Category Archives: entertainment

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”.

Mommy Who’s Their Tailor?

"Mommy who's their tailor?" seems what little boy in baby carriage is saying about two tall musical buskers.

“Mommy who’s their tailor?” seems what little boy in baby carriage is saying to his mother while pointing at tall man-woman busker musical team.

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“Mommy who’s their tailor?” seems what the little guy in baby carriage is saying to his mother while pointing at tall man-woman busker team, one dressed in an extra long skirt and other in extra long pants with red stripe, playing a violin and a drum set.

The scene is on Saint Catherine Street, mid-afternoon, in downtown Montreal on Friday, July 14, 2017 during a merchants outdoor sale happening along length of street with hundreds of locals and tourists checking things out.

A young blond mother is pushing a baby carriage with little boy past a man-woman team of buskers on stilts performing their routine playing classical music to entertain passersby.

Montreal celebrates its 375th year and events such as this including with tall stilt walking buskers and other strange entertainment like vivid color people is a common sight along with a string of festivals all on taxpayer’s dime

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

Colored Savage Culture Shock

Colored savage culture shock grips downtown Montreal as blue, green, red and yellow people suddenly appear on the street.

Colored savage culture shock grips downtown Montreal as blue, green, red and yellow skimpy dressed people appear amongst ordinary folks then freeze like statues on the street.

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Colored savage culture shock grips downtown Montreal when suddenly blue, green, red and yellow skimpy dressed people appear amongst them then momentarily freeze like statues on the street.

I had wandered down to the corner of Saint Catherine and Saint Laurence streets when in marched squads of vividly colored people mingling with locals and tourists in town for the Just For Laughs Festival starting on July 15th.

As I looked around ordinary people were in disbelief to see this extraordinary event happening in their midst heck, what exactly was going on, who dreamed this one up and for what reason?

Trying to come to some sort of understanding seemed so complicated to most people however, after some careful thinking the awful truth became crystal clear.

Canada elected the Trudeau Liberals in 2015 meanwhile earlier Montreal elected Denis Coderre a former federal Liberal cabinet minister as mayor add that to Canada celebrating 150 years while Montreal 375 years and its Liberal party time again on taxpayer’s dime.

Estimates of cost after the dust settles ranges in the hundreds of millions with a billion or more a definite being added to Canada’s debt but who cares because Justin Trudeau, Denis Coderre, and their rich international Liberal friends will not be paying for it however, some will certainly end up in their secret offshore accounts.

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

Woman Ball Water Fountain Caper

Woman in ball in water fountain caper at Quartier-des-Spectacles amuses young children, parents, and onlookers.

Woman in ball in water fountain caper at Quartier-des-Spectacles during 2017 Montreal International Jazz Festival amuses young children. their parents, and onlookers.

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The woman in ball in water fountain caper happened in the Quartier-des-Spectacles Thursday July 6, 2017 during the 2017 Montreal International Jazz Festival and children loved it.

While nobody was expecting it a woman busker inside a huge clear plastic ball rolled in and onto the water fountain area where numerous young children enjoying a warm, humid, partly sunny day played while being watched by their parents.

Most children  dressed in their bathing attire and some had their plastic toys with which to play while being drenched at times by the sudden spurting of water out of numerous holes in concrete tiles of the fountain area.

The young woman inside the ball rolled into the fountain area just as the water started to erupt amusing these children, their parents, and passersby with her antics.

What went through my mind is how she managed to perform inside that ball while CO2 accumulated from her normal breathing because I didn’t see any air-vents anywhere on her ball then again, there must have been some I guess.

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

True Believer Grit

True believer grit evident in mid-afternoon scene during lull in rain as diehards enjoy great music nobody else would.

True believer grit evident in mid-afternoon scene during lull in rain as some diehards sit in few rows near stage enjoying great music nobody else would.

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True believer grit evident on Saint Jean Baptiste Day in mid-afternoon scene during lull in rain as some diehards sit in few rows near stage enjoying great music nobody else would.

This year, 2017,  Quebec’s patron saint’s celebration began as an overcast day with lots of rain drizzle most of the time wetting the spirits out of many however,  just prior to the customary fireworks around 10 PM it all miraculously cleared up.

Around 8:30 PM another minor miracle happened, whole families many with small children suddenly started showing up for the annual festivities and their children participated prepared games that the site provided that day and everyone also hung around to enjoy the excellent fireworks.

The scene depicted is mid-afternoon during a slight lull in the drizzle and you could count the audience by the fingers of your two hands.

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

Tongue Tip Quill

Busker tongue tip balances large quill amazing very appreciative crowd at Quartier-des-Spectacles during Montreal Jazz Festival.

Busker tongue tip balances large quill and amazes large, very appreciative audience of locals and international visitors in town for 2017 annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.

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Busker tongue tip balances a large quill in front of a large, very appreciative audience of locals and many international visitors in town last Thursday for the annual Montreal Jazz Festival.

The very professional man-woman buskers team skilled in circus work preformed their juggling and acrobatics act flawlessly outdoors sometimes risking the woman’s life with balancing maneuvers while having only a thin inch thick rubber mat laid down on solid concrete for safety.

Serious injury should one of them make a mistake ascertained however, these two apparently had Lady Luck as their friend while they fearlessly entertained their very amazed crowd.

My picture depicts part of the gathering watching some quill juggling work by the man while his woman partner, not shown, watched his performance.

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

Folk Grunge Delta

Sax player and female singer of folk grunge troupe delta, eyeing each other awaiting cue to join accordion player in song.

Image depicts members of folk grunge musical troupe delta, where sax player and female singer eye each other waiting their cue to join accordion player in song.

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Image depicts members of folk grunge musical troupe delta, where sax player and the female singer eye each other ready but awaiting their cue to join in with accordian player.

The Nulle Part Nord performed on an outdoor stage last Friday on the eve of the annual Saint Jean Baptiste celebrations in Quebec on Montreal’s West Island despite some dreadful wet weather which dampened the amount of audience participation.

Things started to improve when this motley troupe did their gig which happened to be shortly before the awesome fireworks display that came after perhaps, their music had something to do with it because the rain drizzle that plagued most of the day stopped and the skies cleared up helping to salvage the celebrations.

The sparce audience suddenly grew three-fold delighting the food-truck and other vendors meanwhile, giving Montreal’s finest some work filtering the growing crowd and blocking/limiting road access with police cars to celebrations area.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”DELTA”.

No Illusion

Act is no illusion as white Stetson man and woman partner juggle huge knives between each other riding rain slicked stage on unicycles.

Act is no illusion as man wearing white Stetson and attractive woman partner riding unicycles on rain slicked stage fearlessly juggle three huge, sharp, curved knives between each other .

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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”.