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July 12, 2010
'Costumed Faces' Carnival photographs at Toronto City Hall
A photography show called Costumed Faces will be displayed in Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., from July 13 to 23 as part of the City's annual Caribana celebrations. This exhibition, by talented photo documentarian Jenny Baboolal, focuses on the masked faces of children at Carnival time in Trinidad and Tobago.

Costumed Faces has been on display in the National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago. The exhibition focuses primarily on the beauty of the masked faces, but these photographs are not just painted faces among feathers and beads. The series of images are a medium for reflection on the whole process of carnival - from design to jump up.

Another art exhibition, organized by the Association of African Canadian Arts, celebrates the carnival arts. This show will be on display at the Royal Ontario Museum from July 23 to August 13. Curated by Joan Butterfield, the show includes 160 works on canvas as well as parade costumes and bronze and ceramic pieces.

The annual Caribana celebrations in Toronto began in 1967 as a centennial gift from people of Caribbean origins. The carnival arts - 'mas, calypso and steelpan - originated in the celebrations of freed African slaves and share much in common with the carnival celebrations of other cultures.

Now in its 43rd year, Toronto's Caribana festival has become a major international event and is the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. The official launch of the 2010 Scotiabank Caribana Festival will take place at noon on Thursday, July 15 at Yonge-Dundas Square. The Caribana parade will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 31.

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Media contacts:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824,
Jenny Baboolal, 416-785-1142,
Stephen Weir, Scotiabank Caribana, 416-489-5868, 416-801-3101 (cell),



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