Toronto bursts into life with CTO Rum & Rhythm Benefit on 26 October 2012


Festivities to be held Friday, October 26, 6:30 – 11:00 pm at Design Exchange (Canada’s National Design Museum)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados  (29 August, 2012) – Canada’s cultural, entertainment and financial capital gets to celebrate the spirits – and the spirit – of the Caribbean at an extraordinary event which brings to an end a dynamic explosion of Caribbean life and culture in the country’s largest city.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region’s tourism development agency, unleashes the Caribbean’s vibrancy, diversity and energy during Caribbean Week in Toronto, a celebration of the incomparable attributes that make the region the most desirable warm weather destination in the world. The week ends with  Rum & Rhythm Benefit – “The Ultimate Caribbean Cultural & Epicurean Experience” – at Design Exchange, Canada’s National Design Museum, on October 26 from 6:30 – 11:00 pm.

Rum & Rhythm is both a fundraiser for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Scholarship Foundation – a charitable organization which provides scholarships to Caribbean nationals – and a Caribbean Culinary Experience which enables consumers to mix and mingle with senior tourism officials from the Region, as well as members of the Diplomatic Corps and City and Provincial representatives, to savour the taste, spirit and sounds of the Caribbean.

This signature event will take guests on an enchanting journey that will encapsulate the vibrant cultures, eclectic cuisines, pulsating rhythms and quintessential experiences that are enjoyed in the Caribbean.   The evening will highlight the diverse cultures of the Dutch, English, French and Spanish Caribbean.

Guests will be exposed to the varied award-winning rums of the Caribbean as well as the talents and artistic flair of some of the Caribbean’s celebrity musicians, chefs and mixologists at Design Exchange on 234 Bay Street in Toronto.

The evening will include both a live and silent auction featuring vacation packages, hotel stays and Caribbean artwork, and also feature special appearances by top Caribbean personalities and celebrities.  The sights and sounds of the Caribbean will transform Design Exchange into an island-inspired haven with food and rum demonstrations as the culinary centerpiece of the evening.

Tickets are CAD$75 each and $100 at the door.  Click here to purchase tickets, or contact Petronilla Marchan at 647-361-9880.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Caribbean Week in Toronto is an explosion of the rich and attractive Caribbean culture – from its cuisine to its music to its people – wrapped up in one elegant package designed to tease the traveller to visit the region.

The activities of Caribbean Week in Toronto include:

  • Workshop for NTOs: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
  • Caribbean Diaspora Forum: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 – 6:30 to 9:00pm
  • Caribbean Media Marketplace & Awards Luncheon: Thursday, October 25, 2012 – 11:00am to 2:30pm (preceded by a Press Conference at 10:00am)

·         Rum & Rhythm Benefit: Friday, October 26, 2012 – 6:30 – 11:00pm

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