Moomba movement 

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Meanwhile Los Mocosos, or the "little Latin rascals" as they like to call themselves, are the San Francisco barrio rock band whose latest album is called Shades of Brown .

But they’re not simply Latino.

"We wanted to say that we’re all in the same boat," they say at their Web site.

"That’s what a barrio is all about – it’s not about being Latino. Our barrio includes old Irish, Asian immigrants, dot-com kids... It’s not a ghetto, it’s more like a fertile garden, a place for people who are just starting off."

Festival organizers have been distributing flyers through neighbourhood mailboxes to announce the event, at the request of the municipality.

"We haven’t had any return calls about it. The best thing is everyone is in favour of having a good time," said McNaught.

Camp Moomba, and the children living with HIV and AIDS who attend the camp, are the beneficiaries of Zoophorus.

Camp Moomba is a service of the Western Canadian Pediatric AIDS Society, which was established in 1997 to "better the lives of children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS."

Executive director Maxine Drucker, formerly in marketing with Nesters Market, works to promote the camp programs that give children a week’s respite from living with the disease.

"Whistler’s been incredibly supportive of our society, in fact there are children that participate in the camps in the Sea to Sky corridor, as well as from across Canada, " notes Drucker.

Ben Horne, owner of the Shoestring Lodge and the Boot Pub fairgrounds, is a board member for WCPAS.

"I really like the idea of having an outdoor festival," says Horne.

"This was a much bigger scenario, but in talking with Paul (McNaught) I realized the number of people we could draw to the event," he adds.

Ticket sales will be limited to 1,500. The event is being promoted in both Vancouver and Washington.

Adult tickets are $45, $20 for ages 13 to 18, and anyone 12 and under will be allowed in for free. Tickets are available from the Boot Pub, as well as Highlife and Zulu Records in Vancouver and Ticketmaster. Online tickets are available at www.jambasetickets.com and www.upstreamentertainment.com .

 

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