Steelbands to take part in Pan Alive

By Gerald V. Paul

Wendy Jones and her Pan Alive will take part in Pan Alive after settling some differences.
Wendy Jones and her Pan Alive will take part in Pan Alive after settling some differences.

An understanding has been reached between the steelbands and Ontario Steelpan Association (OSA) for this year’s Pan Alive and the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade.

The Camera was informed that at a specially convened meeting there was a revised contract, in terms of appearance fees – back to $1,700 – with more discussions to follow and all parties have agreed to co-operate.

“Pan Fantasy Steelband will be competing at the annual OSA Pan Alive competition being held at Lamport Stadium alongside nine other steelbands,” leader Wendy Jones said.

Recently, Jones had declared Pan Alive “dead”, citing significant differences with OSA over fees. Afro Pan steelband was also unhappy with the compensation.

The lineup for Pan Alive on Friday, July 31, at Lamport Stadium, 1151 King St. W.: 1. Silhouettes, 2. J.K. Pan Vibrations, 3. Symphony and Steel Orchestra, 4. Salah’s Steelpan Academy, 5. St. Jamestown Youth Centre Steel Orchestra, 6. Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton, 7. Panatics Steelband Network, 8. Pan Masters, 9. Pan Fantasy and 10. Afro Pan.

The only steelband that will be missing on the parade route will be Pan Fantasy as they will be stepping up to the challenge to represent Toronto with a 60-strong contingent in the world-class ICP Panorama Competition at the International Conference and Panorama 2015 in Trinidad and Tobago from Aug. 4 to 11.

The Grand Parade is on Aug. 1.

Pan Fantasy is also slated for the Pan Arts Network and Fort York New Generation Steelband Festival scheduled for this Sunday (July 19) at 2 p.m.

Pan Fantasy is seeking sponsors to help offset the cost of the Trinidad and Tobago trip. Contact Jones at 416-525-2391.

Gerald V. Paul
Gerald V. Paul