Category Archives: entertainment

Jazz Music Crescendo

Rachel Therrien really concentrates delivering Jazz music crescendo during 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Eyes closed in concentration playing Jazz music crescendo very talented, creative, young, musician,Rachel Therrien delivers excellence on huge TD Stage in 2015.

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Eyes closed concentrating on playing trumpet hitting a Jazz music crescendo this talented young musician showed excited Montreal audience why her band won the prestigious 2015 TD Grand Prix de Jazz award.

Rachel Therrien’s Quintet really wowed masses of fans that year,  who packed in front of the huge TD Stage on the north-western part of the Quartier-des-Spectacles,  listening to their unique music during the annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Winning that TD award gave Rachel and company inspiration to win the awesome 2016 Stingray Jazz Rising Star Award created by Stingray Digital Group Inc., the world-leading provider of multi-platform digital music services to recognize excellence in emerging creative music talent.

Since then the Rachel Therrien Quintet has also produced several new albums including their most recent an Afro-Colombian inspired Jazz one called “Pensamiento” and more is on the way!

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”CRESCENDO”.

Flame Toasting Bun…Priceless!

Watching this guy try flame toasting his hotdog bun on campfire's flame seemed priceless.

Flame toasting a hotdog bun…priceless!

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Flame toasting a hotdog bun…priceless!

In my mind watching this guy trying toasting his hotdog bun on campfire’s open flame seemed incredible because I’ve never done it nor attempted to however, this guy did it successfully at least this one time.

Labor Day weekend and it was party time out in the Eastern Townships with lots friends and a ton of mostly homemade party foods, dogs, burgers and stuff, as well as ice-cold brewskis and some wine refreshments.

The weather was cooperating also on Saturday, a little chilly early in day when breezy typical of September however, few clouds and sunny, the warm sun improved it all as the day progressed.

Later on in the afternoon they decided to start a campfire to cook some hotdogs and marshmallows for the children (not shown) and this when our man decides to toast his bun on the flame while I’m watching to see what will happen.

For the record, this guy only managed to lose one bun after successfully toasting about half a dozen for himself and his buddy showing his hairy legs on extreme left corner of this picture.

The most amazing thing here is that he did it with long stick and not with a metal wire like many people have used to toast buns on a flame.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”PRICELESS”.

Synchronize MarioKar Laps

Arcade seems to synchronize MarioKar laps because "Lap1/2" appears in corner of display screens.

Arcade seems to synchronize MarioKar laps because each young driver has identical lime-green color   “Lap1/2” in top left-hand corner of display screen.

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The arcade seems to synchronize MarioKar laps because each  young driver appears to have an identical lime-green color “Lap1/2” in top left-hand corner of their display screen.

Although each display screen has markedly different icons on it with instantaneous, rapid-action scenes happening constantly, they all have in common that large “Lap1/2”.

It probably means that everybody began playing almost simultaneously and their time to play is running out soon.

The scene is a video arcade store on Saint Catherine street west obviously frequented by youngsters used to playing video games that dazzle them with eye-catching, vivid,  color,  quick-action video and mind-numbing,  addictive,  high-pitched,  high-volume tech noises.

This combination of rapid-eye video coupled with addictive sounds reminds one of similar stuff on those video gambling machines found in many bars and casinos attended by the loser-addicts.

The creator-makers of such machines have also included this toxin in other more useful things our technology starved “techie” society has embraced while desiring to communicate quicker and better.

Our I-products, droids, and galaxies are quietly yet efficiently turning users into virtual zombies occupying most of their attention,  enslaving them to check their cellphones constantly verifying if a call was missed,  amusing themselves with some moronic Facebook video of cute animal playing piano, or checking latest Donald Trump episode.

Importantly and scant mentioned by our obedient,  controlled,  mass-media is the growing international, scientific, readily available evidence that indicates exposure to wireless device emissions are becoming a public health catastrophe of incomparable magnitude.

It seems recent history is forgotten by most otherwise,  our stampede to wanton acceptance of new electronic and wireless technology and its derivatives would slow down a bit for some  careful assessment.

History has shown us ongoing delays by our irresponsible, acquiescent, past government turning a blind eye to what  businesses and industry were doing and failing to act properly regarding asbestos, cigarette smoking and Bis-phenol-A (BPA), as well as thalidomide and urea formaldehyde insulation ended in disaster.

Today folks our wireless industry seems to continue this criminal tradition,  in full cooperation with corrupt government,  doing everything possible to sustain and synchronize efforts to pad their already obscene trillion-dollar profits.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SYNCHRONIZE”

 

Ooh Shiny Another Accident

Ooh shiny, another serious motorcycle accident I thought to myself, when two paramedics wheeled gurney past passersby.

Ooh shiny, another serious motorcycle accident I thought to myself, when two authentic looking Montreal paramedics wheeled gurney with helmeted female “victim” past passersby on Saint Catherine Street.

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Ooh shiny, another serious motorcycle accident I thought to myself, when two authentic looking Montreal paramedics wheeled their helmeted female “victim” through the crowds of passersby on Saint Catherine Street.

Moments earlier these two “paras” were real-like pumping the female dummy’s chest meanwhile, anxious passersby briefly stopped to assess the poor young woman on the gurney condition and then realized it was all a sham.

I should have immediately realized that the whole affair was fake because it was happening in the Quartier-des-Spectacles during the 2017 Montreal Just-For-Laughs Festival, the paramedics were heading into the area from the Saint Urbain Street (East) entrance onto the Quartier, and most importantly, there was no ambulance visible anywhere.

I quickly deduced what was going on when one of the paramedics lifted the alleged victim’s left leg straight up past 90 degrees without getting any sort of audible response from the “patient”.

Moreover, I recognized one of the “paramedics” whose face appears on my image after carefully examining it at home as a comedian that I have seen on French language TV.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”OOH SHINY”

Symphony Trombones

Symphony trombones section of Le Grand Ensemble Jazz De Saint-Eustache in action on Rio Tinto Stage.

Symphony trombones section of Le Grand Ensemble Jazz De Saint-Eustache provide backup music for singers
doing popular American classics from 1950’s.

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Le Grand Ensemble Jazz De Saint-Eustache symphony trombones contribute their unique sound on large stage in concert during the 2017 annual Montreal Jazz Festival.

This large mostly brass band accompanied with a piano and some string instruments provided the backup music for at least two singers, a crooner and a diva who sang several popular American classics from 1950’s.

The scene is a slightly overcast sunny 3 Pm on Thursday July 5, 2017 on the Rio Tinto Stage on Saint Catherine Street in the Quartier-des-Spectacles in front of hundreds of local fans and international visitors.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SYMPHONY”.

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Casual Mime

Casual mime with white gloves directs visitor "traffic" during 2017 Montreal Just For laughs Festival.

Casual mime with white gloves performs “duty”, her motions mechanical robot-like as she mimics some
“clown” traffic cop guiding visitors during 2017 Montreal Just For laughs Festival.

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Casual mime wearing  dark blue beret with white bunny tail ball top and trim, black striped white tea-shirt, black color shorts supported by two black suspenders, black sneakers, and  white gloves directs visitor traffic coming in at Bleury Street entrance to 2017 Montreal Just For laughs Festival.

Similar to other mimes her motions were mechanical, robot-like while she performed her “duty” like some “clown” traffic cop.

Although I attempted to discretely photograph her in action taking several shots this was my best one because the others were spoiled by visitors somehow getting in way at the most critical moment.

The scene is Saturday, July 29, 2017 , on Saint Catherine Street near the Bleury Street entrance to Laughs Festival during that afternoon.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”CASUAL”.

Moment Of Satisfaction

Moment of satisfaction apparent in Urban Science Brass Band member smiling with extended arms.

Moment of satisfaction apparent in Urban Science Brass Band member dressed in white extending his arms out showing mile-wide smile on his face.

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Moment of satisfaction apparent in member of Urban Science Brass Band dressed in white as he extends his arms out meanwhile, showing mile-wide smile on his face in midst of crowd.

The trombone player is part of the brass/hip-hop/soul U.B.S.B.B.troupe of about 100 that entertain locals and visiting fans to the 2017 Montreal International Jazz Festival at 5 PM each day having taken over from West Tranz troupe.

These cool cats arrive armed with an MC, vocalists, street brake dancers, and brass instrumentalists like our trombone player traveling from stop to stop in the Quartier-des-Spectacles belting out their unique energetic classical loops full of beats meanwhile, surrounded by excited “groupie” type fans.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”SATISFACTION”

Non-Traditional Trio Band

Place Heineken beer tent is scene where non-traditional trio busker-alley cats band called Street Meat perform.

Street Meat is your non-traditional trio band of busker alley cats playing own brand of interesting unique variety of
irresistible music entertaining excited fans in Montreal.

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Street Meat, your non-traditional trio band,  playing an interesting variety of Americana, Bluegrass, Prog Rock, Rockabilly, and Twisted Ragtime melded with a touch of Old-time Gypsy Soul and Punk.

These three born buskers are comfortable playing almost everywhere and have toured many places from Montreal to São Paulo singing and playing their unique brand of irresistible music.

The scene is 5 PM, Thursday July 6, 2017, inside Place Heineken beer tent during the recent Montreal International Jazz Festival as these alley cats perform their gig in front of an excited crowd of fans and tourists.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”TRADITIONAL”.

 

Unusual Basket Critter

Unusual wicker basket critter is seen through slit port holes by sitting visitors when Little Red Riding Hood shows vessel to them.

Little Red Riding Hood’s unusual wicker basket contains critter visitors see through slit port holes when she shows it to them while holding wolf under right arm.

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Little Red Riding Hood’s unusual wicker basket contains critter visitors can see through slit port holes as she shows the basket to them while holding wolf tightly in crook of right arm.

Frankly the wolf looks dead, his rib cage crushed because his eyes seem bulging out and he remains limp under her arm meanwhile, that alleged critter inside basket Hood carries seems to draw smiles from sitting people as well as that man standing.

Little Red Riding Hood, wolf, and critter in basket all look fake to me then again, the whole story is just a fable this busker at the 2017 annual Montreal International Jazz Festival is simply having fun acting out to entertain visitors.

This my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”UNUSUAL”.

 

Scary Acrobatics Moxie

Scary acrobatics moxie helps keep buskers balance during outdoor show in front of large audience preventing woman's injury.

Scary acrobatics moxie keeps outdoor show by man-woman buskers team under control preventing woman from sliding off face first onto hard ground.

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Scary acrobatics moxie keeps outdoor show by man-woman buskers team under control while hundreds of eyes remain trained on them while they perform during recent 2017 annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.

These circus grade professionals did their combination juggling and dangerous acrobatics act flawlessly while being admired by a large gathering of locals and many tourists in town for the festival.

The scene seems obvious, woman busker balances herself upside down on man busker’s back, the only thing keeping her from sliding off face first onto hard ground(concrete tiles) is both their arms crossing however, their determination to succeed makes it work.

This thrilling act is another in the series of “spectacles” happening in Montreal on its 375th anniversary while Canada celebrates 150 years under the direction of famed Liberal circus masters Justin Trudeau and Denis Coderre.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”MOXIE”.