Saturday, February 27, 2010

Winterruption 2010 Finale


On Saturday the Carnival Band wrapped up the last of a string of commitments on Granville Island that began on February 13

Goldean in her fabulous new hat

The entire two weeks were great fun, due in no small part to the dedication of the many carnies who were able to make it to the gigs.

Pachiel

Pachiel and Simmah travelled down from Lasqueti Island to play every single 'Olympic' gig, including busking, with the Carnival Band.


Simmah and AJ

Simmah and Pachiel are members of Lasqueti's Bolting Brassicas Marching Band


Drummers Bryan, Brenda, Ann and Diane
plus miscellaneous disembodied sax men

Marc
(There's just something about a sousaphone player)

Congratulations and a big thank you to everyone who pitched in to make these gigs such a great success

More of Saturday's Winterruption images here:


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Friday, February 26, 2010

C'est Tout


Steph

The Carnival Band wrapped up the last of 6 gigs for Place de la Francophonie on Friday night.

Amazingly for February, Friday was the only night of the 6 that the Carnival Band had to play in the rain.

Brenda, Heidi, Susan, Ann

The band would like to thank everyone at Place de la Francophonie who assisted us and helped make this gig so much fun.

Special thanks to Elgin and Annick

Susan, Simmah, Pachiel

We also want to thank our new friends, Erminio, Ben, Elizabeth, Meg, Stuart and Conor of the incomparable and amazing Big Nazo.

It was a blast from start to finish.

The whole gang, standing still


Big Nazo and CB Cause A Commotion

Another fantastic Big Nazo/Carnival Band collaboration.

Ben of Big Nazo captured the action and excitement on Robson St. on Monday night.

Check out the creature's choreography

Winterruption 2010 Videos

Videos of the Carnival Band on Granville Island are spring up all over.


Here is another view of the set filmed by Ben of Big Nazo


Thanks go out to grasstainable, whose real identity we'd love to learn.

More Big Nazo Videos

Big Nazo are cranking out videos of the Granville Island gigs at a prolific rate.

These two both feature cameo appearances by the Carnival Band




Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Additons

Some new images have been added to the Big Nazo and the Carnival Band flickr set

I'm trying to teach myself to use a new lens for gigs where low light is an issue, any lack of sharp focus or depth of field is entirely due to operator error. Thanks for your patience.

Eddie

Tara

Big Nazo and the Carnival Band


The wildest Carnival Band video ever



Filmed on Granville Island by Ben of Big Nazo during the band's second set on Sunday at Winterruption

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Tyee ...


... has been very kind to the Carnival Band.

This image of devo on Granville Island is featured in a People's Podium Photo Essay.




Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Olympic Party Fever


Carnival Band Dancer Debbie

32 band members skipped out on rehearsal and headed for the bright lights of downtown

Alien Commander Glort

Big Nazo arrived on Robson sending the crowd into a frenzy.

The Carnival Band goes out with a bang

All in all a fabulous night of busking on Robson St.

SJ Connor of Shaggy Dog Pix posted a shot of the band on Feb. 23.

The Sun also caught a good shot of the band and Big Nazo on Monday night

More images here:



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Monday, February 22, 2010

Winterruption 2010


Mario, Tim, Brenda, Lisa and Heidi

The Carnival Band celebrated Winterruption this weekend on Granville Island.

Our friends Mortal Coil (the stilters and dancers) and Big Nazo added colour and joy to the festivities on a very sunny weekend.

Mortal Coil Dragon Flies

Alien Commander Glort and Alexis pose for the cameras

Photos from the band's 6 sets this weekend can be seen by using the


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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Big Nazo and the Carnival Band

Here's a short clip of Big Nazo and the Carnival Band together.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Big Nazo Update

With six more gigs on Granville Island with Big Nazo we'll continue to update our flickr set as we get more pics.

Carnival Band dancer Bonnie

The weather on Thursday was nothing short of amazing.

Mario?, devo, Andrew and Laurel

Luke likes bling. Look at the size of that rock!


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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Busking in the February Sun

James

The band headed to Creekside Park bright and early to try to scam some face time on the Colbert Report. The plan more or less fizzled.

Ann, Eddie, Brian, devo

But, troupers that they are, the band busked the morning and afternoon away until it was time to take the trolley to Granville Island for another date with Big Nazo

devo

Big Nazo had considerably better luck than CB at getting on TV. On their blog are clips of Alien Commander Glort and a few of his troupes on City TV's Breakfast Television. Also, please check the video of the Carnival Band playing for Big Nazo last Saturday.

Some snapshots from Thursday's big adventure can be seen here:



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Monday, February 15, 2010

And The Silver Medal Goes to ...


... the Carnival Band!!!!

An ongoing series, The People's Podium, in The Tyee is awarding medals, and 'faceplants', to individuals and groups who their staff and readers feel have made a worthy contribution, or not, to Vancouver's Olympic scene.


Consider subscribing to the The Tyee, it's free. They're a great news organization that offers a tremendous amount of support to the arts, culture and good causes in B.C.

James in his pink stetson


More images here:


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Sunday, February 14, 2010

恭喜發財

Kung Hei Fat Choi

The Carnival Band has played the Chinese New Year Parade for years. And they played it again to usher in the Year of the Tiger

from left to right John, the rest of the band, Royanne

Ross arrives under his own steam

Laurel on cow bell


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Saturday, February 13, 2010

CB Backs Big Nazo

Normally the Carnival Band is the visual attraction wherever they play.

On this occasion the Carnival Band will play second banana to Big Nazo (GRAND DÉFILÉ) at Place de la Francophonie on several dates in February.

Please visit the Carnival Band website for dates and times.

The band and Big Nazo get the parade under way

A large chunk of the band

The clarinet section, Kat and Simmah (where's Shannon?)

Where's Waldo? One of these characters is not with Big Nazo.

Follow Big Nazo's exploits on their blog


more images from this gig here:

The 2010 Welcoming Committee

Is there a Russian Tour in Ross's future?

Prior to the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics there was a large protest by a coalition of groups opposed to various aspects of the Olympic movement.

As usual the Carnival Band came out in force to put a smile on faces and to help keep the tone of the rally light and happy.

Eventually the Carnival Band went it's own way and the protesters went theirs.

Brenda and Syd

WinterRuption 2010

Join the Carnival Band at the WinterRuption Festivities on Granville Island

The fun goes on from Feb.19 to 27

The Carnival Band performs 3 times daily on Feb. 20, 21 and 27

Please visit the events section of our website for the particulars.

Also!!! The band will play several dates at Place de la Francophonie in February.


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Friday, February 12, 2010

Torch Relay Protest

This morning groups opposed to the Olympics planned to disrupt the segment of the torch relay scheduled to pass along the Drive.

The Carnival Band turned out to help keep things light and cheery.


The torch was diverted along an alternate route, lots of folks danced and enjoyed the band.

We went home.

The End

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Rolling Stone ...

... it's not, but Ross, Christine, Roisin, Jesse and Shannon made the cover of Harmonic Dissidents.

Issue #2 has a few other photos of CB luminaries inserted in various articles.

Somewhere Else Is Here

The band's usual Monday night rehearsal was relocated to the DTES for one night only on Feb. 8.

The Carnival Band has a small, but we feel pivotal, role in the film Somewhere Else Is Here by Austrian film maker, Marina Lebhuber

Alexis

After watching the screening, which was attended by many of the folks who related their stories in the film, the band played a few songs for the group and ate most of the food.

Kat and Shannon

Since there was still rehearsal time left the band processed to Woodward's and subsequently ended up playing at the Cambie Pub to a highly appreciative audience.

Steph, Travis and Jesse