Friday November 10, 2017


In support of the CTO Foundation and the Hurricane Relief Fund.

Price: Open to the public; CAN $175 per ticket
Time: 6:30 pm – 12:00 pm
Venue: Doubletree Hilton Toronto Downtown, Mandarin Ballroom

To buy tickets for the Caribbean Ball, please contact Nancy Drolet:

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Master of Ceremonies: Nneka Elliott

Nneka Elliott is an award winning TV news gyal turned lifestyle blogger and content creator. She’s the host of an online Caribbean lifestyle talk show called “NNEKA.” Prior to that Nneka held such roles as president of The Media Huddle, reporter and anchor at Newstalk 1010, national weather broadcaster for The Weather Network, Weather anchor for CTV news Toronto/ Canada AM., and most notably Reporter/Anchor/Host at CP24 news. You may also recognize her from TV/Film roles in Designated Survivor, American Gothic, Remember etc. Follow her new adventures at

Steel pan with “Pappy”

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Winston “Pappy” Frederick began honing his skills as a steel pan artist at the age of fifteen.  He developed his artistry as a member of the Dunlop Tornadoes Steel Orchestra, where he rose to become president.  Immigrating to Canada in 1976, Winston studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music and continued his tertiary education at Humber College, earning a Diploma in General Arts and Science with focus on Jazz and Contemporary Music.

As accomplished artist, Winston’s music has been featured on the movie soundtracks of “Enter the Dragon” and “Snow”.  He has been a guest performer on The Food Network Canada, and conducted the Young Panatics Steel Orchestra at their performance at the John Bassett Theatre in the world-reknowned Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Just Friends

The music of Just Friends takes you on a journey through out the Caribbean islands.

First you cruise around the eastern Caribbean with the Zouk and La Comet of the creole-speaking islands of St. Lucia and Martinique, then you head down south for a touch of Calypso and the driving soca of Trinidad and Tobago, and back up North to the laid back reggae of Jamaica.

Led by bassist Bryan Huntley, Sounds Caribbean wraps all these styles in a warm, feel-good blend of heavy groove and some cool jazzy arrangements. This group will surely get you on your feet.

Watch a video of Just Friends performing at the NewMarket Jazz Festival: