‘Island In The Sun: Barbados in Song’ is a concert of Barbadian folk songs
from 1800 to present and the stories behind them. Singer / guitarist Roger Gibbs
gives an overview the island’s history and its people – their beliefs, superstitions,
hopes and aspirations, tales of joy and sorrow and their life on and off the sugar
cane plantation. The 1-hr presentation also highlights Bajans’ struggles against
colonial rule and their fight for freedom.
Tues, Feb. 3rd 11:00 am BLOOR/GLADSTONE Library, 1101 Bloor St. W. Saturday, Feb. 7th 2:00 pm PALMERSTON Library, 560 Palmerston Ave. Monday, Feb. 9th 10:00 am FORT YORK Library, 190 Fort York Blvd. Tuesday, Feb. 10th 10:00 am SANDERSON Library, 327 Bathurst St. Saturday, Feb. 21st 2:00 pm MAIN ST. Library, 137 Main St. Sat, Feb. 28th 2:00 pm MARIA A. SHCHUKA Library, 1745 Eglinton St. W.
Thursday, March 19th 2:00pm BEACHES Library, 2161 Queen St. E.
An a cappella quartet that sings peppy arrangements of calypso, soca, reggae & a variety of World music. The group recently debuted at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts and is Beverley Brathwaite, Susan Grogan, Charles Waterman and Roger Gibbs.
Here's a clip put together by videographer Tim Harry using footage from our Richmond performnce.
'What Ah Kadooment' (Sach Moore) on BEST OF BARBADOS (1979) sung by Roger Gibbs.
THE PROFESSIONALS CALYPSO TENT
Saturdays, June13th, 20th, 27th, and July 4th
Calypso Central, 25 Cecil St., Toronto 8pm . SHAK SHAK at the Professionals Calypso Tent featuring singers:
Beginner Dick Lochan Crooner Macomere Fifi
Web Panman Pat Mr. Wonderful Connector
Special Guest: Masada
Roger Gibbs vocals and guitar, Chris Wilson alto sax, accordion, keys, Jim Bish tenor sax, Nicole Rampersaud trumpet, Oswald James trombone, Don Stewart bass, Gareth Burgess drums, Jeffrey Walcott congas, Ron D'Vignes iron, timbales.
Roger Gibbs Don Stewart Ron D'Vignes Jamesy, Connector and Bish
Gareth Burgess Chris Wilson (Mus. Dir.) Jeff Walcott Nicole Rampersaud
Macomere Fifi Joannie Davis Curtis Panman Pat McNeilly
Jeff Walcott (iron) Roger Gibbs (guitar/vocal) Anthony Pierre (congas, perc.)
SUNDAY, Feb. 9th 5-8pm THE SISTER, 1554 Queen St.West, Toronto
Happy February, music lovers! See, it just doesn't sound right, does it? Happy February? Puhleese!
As you know (since you are a music lover), there is a possible way to reconcile this darkest of months with that happy feeling you left behind in September. And that way is . . . Listen to some live CALYPSO and ACOUSTIC CARIBBEAN music!! Better yet, sit and relax (or shake yuh tail if it suits you!) at a fine venue that features cold drink and warm food and great people . . . like YOU..!!
Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, Exhibition Place, Toronto
Friday, July 27th, 2012
The Toronto Caribbean Carnival honours three individuals each year for their role in the
Carnival Arts - Mas', steelpan, and calypso. Roger received the Calypso Award for outstanding
contribution to the development of the art form in Canada.
Roger Gibbs is a Toronto-based singer / guitarist who performs Caribbean Acoustic and Calypso. He has released two CDs - "Spirit of Calypso" and "Calypso Classics on Guitar".
For bookings call (416) 484-6914 or e-mail
“I am the Spirit of Calypso music Been around since the dawn of time Watching over you and kind........”
Sam the Guitar Man
Spirit of Calypso
SHAK-SHAK is a Calypso and Caribbean Acoustic band whose music pays tribute to classic Calypso repertoire through the years. Led by Barbadian-born Roger Gibbs and multi-talented musician and ethnomusicologist Chris Wilson, SHAK SHAK brings a genuine taste of the seductive rhythms and melodies that made Calypso a worldwide phenomenom.
Classic Calypso songs by Mighty Sparrow, Lord Kitchener and others Trinidad greats, SHAK SHAK adds Roger and Chris's original songs. SHAK SHAK also reworks Caribbean folk songs and gives them a new twist.
For booking call (416) 484-6914 or (416) 948-3847.