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Kenneth Shah fonds

  • F0753
  • Fonds
  • 1956-2011

Fonds consists of the administrative records of the Caribbean Cultural Committee created and accumulated by Kenneth Shah in his role as a founding member, including material such as correspondence; band registration forms and regulations for band competitions; constitution drafts; financial documents; meeting minutes; Shah’s sketches for parade costume designs; and program proposals. Other materials include issues of newspapers and magazines that provided media coverage of the Caribana Festival each year; Shah’s personal photo and film collection documenting Caribana and other Carnival festivals in Trinidad and Tobago, Toronto, Montreal, and New York; Shah’s mas bands throughout the years; and promotional material for Caribana such as brochures, pamphlets, festival guides, event programmes, and flyers.

Shah, Kenneth

Ken Shah home video

A film reel of Ken Shah moving to Canada. The original box reads: “A recording made on 5-9-1965 on the occasion of my mothers 52nd birthday and my departure to Canada at 117 Coffee St. San Fernando Trinidad. Faiz Shah.”

Ken Shah Masonic Lodge

A video cassette of a home video of a Masonic Lodge meeting, of which Shah is a part of and makes speeches throughout.

Carnival news coverage

A video cassette of recorded footage of news coverage of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival mas parade.

Mr. Goudas Past & Present

A video cassette documenting the story of Spyridon “Peter” Goudas, creator of “Mr. Goudas Foods” and his involvement and friendship with Kenneth Shah and Caribana. Contents of the tape include: The Early Years, Arrive in Canada, Starting a Business, the Famous 813 Club, Variety of Commercials, the Caribana Story, and Scenes from 1975 & 1990 parade. Kenneth Shah is interviewed throughout the tape.

Videocasette

A betamax video cassette labelled “Kenn Shah.”

Carnaval 88

A video cassette of a documentary for Brazil’s Carnaval in 1988.

Mr. Goudas Past & Present

A video cassette documenting the story of Spyridon “Peter” Goudas, creator of “Mr. Goudas Foods” and his involvement and friendship with Kenneth Shah and Caribana. Contents of the tape include: The Early Years, Arrive in Canada, Starting a Business, the Famous 813 Club, Variety of Commercials, the Caribana Story, and Scenes from 1975 & 1990 parade. Kenneth Shah is interviewed throughout the tape.

Trinidad Carnival 1988

A video cassette of recorded footage of a Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT) broadcast of the Trinidad Carnival in 1988.

[CBC Toronto, Caribana coverage 1989-1990]

A video cassette of recorded footage of CBC Toronto broadcasting Caribana coverage. It includes interviews from mas goers and Caribana alum, including an interview with Jeff Henry, the chairman of the Theatre Department at York University. 1990 footage includes visuals of the Government of Canada’s float, led by Ken Shah, called “Together We’re Better.”

Caribana 1989

A video cassette of recorded personal footage of the Caribana 1989 parade. It includes visuals of the parade, and Shah’s mas band, “Together We’re Better.”

Caribana ‘90

A video cassette of recorded personal footage of the Caribana 1990 parade. It includes visuals of the parade and Shah’s band, “Together We’re Better.” Additional footage includes Secretary of State footage (30 min.) and CBC Caribana coverage (12 mins.)

[Jump Up! Caribana 1997] Caribana ‘97

A video cassette of recorded footage of a features of City TV broadcasting “Jump Up! Caribana 1997.” It includes an interview with Kenneth Shah about the beginnings of Caribana, including the first Caribana in 1967, and looking in depth on the costume creation for his 1997 band, “Callaloo.”

Carnival in Canada, March 31st 1988

A video cassette of a cultural documentary narrated by Frank Manning. The documentary includes an interview with Shah around the 10 minute mark, discussing costume preparation and creation, and what it is like being a band leader. The end of the tape includes footage from the 1988 Calgary Olympics.

[Jump Up! Caribana 1996] Carabana Tape 1996

A video cassette of recorded footage of City TV broadcasting “Jump Up! Caribana 1996” coverage of the Caribana 1996 parade. It includes interviews from mas goers and viewers of the parade, and visuals of the bands attending. It also includes a brief interview from Kenneth Shah.

Caribana 1988

A video cassette of recorded personal footage of the Caribana 1988 parade. It includes visuals of the parade, and Shah’s mas band, “Canada: This is our home” sponsored by the federal government.

[CBC Toronto, Caribana coverage 1987] Caribana ‘87

A video cassette of recorded footage of CBC Toronto broadcasting Caribana coverage. It includes interviews from mas goers and viewers of the parade, including an interview with Shah about the importance of Carnival to children and the creation of Junior Carnival. Shah’s band “Fun in the Caribbean Sun” is also featured.

Caribana – 1975 Jewels of the West Indies

A video cassette approximately 60 minutes long. The recording includes a documentary-style recording produced by Goudas Foods documenting Caribana 1975 and Shah’s band called “Jewels of the Indies.” It includes footage of Shah creating costumes, and footage of the Caribana parade itself.

[CBC Toronto, Caribana coverage 1987] Caribana 1987 #2

A video cassette of recorded footage of CBC Toronto broadcasting Caribana coverage. It includes interviews from mas goers and viewers of the parade, including an interview with Shah about the importance of Carnival to children and the creation of Junior Carnival. Shah’s band “Fun in the Caribbean Sun” is also featured.

[CBC Toronto, Caribana coverage 1988] Soap opera’s & Caribana 1988

A video cassette of recorded footage of CBC Toronto broadcasting Caribana coverage. Caribana 1988 marked the first year the federal government sponsored a Caribana float. The theme was “Canada: This is our home” and was led by Ken Shah (noted as Ken Shaw in the recording.) The first half of the videocasette includes episodes of Days of Our Lives and other television shows.

Moving image recordings

Series consists of videocassettes and film reels documenting Caribana throughout the years. Film reels also document Shah’s life and subsequent immigration from Trinidad and Tobago to Canada.

Noel Audin

File consists of a photograph and photo negatives of Carnival costumes designed by Noel Audain.

Caribana 1984

File consists of photographs of documenting the Caribana mas parade in 1984.

Caribana 1984

File consists of photographs of documenting the Caribana mas parade in 1984.

David Griffith

File consists of a photograph taken by David Griffith and a floppy disc labelled “David Griffith Photography.”

Ken Shah friends & family

File consists of photographs of Shah with his wife and young children, as well as a celebration for his band “Mas in Hell” in 1983.

Shah family trip

File consists of photo negatives of Shah’s family on trips to visit Trinidad and Tobago between 1982-1983.

Toronto postcards

File consists of postcards of the Toronto skyline, Casa Loma, and Toronto City Hall.

Shah family visit to Trinidad

File consists of photographs of a family trip across Trindad and Tobago by the Shah family in 1983. Locations of photographs are written on handwritten notes within the file.

Montreal ‘91

File consists of photographs of the Montreal Carnival mas parade in 1991.

Black Voices

File consists of photographs of “Black Voices” a group of five Black singers.

Montreal ‘91

File consists of photographs of the Montreal Carnival mas parade in 1991, and photographs of Shah’s family.

Costume Designs

File consists of photographs of costume designs on display for the themes New Years Day, Fireworks, Symphony of Light, and Paint the Sky with Fire.

Ken Shah family photographs

File consists of photographs and photo negatives of Shah with his wife and young children decorating for the Christmas holidays.

Duck and family

File consists of photographs and photo negatives of Shah with family and friends at a Carnival mas parade, possibly in Trinidad.

So Yu Going to Carnival

File consists of photographs and slides documenting Caribana '96 and Ottawa Carnival to be used by Shah for the magazine “So Yu Going to Carnival.”

Jamboree ‘58

File consists of photo negatives of Shah attending the 9th Annual World Scout Jamboree held in England. It includes Shah and friends visiting tourist attractions.

Shah in Trinidad

File consists of photo negatives of Shah’s adolescence in Trinidad prior to his moving to Canada.

Shah personal photos

File consists of personal photos of Shah with family and friends, including a visit to Hampstead in 1963, and Shah’s first marriage in 1970.

New York

File consists of photographs documenting the New York City Carnival in 1980, which Shah was in attendance of.

Carnival photos

File consists of photographs and photo negatives of a Carnvival mas parade, possibly in Trinidad.

Caribana

File consists of photo negatives of Caribana 1970, and Shah with friends in Carnival costume.

Play mas

File consists of an exhibition promotion for a show called “Portraits of Carnival ‘92 and Caribana ‘91” held at the Partisan Gallery in Toronto.

Photo negatives

File consists of photo negatives of personal photos belonging to Shah, incluing photos of family and friends, and events such as the Calgary Parade and visits to Trinidad in 1972 and 1973.

Expo 67

File consists of souvenirs from Expo 67. It includes postcards of the Trinidad and Tobago Pavillion, and souvenir mini albums showcasing all the Pavillions from the Expo.

Trinidad Carnival

File consists of photo negatives of Shah in Trinidad attending Carnival, including Carnival costume.

Caribana costume images

File consists of photographs showing Carnival costumes, the band Passion, and printed photographs on paper.

Carnival costume

File consists of a photograph of a woman in an elaborate white Carnival costume.

Caribana photographs

File consists of photographs documenting Caribana ‘95, including behind the scenes photos of individuals handing out t-shirts.

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