Friday, December 26, 2008

Holiday Shows

Well the weather outside is frightful, but the Carnival Band is sooo Delightful.

The band had a great performance for the Granville Island winter solstice and lantern festival on the evening of December 21st. Complete with Morris singers, fire dancers, shadow puppets, and lots of other live music, the event was a snow-covered evening to remember.

But there's still lots more to come! Warm up with our Boxing Day show at the Anza Club, with a drum circle, live performances by the Carnival Dancers, and a dance set by DJ Terry Klein.

Then for New Year's Eve, join BurnBC and the Carnival Band as we take over a skytrain car, decorate it all up for the new year, and celebrate with live music and merriment as we zip around the lower mainland on public transit. Meet at 8pm at the VCC skytrain station in your best party dress. Go to www.publicdominion.com for details and a look at last year's antics.

We'll then be disembarking at Stadium Station around 9:45 to carry the party into Gossip, Vancouver's biggest nightclub, for a collaboration with Circus Aerials, an aerial silk trapeze troupe. Tickets to this show are upwards of $100 just to get in the door, so if you're looking to save a buck and still have an amazing new year, you'd better join the band soon!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Laramie Project Demonstration a Great Success

On Friday, November 28th, a large peaceful demonstration was held on Commercial Drive to promote "The Laramie Project". A high-quality video of the event can be viewed here. The Laramie Project is a play written by Mois├ęs Kaufman discussing the brutal 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student attending the University of Wyoming at the time. The demonstration was held in response to threats from the Westboro Baptist Church, a group from Kansas infamous for attending the memorial services of queer men and women and creating disruptions as a way of expressing their disapproval of homosexuality.

Although the group was not allowed passage through the border because of their affiliation with hate crimes, the demonstration was still held out of recognition that intolerance still exists in both Canada and the United States. The group of hundreds of supporters gathered together in Grandview Park in the rain to discuss the complex questions of social equity and to celebrate that works such as The Laramie Project are able to be performed.

The Carnival Band was invited to perform at this important event due to its long history as advocates of nonviolent protest. The band played several sets of music, adding levity and building unity among the crowd which assembled from all over the lower mainland and included as many straight as gay supporters.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Carnival Band and the Laramie Project

The CBC did a little spot on the counter-protest staged in support of the Laramie Project playing at the Havana. The picture accompanying the piece is of us honking away.