Thursday, December 31, 2009

All The Best ..

... for 2010

from the Carnival Band


Friday, December 25, 2009

On The Air

On Christmas Day Marc Lindy manned the controls at Co-op Radio for 7 hours in order to give some of his colleagues time with family.

Some band members stopped by the studio to chat and keep Marc company, including James, devo and Royanne and Calen. In this shot Marc talks with John Clement, one of the Carnival Band percussionists.

Marc plays tuba and sousaphone. In a band replete with snazzy dressers Marc out-snazzes us all.

Pride Parade '08

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Photos


The weather co-operated and the Granville Island Winter Solstice Lantern Festival was a great success.

You can view some images of the Carnival Band's contribution here

Friday, December 18, 2009

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

Come on down to Granville Island on Monday. Join the celebration, take in the spectacle and see and hear the one and only Carnival Band.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Magnolia Session

Rowan and Cory

Here are some flickr pics that will give an idea of what Fred, Marc, Jesse, Ross, Eddie, Brian, Cory and Alexis were up to on Saturday afternoon.

WISE Hall Gig


Some pics of the WISE Hall/Clancey's Angels gig can be viewed on flickr.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Tis the Season


With national Wear Brown Shoes Day now officially behind us, The Carnival Band is gearing up for the other December shin dig. What was it again? No, not national Oatmeal Muffin Day.....


Come and celebrate as The Carnival Band joins other merry makers and parades though downtown in the annual Santa Clause Parade, tomorrow, Sunday December 6th.

The parade starts at 1:00pm, but get there early to get a spot (word is 300,000 people come out every year). The parade route can be found here.

Also, Catch the Carnie Crew next Sunday as we play the WISE Hall (1882 Adanac St. )

We are performing with Clancy's Angles. Show starts at 9:00pm. Good times all around.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Wrecking Ball Cometh

You may ask yourself, "How does The Carnival Band achieve such a tight sound? How do they play so loudly, and yet with so much finesse?" Well, we rehearse every Monday evening from 7:30 till 10:00pm at Britannia Community Centre. Feel free to drop by anytime. We are always looking for more players (You don't even need previous musical experience.)


The Carnival Band is foregoing their regular rehearsal time and are playing house (band) for the political theatre company, The Wrecking Ball. Think Paul Shaffer meets Cab Calloway.

The evening, aiming to tackle draconian cuts to the arts, features Canada’s leading theatre artists taking on the BC government from coast to coast.

In Vancouver, at the Vogue Theatre at 918 Granville Street. Doors are at 8:00pm and tickets are by donation. Come take in some good music, some good theatre and voice your displeasure at what is happening to arts funding in this province.

Please read more about the event here.



Yours in Community,

The Carnival Band

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Short Flikr clips of the band

Here are a couple of short flickr clips of the band.

Dear Carnival Band Family,

The Carnival Band recently returned from HONK! Fest where we met up with almost 500 other street musicians from all over the US (and Italy). Cambridge, Harvard and Boston, Mass, didn't see it coming! Check out what HONK! is all about here.

Now, back home in Vancouver, we are slipping comfortably into our role of activist horn blowers and social justice drummers. Starting with this evening, we have got a number of events supporting causes from Vancouver and beyond.

6:00pm Thursday Oct 22 at the Four Seasons Hotel (791 W Georgia St.)
Heart for the homeless Gala.
This is a black-tie, Players and Painters, fund-raiser to support homelessness charities. The Carnies will be dressed in their finest evening wear. We will play, and painters will paint and their work will be auctioned off. Tickets are 60$.

Bridge to a Cool Planet
11:00am Saturday, October 24th
- Parade from Cambie Bridge to Science World
Come be a part of the parade as we march across Cambie Bridge to Science World.
This event is part of climate initiative in response to a meeting or world powers in Copenhagen, Denmark to try and hash out some emissions agreement.
Why is 350 important...350 is the most important number in the world—it's what scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Check out more about Bridge to a Cool Planet here

Parade of Lost Stuff (Souls)
7:00pm Saturday, October 24th - Grandview Park, Commercial Drive

Sadly, our dear friends at Public Dreams are unable to put on the Parade of Lost Souls this year. Thus, we will just have to do it without them. Note - this event is in no way affiliated with Public Dreams. There will be the usual gang of weirdos, however, being all spooky on the Drive. Don your favourite costume and come be spooky with us.


Yours in Community,
The Carnival Band

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Drawn on the overhead projector (old school) during our performance at the Somerville Theater.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Busking on Granville Street

Here is a clip of the carnival band during our mad 12 hour busking on granville street

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Home for the Games and KNOCK KNOCK HONK! HONK!

Dear Carnie Fans,

What does summer and The Carnival Band have in common?
We both just wont quit!

We have two epic gigs this weekend

Gig the First:

Home for the Games Fundraiser
When: Friday, September 25th - Doors at 8:00pm
Where: Waldorf Hotel (1489 Hastings Street E.)

Join Knifey Spoony, Sambata and The Carnival Band in a fundraiser for Home for the Games. There is also human-head whack-a-mole for whack-happy among us.

All proceeds from this concert will go to Home for the Games, a non-profit organization seeking to harness the excitement of the Olympics and channel it towards those who need it most. Home for the Games is website that matches homeowners wanting to rent their rooms or houses out to Olympic visitors. The homeowner sets the price of their accommodation, and then donates a minimum of 50% of the money they earn to a trust fund that will be split between two housing charities on the Downtown Eastside: StreetoHome and Covenant House.

Gig the Second:

Boston or Bust Fundraiser
When: Sunday, September 27th 11:00am till the wee hours of the morning
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson Street)

On October 8th, The Carnival Band is travelling to Boston, MA to take part in HONK Fest, a festival celebrating street band culture. Imagine, The Carnival Band honking and frolicking with 26 bands much like us! It is as crazy and as magical and you might expect. Help us pay for our passage to Boston by dropping by The Vancouver Art Galley and tossing some cash our way. We're playing until we get enough to go, so if you want us to shut it - it'll cost ya!!


Yours in Community,

The Carnival Band

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Carnival Band with Influents

Here's a vid of the Carnival Band jammin' with Influents at the Big 5 OH show at the Rickshaw Saturday Sept 6/09

Ingrid's Aria

Here's the band performing Ingrid's Aria at the Big 5 OH show at the Rickshaw Sept 6/09

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Carnies do Gastown

Carnie friends,

The Carnival Band is playing The Bourbon (50 W. Cordova) this Saturday. Come check us out in our top hats, tails and gowns. The evening also features Minotaur and Mexican Drug Patrol. The show starts at 8:00pm and is done by 11:00pm, so get there early.


Yours in Community,

The Carnival Band

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I'm a Carnie, You're a Carnie!

Dear Friends,

The Carnival Band is coming off an exciting weekend. This past Saturday we celebrated our 10th year of playing for the people. We we joined by our friends The Yellow Hat Band, Circus Aerialists, Orkestar Slivovica, Knifey Spoony, Dixie Star Story Telling and Night and Day Dance. Check out photos here.
A big thanks and a lot of love to those who have Carnied along side us throughout the years.

The Carnival Band does Sunday!
There's no rest for the Wacky!

This Sunday, September 6th, we are playing at the Rickshaw Theatre with Fake Shark Real Zombie, Influents, and Axiom. An exciting event at an exciting venue.

The Rickshaw is at 254 E. Hastings.

Come and help us kick off the next 10 years in style.


Yours in Community,

The Carnival Band

Monday, August 24, 2009

DecaDance: Celebrating 10 years of The Carnival Band

Carnival Band Fans,

This Saturday, August 29th, the Carnival Band is hosting DecaDance in celebration of our 10th year of musical merriment. Come join us as we look back on 10 great years of making music on Commercial Drive and around the world. Carnies past and present will be joining forces with some special guests from Vancouver and further afield as we bust a celebratory move in Strathcona Park.

The skinny:

Where: Strathcona Park (857 Malkin Ave)
When: 1:00pm
Why: TEN YEARS of Carnie love!
Who: 1:00-1:45 Knifey Spoony
2:00-2:45 Orchestar Slivovia
3:00-3:45 Yellow Hat Band (Seattle)
4:00-4:45 The Carnival Band

The event also features Dixie Star Story Tellers, poi dancers, face painters, silk aerialists and, of course, birthday cake.
Fun for the whole family!
You are invited as we celebrate the past and plan for the next 10 years!


Yours in Community,

The Carnival Band

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

DecaDance: Celebrating 10 years of The Carnival Band

East Vancouver’s favourite group of marauding musicians, The Carnival Band, invites you to their tenth birthday celebration; DecaDance at Strathcona Park;

1 to 5pm, Saturday, August 29th

The Carnival Band is a community music project, filling our city with music from around the world as a means to personal and political empowerment, social change and creativity.

Along with The Carnival Band will be special guests Knifey Spoony, Orkestar Slivovica, and Seattle’s,The Yellow Hat Band ; Silk Aerialist Dancers, Dixie Star story-telling, face painters, poi and hoola hoopers and, of course, birthday cake - all happening at Strathcona Park, 857 Malkin Avenue.

So come one, come all; Saturday August 29th at 1:00pm, celebrate The Carnival Band’s ten years of musical merriment. Fun for your whole family!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

August 24 2009: Vocal Workshop with Patti Powell

Carnival Band Fans,

We are producing a special workshop on Monday, August 24th. Vocal coach Patti Powell will be joining us at Britannia Centre at 7:30pm. Patti is the director of Acapellaboratory, a community choir out of Lions Den at Adanac and Commercial Drive. They perform sacred and not so sacred music from around the world. Come join us in learning how to sing!!

Yours in Community,

The Carnival Band

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Carnival Band goes to south Van....and Surrey

Carnival Band Fans,

Catch the Carnival Band this Saturday, August 8th as we honk and squeak for our friends at the Orchard Park Housing Project as they look to extend their community programing to include: community kitchens, a community garden, a mini-summer camp for kids a health clinics and various recreational programming. So if you live in the neighbourhood, or if you just want to come by to find out whats up and catch some live music, The Carnival Band will be playing at 12:00pm. The address is 5988 Naniamo St (Naniamo and 45th).

Catch us the following Sunday, August 16th at 7050 120th St. Surrey (Guru Nanak Sikh Temple) as we celebrate the 62nd year of Indian Independence.

There is food and fun and other festivities. The event starts at 1:00pm

See you there


Yours in Community,

The Carnival Band

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Illuminaries Lightning

Here's a clip of some of the Illuminaries lightning with the Carnival Band as the soundtrack

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Alice In Wonderland - Mardi Gras

Here's a video clip from Wayne of The band at the Alice In Wonderland Festival.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Alice In Wonderland

Here is some footage from the Alice In Wonderland event last weekend:

Friday, July 10, 2009

New Board

We've just had our AGM, and elected a new board of Directors! They are:

Suresh, Sadie, Jesse, Brenda , Heidi, Wayne, Brian, John, AJ, Hayley, Christine

More to come when the board sorts out who will assume the roles of treasurer, secretary, president, etc.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Car free day 2009

A wee video clip from car free day 2009

Carnies on the Ferry

A wee video clip of Carnies on the ferry.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Carnival Band Goes to Point Grey (This Saturday)

Carnival Band Fans,

Having just come off a busy weekend of Gibsons Jazz festival-ing and Commercial Drive Car Free Day-ing, the Carnival Band is showing no signs of slowing down.

Join us this Saturday, June 20th for two fun and important gigs around the UBC.

First off, at 10:00am the the Carnival Band will be joining forces with the Voters Taking Action on Climate Change team ( and parading in the Point Grey Fiesta Parade. Meet us on W. 11th Ave, just east of Blanca and be sure to check out the sidewalk sale and other fun events.

Later that day, at 4:45pm, we will be leading the Super-Hero Family Wave of the Chip's Not Dead Yet Memorial Mile (, a fundraiser for the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. The Parade starts at W. 10th Street and Discovery.

Be sure to check out all the other great, family oriented, community events in between these two Carnie spots.
Find out whats going on here ->

See you there!

Yours in Community,

The Carnival Band

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Work Less Party PARTY and a Sea Cruise

Here's another reminder about the Work Less Party PARTY happening this Saturday, June 6th at 9pm at the Japanese Hall (487 Alexander). Not only is there the usual menu of body art, dream scenes, and terrific music (including Five Alarm Funk, Orkestar Slivovica, and yours truly), but there's also a new tea garden installation on the rooftop! Details here - hope to see you there!

And for those of you interested in joining us on a sea cruise, come to the Sunshine Coast for the Gibson's Jazz Fest on Saturday, June 13th. We'll be playing at 4:30 in Dougal Park, in between a dozen or so other great acts. Look out for impromptu jams on the ferry as well. More info at

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Carnival Band Gets Political (again)

Happy Summer Everyone!

Well, it may not be solstice yet, but the sun sure is shining. Before that big day, there are a few happenings we thought you should know about.

Saturday, May 23rd: The Great Turning: an Unconference to Be The Change

Come down to the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Trimph St (Victoria north of Hastings) for this great gathering of movers and shakers, featuring over 30 passionate community leaders and change agents. The daytime events run from 9:30 - 5:30 and cost $55 for advance tickets including lunch. The dinner, 5:30 - 7:30, is only $11 extra and is followed by an afterparty with Tribal Harmonix. This is a seriously all-star lineup with some of the Carnival Band's favorite organizations, including Car Free Vancouver, the WorkLess Party, Wilderness Comittee, PIVOT Legal, B.E.S.T, Check Your Head, Purple Thistle, Vancouver Public Space Network, and even Eco Granny Betty Krawczyk. Lots more information at

Saturday, May 30th: The 35th Annual Camp Alexandra Festival

This is Crescent Beach's most anticipated event of the year, with live performances and scores of crafters all day long. Admission is free all day. The Family Fun Zone runs alongside artists of all stripes and refreshments from 11am to 6pm. At 6pm, The Carnival Band comes on to start up the evening stage, featuring Jesse Burch, Heidi McCurdy and Mojo Zydeco. Come for a beach picnic, stay for some great entertainment until at least 10pm. More info at

Wednesday, June 3rd: Heart of a Citizen: A Public Dialogue Series on Civic Engagement

SFU is hosting a series which "explores the diverse and provocative ways ordinary citizens become extraordinary participants in democratic life." We thought that sounded pretty good, so the Carnival Band will be performing at the third dialogue, titled "Celebrating Citizen Engagement: How do community festivals and the arts engage citizens and create social change?". The Open Air Orchestra Society president, Brandon Walker, will be speaking at the dialogue following the band's performance. Meet at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Asia Pacific Hall, 580 West Hastings Street, 6:30–8:30pm. The sessions are free, but because space is limited it's a good idea to register online ahead of time. More info at

Saturday, June 6th: Work Less Party Party with Five Alarm Funk!

After all that work to shape the world, what better way to have a bit of fun than with the Work Less Party? This shindig is shaping up to be one of their best yet, with Five Alarm Funk, Orkestar Slivovica, and the Carnival Band all rocking the stage. As always, you'll have ample opportunity to get wild with the kinka booth and frisky tent. A body painting competition and costume competition are shelling out $1000 in prizes! $15 if you arrive in costume, and $20 without (why would you ever go to this party out of costume?). Advance tickets are $2 less. Doors at 8pm, mayhem from 9pm - late. Go to for more info.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

HonkFest West at Gasworks Park

Here is a little youtube clip of the gasworks park, HonkFest West

Save the ubc farm march

Here's a little clip of the band in the march to save the UBC Farm.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Follow The Leader

Here's a little video clip in the band flickr pool of the band doing follow the leader in the park.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Its a Carnie Kinda Weekend

Come celebrate the start of Spring by gettin' out and gettin' down with the Carnival Band. Boy Howdy do we have an action packed weekend.

5:00pm Friday, 15 May 2009: Strathcona Zero Waste Project 701 Keefer St

A great, green cause - a team of people have pledged to not throw anything away for an entire month. Come join us at MacLean Park, 701 Keefer Street this Friday at 5:00pm to learn what you can do to reduce your waste and impact. The Carnival Band will be there in fine form honkin' away.

8:30am Saturday, 16 May 2009: Trout Lake Farmers Market

What better way to celebrate spring than chowin' down on fresh local produce. Fresh food a festive atmosphere, the forecast calls for sun so bring your shades! The Trout Lake Farmers' Market, 15th Avenue & Victoria Drive,
blends urban with rural and provides fresh food for all us city dwellers. Join the Carnival Band in celebrating good food and good company.

1:00pm Sunday, 17 May 2009: DRUMstong

Drumstrong is a world wide fundraiser for cancer research. The event features a 5 hour uninterrupted drum circle whose participants are accepting pledges for cancer research. The Vancouver event will feature an number of special guests who will jump into the circle and jam along. Come for the whole event, and catch the Carnival Band at 1:00pm 12:00pm - 5:00pm Sunday at Ryerson United Church 2195 West 45th Ave.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Stone Soup!

Carnival Dancers!, originally uploaded by the13thfairy.

The sunniest I've seen for Britannia's Stone Soup festival. The soup was hot, the tostadas were fabulous, spirits were high and the band was out in force: probably at least twenty-five showed up in fabulous carnival attire to jump, honk, and thump our gratitude for the community centre that so generously hosts our weekly workshops. One of Britannia's Directors sought us out after our set to thank us for bringing the spirit of the day.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Stone Soup

Hello Carnival Band Fans,

Come join the Carnival Band and scores of other great community organizations for Stone Soup at Britannia Community Centre (Commercial and Napier) this Saturday, May 9th. This fabulously family friendly festival runs from noon to 5pm, with the Carnival Band starting off the fun with a parade and stage show from noon to 1pm. Look out for our purple, green and gold costumes and some hot moves by the Carnival Dancers! More info here:

*** The Legend***

Once upon a time, some travelers came to a village during a great famine, asking questions as if they wished to stay the night. After having been told that there was no food and they'd be wise to move on, they announced that they intended to cook stone soup for everyone. The travelers filled their pot with water, and ceremoniously dropped a large stone in it, placing it over a fire in
the village square.

By now, hearing the rumor of food, most of the villagers had come to the square or watched from their windows. As the travelers sniffed the "broth" and licked their lips in anticipation, hunger began to overcome their skepticism.

"Ahh," one traveler said to himself rather loudly, "I do like a tasty stone soup. Of course, stone soup with cabbage -- that's hard to beat."

Soon a villager approached hesitantly, holding a cabbage he'd retrieved from its hiding place, and added it to the pot. "Capital!" cried the traveler. "You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of salt beef as well, and it was fit for a king." The village butcher managed to find some salt beef ... and so it went, through potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and so on, until there was indeed a delicious meal for all.

The villagers offered the travelers a great deal of money for the magic stone, but they refused to sell and traveled on the next day. The moral is that by working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good is achieved.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Honk if you HONK!

More cowbell!, originally uploaded by the13thfairy.

An epic border lineup defeated our best plans to arrive in time for the festival opening (and Gregg Moore's fabulous "Hawaii 5-0" workshop), but we pulled it together in classic Carnival Band style, with the group forming, growing and changing from one set to the next.
Wild dancing, fabulous guest percussionists, a joint set with the Yellow Hat Band, and a couple of impromptu jams in local businesses (Carnival Band in a barbershop? More pics later!), and that was all before 10pm.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Carnival Band goes to HONK!

Over Easter weekend, the Carnival band will be participating in the second annual HONK! Fest West in Seattle, Washington. It's a gathering of 16 activist street bands from around the United States, many of whom are as crazy about having a good time in public space as the Carnies. The Ballard and Georgetown neighborhoods will overflow with horns, drums, and cheer. Go to here for all the details, or here for an inspirational discourse about the HONK! movement.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Brass & Burlesque, Homelessness & Holidays

Here's a final reminder for the Party for HONK! show this Friday. Slide on down to see what we're up to the rest of the weekend.

Who: D. B. Buxton, Orkestar Slivovica, Girls on Top Risque Cabaret, Carnival Dancers, The Carnival Band, and you!

When: Friday, April 3rd. Doors at 9pm, show starts at 10, dance 'till 2 in the morning.

Where: The Fairview Pub (on Broadway between Oak and Cambie)

Why: 'Cause it's spring, the kiddies are getting out of school, and it's a great time to party. For those social advocates out there, it's also to help send us to the HONK! International Street Band Festival in Seattle next weekend.

There are only a few advance tickets left, so move quick! About 75 spots have been left as door sales, so don't be afraid to bring your buddies. Cover is $10 advance, $12 at the door.

Then on Saturday: Help us support the Grand March for Housing. The Carnival Band is leading two of the three parades which all convene at the Vancouver art gallery around 1:30pm. Meet us at the peace flame park (south end of the Burrard bridge) or Thorton Park (between Main Street Skytrain Station and the VIA Rail terminal) at noon to join in the mobile action. This event is being organized by the Citywide Housing Coalition, who are fighting to establish a permanent national housing program funded by all levels of government, as well as increases in minimum wage and welfare rates. Go to www.citywidehousingcoaliti for more information.

On Sunday, the Carnival Band is supporting one of the most well known forces in improving the conditions of the downtown east side: the St. James Anglican Church. This local procession for Palm Sunday will gather many of the local residents in a day of celebration. Feel free to join us and the powerful social wellness advocates of St. James as we seek to bring light to this too often troubled community.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Party for HONK! Tickets for Sale

Come join the Carnival Band, with Edmonton great D. B. Buxton, Eastern European party music all-stars Orkestar Slivovica, the Girls on Top Risque Cabaret, and the Carnival Dancers for a great night of fun and friends. How better to get your groove on than with a couple dozen horns and drums, burlesque, and a Balkan jam?

The big show happens Friday, April 3rd, 9pm at the Fairview Pub (on Broadway between Oak and Cambie). I know you're not going to believe it, but you get all this for just $10!!! Proceeds go in part to send the Carnival Band to the HONK! international activist street band festival in Seattle. Ask your favorite Carnie, or email for tickets. Cover is $12 at the door, so get them while they're hot.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Carnival Band in the Ubyssey

Click below to check out our latest plug in the press (UBC's student paper)

"The Carnival Band brings together community"

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

In The House!

This Saturday, March 21st, come out and see us and a whole bunch of our friends as we headline the In The House fundraiser party, "Circus Astoundicus". In case you don't know about it, In the House has the great mandate of opening up artist's private residences and exposing the whole wide world to the creative happenings of some very cool studio spaces. The fundraiser is going to be a night of clowning around as only east Vancouver can. More fun than you can have outside the big top, with acrobats, magicians, clowns, animals, jugglers, puppeteers, musicians, and dancers. Doors at 6:30 pm, show at 7:30 pm at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Centre, 3150 Ash St. (one block west of Cambie st, off of 16th Ave.) Tickets are $20 in advance, available at Highlife Records on Commercial Dr. or on-line at Sorry no reservations for this one. Feel free to send this announcement to fri ends, family, and anyone you like. Read all about it here.

Also, we're making a call out to all you dancers in the group. The Carnival Band has recently been joined by a terrific professional dancer, instructor, and choreographer. She has a dream to take our visual performance to a whole new level, so if you or someone you know wants to shake their stuff with the most fun band in town, email for more information (or just come down and see us one Monday night).

Friday, March 13, 2009

Babies and Leprechauns

Happy Spring!

On Saturday, March 14th, come celebrate the fecundity of the season with the Carnival Band, Navaro Franco, and many more great performers as we celebrate life at Birth Fest. A jointly sponsored event by Britannia Community Centre and Birth Lounge, this is a great chance for all you new, expecting, or hopeful parents to see exactly how our village can raise a child. The event is taking place at Britannia's Gym D from 10am 'till 3pm. Read more about it here.

Then on Sunday, we're taking to the streets once more for one of Vancouver's biggest parades, the crescendo of Celtic Fest, the St. Patrick's Day Parade! With over 2,000 participants and something like 300,000 spectators, you can't help but get into the festive spirit. The parade officially begins at 11am, and runs down Georgia from Broughton to Howe. Check out the Celtic Fest Site for more info.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Carnies and Industry

Here's a couple of videos of The Carnival Band in some lovely industrial space. Silk performers, ultra-lo rez video, what more could you ask for?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows

Thanks for helping us make Mardi Gras weekend so red hot! Street parades, stilters, all-night ragers, great bands and dancers... what more could we ask for?

This Friday, February 27th, we're cooling things down a bit with Burn BC's "Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows" at the Waldorf Hotel (1489 E Hastings, near Clark). It's a partnership with SWARM, Blackberry Wood, and all sorts of creative local greats. True to the Burn BC style, the audience becomes the performers - that means you! Doors open at 8pm, see for all the info. Cover is $20.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Mardi Gras in Vancouver

On Thursday, Feb 19th, we're making a splash at Winterruption, Granville Island's annual remedy for those who prefer other seasons. The procession we're leading starts at 6 and is called "Circle of Light". It will feature drummers, fire dancers, and lots of great free jazz and theatre. I think those funny looking olympic critters might show up too.

Then on Saturday, February 21st, get ready for Mardi Gras greatness. At 11:30am, we start off on Granville Island by the Waterfront Theatre and kid's zone (just east of the main bridge once you come on to the island) for a Winterruption parade complete with stilt walkers and all sorts of freaks like us.

Then the big show happens Saturday evening, as we play Mondo Mardi Gras, (click here if you're not into facebook) an extravaganza of swampy blues, brass, beads, and burlesque. Show starts 9pm at Pub 340 (just north of Cambie and Hastings). Help us promote this one!

And Sunday morning, we do it all over again at 11:30 for the Winterruption procession. Both these are great family friendly events, and lot of fun to dance to.

And one more thing: we're currently taking ideas for a new logo. First prize for the winning design is a Carnival Band party in your living room! Think simple (as Maren says, we should be able to spray paint it on a basketball).

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Seldon Craig video clips of the band

Here are some video clips that Seldon Craig shot of the band one wonderful and wacky night.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Bringing in the Ox

This Sunday, February 1st is the Chinese New Year Parade to bring in the Year of the Ox, and of course the Carnival Band will be performing in fine form. True to tradition, the band will be attired as, you guessed it, oxen. So don your favorite shag jacket and horns and come join in the bovine buffoonery! The parade will start near the gates on Taylor Street and E. Pender at noon, and wind its way through Chinatown. And as if the Carnival Band wasn't enough, we're teaming up with our other favorite community street band, the Too Big To Care Marching Band, to make one huge mass of brass and drum magic! Dragon, unicorn and lion dance teams, loads of community organizations and cultural groups, and rogue firecrackers complete one of Vancouver's largest and most colourful parades of the year.

Then don't miss us in the Second Annual Downtown Eastside Poverty Olympics the following Sunday, February 8th. The torch procession starts at 380 East Hastings at 12:30, followed by the opening ceremony and games at the Japanese Language School, 487 Alexander St, from 1-3pm. It's a great tongue-in-cheek approach to raising awareness about the true costs of the Olympics and the other social priorities which could be addressed with a fraction of the budget.

Into the semi-distant future, we'll be playing all weekend long on February 20-22 for Winterruption on Granville Island. We're leading parades all three days, starting at 6pm on Friday night, and 11:30 am on Saturday and Sunday. Friday night is a special torch-lit water celebration and procession. Come join in the family friendly fun, and welcome back the spring!