More Like “Tragic Kingdom” for Caribbean Torontonians: Caribbean festival called off.

More Like “Tragic Kingdom” for Caribbean Torontonians: Caribbean festival called off.
Am I right? It sure doesn’t go to hardworking bloggers, I can tell you that! 2/2
— City of Vaughan (@City_of_Vaughan) August 5, 2018

You would think a well-functioning city hall would have addressed any potential permit issues well in advance of a long weekend, knowing there would be a lot of pissed-off patrons, but I guess there some double-overtime-and-a-half clerks really wanted to collect. I’ve always said as a resident that Vaughan city councillors literally see themselves as rockstars; take the case of one Matt Groopie. He’s had to resort to starting a GoFundMe legal defense fund. They’re not all like this couple:

So it's officially Caribana week 😅🤣🙃🇯🇲🇨🇦🇧🇧🇹🇹🇬🇾🇰🇳🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/gP9hp16nNb
— MrSummaTyme (@MrSummaTime) August 1, 2018

The self-proclaimed “City Above Toronto” doesn’t have the best reputation lately when it comes to live music. As many as 10,000 people were expected to converge in the parking lot of the Improve Canada outdoor entertainment complex next to Highway 407 and not many houses within earshot. Their Twitter account tried to give a half-assed attempt at an explanation but I’m sorry, it reeks of fishiness. A good chunk of that change still goes to middlepeople such as A&R types and Spotify instead of y’know, the artists who actually make the music we consume. Apparently local representative Karen Cilevitz doesn’t believe anyone but she has a right to it, to the point where she is now suing Mr. The CBC reports on everything here. 1/2
— City of Vaughan (@City_of_Vaughan) August 5, 2018

In accordance with the City’s Special Events By-law, both the decision to grant the permit and subsequent decision to revoke, were decisions made by staff and not directed by Mayor and Council. City of Vaughan By-law and Compliance, Licensing and Permit Service staff revoked the permit of the Carnival Kingdom 2018 SOS Fest event after it was determined that organizers did not comply with the terms of the permit. Groopie for A HALF MILLION DOLLARS. If nothing else, the soca-goers who came to Vaughan to have a good time deserve a better explanation than the one that was given. He’s the guy you may recall who got in trouble for simply for using the words “Ward 5” in the title of his Richmond Hill-based open mic night. Here’s the full story. The City of Vaughan also received a number of public complaints about the event. And if you’ve seen this recent report about how musicians only receive 12% of the revenue their chosen industry generates, you know he doesn’t have that kind of money. Very weird, I know. If you hadn’t heard, the City of Vaughan–part of the Greater Toronto Area’s suburban sprawl–was supposed to play host to a Caribana offshoot called Carnival Kingdom (no affiliation with the much more famous parade downtown, although it had been running successfully over the past seven years). Just before “fete”ers were to be let in, however, the event was abruptly called off by the city.