Snowflakes on Steel celebrates Pan Arts Network 25th anniversary

A tonic for the winter blues

Wendy Jones

After a two-hiatus, Snowflakes on Steel is back on the stage this year.

The Pan Arts Network is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the steelband community and supporters.

It was 25 years ago when Earl La Pierre Jr. & Wendy Jones called a meeting asking all the bands to the table to discuss having a Winter Christmas concert in order to keep the bands active after the Caribana Season.  Bands such as Afropan New Dimension, Silouthetts Panmasters, Pan Fantasy Steelband, Metro Tones, Toronto All Stars,  Panatics Steelband Network all graced the stage at the Leah Poslums Theatre at the Bathurst Jewish Centre for the first four years.

Not wanting to compete with the Parang shows, the group decided not to stage the show at Christmas. The show was christened “Snowflakes on Steel” and rescheduled in January just when the winter blahs set in. The bands played to sold out crowds. Soon after the Jewish Centre closed its doors for renovations.

Under the guidance of the Panarts Network, the show was moved the Chinese Cultural Center, PC Ho Theatre, Scarborough, where it’s been playing to sold-out crowds ever since.

Props must be given to Elton Jones, Andrew Jackson, Ivor Picou Nazel Palmer, Diana Murray, Leslie Williams, Sandra John and others; they

Earl La Pierre Jr

comprise the behind-the scene crew that keep the show humming.

With the Panarts Network the helm, several bands joined  the core house bands –  Afropan; Pan Fantasy Steel;  Panatics Steelband Network, and Gemini Pan Groove.

For this the 25th Anniversary, rest assured that it will be a show you don’t want to miss as Earl La Pierre Jr. and Olujimi La Pierre will grace the stage together for the first time in several years. Of course, Dance Caribe Performing Company will be there flasing their colours. 

For tickets contact Earl at 416-953-0905 or Wendy at 416-525-2391.

Wendy and Earl would like to thank all the supporters, as well as the Toronto Arts Council for their support.