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

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.

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

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.

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!



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.

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.