Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Island Vybz Mas Band Launch - Genese

On Friday April 29th Island Vybz Mas Band launched their inaugural presentation Genese. With 14 years of Mas making experience both locally and internationally, though launching as a new band, Island Vybz is seasoned within the Toronto Carnival scene. 

Given two launches occurred on the same night, The Collabo Team had to divide and conquer to cover both launches, but it was definitely worth it. Island Vybz Mas costumes dazzled with many showstopper sections designed exclusively by Designing Daryl. 

We also applaud Island Vybz Mas approach regarding their media e-invite and thank you letter for attending the launch. Such a nice touch! 

If their approach on the Lakeshore is like their personalized approach for the launch, I think masqueraders will be in for a treat.  

For.more information on Island Vybz Mas check out their website at

Interested in more coverage from the launch? Check out our videos posted on our Instagram page @thecollaboblog

Sunlime Mas Band Launch- Tribes B.C.

On Friday April 29th Sunlime Mas Band held their Band Launch presentation for their 2016 theme Tribes BC. Although their inaugural year as a Band, Sunlime notably designed and produced Mas for several Toronto Carnival bands in previous years. This was reflective in the following this band has already successfully generated and attendance at their first launch.

  The launch was held at D'Warehouse and started shortly to midnight. The MCs for the evening were energetic and did a great job navigating a brief technical music malfunction.

For more information on costumes registration with Sunlime Mas check out their website at

Check out our Instagram page @thecollaboblog for videos from Sunlime Mas Launch

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fantazia Band Launch- Colours of Nature

On Sunday April 24th Fantazia Carnival launched their 2016 presentation Colours of Nature. It was a nice change of pace to view a launch on  Sunday afternoon. The presentation was held at their Mas Band on Brimley road. Check out pictures  below in case you missed the launch.

For more information on Fantazia Carnival, costumes and registration check out their website at

York Region Mas Band Launch- Somewhere in the Caribbean

On Saturday April 23rd,  York Region Mas launched their 2016 presentation: Somewhere in the Caribbean. York Region Mas is a new band to Toronto Carnival and this year's presentation included 5 sections. Check out below for pictures from the launch. 

For more information on costumes and registration with York Region Mas check out their website at

Saldenah Band Launch- Outta Africa

On Friday April 22nd, Saldenah Mas K Club launched their 2016 presentation: Outta Africa. The launch was extremely well attended with many patrons and past masqueraders eager to see this year's costumes and portrayal of the theme. In case you missed the launch, check out some pictures below.

For more information on Saldenah check out their website at

Tribal Carnival Band Launch- Tribal 10

On Saturday April 16th, Tribal Carnival launched their 2016 presentation: Tribal 10. Celebrating 10 years as a band, their theme was a tribute to their past most popular costumes and themes.  Check out below pictures from the launch. 

For more information on Tribal Carnival costumes and registration check out theiron website at

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Durham Mas Launch- Festival of Nations

It's official, Toronto Carnival Band Launch season is underway! 

Durham Mas Band kicked off the season with their 2016 presentation of the theme Festival of Nations. 

The launch was held on Saturday April 2 at the Markham Convention Centre. The venue was quite nice and had ample space for the stage and surrounding seating area. The launch was also well attended with many patrons, band leaders, media and festival organizers coming out to show their support. 

Durham Mas presented 9 sections, which depicted countries and cultural elements from around the world.  

It was also great to note, the costume presentation started prior to midnight, which is a trend I hope continues with the launches still to come.

Subsequent to the stage presentation many models mingled in the crowd, which provided a great opportunity for additional photo ops. 

Overall good job Durham Mas Band, and all the best in the 2k16 season.
For more information on Durham Mas Band check out their website

Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for more pictures and video from the launch.