Tuesday, August 09, 2005

We jumpin up

Start jumping up
is de road callin!
jumpin up start jumping up

dead or alive
still we coming, still we coming
still we coming, still we coming

Dead or Alive - Shurwayne Winchester

All I have to say about that is that song is truly a big tune! And it sweet sweet sweet on pan. Played it on the road Saturday at Hamilton Carnival. Yea I know the Canadian massive saying Hamilton duz have carnival? While the rest of you guys are saying who or where is this Hamilton place.

Well the City of Hamilton is about an hour and a half west of Toronto. Its a city in name but in truth it really felt like a small town. Wont go into too much detail on Hamilton cause to be honest I don't know much about it except it had/has a lot of steel mills and is pretty much a blue collar type city/town from what I've heard.

Anyway dem duz have a carnival every year a week after Caribana and so our pan-band went down to perform.

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Now let me tell ya this. Hamilton carnival is small small small. Is like 3 mas bands from Toronto, a steel band and strangely enough some Chinese falun gong, falun dala folks leading off the parade. Don't ask me I don't know what's up with that.

So yes I saw the same costumes again including my favoriteImage hosted by Photobucket.com

Plus some I don't think I had gotten close to at Caribana.
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All in all though I must say I had so much fun on the road. Especially since we jammed Shurwayne's Dead or Alive and KMC's First Experience for a considerable part of our journey. Sweet sweet soca!

Surprising to me actually was the fact that we were on the road for probably close to an hour if not more. I was expecting a two block parade but we actually went a fair way on the road.

Oh and we had quite a crowd following us too.
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Is it me or is this post sounding like a C+ what I did on my summer vacation type essay? I hate that!

Anyways after the parade we went to Bayshore Park for the rest of the carnival. Its sort of a Fair type vibe; some rides, music, food etc. It was a pretty good lime but I man was well tired so for a couple of hours I ditched the rest of the band and I was down on a park bench by the yachts holding a serious snooze with the ducks and geese as my company. I was snoring hard ya kno! lol

that's the view from the bench.
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Later on I went back to the crowds and enjoyed the sounds of Moses Revolution and New Jenerashun. The music wasn't bad and of course there was your usual 'wining' contest and some other fun. This time it was a Vincie guy and a St Lucian girl who were the ones really bringing it on stage. My my my! that's all I can say.

Here's a photo of the crowd.
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and then the sun set and we left

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Ok definitely this was probably the worse blog I've ever written. Too much of a what I did during the summer vibe. Just couldn't salvage it. I apologize. Oh well I hope the pictures are at least ok.


Yamfoot said...

well i had no idea that those were the words! i was singing my own version.

Shotta M said...

You are a carnival soldier...don't blame ya.

Amadeo said...

When you start your entourage...I'd like an application.

Sunshine said...

Hi Jdid-love a good steel pan music but haven't heard a live perfomance in years. The last one was Byron Lee back in 1991 street dance in Montego Bay.

Don Tate II said...

Wow, wow, that looks like so much fun. I'm going to have to take the wife and kid to that festival someday.

Scratchie said...

The photos were fantastic Jdid

dorna! said...

LOL Yes, but what a summer Jdid.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sunshine keep checking this calander you sure to get somthing in your area soon. Also its a great site to get uptodate info on pan. http://www.panonthenet.com/calendar/currentcal.htm

Dr. D. said...

The lake shot and the sunset a lick shot rude bwoy.

I mus try mek it to Canada one o dem days. Never been...of course it will have to be in summer.

Luke Cage said...

I'm always feeling coming to your site my island brotha. Your pictures are always live with festive activity. You've been living it up all summer long man. Reminds me of a certain superhero... Hmmmm...--lol

4panist said...

Hey there is nothing wrong with updates on what you did this summer, it sounds like fun. That sunset looks romantic too. did you take advantage??

solitaire said...

There wasn't a ting wrong with this post... actually I'm glad you did post it. I had no idea Hamilton did their thing with a mini-Caribana. Good for them, putting some culture into that drie place.

Campfyah said...

ah see yuh is a serious second tennor now..yuh coming down fuh Eastern Pkwy on Labor Day?? yuh might as well make all de rounds. At least you enjoying your summer.

notyouraverage.... said...

i had no idea Hamilton had a 'caribana' either. i'd probably be more inclined to check there's out and make a day of it.

Mad Bull said...

Nice pics, nice post. So you really slept on the park bench. Not afraid you'd get robbed?