Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Wedding Band

The band's final gig on Saltspring last weekend was the wedding reception for Hayley's cousin Robin.

Lisa and Fred


Lisa and Tara

Saltspring Weekend 2

On Saturday morning the band busked near the famous Saltspring Island Saturday Market.

Mr. Ross Barrett!

Laurel and Eddie running in circles

Heidi, Brian and Brenda

Saltspring Weekend 1

There are a pile of images from the band's weekend on Saltspring Island.

It's been busy with little time to process pics so I'll post them in instalments as I work through them.


The band's first gig was on Friday evening at the venerable Beaver Point Hall, complete with all the modern conveniences such as outdoor privies.


This dance party was a fundraiser for the band to give us an opportunity to reimburse members for some portion of their travel expenses.

It looked like a good crowd so we may have made a few bob.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Fred's Fancy Party

Thanks to everyone who attended and to all the volunteers who made the fundraiser such a great success.

Fred and Marc, two cool dudes

Oliver and Fred

Okestar Slivovica

Robin Laine

More pics in the band's flickr pool

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

How They Treat Bus Drivers In Denmark ...

… when one of them has a birthday

Thanks to Gordon Price of Price Tags for posting this on his site.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Boise Visitors

On May 17 the band had guests drop by from Boise, Idaho

Lisa and Steph had all 20 or so dancing in no time

There was lots of fancy footwork ...

… a conga line ...

… and no lack of enthusiasm.

more pics on flickr

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Three Gig Saturday

Jim the hairdresser and with Roisin, Mario, Jesse, Marc, Steph and Debbie

There were three gigs on the docket for Saturday, May 15. At 1:00 the band joined in the Vancouver Craft Beer Week funeral procession parody.

The procession/brewpub crawl sashayed from Steamworks to Dix Brewpub and BBQ

Following the VCBW gig the band headed for Science World to play for a VanAct organized rally.
The rally was a protest against the changes made to the affordable housing promised for the Olympic Village.

Brian and Eddie briefly contemplate life in the military

In the evening the band joined the protest over changes to Grandview Park

Additional photos can be found in our flickr pool

Friday, May 14, 2010

Fred's Fancy FĂȘte Fundraiser

We're having a party to raise money so that our dear buddy Fred can cover the cost of much needed dental work.

The Where: 45 West - one door west of the famous Save On Meats sign at 43 W. Hastings.
Entrance from the lane only.

The When: Friday, May 21, Doors at 8:00 Show at 9:00 going 'til late.

The Who: Okestar Slivovica, The Carnival Band, Tim's Band (you'll have to show up to find out which one).

There will not be a bar. There will be drinks and goodies for sale, the proceeds of which go to Fred.

A minimum donation of $10-$20 is strongly encouraged.

Dress to the nines !!!

No Alcohol ! Please don't bring booze !

Let's get Fred back on his feet!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Beaver Point Hall Blow Out

Ross, back in 'the day'

Friday, May 28 the full tilt version of the Carnival Band descends on Salt Spring Island.

Come One, Come All !! Dance, Dance, Dance !!

Where: Beaver Point Hall, 1365 Beaver Point Rd.

When: Doors 8:00 pm Showtime: 9:00 pm

Tickets: $10 Adults $5 Kids

Special Guest Performer: Tim Mar

Sunday, May 9, 2010

HONK! Boston Doc.

This is possibly the definitive documentary on HONK! and activist street bands

Carnival Band cameos (if you see anyone besides devo let us know) are near the beginning but it's well worth staying until the end.

You will need half an hour but you can watch it while you do the ironing or something else productive.

HONK! Fest West Video

The Carnival Band is the first band featured in this video from West Seattle

HONK! Fest Redux

Here is a HONK! Fest video that has gone undetected (by me at any rate) until now.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Stone Soup 2010

The Birthday Boy

Happy Birthday Bryan !!!!


The annual Britannia Community Centre Stone Soup Festival was held on May 8.
Britannia has provided rehearsal space for The Carnival Band for more than 10 years and the band is always pleased to play Stone Soup as way of saying thanks.


aka 'the OAO webmonkey'

Dan Vie

Dan is the founder of The Carnival Band belts out Mardis Gras.

More Stone Soup pics can be seen here

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Jane's Walk 2010

Learn about Jane's Walks here

The Carnival Band zigged and zagged it's way through the streets east of the Drive on Sunday, May 2

Saturday, May 1, 2010

May Day Labour March and Rally

'Golden' Brian

The band got some exercise parading from Clark Park to Grandview Park at noon.


The best part of the parade was taking over the northbound lanes of Commercial Drive.

Fred and his spitting image, a professional gnome.

We couldn't have had better weather if we'd ordered it.

See the full flickr set here

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