Fantazia International Band Launch Review

The first band launch for Caribana 2009 took place this past Saturday. I was unable to attend but please enjoy the review provided by CB......(thanks for sharing CB).

CB said...

OK so the anticipation is over, went to see FANTAZIA INTERNATIONAL band launching last night and....

Well, honestly, the costumes were quite impressive.

They representated 'a taste of brasil' quite well. Mr. Will Morton (band leader) being first out of the gate with Fantazia International had everyone with the look of great expectations on their face as they entered the hall at Embers'. Too bad we may not get to see the band on the Lakeshore for Caribana Saturday - as a new band, he's defacto position is #15 (essentially last in appearance of bands).

Having those terrific Brasilan dancers on-stage before and after the parade of costumes only enhanced the night.

And that final 'one of a kind' costume with the wire framed bra kinda summed up what my 'Brasilian' expectations were is the first place.

I love the elaborate back-pack pieces that seemed to be so unique to each section yet common throughout the evening.

What appeared to be folk drummers and other band members were mulling about earlier in the evening, but they did not perform, at least not while the majority of the
attendees were present.

Knowing the way band launches go, I am almost certainly there's probably more to see from Fantazia International and Mr. Will Morton.

For starters, my question would be, where are (were) the male costumes? The two
male protrayals were lost in the Brasilian sea of colors.

It was also very humbling to see other renowned band leaders and mas band members present. Were they simply lending their support or bitten by the curiousity bug too?

Lets wait to visit the Fantazia mas camp when it opens.

If you also attended the band launch please feel free to share your thoughts and pics too if you have any!!

UPDATE: CHECK OUT THE FANTAZIA INTERNATIONAL WEBSITE FOR SOME PICS!

FURTHER UPDATE: MORE PICS FROM THE LAUNCH ARE ON TORONTO-LIME.COM

Comments

Anonymous said…
After to checking out the pics I have to commment that the accessories at the launch seem a little excessive....especially all that body paint. I feel like I can't get a true feel for the costumes because I'm distracted by all the crazy body paint designs!!! I will have to visit the mas camp before deciding if I like this presentation.
Anonymous said…
where is the mas camp for Fantazia?

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