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


Anonymous said...

you are not community oriented, nor do you bring a "smile to neighbors faces" - i've had to listen to your shitty music FROM MY HOME for almost 24 hours. i never asked or invited you to play, and i'm sure you wouldn't like me standing outside all of your houses playing music until 2 or 3 am.

if you were real musicians, you'd be paid for your art, instead of having to play on the street.

Anonymous said...

stay in east vancouver!!! your music sucks! downtown doesn't want you.

Anonymous said...

24 hours? Wow, that's awesome. Seems unlikely though. They started playing at around 11:00 am, and you posted at 11:08pm. By my math that's 12 hours, not 24. Not nearly such extravagant endurance. Impressive, nevertheless.

Anonymous said...

12 Hours! Yes, an impressive feat indeed.

Anonymous has a point, however. It would have been fantastic for the Carnival band to be able to raise their funds in their own neighborhood, where the arts are both appreciated and fostered. I suggest, Anonymous, you do one of two things to help solve your problem:

a) Write a letter to city hall suggesting they create more areas throughout the city where musicians can busk for free without a license. It would be fantastic to diversify musicians' opportunities to reach out and touch different neighborhoods and make a little cash at the same time. That way, when people like you don't like them, they have the choice to go elsewhere and not bother you anymore.

b) Move to the suburbs. Surely, if there is any noise at all in the sleepy subdivision, the sound of gang-driven gunfire would lull you to sleep far better than the remorseless beats of samba and funk. I have a feeling the Carnival Band is not the first to have graced the steps of the VAG, nor will they be the last. Perhaps the heart of downtown on one of Vancouver's main streets and hubs is not the scene for you.

Musicians have played on the streets historically far longer than they've played indoors. However, if you care to offer a venue I'm sure they'd be happy to play it. Afterall, diversity is what they do.

Anonymous said...

i said 24 hours because they played the day before until i finally fell asleep around 2am, and they were playing when i got up on the sunday. so it might not have been 24 hours straight, it was ~24 hours TOTAL.

they also weren't playing at the VAG when i saw them, they were playing on granville/robson, less than a block from where i live. if they had been playing at the VAG, i wouldn't have heard them.

it's a brilliant idea for them to play in their own neighborhood, and they might be more well received there as well.

i'm sick of people saying "move to the suburbs" when i complain about excessive noise downtown. i am perfectly fine with traffic noise, pedestrian noise, b-line (although not anymore on seymour) noise, and noise before/after sporting events. so i like living downtown and don't notice normal "city noise". but when you can hear a band playing for 2 days straight, with the windows closed - that's excessive, even for downtown.

and i have spoken with city hall numerous times, and spoken to them about having buskers busk in less residential neighbourhoods downtown.

i'm a musician myself, and obviously appreciate the arts. just not when it's blaring in my home whether i want it to or not.

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Anonymous said...

Surely we would have seen mention of it on this site if the Carnival Band was playing downtown the day before last?

Perhaps it was another group irking you?

In any case, it sounds like a serious topic that should be brought up with the city.

I suggest Gregor Robertson.

You can find contact with him easily online as he is a member of the Carnival Band's fan-based Facebook group.

Anonymous said...

Actually, the band didn't have any gig on Saturday. I'd guess that the Anonymous poster's ire at 2am was aroused by a completely different musical group.

Really, the interesting thing here is tension between public city spaces and the people who live on the edges of them.

Entertainment districts like the Granville strip, skateboard parks, basketball courts and so on are all places that draw people to them, and when the weather is warm, they generate a vibrant, lively, and often noisy night life.

The people who come to these areas have sense of ownership, which is good. The alternative is vandalism and broken glass. The people who live near these areas also have a sense of ownership, as they should. The city has noise bylaws to try to ease the friction between these groups.

Part of the problem is that the boundaries between the public areas and residential areas isn't static. Residents enjoy the peace and quiet during the rainy and cold weather, then resent the noisy, happy interlopers when the weather is warm. People going to the public areas are irritated when residents (who ought to know they've moved near a noisy public space) get all NIMBY.

For all that there is some tension, I think that communities are well served to have public spaces with a healthy night life bounded by residential areas. I don't think that pushing public spaces out into outlying industrial areas or purely would be a good solution. But, I'll stop myself short of writing an essay on that topic.