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Clifton Ryan, a.k.a. "The Mighty Bomber" circa 1975
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Expo 67 as composed and performed by The Mighty Bomber
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The Mighty Bomber - Calypso
Pioneer from Laventille
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At Expo 67, the 6-month world exposition provided a window of opportunity for Trinidad & Tobago to import their steelbands, calypso music and vibrant culture to Canada. Three artists that performed at Expo 67 were "the Trinidadian steelband and calypsonians Bomber and Young Killer. During this period, Toronto's Caribbean community grew and developed Cariban, a massive Carnivale held every July," writes the Historical Museum of Southern California official website.
This fact is also supported by the Canadian Culture.ca website which highlights Expo 67 as being an important stepping stone in the realization of the Cariban...
"The festival began 40 years ago and Dr. Rita Cox clearly remembers it.
"'It was very exciting,' says the celebrated Black Canadian activist. 'Most of us were immigrants doing the planning.' Cox, originally from Trinidad, recalls that the Expo 67 contingent from Trinidad and Tobago came to Toronto to help with the preparations."
As a result, Toronto's first Cariban in 1967 had "eight bands in front of 1,000 spectators. It will grow to become the third largest carnivale in the world, drawing over 1 million spectators annually," writes the Archives of Ontario website.
For an excellent history of Toronto's 1st Caribana, please read: Come Out To Caribana '67
The Tripoli Steel Orchestra
"Tripoli Steel Orchestra, sponsored by Esso, was a top steelband in Trinidad during the 1950s and 1960s. They recorded this album while appearing at Expo 67 in Montreal. In 1968 Tripoli returned to Montreal, where they met popular pianist Liberace. Liberace promptly hired the band for a tour across the U.S." -- source: Calypso: A World Music / Historical Museum of Southern California.