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Hospitality Delivered

Liquid hospitality delivered by strong young man in green Montreal Jazz Festival tee-shirt at Quartier-des-spectacles.

Liquid hospitality delivered by strong young man in green Montreal  Jazz Festival tee-shirt with wire basket on head filled with ice-cold  beer at Quartier-des-spectacles.

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Liquid hospitality delivered by a strong young man in green colored Montreal Jazz Festival tee-shirt holding metal wire baskets filled with ice-cold cans of beer on their heads roamed around the Quartier-des-spectacles.

This nice guy took time to pose for me while he was on his way delivering his cheer in the vicinity of the Bell Stage, located at the east-end of the festival site probably, because business was brisk at that particular time due to weather that was cool and overcast.

Most likely if that day been a typical Montreal July day, hot, sticky, and sunny, he would be much too busy to provide me this opportunity then again, I don’t know maybe he was just being very friendly and hospitable to fans enjoying the annual Montreal Jazz Festival.

This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”HOSPITALITY”.

Cranky Old Davey Jones

Cranky old Davey Jones condemned to skipper mysterious, ghost-ship, man-of-war, Flying Dutchman until Doomsday.

Cranky old Davey Jones legend says is actually Hendrick Van der Decken in secret deal with devil doomed Flying Dutchman in great storm off Cape of Good Hope, Africa.

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The famous specter, ghost ship, Flying Dutchman, is skippered by cranky old Davey Jones legend says was actually Hendrick Van der Decken, who with reckless abandon and insensitivity for his crew doomed his ship that disappeared in a great storm off Cape of Good Hope, South Africa in the mid-1600’s.

This mysterious ship, a man-of-war, haunts the seas off the Cape and is allegedly an omen of bad luck, a harbinger of death and destruction for ships sighting it most likely during a major gale.

It is destined to voyage forever because Captain Decken aka Davey Jones cursed he would round the Cape even if it meant for him to sail the ship “until Doomsday” perhaps, because he already secretly made a deal with the devil.

Scuttlebutt has it that the latest sighting of the doomed war ship happened during WWII when someone saw and accurately described a sailing ship matching the Dutchman although they were totally ignorant of the superstitious legend about it.

My picture depicts legendary Cap’n Jones made of welded scrap metal, that I found inside an army surplus store on Saint Lawrence boulevard near Saint Catherine street.

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

Meanwhile Much Later

Meanwhile, much later I found local band called Le Mai Tai Orchestra playing Tiki type music reminiscent of Hawaii or Tahiti.

Meanwhile, much later I found very talented locals called Le Mai Tai Orchestra performing Tiki type music reminiscent of Hawaii or Tahiti on Hyundai Stage situated on the north-west part of Quartier-des-Spectacles.

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Meanwhile,  much later,  around 8 PM, after wandering around Quartier-des-Spectacles enjoying several shows including West Trainz mobile troupe once more I found the Le Mai Tai Orchestra performing on the Hyundai Stage,  situated on corner of De Maisonneuve and Jeanne-Mance or the north-west part of the Quartier entertainment grounds.

These guys are very talented locals,  excellent musicians,  who have a thing for Polynesian  Tiki music and are so good  hearing them reminds you of Hawaii or Tahiti that is if you ever travelled there or perhaps, viewed some TV footage containing that music.

The whole crew, and there are 9 members including a young woman with floral headband,  dressed in printed floral summer shirts and wear multi-color garlands similar you would get upon arrival in Hawaii, some of the fellows also wear caps or a hat, and dark glasses.

Alas, my picture only shows only part of this ensemble however, there are two other members hidden away in the wings of the image.

One of them, one right side of picture behind the bongo drums player, wears a white cap with “Hawaii” printed on the front and very dark cool “shades” with grayish-white plastic frames, he plays guitar.

The other, on left side of picture,  wears just the floral shirt plays the electronic piano-organ synthesizer creating custom synthetic sound to order.

This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”LATER”.

Devilishly Clear Symbiosis

Devilishly clear symbiosis between lovely Just for Laughs devilette and racing fan during Montreal Grand Prix weekend.

Devilishly clear symbiosis exists between these two lovely visitors to Crescent street during 2016 annual Montreal Grand Prix weekend.

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A devilishly clear symbiosis exists between these two lovely visitors to Crescent street during the annual Montreal Grand Prix weekend as depicted in this digital image I took while enjoying the excitement this event brings to car racing fans each year.

The cute devilette is a member of the “Just for Laughs” troupe that invaded the street last year to encourage visits to the great comedy events this company puts on all year-long featuring home-grown and internationally known famous comedians.

If you are wondering what’s wrong with this picture perhaps, fearing your vision may be failing fear not because your eyesight is fine and it’s only some devilishly clever photo editing happening here for effect.

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

Tall Purple Princess

Tall purple princess in Quartier-des-Spectacles extending her royal greetings during 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Tall purple princess kept busy in Quartier-des-Spectacles area extending her royal greetings to visitors and fans during 2016 annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.

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Last year the tall purple princess kept busy on the grounds of the Quartier-des-Spectacles extending her royal greetings to visitors and fans in town for the annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.

This lovely royal graciously took time to pose for me despite her busy schedule so I could take this photo while directly behind her in the background the West Trainz troupe entertained their loyal fans.

Each day multitudes of people would await them as their “train” caravan slowly meandered through this area while mounted loudspeakers announced their next stop triggering a bell, whistle, and released hot steam noise similar to what the old locomotives sounded like last century.

Our princess was one of the troupe of official professional buskers some walking on stilts greeting visitors like she did while others would perform acrobatics, juggling things, or other acts similar to what you could expect and find in a three-ring circus.

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

Enthusiastic General Acceptance

Enthusiastic general acceptance it was closing time seemed to pervade large remnant Canada Day crowd .

Enthusiastic general acceptance it was closing time seemed to pervade large remnant of excited Canada Day fans earlier populating municipal grounds.

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Enthusiastic general acceptance seemed to pervade the large remnant of excited Canada Day fans that had earlier populated in the hundreds the grounds across from Dollard-des-Ormeaux city hall as they continued to cheer Freddy James and his band at closing time.

The annual event had gone off like clockwork with all the usual things happening to amuse and entertain everybody and after the twenty-minute firework display at 10 PM Freddy and company returned to the stage.

The troupe continued their steady, rhythmic, dance music beat melded with fancy leg work and moves complimented by a light show which drew whoops, clapping, and cheers from their motivated diehards fans.

Closing time, 12 midnight, officially had come and those remaining gave a final cheer when the troupe assembled at center stage, bowed, and left the scene as the lights went off for another year.

This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”ACCEPTANCE”.

Fiddling Around Controversy

Bearded guy wearing Stetsin fiddling while around him band members seem in controversy.

Bearded guy with worn Stetson continues fiddling while band members around him seem embroiled in controversy.

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While he continues fiddling around him band members seem embroiled in controversy joined by another member just walking into the picture on the stage in the famed Place Heineken beer tent.

The scene in the tent seems unreal then again, the Notre Dame De Grass folk music band playing appeared to be just a bunch of good ole’ boys havin’ some fun taking a break while the bearded guy wearing worn Stetson kept on fiddlin’ as another member of the band smiling walks onto the stage late perhaps, after remembering he had this gig to attend.

Them fellers certainly whipped up some darn good country when they hafta an’ all them folks settin’ ’round in the background certainly appreciated it meanwhile, enjoyin’ a bit “medicinal” brew served up by some cute young women folk at the Heineken bar.

This scene is from a free concert performed during the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival on Wednesday, June 29th, which I captured digitally.

It is also my contribution for WP single word prompt:”CONTROVERSY”.

Music Immersed DJ

Depicted music immersed DJ sitting hunched over her Apple computer selecting songs to play.

Depicted music immersed DJ sitting hunched over her Apple computer selecting songs to play in between live music acts.

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My picture depicts music immersed woman DJ sitting hunched over her Apple computer, on top of the stage set up on Montreal’s famous Crescent street, selecting disco songs to play in between live music acts.

I captured this image of very busy young woman DJ while strolling around the site on Thursday afternoon during the 2016 Grand Prix weekend.

The weather that day was overcast with periods of light rain which although a nuisance did not deter die-hard race fans, who were checking out the muscle car, related equipment, and liquid refreshment exhibits and the abundant cute young women manning the exhibits.

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

Excited Swarm

At 5 PM sharp excited swarm of Jazz fans greets West Tranz troupe entering Quartier-des-Spectacles entertainment area.

Excited swarm of international tourists and local fans greets West Tranz troupe entering Montreal’s famous Quartier-des-Spectacles entertainment area.

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An excited swarm of international tourists and local fans in downtown Montreal greeted the West Tranz mobile troupe as they entered the famous Quartier-des-Spectacles entertainment area.

Everyday at 5 PM sharp this talented group of musicians would roll up Saint Catherine street heading west towards the entertainment area and throngs of Jazz and music fans would surround their travelling caravan to the exact spots where they would temporarily stop and put on their show.

As depicted in this picture hundreds of excited visitors and locals await the troupe as it slowly meanders up the street heading west or the far right side of the picture where they would turn north or bottom of this picture stopping to perform their wonderful “railroad” inspired music.

I took this picture while a member of that famed swarm awaiting the troupe in 2016 during the annual Montreal International Jazz Festival last July.

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

Quicken Pace

Sugar Brown seemed to quicken pace really strumming his guitar strings, practicing with band for their evening gig later on.

Sugar Brown seemed to quicken pace really strumming his guitar strings as his  little band practiced belting it out for appreciative passersby audience.

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Sugar Brown seemed to quicken the pace strumming the strings on his guitar leading his trusty, little, band to really belt out the number being played for an appreciative audience, a few passersby that stopped and gawked at the stage in amazement early that afternoon.

I was also one of those passersby when I took this image earlier in the afternoon as the band was practicing for their evening gig later on that slightly overcast, very sunny, bright, day .

After listening to them practicing their music for a bit, I became convinced that I must come back later to enjoy their show meanwhile, I occupied myself taking pictures of these exciting musicians from Chicago in town for the annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.

In retrospect, I am fortunate that I did because this band has not returned to Montreal since that summer in 2015 however, I still hope that they will soon because I really enjoyed their unique classic blues sound and style and their flamboyant leader, Dr. Ken Kawashima aka Sugar Brown.

The band consisted of Sugar Brown and three other guys; a bass player, the drummer,  a harmonica player, and to complete this band one very talented, young, woman named Minnie Hart on guitar, who during that practice also practiced playing a saxophone.

By-the-way, that guy playing the mouth-organ(harmonica) also practiced with his own guitar proving that everybody in this tight, little, band probably played more than one musical instrument heck, word has it that Sugar Brown, originally started his musical career playing a harmonica in the bars of West Side Chicago.

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