AGO jumps up for carnival at First Thursday Fete

Carnival Themed Fete At the Art Gallery Of Ontario Attracts Hundreds and Hundreds
Rhoma in costume at the AGO - photo by Craigg Slowly
By Stephen Weir for Caribbean Camera

Rhoma Spencer, Macomere Fifi, traditional costumed carnival performers and dancer Jasmyn Fyffe took the AGO by storm last Thursday night as part of the art gallery's First Thursday fete. The theme last night was Carnival, and thousands crammed into the Toronto public gallery to jump up.
Rhoma Spencer, a well-known Trinidadian Canadian actor and producer, recreated the custom of Viey la Cou (The Old Yard), where traditional Mas was performed over two centuries ago.
The characters that she brought to the Dundas St W building were larger than life. There was Dame Lorraine, a Trinidadian mas character of the 18th century, was known for love of dance and shakes it up in a big way with huge padded breasts and an equally large padded butt.
Pictured with the Dame is Rhoma Spencer dressed as the Midnight Robber and Mickolia Salceo as Perrot – a Caribbean take on the traditional French clown.
Toronto Caribbean Camera newspaper
Also performing at the First Thursday party was singer Tara Woods (aka Macomere Fifi), gave pop up lectures about the meaning of Calypso and the history of the Speech Band of Tobago - a traditional form of oral poetry.



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