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Control Power-Reliance Tests Automotive Brake DrumsWard`s Auto World , Oct, 1998
Control Power-Reliance, a designer and manufacturer of testing equipment and systems, has delivered a sophisticated eddy current testing system for cast iron brake drums to Asama of Coldwater, OH, for use on the production line supplying Honda`s Marysville, OH, plant. The system detects microscopic cracks in the finish-machined drums that can lead to drum failure if undetected. The test station is completely self-contained, making it easy to integrate with the existing production system at Asama. System throughput is four parts per minute.
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Music and drums spice up the landscape: William Doyle-Marshall samples multiple proofs that Caribbean culture inhabits Toronto - Critical EssayPerforming Arts & Entertainment in Canada , Summer, 2002 by William Doyle-Marshall
You constantly hear talk about Canada`s changing demographics. Unless one is blind or lives the life of a hermit it is impossible to not recognize vivid signs of difference.
For instance, one recent Saturday morning I stopped at a roti shop in the east end of Toronto. It was a normal Saturday morning, just approaching noon. Wonderful tropical-type sunshine. The early risers were up and about, doing their chores, while those who elect to sleep in were just about ready to rub their still sleepy eyes and stretch yesterday`s tiredness away.
I stepped into the roti shop and was greeted by a huge television screen. The attendant recorded our orders for three buss-up shot rotis and two Solo sweet drinks.
This is no high brow spot. Less than a handful of patrons was present. Regular metal chairs that could play harshly on your behind. The hard-wood tables covered with oilcloth. As my survey continues, it is clear that I. am about to experience one-day cricket: West Indies versus South Africa.
Cricket? Yes, cricket! Blow by blow, run by run, ball by ball, grunt by grunt. In my Canadian city that glorious Saturday morning, we were given front-seat views of every run of the bowler up to the wicket as he delivered in anticipation of success.
On the musical scene as well, Caribbean and other African people are being showcased in Toronto`s mainstream clubs such as The Second City, Berlin, the Montreal Bistro, even the Fairmount Royal York Hotel`s staff Christmas party. In the past you could expect to hear "Yellow Bird"; later "Hot Hot Hot" was included among the requested calypso material. But today, DJs playing at non-Caribbean events easily include "Who Let the Dogs Out" (written by Toronto musician Anslem Douglas) and a series of the jump-and-wave selections like "High Mas", "Small Pin" and "Old Woman Alone".
Gone are the days when the BamBoo Club on Toronto`s trendy Queen Street held sole sway over calypso and soca artists. In the old days, on slow nights the BamBoo would hire the few Canadian acts, like Jayson and his Soca Review, Phase Two, Kali & Dub, Brass Trazx and the Legends. However in the late `80s soca bands were featured for an entire month at a time during the annual "March About Festival". (Unfortunately this event died, like so many other cultural organizations.)
Through the initiatives of Trinidadian producer John White, the BamBoo also recruited bands that came directly from Trinidad and Tobago for the annual Caribana festival. Among the early recruits were Sound Revolution, Blue Ventures and Dominica Swinging Stars.
One very well known Caribbean band that has thrilled standing-room-only crowds at the BamBoo over the years is the Sattalites, with Jojo Bennett at the helm. Groovers International, Right Direction, New Direction and the Undergrads were others that satisfied the cultural needs of people from the Caribbean and their non-Caribbean friends who also had an insatiable taste for the music.
While the mainstream daily publications hardly ever carried stories about these activities in the past, artists are now cautiously acknowledging that the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun and the National Post have been slowly admitting that the growing presence of Caribbean culture is influencing the Canadian scene Toronto calypsonian King Cosmos` very successful 2001 CD launch "Fire" at the BamBoo -- in the middle of winter -- received good ink in the dailies and was featured on Citytv. Many have concluded that the work that community radio stations like CHRY, CKLN and CRIT do in showcasing soca, calypso and reggae, zouk and other musical expressions are contributing factors to this new awareness in the Canadian media.
Music crosses many borders without visas or passports. The calypso jazz fusion group NEWA proved this as they pulled together a tremendous repertoire at their jazz concert as part of Harbourfront Centre`s Barbados on the Water Festival this past spring. Everybody was there: even Barbados High Commissioner to Canada Victor Johnson and Consul-General in Toronto Kay McConney-Barrington.
The four fearless musicians who comprise NEWA (Nicholas Brancker, Eddie Bullen, Wilson Laurencin and Arturo Tappin) took chances, venturing into the unknown. Not even they knew always what would come back. But the audience came out to play and listen and NEWA responded kindly. Quite difficult to forget the talking instruments, musical conversations, dramatic interpretations all night among Brancker`s bass, Tappin`s saxophone, Bullen`s keyboard and Laurencin`s drums!
Among ingredients of the second annual Muhtadi International Drumming Festival outside Queen`s Park last summer were exploding tassa drums, solid Cameroon styled drumming, lively Indian Mridangam melodies, and jazz stylings. Patrons concluded that the downtown area surrounding the seat of Ontario government is probably changed forever.
From 10 a.m. that Sunday morning through 10:30 p.m. Trinidadian percussionist Muhtadi, a former member of Trinidad`s famed Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, played host to drummers from literally around the world. Whether it was during the bright daylight or after dusk, without the benefit of moonlight, or even flambeaux, the thundering sounds of drums kept thousands of anxious and curious music lovers dancing on the grass outside the Parliament Buildings, showing how strong the Toronto cultural scene has become.3-
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