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Almost a decade after its successful tour to Dublin, in 2010, and Beijing six years later, the Trinidad & Tobago Chinese Steel Ensemble (TTCSE) is heading to Canada.

The team will be spreading its unique blend of music excellence abroad from June 29 to July 15.

At the invitation of Earl La Pierre Jr, manager of Afropan Steel Band, the TTCSE is gearing up for a well-deserved cultural exchange for its young and talented players to showcase not only their talents and skills, but also their dedication and commitment to our national musical instrument that they all share with passion.

The band will be performing at the Cherry Street Car Park before the popular Xpats Carnival Cruise on July 6, then the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto for their Summerfest seven days later (July 13). During the band’s two-week jaunt, apart from the above events, they will be the featured guest performer at other private engagements including at a popular Chinese restaurant in Mississauga on July 4, with a repeat performance on July 08.

The tour is expected to give band members the opportunity not only to perform outside of Trinidad and Tobago, but also enjoy international cuisine, visits to cultural centres and, for some, the experience of traveling and bonding with their peers.

Citing that the group depends on contributions and donations, an elegant fundraising event of sweet pan and international cuisine dubbed “In a Monastery Garden” was hosted at one of its supporter’s home in Ellerslie Park back in March. A few leading restaurants, top chefs and corporate benefactors contributed towards this sold out event. Due to an overwhelming response for a repeat, the gala event is proposed for November 2019.