Festivalgoers fuming after Vaughan suddenly revokes permit for Caribana event


    The sudden cancellation of one in every of weekend’s most highly-anticipated Caribana occasions in Vaughan has left some festival-goers fuming.

    Carnival Kingdom, which was alleged to function artists like Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons and Destra, was reportedly cancelled simply moments earlier than doorways had been to open.

    In a press release to CBC Information, a spokesperson for the town of Vaughan mentioned the permit was revoked after “it was decided that the organizers didn’t adjust to the phrases.”

    It added Sunday afternoon that the choice to grant and revoked the permit had been made by metropolis employees and never the mayor or council. “The Metropolis of Vaughan additionally acquired numerous public complaints in regards to the event,” it mentioned. 

    When contacted by CBC Toronto for extra info, the town mentioned it had “no additional remark presently.”

    The cancellation of Carnival Kingdom had sparked fierce backlash on social media with many struggling to grasp the town’s choice.

    Sundas Malik hoped to attend the event Saturday and mentioned she was “heartbroken” to be taught that it was cancelled.

    “Folks labored arduous to make this get together occur. They labored actually arduous and so they love this get together,” Malik mentioned. “Folks come down right here to have enjoyable and simply present love after which final minute they cancel the get together.”

    Some responded to the town’s choice on Twitter and mentioned the same event on Friday introduced vital noise.

    For some, like Malik, the town’s response wasn’t sufficient.

    “What occurred final evening ought to by no means have occurred. It was very unprofessional of the town of Vaughan to do this,” Malik mentioned. “It wasn’t okay to do this to folks final minute.”

    An announcement by Carnival Kingdom mentioned the event had “all of its permits in place,” forward of time.

    “The permits had been pulled by the town simply 2 hours earlier than doorways opening. For causes we do not know presently absolutely. Each event executed has been full with clean course of and professionalism,” the assertion mentioned.

    A Fb web page for the event mentioned that over 10,000 folks from all around the world had been anticipated to attend the event Saturday evening.

    For her half, Malik says she feels badly for what the event’s shutdown meant for those that travelled to Toronto for the event.

    “If I flew down right here on trip to go to a celebration like this and this occurred, I’d be actually upset and I’d not need to come again to Toronto.”

    An Instagram web page by event organizers says refunds could be issued in 72 hours. 




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