Monday, July 28, 2008

tam tam jam

Every Sunday since 1979, people have been meeting at the foot of Mount Royal in Montreal to participate in the Tam Tam Jam. Drummers gather and play together in various drum circles while others participate in their own ways: dancing, juggling, acrobatics, hacky-sack and all kinds of other weird and wonderful antics. I used to go on a regular basis in the late 80's when I lived in the neighbourhood. This Sunday I went with my sister Maureen and her partner, Becky, who are visiting from Nova Scotia. It was a wonderful afternoon. We found a shady spot and just hung out with the hundreds of people who were gathered there. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon, people-watching while listening to the rhythmic beat of the drums.


Wayfaring Wanderer said...

That looks like one fun-filled day!

Jo Horswill said...

Love this post Kate....
It took me back to when I was the resident henna body artist !!! at a wonderful Saturday market here called St Andrews Market!
Yes, we had drumming, haki sack, chai tent, twirling of all sorts of things!!!
I used to decorate peoples bodies with henna art, and with the money I would make, buy all my organic fruit & veg, have a hand and shoulder massage and maybe a Thai green curry for lunch!...Those were the days.

kate said... sure was fun! And to top the day off we got bagels at the Fairmount Bakery before heading back home.

jo...a henna body artist! Very cool. It's great to hear all these interesting tidbits that unfold as we get to know one another through our blogs! Peace and love!

Vanessa said...

That reminds me of the street players drumming in San Francisco. I was surprised at the time at how musical simple drums can be.

kate said...

vanessa...yes, the beat just kind of gets into your bones.