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.