The Saskatoon Caribbean-Canadian Cultural Association may have changed in name, however, their mission has always remained the same, to foster cultural pride in their youth and showcase the culture of the West Indies.
Originally, the Come Together Society was founded in 1978 by a handful of men with a vision for the future – Ken Atherton, Clyde Boucher, Desmond Edwards, Olivier Gentillon, Andy Morgan, Rudy Small, and Robert (Bobby) Stewart. Other leaders came together to ensure there was a place that West Indians and all people who embraced the Caribbean culture could meet, socialize, enjoy the music, play cards, and share stories.
Together, they began the Come Together Club which was located on Cynthia Street and Avenue. It was a popular spot for several years, often with the original steel band that would delight audiences. The group was one of the founding Folkfest members and the first event was held at Cynthia Ave. facility which was shared with the new refugees from Chile.
It quickly became one of the most popular Folkfest pavilions, and continues to be. The original steelband members shared their music with other ethnic groups playing at various functions around the city and the province.
There is a new steelband now, comprised of approximately 10 individuals. They recorded their first CD in 2012, and carry on the tradition of the original steelband. Take one of our CDs home with you to spice up your parties year-round! Years later, we continue to share our culture and have a presence in the community year round whenever possible still finding ways to socialize during Black History Month, through dances, festivals, fundraisers, dance and steel pan classes.
We offer our young members scholarships for furthering their studies after high school.
Whether we are hosting our own fundraisers like Have a Heart for Haiti, or other islands that encounter disasters, or performing at fundraisers like Exile Island (Children’s Wish Foundation), Royal Treasure Ball (Children’s Hospital Foundation), we are glad to be a part of the fabric of Saskatoon.
Being a member of Saskatoon Folkfest has provided an ideal way to share culture with thousands of people at a time. This year, we are especially thrilled to be a part of the 35th Anniversary of Folkfest. We have been involved in the festival for 27 years and hope to continue into the future. We will be sharing the history of steel pan which originated in Trinidad & Tobago, along with some incredible entertainment from Jamaica, Barbados, Toronto, Regina and our own local talent right here in Saskatoon.
Originating in Trinidad and Tobago, it was the only instrument invented in the 20th Century. The steel band will have you on your feet and feeling the island rhythms.
Be amazed by our Fire Eater, Prince Niah, all the way from sunny Jamaica, our Stilt Walkers, (also known traditionally as Moko Jumbies), Troy and Deono from beautiful Barbados, our Limbo Dancer and other special guests.
The party begins and ends at the Caribbean Pavilion, so join the Conga Line every evening, and “Jump Up” at Carnival! Kick off your flip flops, dig your toes in the sand and make this a MUST STOP on your Folkfest travels!
Attendance at this pavilion is approximately 30,000 over 3 days