Category Archives: entertainment

James Siblings Evoke Fun

James siblings, Freddie and Roz, and Project band evoke fun during 2015 annual Canada Day celebrations entertaining West Islanders.

James siblings, Freddie and Roz, evoke fun entertaining appreciative very enthusiastic, crowd of die-hard music fans in West Island during 2015 Canada Day celebrations.

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James siblings evoke fun in early July entertaining a fair size, appreciative very enthusiastic, crowd of die-hard music fans crowded near stage out in West Island during 2015 Canada Day celebrations.

I had just returned from downtown by public transport after enjoying some great music including Marie-Christine’s act (Divas Entertain) at the annual Montreal International Jazz Festival and luckily I caught Freddie James ,’lil sister “Roz” aka Rosalind Hunt, and the James “Project” band doing the closing show for the Canada Day celebrations.

The time was around 11:30ish when “Get Up and Boogie” fame musical artist Freddie James and Project band appeared for their second time that afternoon playing a combination of disco, rock, and blues musical hits for Canada Day celebrations final act.

For my money (if I had to pay for this entertainment) I found Freddie and Project a better show that day than what I witnessed downtown and although I unfortunately missed their earlier show I was not disappointed with this finale.

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

Divas Entertain

Divas entertain excited, packed, crowd in front of huge Rio Tinto Alcan stage during 2015 annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Two divas entertain excited, packed, crowd of fans singing enchanting songs on huge Rio Tinto Alcan stage in Quartier-des-Spectacles during 2015 annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.

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Two divas entertain excited packed crowd of fans belting out their song while on huge Rio Tinto Alcan Stage in Quartier-des-Spectacles during 2015 annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Local rising musical celebrity Marie-Christine (dreadlock style hair), and her lady friend delighted assembled crowd with their enchanting songs meanwhile, musical background sound was provided by professional McGill University band.

Marie-Christine trained as classical pianist encouraged by her amateur musician father however, after much exposure to music by African-American modern music celebrities like Houston, Vogue, and Jackson, she decided singing as her future.

The nine member musical troupe included brass, bongo, and guitar which played on a warm sunny July 2, 2015 to a very excited, welcoming crowd of appreciative fans mostly international tourists in town for some great jazz.

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

Some 2017 Favorites

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Some 2017 favorites that I never used for my blog appear in my short slide video also, one picture that I used helps end the show.

Urban Science Brass Band trombone player dressed in white suit and hat wearing dark shades and broad smile while extending his arms out in triumphant satisfaction during the annual Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 was that image I am glad to have captured.

Just-for-laughs green devil with red horns and wide toothy grin seemed appropriate for show’s last image after all, that Montreal festival follows after the Jazz Fest ends

This year readers seemed to have a fascination with mushrooms particularly those of the toxic Amanita family therefore, a picture is included meanwhile, another picture that follows it,  is another Just-for-laughs related one taken in the Quartier-des-Spectacles during the Jazz Festival.

The two bogus Quebec paramedics have their hands full “saving” a dummy female wearing a neck support meanwhile, some passersby tourists appear concerned  thinking about the odd emergency aid performed as “medic” holds the patient’s leg straight up.

Another subject readers seemed to appreciate viewing are expensive, fancy cars and the Lamborghini emblem on jet black background certainly makes a statement.

Food is subject that readers love heck, we all love good eats therefore, my homemade glazed  muffin with icing dripping onto plate evokes desire for some moreover, that image of milk chocolate pieces loaded with nuts or other appropriate bits certainly makes our mouths water.

Entertainment already touched  earlier on excites many particularly when a Quebec cabinet minister plays guitar during the annual Saint Jean Baptiste Day festivities followed by a lovely Quebecois  belle in fashionable torn jeans belting out a few songs while accompanied by her rock band.

Something seldom seen in Montreal or anywhere else however, certainly eye popping enough to get a lot of attention by locals and many international tourists in town for the Jazz festival were a troupe of young women and some men totally painted in blue, orange, red, green, and yellow colors and wearing only thongs and skimpy bras.

Two other areas depicted in my short video are art and buskers both provide stimulation to our senses regarding creativity some individuals have.

Our two buskers entertained locals and more importantly international visitors in town for the Jazz Fest, their act was exceptional worthy of some of the best circus acts.

Our art involves a newly established art gallery where a friend was one of a group of amateur artists being acknowledged by gallery owner in front of friends and visitors  while  their work  was being displayed  on the gallery’s walls.

This year was Montreal 375th and Canada’s 150th anniversaries and a lot was happening downtown and across the country, all will end on New Year’s Eve.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”2017 FAVORITES”

Musical Bliss

On warm, sunny, afternoon musical bliss reigned at Montreal Jazz Festival as Sugar Brown and band played.

Musical bliss evident in crowd during afternoon Sugar Brown and band playing songs like “Trouble No More”  for appreciative enthusiastic fans.

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Musical bliss evident in crowd during afternoon Sugar Brown and band playing on Sony Stage located at east end of Quartier-des-Spectacles for 2015 annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.

It was a lovely warm, sunny day when these cool cats led by Ken Kawashima aka Sugar Brown did their gig in front of an enthusiastic, happy, crowd of jazz fans.

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

Hockey Legend

Canadian hockey legend Ivan Cournoyer, the "Road Runner", speaks at 2015 SME private luncheon.

Canadian hockey legend Ivan Cournoyer private luncheon guest speaker for SME members during 2015 Montreal
 Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show.

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Canadian hockey legend Ivan Cournoyer speaks to SME members at private luncheon during 2015 Montreal Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show at Place Bonaventure.

Popularly known as the “Road Runner” during his NHL career days playing for the Montreal Canadiens Hockey team Ivan is a successful businessman still involved with his former team and the league.

Still remembered for his hockey Cournoyer is often asked to speak at industry events like this one on topics regarding business and career success.

Ivan is a small guy who played right-wing from 1963 to 1979 however, he was blazingly fast on skates earning him his nickname. He was also 1973 Conn Smythe Trophy winner for being a deadly scorer with a career high 47 goals during the 1971-72 season and participated in the Canadiens winning 10 Stanley cups.

Cournoyer retired prematurely during 1979 season suffering from a 1977 back injury complications causing him great pain however, his legacy includes many Canadiens records for example 968 games played, 428 goals scored, 435 assists ending up 6th highest with 863 total points.

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

One-Way Trip

One-way trip riding on steel wire while attached in harness during Montreal en Lumiere winter festival.

One-way trip attached in harness over Montreal’s Quartier-des- Spectacles attached in a harness rolling east along one inch thick braided stainless steel wire.

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One-way trip over Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles attached in a harness rolling east along a one inch thick braided stainless steel wire from one platform to another.

It was a bright sunny but really cold morning with very few people outdoors on the Quartier festival site when I took this picture of this woman riding the famous “Zip Line” overhead.

The scene is downtown in February, 2015 over Saint Catherine Street during the Montreal en Lumiere winter festival and this young women is enjoying some real excitement speeding on some rollers along the taunt steel wire heading from a high platform located near Bleury Street towards another lower platform near Saint Urbain street.

All participants are dressed in safety gear which includes a protective hard hat and special harness attached to rollers sitting on the stretched braided wire additionally, they also should have they own warm winter gear to keep while doing this trip otherwise, they become  frozen popsicles.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”ONE-WAY”

Childhood Dancing Experience

Young mother in childhood dancing experience with her two children during West Island Blues Festival.

Young mother participates in childhood dancing experience with her two children enjoying music being played during annual West Island Blues Festival.

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During annual West Island Blues Festival mother participates in childhood dancing experience with her two preteens enjoying the music being played.

While others watch and listen to performers on stage this young mother has a wonderful time holding hands with her little boy and girl dancing to the music.

They were not the only ones dancing around while the performance was going however, they seem to be in their own little world enjoying themselves oblivious of the others.

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

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”.