Monday, December 12, 2011

Community Support

James Griffiths, OAOS president and Alex McKechnie. Britannia musical director 
photo by Dave (devo) Faber 

The Board of Directors of the Open Air Orchestra Society, on behalf of The Carnival Band,  authorized a donation to Britannia Secondary High School Band Program.
The donation will help with the travel costs of taking the senior band to Cuba.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Joey Quits

What Cheer Brigade from Providence, RI made Joey's resignation from his hotel job a day to remember, and a YouTube hit. 
Read and see more background here

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The People Have Spoken

Gregor Robertson was handily elected to a second term as Mayor of Vancouver and The Carnival Band was there.
Congratulations to Gregor and the the Vision Vancouver Team

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Occupy Vancouver Clip

Here's a clip of the band playing "Funkariffic" at the Occupy Vancouver protest:

Friday, October 28, 2011

Parade of Lost Souls 2007

James Loewen has just posted a video of the 2007 Parade Of Lost Souls on YouTube.
TCB is featured along with Sambata and the sundry ghouls, ghosts, goblins and geeks who took over the Drive.

Thank you James

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Musical Greetings ...

… from Jesse in Turkey.

Jesse is currently in Macedonia after visiting Bulgaria and is on his way to Albania and then Italy. He is slowly wending his way, by bike, to Spain.
Follow Jesse's journey on his blog.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Occupy Vancouver Videos

Here's a couple of videos of the band playing at the Occupy Vancouver protest.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ghost Train

Please check out the excellent images from the Circus of Disaster taken by Mike Antares (formerly from Austin, TX, now living in Seattle, WA)

Sadie and John Cl
See the rest of Mike's images here
Thanks Mike

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The World According to The Carnival Band

Who's In Charge?, a video by DM Gillis

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Trivial Pursuit

A bit of destination trivia as the band heads to Boston.

Members under 50 (or 60) may not know 'MTA', a hit for The Kingston Trio in the early 60s.
Written as a (humorous) protest song in response to the raising of Boston's subway fares the song tells the pitiful story of Charlie's last (and lasting) ride on the subway (called the T in Boston) 
Cities with large subway systems tend to name their electronic fare cards, Orca (Seattle), Clipper (San Francisco), Oyster (London) so on and so forth. 
Bostonians chose the best name of all, the Charlie Card. You just have to love a city with a sense of humour like that.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Miserlou, Hurdy-Gurdy, and Belly-Dancing.

Here's a lovely little video of the band playing Miserlou, complete with the impromptu addition of Hurdy-Gurdy and Belly-dancing.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Samba Workshop!!! with Sean Park; Monday Sep 12

The first half of the work shop will be drum focused, so horn players, please bring percussion instruments, Sean will also provide some instruments. I highly encourage horns to get involved with the drums, as it will help you understand what the drums are doing, and help bridge communication between drums and horns.

I also wanna touch on the Work Song, the off beat brass shots in Yeep!, and Ross’ new tune ‘Sub-Prime”

Below are some words and links form Sean:
There’s two rhythms that I’d like to share with the group (below). I can only really teach the percussion parts with any skill – I sense the horns are an eclectic go with the flow bunch and can muster up something to go with it that’s inspired by this. I will bring along a bunch of my instruments. Also, if folks are interested, me and a few peeps are starting a community afro-brazilian inspired percussion orchestra this week. We go 6-9PM every Sunday at the DharmaLab (1814 Pender). Free for everyone, instruments provided too. They can email at to find out more.

Looking forward to Monday!


Thursday, July 28, 2011


Michy of Green Couch Sessions has sent along the completed video of Avec Mes Mecs.
The Carnival Band wants to thank Peter, Robbie and the Green Couch Crew for this opportunity.

Stills taken by Joey Planche can be viewed in the band's flickr pool.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Some Snaps From Last Week

On each gig date last week if it wasn't actually raining it was threatening to rain.
The Carnival Band was undeterred. 

Dusk Dances at the Duck Pond

Hayley and Annette, Dusk Dances

Rain of biblical proportions at the opening of
The Vancouver Tool Library

The audience and the helicon section were undaunted by the weather.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dancing And Running In The Streets

On Saturday the band played for Dancing In The Streets at the Firehall Arts Centre and later for the Underwear Affair cancer fundraiser.

 Darryl and Marc


 Calen, John and Benjamin


Bryan on surdo and snare

Friday, July 8, 2011

B.C.C. Planning Open House

 On Thursday afternoon The Carnival Band paraded along 'the Drive' to bring attention to the Open House event proposing a master plan for the future of Britannia Community Centre.

 The timing of this shot probably could have been better.

Alexis, so fast her don't even touch the ground.

 Royane, senior member of the percussion section

Martina, junior member of the percussion section.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Busy, busy, busy

The Carnival Band played a total of 4 gigs on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Saturday, Eddie and Lexi at the Maker Faire

 Very early on Sunday, not only was Cory up with the sun but he ran, sort of,  in the ScotiaBank Half Marathon

Later on Sunday, Carnaval del Sol choreography by Annette and Tara

Monday, the band leads several hundred people on a march around the post office

!! Jesse is back !!

New Life

A note from Artesian Rumble Arketstra

You are the most generous, brilliant, organized fun hogs!

I am bringing "New Life" to the Artesian Rumble Arkestra, with your loving
spirit and we will always send our gratitude and acknowledgement to you with
every time we play it!

And the world will be a better place.
Nice work!!!!

Much love from Olympia, WA,

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Maker Faire Video

Jeff Lindstrom has put together a cool video from this afternoon's gig. 

Thanks Jeff

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Two Family Gigs

The band performed at two crowd pleasing events on a perfect sunny Saturday.
In the morning Mount Pleasant Day and in the afternoon the First United Church 125th Anniversary Festival.


 Storyteller Naomi


Ross entrances the audience

More pics at 

Friday, June 3, 2011

BIkes and BBQ

This year's Bike To Work Week BBQ was held in the normally deserted 'bird' plaza at the Athlete's Village. 

 Nice legs, snappy hosiery 

James and Fred 

 James frightening small children

Travis in full regalia

The rest of the images from this gig are at:

Lounging At The Waldorf (by Fats Waller)

The kickoff for Velopalooza 2011 was held in the bamboo-clad basement of the Waldorf Hotel on Thursday, June 2.

Dancing in the Streets

 Sara and John Cl

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Diane and Bryan

the rest of the set can be seen at

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rocker For Street Soccer

On Friday, May 20 the band played in the heart of the DTES in support of a fundraiser for the community's street soccer team. 

All photos by April Smith

 The 'bubble lady' (Debbie)

 This is not the soccer team

It's hard to tell the band from the audience.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Word on the street 2010 video

Here's a clip with the band in it from the Word On The Street festival last year.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Extra!! Extra!!

Barbara has passed along an article from the Ballard News-Tribune including a quote from
 the 'cymbalic' Eddie Rothschild.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sky Church

The last day of HONK! fest West IV was held at the Experience Music Project (EMP) at Seattle Centre.
The auditorium is called Sky Church and boasts 70' ceilings and the world's largest video screen.

Titanium Sporketstra


The Red Baron - Eddie

The Bucharest Drinking Team

additional flickr photos live here and here

Honk Fest 2011 Georgetown Streets

Here's a little vid of the band playing in the streets of Seattle, Honk Fest 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Gasworks Park

Gasworks Park was the venue for Saturday's HONK! fest West. 
The rain held off until the last half of the last set. 

 Gasworks Park

 Christine and James


 The Bolting Brassicas hold auditions

E. E. take the high ground

flickr sets can be seen here and here

HONK! West, Georgetown

Here is a quick upload of odds and ends from Friday's HONK! in beautiful downtown Georgetown

 E.E. at the Overpass

 It's true, they'll let anyone in.

 The Bolting Brassicas at The Mix

Samba Ja draws a crowd

Go here and here for more pics