Tuesday, June 29, 2010

School's Out!

On Tuesday, June 29 Thunderbird Community Centre and Thunderbird Elementary School celebrated, Canada Day, the installation of community street banners by Yoko, and the last day of school.

Any one of which would justify a celebration all on it's own.

Being a weekday gig only the under-employed members of the band were able to turn out. And a fine job they didi too!

Yoko's street banners


The upright drum section

The drum section bending over backward

Rainbow Eddie

The band was in the illustrious company of Libby Davies

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Turquoise and Red

The band played Kate and Toby's reception on Saturday, June 26 at the Ukrainian Hall in Strathcona.

Mario recruits for the drum section

No one looks better in a straw boater than Fred

Sadie Rose recruits for the drum section

This shot doesn't give the full effect, but what we have here is the highly choreographed horn section.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Canada Day on Granville Island

The 2010 Granville Island Canada Day Parade kicks off at 1:00 pm.

The band weighs in.

We really miss Christine while she explores Central America.

Sadie, Bryan, Suresh and Heidi

Band members can get the gig deets by visiting 'wurst'

Canada Day Parade

The downtown Canada Day Parade starts at 7:00 pm from Georgia and Broughton.

Here is a video from the sponsors which includes a snippet of the band.

The route has been lengthen this year, a very good sign.

Band members can get further particulars by visiting 'wurst'.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Summer Solstice 2010

The band going downhill

The Carnival Band was invited by the Secret Lantern Society to open the Summer Solstice Celebration at George Wainborn Park in Yaletown.

Tara from the knees down

Debbie B and the Queen Bee

Extra, Extra !!

The Carnival Band Dancers (and their back-up group) made the cover of Beyond Robson

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Commercial Drive Carfree Day 2010

If attendance is any indication, the Drive's Carfree Day 2010 was an unqualified success.
Thousands of people showed up.

Susanna, Alexis and Steph

Even the indefatigable Carnival Band Dancers need to take a break for tea and strawberry shortcake.

Tara and Fred

Trumpet Twins

Luke and Lexi

I guess this means they're engaged

Park Potluck

The neighbours around Victoria Park enjoyed a potluck party on Saturday evening.

Entertainment was furnished by the Carnival Band and Dixie Star Storytellers.

Thanks to Tony Montague for making it happen.

Mario, Hayley Rose and Steph

Roisin and Andrew

'The Baron' aka Bryan


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Velopalooza Finale

The Carnival Band's trademark 'tight formation' precision marching

The week long Velopalooza Festival wound up on a perfect Sunday afternoon at Strathcona Park.


Alexis and Steph

Fred kitted out in vintage duds

Jesse, fearless leader for the day

Saturday, June 12, 2010

One Year Old

To celebrate the first anniversary of the Central Valley Greenway VACC had a celebration at the Winston Ave. overpass with the band providing the music.

Dancers, Alexis, Kyrstein, Debbie, Daisy (also on drum and trumpet)

Alexis (and John)

Sadie, John, Debbie, Ross, Alexis, Luis, Bryan, Daisy, Royanne, devo, John Cl., Roisin, Fred, Eddie, Heidi, Brenda, Kyrstein, Ann, Luke

June 6/7 Weekend

Photography-wise the past week was a disaster. While I wait for my camera to come back from the repair shop I, temporarily, reverted antiquated technology. Anyone under 40 will have to Google 'film' or 'Kodacolor'.

The results are not pretty. This is absolutely the last time I use film!

Bryan, devo, Diane, and Eddie at Pandora Park

Luke, Tara and Fred at CRAB Park

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Centre A

Here are some pics from the band's latest outing on the Downtown Eastside.

Fred and Marc

Karen Henry and Alix Sales invited the band to provide the music for an artsy affair at Centre A.


The city wanted to say thank you to all the contributors, artists, fabricators, organizers, whose efforts made the Olympic Art Project a great success.


'Golden' Brian, Mario

see the other pics from this gig in our flickr pool

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Buzzer Blog

Jhenifer at Translink has posted a nice article on the band playing for Angus's last shift.

Ross, Tim, James, Fred, John Cl. Woogie

Bob, Tara, D, Mario

With Steph and Deb hanging on my arms I'd be smiling too

Angus Retires

For 41 years Angus McIntyre has been a Vancouver bus driver, always on trolley routes.

For the past 20 years Angus has worked the Nanaimo/Dunbar route.

May 31 was his last official day of work.

Angus flanked by Ross, Steph and Debbie

Angus says a few words and relates one of the hundreds of anecdotes accumulated through a long, and by all accounts, enjoyable career.

The assembled well wishers

Steph and the 1947 Brill

Enjoy a long and happy retirement Angus !!!