Toronto's Finest Open a Mas Camp For Jane Finch Kids

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Police, children, volunteers and the Scotiabank Caribana Festival stakeholders were at the Jane Finch Yorkgate Mall in Toronto to open the Toronto Police Junior Mas Camp

Senior Officer Superintendent Sam Fernandez from 53 Division officially opened the Metro Toronto Police Force’s Mas Camp for Children on Monday May 31st at the Yorkgate Mall (Finch Avenue East at Jane St). He was joined by children were at the camp to learn how to make mas (masquerade) costumes for this summer’s Scotiabank Caribana/Yorkgate Mall Junior Carnival Parade. The camp is located in an empty Macdonald's Restaurant on the second floor of the Mall.
Toronto Revellers Mas Band leader and NBA star Jamaal Magloire was at the Mall to help open the Metro Toronto Police's first ever Mas Camp for Kids. He spoke briefly to the children and the press and then signed autographs.
Tony Ishmael, one of the founders of the Caribana Junior Parade and a costume designer for the Toronto Revellers Mas Camp, spoke at the Monday launch of the Police Mas Camp for kids. Mr. Ishmael briefed the press and the children on the roots of the Mas costume. (Mas is short for masquerade).
Also speaking at the launch were Superintendent Sam Fernandez (53 Division), Denise Hererra-Jackson co-chair - Scotiabank Caribana and Toronto Mas Band Association's John Kam. Teenage pannist Brittany Dardaine performed at the launch.
The Scotiabank Caribana Festival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. Now in its 43rd year, it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the great metropolis of Toronto and its environs will come alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. The Festival Management Committee oversees the running of North America’s largest outdoor festival.
This year the Official Launch for the Festival will take place at 12 Noon on Thursday July 15th. The Scotiabank Caribana/Yorkgate Mall Junior Carnival Parade will be held on Saturday July 17th from 11am to 4pm. The adult parade will be staged Saturday July 31st; 10 am to 6 pm. For complete listing information, visit www.caribanafestival.com the only official website for the Festival.


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Top: Members of "Toronto's Finest" were at the Jane Finch Yorkgate Mall in Toronto to open the first ever Toronto Police Mas Camp for kids. Officer Mike Cassidy dons part of a newly minted Mas costume at the Monday launch of the Toronto Police Children's Mas Camp at the Yorkgate Mall
Left: The opening was held on Monday May 31st in a second floor space at the Mall.Pictured left, Jamaal Magloire talks to the media and more than a dozen school children.

Right: Tony Ishmael, one of the founders of the Caribana Junior Parade and a costume designer for the Toronto Revellers Mas Camp, spoke at the Monday launch of the Police Mas Camp for kids. Mr. Ishmael briefed the press and the children on the roots of the Mas costume. (Mas is short for masquerade)
Below: Teenage pannist Brittany Dardaine (left) performed at the launch of the Police Mas Camp. She then posed for media cameras with Superintendent Sam Fernandez from 53 Division ( second left) Denise Hererra-Jackson co-chair - Scotiabank Caribana Senior Officer (third from left), and unidentified children and police officers.

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