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Caribbean Folk Performers is an Afro-Caribbean Performing Arts company based in Toronto.   Founded in 1988, the company is committed to preserving and promoting traditional African and Indigenous Caribbean Culture through dance, music and drama.

Serving local, national & International audiences, CFP has established a reputation for excellence and authenticity admired the world over.  Our members are trained mainly in African and Caribbean dance styles. Other styles include modern, and jazz. The traditional folk dances and songs that we perform are composed of works, which have been developed by the influences of African, Spanish, French, British and Indian cultures.

Incorporating diverse styles, cultures and costumes, CFP will regale you with bold colors, breathtaking moves, uplifting drumming whilst engaging in story telling!

Our success depends on the exploration of traditional work, personal and cultural development of our members, and continuous community involvement.

Biographies

Canada

  • VIBE Black History Month Production – 2004
  • Launch of Toronto 1 Television Show – 2003
  • Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund – 2003
  • Nathan Phillips Square:  4th Annual Festival Bana Y’ Africa – 2003
  • Metro International Caravan – 1997 & 1998
    • Winner of Metro International Award “Citation of Caravan’s Theme.”
    • BEST Show Award – MC
  • Kimoyo Production:  The Evolution of Black Dance – 1997.  Sold out performance at Hart House Theatre.
  • Emancipation School Tour – 1996 to 1998
  • Ontario Place – Molson Amphitheatre (First local dance company to perform on Canada’s largest outdoor stage)
  • Canadian National Exhibition (CNE):  International Pavilion 1999-2002
  • Du Maurier Theatre Harbourfront:  Dance Immersion – 2000
  • Mississauga Carasauga & Carabram – 1998 – 2003
  • Villages International – Branford
  • Caribana Festival – 2001 – 2003
  • MOSAIC – Saskatchewan
  • Planet Africa – Toronto International Festival
  • International Black Summit – 2001
  • Windsor Cultural Festival
  • Montreal Anti- Racism Awareness Function

International

  • Hong Kong New Years Festival – 2004
  • Summer Fete – Pennsylvania – 2003, 2004
  • Caribbean Scholarship Fund Atlanta, Georgia – 2003
  • Caribbean Cultural Festival – Heart Plaza Detroit 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Opened for New York Mets Game – Shea Stadium – 1999
  • Jamaica Cricket Association Awards and Banquet  Ohio 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Caribbean Music Festival – Virgin Islands:  St. Croix & St. Thomas – 1990
  • Puerto Rico Summer Festival – Virgin Islands:  St. Croix & St. Thomas – 1990
  • Puerto Rico Summer Festival – 1995
  • Caribbean Music Festival – Madison Square Garden New York -1993

School Performances

  • George brown College 
  • Humber College
  • Madonna Catholic Secondary School
  • Monarch Park Collegiate
  • Seneca College
  • University of Toronto
  • York University
  • Atlanta (Public School)

The company also holds quarterly open-house programs which are designed to:

  • Welcome new members; dancers, drummers & singers.
  • Acquaint people with the work & culture of Africa & the Caribbean
  • Provide an opportunity to network with other artists.
  • Show case new work & provide lectures related to performing arts