Toronto's Caribana Collecting Funds and Goods at Caribbean Relief and Rhythms Benefit

By Karen Bliss 9/18/17 |

Starting From Scratch will perform at Caribbean Relief and Rhythms — photo credit: Facebook
Toronto's long-running Caribana, which draws a million people to the city each summer for its festival of floats, music and food, is rallying to help the people of the Caribbean Islands whose homes were devastated by Hurricane Irma.

DJs Starting from Scratch, D’Bandit and Dr. Jay will join Juno-award winning reggae artist Exco Levi and more Sept. 27 at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre to raise funds and collect items for those hit hardest, particularly in Saint Martin, Anguilla, St. Barts and Barbuda.

The recent category 5 hurricane left thousands are homeless and 84 dead in the Caribbean and United States.

Appropriately dubbed Caribbean Relief and Rhythms, the benefit will feature talent from Toronto and the Caribbean with proceeds going to Caribana Arts Group,“whose members are communicating directly with individuals and organizations in the islands,” according to the press release. 

An account has been set up at TD Bank on King Street (transit #1020; account #5526306) to receive donations prior to the fundraising event and will stay open to throughout October.  The organization will also have a container onsite to collect goods for displaced residents of Barbuda.

Items needed are: diapers, wipes; baby food, dried and canned milk, new baby clothes, baby bottles, soap, disinfectant, pillows, sheets, blankets, toiletries, sanitary pads, underwear, large garbage bags, first aid kits, shaving kits, new towels, batteries, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and flashlights.

The concert will also feature appearances by Soca For Life creators Kerwin Du Bois and Lyrikal. Tickets are $20 (plus service charges) with a VIP option ($50), available at


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