Category Archives: entertainment

Cleary Riff

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A Jon Cleary riff along with his Absolute Monster Gentlemen back in Summer of 2016 on large Rio Tinto Stage during annual Montreal International Jazz Festival surrounded by hundreds of excited gathered music fans.

The scene is Place des Spectacles where this small band of professional cool cats led by colorful British expat musician Jon Cleary are emanating their special kind of groovy New Orleans sound delighting the gathered.

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

Ghoulish Scene

Ghoulish scene depicted for Halloween or All Souls Day shows ghosts or spirits loiter around.

Ghoulish scene depicted for Halloween or Hallows Eve Day shows that strange and uncanny things can happen on this night.

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Ghoulish scene depicted for Halloween or Hallows Eve Day shows that strange and uncanny things can happen on this particular night.

Hollywood has programmed us that fog, the dark, an evil-looking, diffused, face apparition, and an old house ( haunted obviously) with elongated pointy roof highlighted and looming on a hillside spells horror.

Oh, did I miss lightning, like what they had in that original 1933 Frankenstein movie to really authenticate the scene.

Apparently, they say that  haunted places exist in most places in our world and some suggest that they personally have witnessed or seen ghosts or spirits loitering around however, if you personally see one tonight don’t be surprised because after all it is Hallows Eve Day, one day before All Saints Day and two days before All Souls Day!

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

Music Fan Gratitude

Music Fan Gratitude

Music fan gratitude obvious for Israel Proulx, Quebec’s darling musical prodigy, after  performing American Rock n’ Roll icon Jerry Lee Lewis’s classic “Great Balls of Fire”.

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Music fan gratitude is obvious for Israel Proulx, Quebec’s darling musical prodigy, after his performing American rock and roll icon Jerry Lee Lewis’s classic “Great Balls of Fire”, giving him a standing ovation.

The scene is downtown Montreal, Summer of 2016, in Place Heineken beer tent during the International Jazz Festival, where Proulx and his band had just completed their gig.

As my picture clearly shows Israel Proulx is hot, profusely sweating, and a bit disheveled looking with sweat coming down his face following his fantastic recreation of Lewis’s famous classic.

Many in the audience were so excited they mobbed the stage to shake hands with Proulx showing their appreciation and gratitude for an outstanding performance.

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

Night Camp Fire Glow

Labor Day ended enjoying night camp fire glow from intense flame and occasional sparks.

Labor Day ended with night camp fire whose glow and warmth bathed all who had gathered around it on hillside in
deep darkness.

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Last Labor Day ended with a night camp fire whose glow and warmth bathed all who had gathered around it on that hillside in deep darkness enjoying intense flame and occasional sparks.

It was perhaps one of the best gathering of the clan on a most wonderful weekend which finished off with a near professional  fireworks display going off nearby a little after this picture was taken.

As my picture shows everyone had a great time earlier in the day with all sorts of merriment and games helped somewhat later with a few brewskis, wine, and a ton of wonderful food of all sorts.

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

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”.