After winning the Ontario Steelpan Association ‘s Pan Alive competition for last six years in a row, Pan Fantasy, led by Wendy Jones, was adjudged winner of the 2018 competition held last Friday at Lamport Stadium in Toronto.
Pan Fantasy, playing Hulk, was one of eleven steelbands which took part in the competition which was fraught with a great deal of controversy.
Just days before Pan Alive was due to be held, there was considerable doubt whether the event would take place.
At one stage, no one from the Ontario SteelpanAssociation would confirm or deny the widespread rumours that the competition was called off.
As one Steelpan Association official put it,” the competition was off, then it was on again, then there was some talk that there would be no competition this year.
“But in spite of all the doubt and uncertainly as to whether there would be a competition, many pan lover never withdrew their support for the event and for that we are thankful.”
Pan Masters with a jumpy version of Get Something and Wave, placed second in the competition while Afropan, Toronto’s oldest steelband, playing Sweet Fuh Days placed third.
The following are the official results of the competition: