Anyone who may have been driving on the streets last Saturday of Toronto in the afternoon under a relentless snowfall, would be astonished to know that later that night with the snow showing no sign of stopping, that hundreds of steelband-crazy folk would wend their way to P.C. Ho Theatre in Scarborough to celebrate the 23rd edition of Snowflakes on Steel. But this they did, and stayed to the bitter end knowing that they would spend another hours or so slogging through snow covered streets to points as far as Hamilton and Brampton.
Of course the panists were at their best that night demonstrating the beauty of Trinidad’s gift to the world, while celebrating the recipients of the Woman in Pan and Pan Pioneers awards.
This year veteran panists Michelle Wade and Hammed Shaq were the respective winners.