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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bitter Lemon Carnival 2011, Monsoon Wedding, before the storm

Last night we were treated to the launch of Bitter Lemon Carnival's premier presentation of Monsoon Wedding, before the storm. We got much more than a band launch, it was more of a cultural presentation. The evening opened to the sounds of the Flambeaux drummers, these guys really set the mood for the the rest of the night. We were also treated to performances by the Humming Bird dance and performing company, who did a couple numbers as well as a limbo presentation. There was a performance from Calgary's reigning calypso monarch Newton P., who will also be performing this year at "De Masters Cove Calypso tent."
And we also saw a new Toronto soca/dance hall band called T Dot Boys.

Bitter Lemon has taken up the challenge of carrying on the tradition of how mas was. They have made a conscious decision to reject the barely there bikini, with the standard beads and feathers trend that now dominates the carnival experience. They are demonstrating that you don't have to embrace nudity to create a mas band. So if you feel you want to play mas, and contribute to the festival, but you don't want to go down the Lakeshore considerably more than half naked, then this might be your band. 

For more info, you can check out their website at www.bitterlemonmas.com
There mas camp is at 60 Barbados Blvd, Unit 2 and they have a grand opening blocko on Sunday June 12th, so you can go help keep the tradition alive. 

1 comment:

Queen Macoomeh said...

oooo, I can't wait!

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