions of calypsos by Kitch and Mighty Sparrow. In addition to performing, King Cosmos keeps a busy schedule as the President of OCPA and a board member of the Harriet Tubman Institute and Festival Management Committee.

About Macomere Fifi

Macomere Fifi is Canada’s most successful calypso singer. Fifi joined the calypso fraternity in 1998 and charted a course unparalleled by any artist in Canadian history, winning awards and competitions. With special appearances across the United States, she was featured at the Ontario Pavilion in the 2010 Olympic Games. She starred in the Caribana Festival’s delegation to Hong Kong (2005) and Chicago (2008).

In 2014, she won the six-time Canadian Calypso Monarch and was an eleven-time winner of People’s Choice. 

About Susan Grogan

Susan Grogan (Susan G) is the lead vocalist and band leader of Neu Jenerashun, one of Canada’s top Caribbean dance music bands. In 2007, she held the titles of Calypso Monarch of Miami, USA and Calypso Monarch of Ottawa, Canada. Susan G is best known for her smash hits “Gimme Pan”, “Forbidden Wine” and “Mr. Music Man.”

About Princess Trinidad

Princess Trinidad, born Joanne Davis, is a songwriter, composer, producer and DJ on her online radio station, SAMESOHITGOH RADIO. She was born in a tiny Borough of Point Fortin, Trinidad and Trinidad. Princess Trinidad’s stage persona wasn’t just given a name; she is imbued with Caribbean rhythm.

From a young age, school halls and churches echoed with her powerful vocals, a testament to the vibrant Caribbean spirit that coursed through her veins. She has performed with many other international artists in the Caribbean and North America. She has earned recognition through her many awards, showing her tangible appreciation for her craft as a global artist. Notably, she has shared the stage with The Mighty Sparrow, Crazy, Baron, David Rudder, Denise Plummer and Sanchez, to name just a few. She is a force of nature, a creative firestorm that gives testimony to the boundless potential that lies within the Caribbean soul!

About Joel ‘Connector’ Davis

Joel “Connector” Davis has extended his influence beyond the stage, dedicating himself to the development and well-being of the youth in Ontario, Canada. He has created a legacy through the Youth Showcase, providing a platform for young talents from diverse backgrounds to discover and nurture their artistic abilities. This initiative fosters individual growth and contributes to unity and community development among the youth.  

In a significant step, Davis introduces the inaugural Joel Connector Award to recognize and support deserving youth on their journey toward artistic excellence and personal development. This award is a testament to his commitment to fostering the next generation of great artists and contributing to the growth of talented individuals.  

Joel “Connector” Davis’ youth development and community service efforts go beyond the stage. They impact young individuals’ lives and contribute to the well-being and unity of the community. 

About Rhoma Spencer

Rhoma Spencer is an actor, playwright, director and comedian. When not doing all of the above, she can be seen at her Sweethand Delights, where she turns a random pot of gastronomic pleasures. A graduate of York University with an MFA in Directing, her works have been critically acclaimed by The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and NOW Magazine.

Spencer can be seen in the award-winning Canadian film Scarborough, and she made her debut at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival in LA.

She was the Artist-in-Residence at the Queer and Trans Research Lab at UofT Sexual Diversity Studies at New College, where she developed Queen of the Road- The Calypso Rose Musical, which concluded its run to rave reviews. Her film, My Execution Will be Televised, won the Caribbean Tales Film Festival Inspire Award in 2022, and her other film, A Pile of Dirti, was an official selection at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival last September. 

About Bajan Brown Sugar

Bajan-born Colleen T, aka Bajan Brown Sugar, has been singing calypso since 2014. It started with an interest in writing calypso, and it quickly evolved into performing such songs as “I Calling You Out,” “Stomping,” “Put it Back,” “Disinformation,” and most recently, “Gimme De O” and “Quickie.” Brown Sugar has been a featured singer with the Organization of Calypso Performing Artists. She produced and performed in the Torch Bearers Virtual Calypso Tent series from 2021 to 2022, in virtual shows with Sesame Flyers out of New York in 2021 and a virtual show with Calypso Alberta in 2020.

Connector, Photo courtesy of the artist

Dates & Times

Mon, August 5
3:00pm 6:00pm

Tickets

Free admission
No tickets required