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.

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