Snowflakes on Steel promises hot show

Oshawa Sounds of Steel and Pan Fantasy Steelband will both be among bands performing Jan. 16. By Gerald V. Paul
Oshawa Sounds of Steel and Pan Fantasy Steelband will both be among bands performing Jan. 16.
By Gerald V. Paul

Pan Pioneer Dr. Lennox Borel, an early member of the Caribbean Cultural Committee, and Women in Pan award winners Natasha James and Arlene Greene will be honoured at the 19th Annual Steelband Showcase.
Snowflakes on Steel, a presentation of the Pan Art Network (PAN), will showcase their talents and more at P.C. Ho Theatre, Chinese Cultural Centre, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E. on Jan. 16. Doors open at 6 p.m. Showtime is 7 p.m. Call 416-953-0905 for tickets.
The pan ambience of the Caribbean event will feature some of Toronto and area’s finest steel orchestras: Afropan Steeband, Gemini Pan Grove, Oshawa Sounds of Steel, Souls of Steel, Panatics Steelband Network and Pan Fantasy Steelband.
Wendy Jones, leader of Pan Fantasy – champion for 2012-15 Pan Alive (Toronto Panorama) – said, “We are all excited and looking forward to having a wonderful time.”
Jones, one of the first steelpan leaders in Toronto, said they were happy to have participated in Trinidad and Tobago last year during the International Conference and Panorama (ICP) hosted by Pan Trinbago Inc. of Trinidad and Tobago. “It was a heart-warming experience.”
Jones is also excited as Pan Fantasy Steelband will celebrate 30 years of Pan in 2016.
Borel, a former Toronto District School Board principal and a veteran calypso monarch judge, is the author of multiple textbooks on finance, accounting and information technology and has served as a judge at various mas, pan, soca, calypso and gospel calypso competitions throughout Toronto.