DJ/Production Manager/Artist Coordinator
Carl Allen has had many accomplishments over a 40 year career as a DJ, Promoter, Production/Logistics manager and on-air host. In 2003, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Canada’s Stylus DJ Awards.
Carl became the first DJ allowed to bring out an R&B float in Toronto’s biggest festival, Toronto Carnival featuring Puff Daddy. It was immortalized in song “How It Go Look” by Ronnie McIntosh, one of the biggest selling soca songs in the Caribbean and Toronto. He has organized concerts including Doug E. Fresh, Lost Boys, AZ, Busta Rhymes, and SOS Band, to name a few.
He is also ventured into club ownership dating back 15 years ago where he also featured Ontario musicians such as Wade O. Brown, Divine Earth Essence, Juno Award winner Carlos Morgan and Universal recording artist Jaheim.
In 2004 Carl began working with Red Stripe Beer where he provided 4 days of entertainment annually, at the Toronto Beer Festival. That same year he worked with the Stephen Lewis Foundation, UN Secretary General, on the Urban AIDS Concert, featuring Alicia Keys, where he was in charge of Logistics. The concert was held in Toronto.
In every decade since he began working as a DJ, he has earned appreciation from thousands of fans internationally and has worked in Dubai, the U.S and Jamaica.
In 2006, Carl returned to the life of restaurateur at Harlem Restaurant and continued to have one of the most popular and longest running shows – Loungin – on CKLN until the station closed. While at Harlem, he produced a monthly showcase highlighting new and emerging Canadian talent in areas of urban, reggae, jazz and blues. He has become a favourite DJ during TIFF each year among numerous other events. Carl has also been instrumental in the success of IRIE Music Festival wearing several hats as a production manager, artist coordinator and talent scout.