Billed as the world’s largest free multicultural picnic, the CHIN Picnic takes place on Saturday, June 28, Sunday 29 and Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
First held in 1967, one year after CHIN Radio/TV International was founded by the late Johnny Lombardi, thousands flock to the annual attraction held at the Exhibition Place.
With Scotiabank as the title sponsor, CHIN International Picnic celebrates the diverse cultures of Toronto, with dance performances, experiencing of local and international music, talent and cuisine along with authentic cultural vendors, a kids’ zone, and more.
The event, which attracts 250,000 people annually, invites visitors to, “Come and experience the sights and sounds…every day!” Each day patrons are sure to enjoy a star-studded lineup of performers from around the world, thousands of community singers, dancers and performers; family fun with Zero Gravity Circus shows, K-9 Dog Challenges, Midway circus shows, petting zoo, pony rides, midway rides and amusements, to name a few. International Shopping Bazaar in the Better Living Building, Miss CHIN Bikini and Mr. CHIN Competitions; Midweek Cycling Club pro-am cycling races, Wrestling shows, Ontario Boxing Tournament, beer garden, and dozens and dozens of food and beverage concessions. Admission to all events is free.
One popular feature is the Caribbean stage, featuring music from Antigua, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. On Canada Day, three-time JUNO Award winner, Exco Levi, will headline the Caribbean stage.
Levi is the first recipient in the Reggae Recording of the Year Category to receive a JUNO Award for three consecutive years.
Levi received his third award at the 2014 JUNO Award Gala in Winnipeg, Manitoba for his single “Strive”, featuring Kabaka Pyramid. The energetic artiste previously won JUNOS for singles “Storms of Life” in 2013 and the controversial “Bleaching Shop” in 2012. On May 18, 2014, Levi launched “World of the Wise”, his latest EP.
The Caribbean Swing to be held on July 1, 2014 from 3pm-7pm will also feature: Jay Harmony—Soul, RnB, Reggae songstress; Destiny—10 piece Soca, Chutney band; Mountain Edge Roots & Culture—“Canada’s hardest working reggae band”; and Real 3D—four piece African contemporary dance group.
MCs for the Caribbean Swing stage at the Scotiabank CHIN Picnic are Kayla Thompson, Denise Jones of Jones and Jones Productions—producers of the Caribbean Stage for the fourth consecutive year — and Clifton Joseph, who, along with Sweet T, hosts “Talk To Me” on CHIN 100.7FM from 9pm to 10pm on Saturday nights. DJ Ron Nelson who hosts Reggaemania from 10pm to midnight on Saturday nights on CHIN will spin the records and keep the party going.