Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Collingwood Days

The Carnival Band is proud to support the Collingwood Days celebration once again this year. The transportation themed festival is an established event of Vancouver summer, made possible by hundreds of artists and community leaders.

The band will lead a parade from the Joyce skytrain station starting at 11am on Saturday, May 31st. A short parade set will follow. Come out and dance with us!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

May 18 2008: African Percussion Workshop with Russell Shumsky

This workshop is uniquely crafted for the Carnival Band and will be held at the Strathcona Community Centre on May 18th, from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. All are welcome to this event, which is free of charge.

Russell Shumsky is a professional drummer and teacher with over twenty years of experience. Skilled on the marimba, djembé, dunduns, bodhran, and congas, Russell is both an incredible performer and a patient facilitator. He has traveled to West Africa five times to learn from master drummers and bring back their powerful rhythms. He also studied music at the University of Victoria and Vancouver Community Collage.

Russell regularly leads 8-week hand drumming courses, and hosts drum circles throughout Vancouver. To find out more, go to

Monday, May 12, 2008

Victory for Garibaldi School

Against all odds, Garibaldi, a small kindergarten to Grade 3 Eastside school slated for closure in September, recently won a signal victory by convincing the Vancouver School Board to keep their school open. The Carnival Band was proud to perform in the school board chambers both before and after their decision, and to celebrate with the children of this community with a parade.

Over a six month period this small school and its surrounding community put together an innovative 60 page plus brief that COPE trustee Al Blakey described as “a remarkable and visionary educational document".

The VSB, while offering a modified proposal that differed from the original Garibaldi submission, recognized the value of the school’s detailed submission with several NPA trustees commending the community for its persistent effort.