Live on Air Canada Flight AC 876
May 16, 2012 10:38 AM   Subscribe

If you live in Toronto, you may have seen them busking in the street or in the parks. But if you were a stranded passenger on Air Canada flight AC 876, which was delayed for 20 minutes on the tarmac at Pearson Airport in Toronto en route to Romania, then you got to see the Lemon Bucket Orkestra play an impromptu 4 song performance.

They reached Romania safely and are on their way to play the International Romani Art Festival in Bucuresti.
posted by chococat (29 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
I hope that's not anything like the Lemonparty orchestra.
posted by thewalrus at 10:40 AM on May 16, 2012 [3 favorites]


Air Canada flight AC 876: Awesome Romania dance party.
Every flight I've ever been on: Screaming baby, business asshole who won't take earbud/book hint and talks through entire flight, spilled drink, bathroom that smells like that bog in the Lord of the Rings with all the dead people, delayed, overbooked.
posted by Fizz at 10:43 AM on May 16, 2012 [8 favorites]


My first thought was: "They can do that on a plane today without getting tased or arrested?" Sad.
posted by Behemoth at 10:45 AM on May 16, 2012


Ahhhhhhh so great. SO GREAT.

Thank you for pointing this out!
posted by Narrative Priorities at 10:45 AM on May 16, 2012


I just saw these guys a couple weeks ago at the St. Lawrence Market. They're a talented bunch. These kinds of impromptu performances remind me of what the White Stripes did when they toured Canada. There must be something about this country.
posted by smorange at 10:47 AM on May 16, 2012


This is the sort of thing where my reactions would be:


20 minute delay on the tarmac : Hey! Cool!


60 minute delay on the tarmac : How well would you play that trombone if I shoved it half way up to your duodenum?
posted by slkinsey at 10:49 AM on May 16, 2012 [5 favorites]


Air Canada: joyful dancing.
Air America: call Homeland Security.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 10:53 AM on May 16, 2012


Aren't impromptu inflight concerts great?? I took part in one coming back from Dublin - there was an Irish trad band on board (can't remember their names), who took out their instruments and entertained the other passengers. I got up to go to the bathroom, and they wouldn't let me get back to my seat unless I sang a song for them. Most people were pretty happy for the entertainment, since it kept the kids on the plane occupied and not-screaming.
posted by LN at 11:12 AM on May 16, 2012


I hate stuff like this. Maybe I'd like to read a book in peace. Or just think about my trip. Or listen to my music on headphones.

NO! YOU WILL LISTEN TO OUR HIP FOLK CRAP WHATEVER!
posted by codswallop at 11:16 AM on May 16, 2012 [4 favorites]


Dang, LN, that would be a nightmare for me. Forced to sing in public? Loud people stopping me -- and my kids -- from napping? If it's during a brief delay before we get off the plane, okay, but otherwise.... shhhh. Shhhhh.
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:16 AM on May 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's funny how reactions to these kinds of thing fall into basically two camps:

OMG, greatest thing ever !!111!!

or
OMG, please STFU!!


(I am amused by the guy behind the fiddle player who is doing his best to ignore the whole thing.)
posted by madajb at 11:19 AM on May 16, 2012


That is an awful lot of horn for such a small, sealed compartment.
posted by charlie don't surf at 11:36 AM on May 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


That's what she said.
posted by chococat at 11:41 AM on May 16, 2012 [15 favorites]


This one time I was on a plane and I sat next to Zack Condon from Beirut (the band, not the place). I could tell he wanted to just chill and not have a fan ask him stupid questions. So at the end of the flight I just told him that I enjoyed his music. He smiled and said thank you. If only he hed been carrying a trumpet on that flight.
posted by Fizz at 11:49 AM on May 16, 2012


I hate stuff like this. Maybe I'd like to read a book in peace. Or just think about my trip. Or listen to my music on headphones.

NO! YOU WILL LISTEN TO OUR HIP FOLK CRAP WHATEVER!

posted by codswallop at 2:16 PM


...Eponysterical.
posted by bicyclefish at 11:50 AM on May 16, 2012


Fun, but I was left thinking "I hope that airplane doesn't smell like the inside of a trombone for the duration of that flight..."
posted by Turkey Glue at 11:52 AM on May 16, 2012


The last time I saw these guys I had been wandering along with some friends looking for a drink when they saw these guys -- some of whom studied music with them at U of T -- outside this neat little restaurant, and we went in to the rest of the band all up on the bar in drag (they had just come from opening for the Rocky Horror Picture Show). I had never danced to any sort of Eastern-European-style music before, but it was downright magnificent.
posted by onwords at 12:13 PM on May 16, 2012


I hope that's not anything like the Lemonparty orchestra.
No, I didn't see Richard in the video, it's not a lemon party without old Dick (shoutout to 30 Rock for the best joke to slip under the censor's radar ever)
posted by phirleh at 12:13 PM on May 16, 2012


@slkinsey: http://youtu.be/fRIegpdFQqk
posted by NedKoppel at 1:01 PM on May 16, 2012


Oops. Try this actual link.
posted by NedKoppel at 1:02 PM on May 16, 2012


That was fun, but one song would have been about enough for me.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 2:04 PM on May 16, 2012


I have their CD. They are awesome.

they played the best cover of "smells like teen spirit" during a "smell like teen spirit" marathon (8 hours or more of the one song, covered by many people).
posted by jb at 3:46 PM on May 16, 2012


I was just thinking.. they supposedly played 4 songs, but that clip was only 1:46, just one song. I want to see who made them stop, and how they did it.
posted by charlie don't surf at 4:44 PM on May 16, 2012


The only way this could be more awesome is if the saxophone player looked exactly like Thor... OH WAIT THERE ARE THREE THORS IN THAT BAND
posted by Nibbly Fang at 5:07 PM on May 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Loving all the cranky responses here. How dare these people interrupt a perfectly fine flight delay with all this exuberance? What? Energetic, joyful expression of human culture? Not on my misanthropic curmudgeonly watch!
posted by Locobot at 5:44 PM on May 16, 2012 [1 favorite]



Loving all the cranky responses here. How dare these people interrupt a perfectly fine flight delay with all this exuberance?


One person's exuberance is another person's crying baby.
Both should be avoided on airplanes.
posted by madajb at 6:33 PM on May 16, 2012


(I am amused by the guy behind the fiddle player who is doing his best to ignore the whole thing.)

You mean the guy filming it with his Macbook? Or the guy beside him, taking pictures?
posted by chococat at 7:25 PM on May 16, 2012


Would they have let me off the plane at that point? 'Cause I'd have been tugging at the door handle.
posted by antiquated at 10:06 PM on May 16, 2012


Loving all the cranky responses here. How dare these people interrupt a perfectly fine flight delay with all this exuberance? What? Energetic, joyful expression of human culture? Not on my misanthropic curmudgeonly watch!

WHAT? SAY THAT AGAIN, I COULDN'T HEAR YOU OVER THE HORNS AND ACCORDION.

I am going deaf, which is absolutely agonizing to me as an aging musician. Nobody has the right to deafen me further by forcing me to listen to their high-volume horns, while I am a captive audience. I consider that assault causing bodily injury. Horns in particular cause the most damage to my hearing.

If I'm going to go deaf, I prefer to do it listening to my choice of music, preferably played by myself. Every time I play my guitar, I can hear my ears ring, and I know I am one step closer to being too deaf to hear what I am playing.
posted by charlie don't surf at 10:51 AM on May 17, 2012


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