On Wednesday, June 24th the early afternoon jazz concerts in Churchill Square continued. This day it was the Latin jazz sound of the TILO PAIZ QUINTET. The leader of the group is drummer Tilo Paiz, originally from El Salvador.
This post is a continuation of my 2015 June 23rd post where I shared some images of The Heavyweights Brass Band. This post is the same band, same performance but images that are a bit more fun.
Occasionally the guys put down their horns and add some vocals as in the tune “Float“:
Adding to the fun at the Edmonton performance was one guy from the audience (in a big cowboy hat), dancing away in front of the stage:
Today (2015 June 23) on The Works stage in Churchill Square, Edmonton was a band that blew me away – The Heavyweights Brass Band.They are a Toronto-based, New Orleans influenced group. Being a trumpet player myself I have passion for brass instruments in general and trumpets in particular. This band features TWO excellent trumpets as well as a trombone and sousaphone and sax and drums – what a powerful sound!
Some may wonder why there would be two trumpets in a sextet but there was more than enough work to keep the two of them busy. Each took a turn with some impressive solo work and when they teamed up it was great.
Also very impressive was saxophonist Paul Metcalfe.
Metcalfe was a passionate performer and the composer of a number of the band’s original pieces. The original pieces were good as were their versions of traditional jazz pieces (St. James Imaginary Blues was great) and some unexpected jazzifying of rock/pop tunes including Rush’s YYZ and Michael Jackson’s Beat It.
Butcher, who lived in Sherwood Park for a number of years, was the band’s leader on stage.
It was a very enjoyable show and although I had intended to just be there for the first set, I just had to extend my lunch hour and stay around for the second set. I also had to buy one of their CD’s – their latest Brasstronomical.
This performance in Edmonton was just one stop in their cross-country tour this summer. I doubt that I’ll get a chance to see them again soon but I will definitely look for a future opportunity.
Today I spent my lunchtime in Edmonton’s Churchill Square taking in three of my favorite things: sunshine, art and jazz. As part of The Works (Art and Design Festival) and tying in with the Edmonton International Jazz Festival there are daily jazz concerts from 12:00 to 2:00. Today on stage was the John Sweenie 4Tet.
The quartet’s leader is Edmonton saxophonist John Sweenie:
With some solid original works and good takes on classics, the John Sweenie 4Tet delivered a very enjoyable performance! I look forward to hearing them again someday and hearing other jazz artists over the rest of this festival.
On Saturday (2015 March 14) I attended the Crashed Ice Championship on the bank of the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton. Problem was that with the huge crowds I couldn’t get anywhere near the race itself. Nonetheless it was a very interesting atmosphere with the lighting and the crowds so I turned my attention to just capturing photos of that atmosphere.
This was as close as i was able to get to the live racing action:
On 2015 March 14, Edmonton joined with many others communities across Canada to voice their opposition to the Federal Government’s proposed Bill C-51. By my estimates a few hundred people gathered at Canada Place to hear speeches, hoist placards and chant. Here is what it looked like:
It was very pleasing to see the speakers representing diverse segments of our society, politically and culturally. Unfortunately the sound system did not make it easy to hear what was being said.
I was a disappointed that some of the speakers chose to take the opportunity to push their own agenda such as:
- taking shots at the Liberal Party
- making comments that some would consider borderline anti-Semitic
Campaigning for the next election and debating foreign policy would have best been left for another day.
After the speeches, the protestors took off on a short march through the streets of downtown Edmonton.
There was no doubt that much of the blame for Bill C-51 was focused directly at the Prime Minister.
Most of the protesters seemed passionate and honest in their belief in free speech, open protest and standing up for what you believe – there were however a handful of people who attended the protest anonymously – masked. I do not believe that they helped the cause.
By the time of the march, the crowd had maybe reached 500 – not bad but given the seriousness of the issue I had really expected tens of thousands of people to be out in Edmonton. I was further dismayed that the Crashed Ice event (downhill racing on skates on an icy track built beside the convention centre), would attract something like TWO HUNDRED TIMES more people, a few hours later!
And to end on a lighter note…
Near the end of the speeches, an unannounced special guest, a true Canadian icon, dropped in on the event to express an opinion. Although he spoke loudly and with passion, that hinted at his stand, I’m afraid no one understood a thing that he said.
Yesterday Edmonton Northlands revealed the new look for Edmonton’s summer festival K-days. The name was selected by public vote this summer after years of dissatisfaction with the “Capital Ex” moniker that Northlands had arbitrarily laid on the City years ago. Given the public’s name choice, Northlands has developed the “brand” Seeing the new brand I am left wondering “Has Northlands dropped the ball again”?
My first impression on seeing the new promotion was that it had something to do with Special K cereal – perhaps a new logo for the front of their box. It really seemed to be lacking something – nothing that I saw suggested Edmonton, nor our history. It seemed to try to appeal to everyone – I wonder if it will strike a chord with anyone.
The name K-days is a derivative on Edmonton’s long time festival Klondike days which celebrated the historical era when Edmonton was born. That historical theme was something special and although it did get watered down and almost forgotten at the end of the 20th century, it still was an interesting and concrete theme.
I liked the idea that the “new” name “K-days” wasn’t tying us down to the historical “Klondike” theme but rather left the door open to other, supplementary interpretations of “K”. Still, I have to believe that it was the old theme, that was in the back of people’s minds when they voted for the K-days” name. I find it hard to believe that Edmontonians just have some weird fixation on the letter”K”.
Whatever else the “K” might stand for, the “Klondike” theme should not be forgotten and should be the root, the uniquely Edmonton, theme. Unfortunately it seems like the folks at Northlands, seem set on having nothing to do with the historical theme. After appearing to hear Edmontonians last summer, it seems that they are now just pushing through with their old idea for a generic, “nothing-special” fair (kind of like what they tried to do in the Capital Ex era)
If the theme is everything – then the theme is nothing!