Act is no illusion as white Stetson man and woman partner fearlessly juggle huge, sharp, curved knives between each other while riding rain slicked stage on unicycles during light intermittent rain showers.
It was the eve of Saint Jean Baptiste and a light rain was falling intermittently resulting in a low crowd turnout to enjoy the entertainment going on a stage across from Dollard-des-Ormeaux city hall however, the show continued regardless with a jugglers-on-unicycles duo act.
Apparently, it may have been a husband and wife team although I don’t know however, they were fearless professionals performing juggling all sorts of objects and also riding unicycles half the time through their exciting act.
While they were performing their routine, the stage floor became progressively wet because of some slight cross-wind gusts carrying the rain drizzle on to it making an already difficult and dangerous act even more so yet they continued without hesitation, thank God that it all went well!
Yesterday, when this show was going on, there were very few people around to enjoy it however, later towards super time more people appeared because apparently the fireworks display after dark seemed worth their time, and miracle of miracles, the pesky rain showers stopped before the whole show came to end around midnight.
Although I arrived late missing about a third of the pre-Jean Baptiste show I did ended up as a diehard determined to stay around during the rain showers however, I think it was worth it because the quality of entertainment including these wonderful jugglers on wheels was excellent.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”ILLUSION”.
Excited children commit much fun on stage during 2016 Saint Jean Baptiste day celebrations in a borough on Montreal’s West Island singing, clapping their hands, and jumping up and down while their very happy parents nearby watch the whole spectacle.
As my picture shows these small children are clearly enjoying their experience being up on stage with an adult animator-moderator (far top left) encouraging them, and leading the children’s chorus singing all sorts of appropriate songs and engaging them in lively activities designed to make it happy and memorable time.
Some of these little guys seem to be dressed up to mark the occasion wearing hats with French Quebec’s provincial heritage emblem, the fleur-des-lys or simply Québec written across the front in large letters.
Each year on June 24th Quebec celebrates the feast day of its patron saint, John the Baptist, or as they call it in French Quebec, Saint Jean Baptiste however, since the fateful election of the separatist Parti Québécois in the 1970’s the holiday became secular “La Fête nationale du Québec”.
This holiday on June 24th, has reverted to being a state sponsored orgy of excessive boozing, drugs, merry-making, inappropriate behavior, and sex by many reminiscent of similar bygone pagan excesses during the dark past like when Herod imprisoned and martyred John.
Instead of being a respected religious day of peace, visits with family and friends, poignant reflection, prayer, and worshiping God in Church meanwhile, also remembering John’s tragic beheading it is just another secular wild party designed to help the government keep power by doling out tax money on the “fête” activities.
Reasons for this slide towards the Abyss vary however, a lion share of blame falls on an influential, small minority of Quebec atheistic, monied, political elite conspiring with other powerful enemies of the Church to exploit certain sick abuses by a small, perverted minority of Quebec’s Roman Catholic clergy, to help rip away many already aimless, ignorant, uneducated, and weak-willed non-practicing Catholics from the Church.
This is incredible considering that it was the Church that kept it all together for the Québécois since the French defeat at the Plains of Abraham near Quebec City, when France abandoned them to their fate with Protestant England, who could have easily assimilated their culture and deleted their existence.
Since then Quebec has been in a free-fall, its monied, political elites leading the way in Canada towards amoral, immoral, and decadent behavior where human life has become to mean very little anymore replaced instead by an emphasis on material gain and wealth.
As a final reward the “enlightened” converts are guaranteed a cheap cremation of their mortal body remains on the pyre perhaps, to accompany their immortal soul already in the Abyss.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”COMMIT”.
Each day at 5 PM musical transient troupe West Trainz would travel their special route making several brief, fleeting, stops along the way to entertain locals and visitors flocking downtown for the annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.
This seasoned, profession, troupe of musicians traveled on their special golf cart powered “train” pulling five small rolling stages, with sound system mimicking railroad station stops calling out cities (example: Chicago, Grand Central New York..) followed by bell ringing, the chug-along, and hiss reminiscent of old steam engine trains of that bygone era of rail travel experience.
After “arriving” at their “station” stop music would happen in the midst of hundreds of fans eager to enjoy it all never seeming to have enough of these guys because each day similar crowds would appear and descend on the train again.
Smiles adore tourist faces and some have their cellphones out recording the entertainment meanwhile, the train remains immobile surrounded by throngs of excited people enjoying it all.
My picture depicts the troupe’s two guitarists playing including its creator, Erik West Millette, wearing the blue overalls with big white patch with “West” and blue Stetson hat.
Other members not shown in this picture are the drummer, the trumpet player, and lone female miscellaneous “special” instruments player.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”TRANSIENT”.
Some already thirst relieved construction workers hung around the Corona Extra kiosk while their buddies waited in line to get a plastic glass of their favorite Mexican beer.
The scene is on Crescent Street two weeks ago during the annual Grand Prix weekend when some construction workers took their lunch break from their work at some local construction site consuming a little bit of brew.
Although I am uncertain whether these guys were construction workers they definitely look like some then again, they may have been factory workers however, whatever they were maybe there should be some concern regarding security at their work site because booze can interfere in safety.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”RELIEVED”.
A refreshing out-of-bottle experience is having a cold Molson brewski, on a hot, muggy, Saturday afternoon sitting on aluminum bench listening to great music at annual West Island Blues Festival.
“A picture is worth a thousand words” goes the overused yet true statement and you only can only imagine yourself sitting there enjoying the ambiance and excitement at this free music fest or similar one meanwhile, knowing that your thirst is quenched by a cold one (beer) in a clear soft plastic glass.
The weather proved to be ideal last Saturday despite the doom and gloom radio and TV forecasts predicting a heatwave enveloping Montreal making life unbearably hot and very sticky meanwhile, also threatening a violent thundershower or worst.
The event turned out to be wonderful and the crowds attending it were not disappointed with a fantastic venue featuring many favorites playing some awesome blues, rock and roll, and a folk song by a senior Quebec government cabinet minister.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”BOTTLE”.
Motley camera toting amateurs gang descend creating total digital madness trying to photograph famous Dwane Dixon Band on West Island Blues Festival stage.
It seemed like every one of them had similar expensive camera equipment, a battery packed Canon or Nikon with huge telephoto lens capped with large tooth shading tube designed to limit or eliminate errant sunlight, should there be any, mitigating in the quality of their digital images.
As my picture shows, enhanced face and upper torso shots appear to be in vogue for this bunch competing with each other positioning themselves in middle of field in front of the stage for their shots.
The scene was the West Island Blues Festival 14th edition last Saturday June 17, 2017, an annual event to raise money for a host of worthy local charitable groups, the famous Dwane Dixon band was on stage playing songs from their fantastic “Working Man Blues’ album.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”TOTAL”.
This Mountain Cornflower (Centaurea Triumfettii) is a Bumble Bee approved blossom known for abundant nectar produced which naturally attracts many insect pollinators such as bees.
Centaurea Triumfettii is a plant belonging to genus Centaurea herbaceous species of thistle-like flowering plants from the Asteraceae family of knapweeds that are very robust and tend to dominate adjoining areas of landscapes where they grow, I know this from personal experience in our backyard flower garden.
When these are in blossom in May I’ve noticed a lot of insects like bees including the Bumble Bee regularly visiting and extracting the high nectar content meanwhile, picking up pollen however, another insect I don’t like or want also visits in abundance, ants including the black carpenter ants.
Squarrose Knapweed is another name used to describe this herbaceous perennial plant growing 30–60 centimetres (12–24 in) high and its flowers normally last until August.
As my picture shows, its inner flowers are bright purple while the outer ones azure blue or deep mauve, a very attractive combination then again, many very common invasive weeds also have similar attributes going for them as experience has shown.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”BLOSSOM”.
“Toto Wolff Montreal 2015 #1” adorns sedans black composite fibre spoiler probably signed following triumph achieved two years ago by Mercedes-AMG over international rivals during the Canadian Grand Prix.
The signer is Torger Christian “Toto” Wolff head of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, commonly known as AMG, the high-performance division wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG headquartered in Affalterbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
That year international sports media and others criticized Mercedes for failing to win in Monaco something that also happened again in 2017 however, undeterred the excellent Mercedes-Benz team totally wiped out the competition in Montreal on sizzling the hot Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve track on Sunday, June 11.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas blasted to incredible one-two, the Silver Arrows’ a first such amazing combination finish for this year proving once again that “lightening can strike twice in the same place”.
These excellent professionals never gave up despite a poor showing earlier in Monaco and intense media criticism like last time, winning the Canadian GP again only with a vengeance.
The charcoal grey sedan in my picture appears to be a AMG Black Series “V8 Biturbo” car tested by Motor Trend magazine attaining 0-60 mpg in 3.2 seconds, and doing a quarter mile attaining 129.8 mph in 11.1 seconds.
The Black Series cars available only as 2 door version are street legal although awesomely high-powered with superior handling and traction combined with refinements in aerodynamic design and weight reduction capable of previously mentioned performance.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”TRIUMP”.
Their focus of interest, the water-color painting of solitary red-yellow fruit hanging from a branch in the foreground surrounded by many tan and green shade leaves while in the dark background on right lurk two more.
The venue was an art exhibition to inaugurate a new neighborhood art gallery called Atelier D’art Métèque I recently visited where some graduating students participating in a local YMCA sponsored art course using water colors as the medium showed off their session’s works.
I was checking things out meanwhile, taking photos of individual and groups of framed art works when fortunately my digital camera captured someone’s hand and their extended finger pointing at that fruit picture, allowing me material for this post.
Looking at my own digital image, I kinda like the focus of their interest because it does somehow stand out from the others on that wall although at least one other picture on the top right, a winter scene, seems worthy challenger to me.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”FOCUS”.
A passenger-side car mirror lies shattered, small bits missing from its high polish surface desperately trying to reflect the deep blue cloudless sky above it while resting abandoned in field oblivious to traffic on busy Sources boulevard nearby.
The high impact black plastic mirror from a late model compact car perhaps, the result of a recent wreck forever parting it from its car hurled away flying to come to rest in a scrub grass, weeds, and small stone field.
Then again, it could have been an act of some vandalism where a nasty perp simply broke and ripped the mirror off from the car passenger-side door then carried it away purposely to toss it in that field, who know?
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”POLISH”.