‘One Man’ grooving to a Slow Congo drum pattern…. ‘Eh Millette’ skips to a Congo Belé beat,
adding new melodies to a famous 19th century beléchant. Chris Wilson’s composition ‘Lagos’,
a funky Nigerian Ibo riff with shades of Hi-life.
Two Orisha tracks – ‘Erinle Ajaja’ and ‘Eshu/Yemanja’ … a side of Trinidad rarely captured
on record honouring the deities and spiritual power of Ifa religious chants.
‘Calypso History’ is a tribute to the late and beloved calypsonian Dick Lochan, a story of how Calypso
came to Canada and took hold in the late 1940s. Dick also helped Chris and Roger compose the
lyrics to the title track of ‘Shak Shak Party’, a description of a loft party scene that was inspired by
Joseph Mitchell’s story “Houdini’s Picnic”.
‘Wall Street Robber’ and ‘Rebels’ are social and political commentaries and the 1950s gem
‘Barbados Carnival’ is originally by Vernon Roberts, aka The Mighty Panther.
Our thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support.
Kaiso Riddims Music Series
8:00 - 12:00 Friday, February 10th
8:00 - 1:00 Saturday, February 11th
235 Queens Quay West
8:00 - 9:00 DJ House music
9:00 - 10:00 Kalabash
10:00 - 10:30 Dj House music
10:30 - 12:00 MOKA
featuring Macomere Fifi
Saturday $15. adv. / $20. door
8:00 - 9:00 DJ House music
9:00 - 10:15 Shak Shak
10:15 - 11:45 DJ House music
11:45 - 1:00 Neu Jenarashun
featuring Susan G and Delee
A bold new music series revealing the many expressions of a great Caribbean performing art of Calypso.
Two brilliant nights of music from traditional to vintage… classic to modern and contemporary,
with an extra zing of Soca to warm the coldest winter’s eve. Kalabash, MOKA, Delee, Susan G
and Neu Jenarashun, Macomere Fifi. Special new CD launch by Shak Shak. Bring your dancing shoes!
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THE GIBBS BROTHERS
NIAGARA CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL
August 8 - 13 at Daniels Spectrum, Regent Park
Waleed Abdulhamid Tich Maredza Prime Guerra
JENNY BABOOLAL Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street E.
Costume making Workshops in COBA Studios SANDRA WHITING
Celebrate In The New Regent Park..... Create Your Own Costume
Carnival Village welcomes you to come learn
how to create your own costume and take part in
an exciting Carnival parade in Regent Park on
Saturday, August 13 @ 1:00 pm
• Free workshops in dance movement,
drumming and making a percussion instrument
• Free evening concerts and a 3-week
exhibition of photos of Carnival costumes.
Hallway Galleries Aug. 2nd - Aug. 21st
Carnival Village Photo Exhibition
Mon.- Fri. 8:00 am 9:00 pm / Sat. & Sun. 10 am – 6:00 pm
Concerts in The Courtyard 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tues Aug. 9 Tich Maredza
Wed Aug. 10 Sandra Whiting
Thurs Aug. 11 Ruth Mathiang & Waleed Abdulhamid
Fri Aug. 12 Macomere Fifi
FOR INFO CALL: 416-484-6914
Special thanks: Artscape, Toronto Caribbean Carnival, COBA, Kelvin Archer
Ward's Island, Toronto
WEDNESDAY, July 13th 6:30 - 8:30pm
Just steps from the ferry dock, the Island Cafe is the perfect spot
for a sunset dinner on a garden patio. Great food and some of
Canada's best calypso music with SHAK SHAK. Don't miss it!
The GIBBS BROTHERS
The Gibbs Brothers had their debut at the Studio Theatre at
Harbourfront Centre before a full house on May 28th, 2016.
Roger (guitar,vox), John (guitar, cuatro, harmonica),
David Cole (bass, marimbula), Sammy Clarke (congas, perc.)
The Gibbs Bros. perform Barbadian folk music from the late 18th
Century onward, telling the stories of infidelity, injustice
and rebellion; plus songs on topics such as sugar cane,
flying fish and the political struggle in a small Caribbean
island that played a critical role in the birth of the British Empire
Saturday, AUG. 1st at Harbourfront Centre's Stage in the Round at 4pm.
With special guest PANMAN PAT
Wednesday, July 22nd 7-9pm
ISLAND CAFE, Ward's Island
Coming to a library near you!
ISLAND IN THE SUN: Barbados in Song
‘Island In The Sun: Barbados in Song’ is a concert of Barbadian folk songs
from 1800 to present and the stories behind them. Singer / guitarist Roger Gibbs
gives an overview the island’s history and its people – their beliefs, superstitions,
hopes and aspirations, tales of joy and sorrow and their life on and off the sugar
cane plantation. The 1-hr presentation also highlights Bajans’ struggles against
colonial rule and their fight for freedom.
Tues, Feb. 3rd 11:00 am BLOOR/GLADSTONE Library, 1101 Bloor St. W. Saturday, Feb. 7th 2:00 pm PALMERSTON Library, 560 Palmerston Ave. Monday, Feb. 9th 10:00 am FORT YORK Library, 190 Fort York Blvd. Tuesday, Feb. 10th 10:00 am SANDERSON Library, 327 Bathurst St. Saturday, Feb. 21st 2:00 pm MAIN ST. Library, 137 Main St. Sat, Feb. 28th 2:00 pm MARIA A. SHCHUKA Library, 1745 Eglinton St. W.
Thursday, March 19th 2:00pm BEACHES Library, 2161 Queen St. E.
An a cappella quartet that sings peppy arrangements of calypso, soca, reggae & a variety of World music. The group recently debuted at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts and is Beverley Brathwaite, Susan Grogan, Charles Waterman and Roger Gibbs.
Here's a clip put together by videographer Tim Harry using footage from our Richmond performnce.
'What Ah Kadooment' (Sach Moore) on BEST OF BARBADOS (1979) sung by Roger Gibbs.
THE PROFESSIONALS CALYPSO TENT
Saturdays, June13th, 20th, 27th, and July 4th
Calypso Central, 25 Cecil St., Toronto 8pm . SHAK SHAK at the Professionals Calypso Tent featuring singers:
Beginner Dick Lochan Crooner Macomere Fifi
Web Panman Pat Mr. Wonderful Connector
Special Guest: Masada
Roger Gibbs vocals and guitar, Chris Wilson alto sax, accordion, keys, Jim Bish tenor sax, Nicole Rampersaud trumpet, Oswald James trombone, Don Stewart bass, Gareth Burgess drums, Jeffrey Walcott congas, Ron D'Vignes iron, timbales.
Roger Gibbs Don Stewart Ron D'Vignes Jamesy, Connector and Bish
Gareth Burgess Chris Wilson (Mus. Dir.) Jeff Walcott Nicole Rampersaud
Macomere Fifi Joannie Davis Curtis Panman Pat McNeilly
Jeff Walcott (iron) Roger Gibbs (guitar/vocal) Anthony Pierre (congas, perc.)
SUNDAY, Feb. 9th 5-8pm THE SISTER, 1554 Queen St.West, Toronto
Happy February, music lovers! See, it just doesn't sound right, does it? Happy February? Puhleese!
As you know (since you are a music lover), there is a possible way to reconcile this darkest of months with that happy feeling you left behind in September. And that way is . . . Listen to some live CALYPSO and ACOUSTIC CARIBBEAN music!! Better yet, sit and relax (or shake yuh tail if it suits you!) at a fine venue that features cold drink and warm food and great people . . . like YOU..!!
Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, Exhibition Place, Toronto
Friday, July 27th, 2012
The Toronto Caribbean Carnival honours three individuals each year for their role in the
Carnival Arts - Mas', steelpan, and calypso. Roger received the Calypso Award for outstanding
contribution to the development of the art form in Canada.
Roger Gibbs is a Toronto-based singer / guitarist who performs Caribbean Acoustic and Calypso. He has released two CDs - "Spirit of Calypso" and "Calypso Classics on Guitar".
For bookings call (416) 484-6914 or e-mail
“I am the Spirit of Calypso music Been around since the dawn of time Watching over you and kind........”
Sam the Guitar Man
Spirit of Calypso
SHAK-SHAK is a Calypso and Caribbean Acoustic band whose music pays tribute to classic Calypso repertoire through the years. Led by Barbadian-born Roger Gibbs and multi-talented musician and ethnomusicologist Chris Wilson, SHAK SHAK brings a genuine taste of the seductive rhythms and melodies that made Calypso a worldwide phenomenom.
Classic Calypso songs by Mighty Sparrow, Lord Kitchener and others Trinidad greats, SHAK SHAK adds Roger and Chris's original songs. SHAK SHAK also reworks Caribbean folk songs and gives them a new twist.
For booking call (416) 484-6914 or (416) 948-3847.