Just like you'd never wear socks and sandals to the dance, the plugged-in parade-goer would never check the Web for information on Caribana. Partially because it's a flyer-based culture, largely because events are confirmed at the last minute, Caribana and the Internet have always had an uneasy relationship.
For years, www.caribana.com was a dead zone, and even now the official site is only a shell built around ads, with no real information on the jump-ups that will shake this city over the next few days.
Sure, a handful of sites provide serviceable information about the dancehall, calypso and soca scenes, but they're also a bit pointless. When accurate, up-to-the-minute information, plus the latest gossip and a lengthy rant about boxing, baseball or the merits of Ting over Grace, is just a trip to your friendly neighbourhood Jamaican barbershop away, who would spend time trawling through pop-up ads and spam for Web details?
As in most underdeveloped nations, the Web revolution never spread to the people who power Caribana - those from Trinidad, Guyana, Jamaica and beyond.
There is no www.ting.com - what does that tell you?
If you're housebound and can't make it to Eglinton West to finish up your must-do Caribana list, here are a few pointers.
Just remember, this is one instance where the Web can't replace good old word of mouth.
The official site, with very detailed lists of every sanctioned event happening this year.
Another "official" site with more of the same.
Churning Caribbean party music straight from the Dominican.
As the site says, "Soca isn't just a culture, it's a way of life."
Desperate to hear Bunji Garlin's Snake Oil or Denise Belfon's Saucy Baby? These guys have them, plus a million more soca gems.
Online home of Toronto's king of reggae, Ron Nelson. No one does it better.
The closest thing Toronto's calypso, chutney, pan and soca communities have to an online home.
Can't make it to the big dance but still wish you could hear the rib-rattling calypso thump? This online radio broadcast is the heart and soul of calypso.
Detailed listings of some of the unofficial parties happening around town. Also includes links to online dating services in case you're looking for someone to wind with.
A classic jerk chicken recipe. Don't be stingy with the habaneros.