Thursday, May 24, 2012

Easter Seals Fundraiser at Washington Park

In the picture to the side, we see Mayor Jerry Jennings and the good people of Easter Seals, right outside my DJ booth in Washington Park, Albany, NY. What a great day May 19th, 1012, Saturday was for all! I was able to take part in a morning of fun and fundraising at Washington Park for Easter Seals NY.

It was their 4th Annual "Walk With Me" on on Saturday May 19, 2012 and you couldn't hav asked for better weather. A turnout of more than 200 people along with my web site,, generated over $40,000 in the end for the Easter Seal's summer camp, Camp Colonie, benefitting Albany NY children with disabilities and special needs.

Being the Disc Jockey and participating in Easter Seal’s annual walk for the second time now, I again had a super time with DJ Maria being a part of these life-changing services. It was so good to see all the nice people come out to raise revenue for children with disabilities and special needs. ANd you can bet that this year's Easter Seal’s summer Camp Colonie, in Albany will be a blast for them, as a result.

Camp Colonie, an Easter Seals program that I bring services to a few times a year, offers an educationally integrated camping experience for children with special needs. To ensure the full participation of its campers, the professional staff provides individualized educationally benificial programs that meet each camper's individual needs. For the past five years, I have brought my brand of karaoke/dance/fun to the camp, this walk, and all the smiling faces at the local Easter Seals.

To read the rest of the 2012 Walk WIth Me ALbany Fundraising event, CLICK HERE - Albany NY DJ Kenny Casanova.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2012 Wedding Songs

You must be lookoing for new wedding songs! There are so many old ones on the net. Hopefully this will help! Here is a very updated new and fresh Top 20 Wedding Songs for 2012. These tunes would be great to use as your first dance, or introduction at your wedding reception. This list does not include anything more than a year or so old, and most of the songs are slow songs.
The link provided will let you hear the song off of Youtube, to help you get a better idea of whether or not the song would be right for you.


1. "We Are Young" - fun. Featuring Janelle Monae

2. "Just a Kiss – Lady Antebellum

3. "Love You Like a Love Song –Selena Gomez

4. "Countdown – BeyoncĂ©

5. "We Found Love – Rihanna (featuring Calvin Harris)

6. "I Do," Colbie Caillat

7. "Give Me Everything," Pitbull

For the full 20 song list, check out our blog site at CLICK HERE

...DJ Kenny Casanova is a wedding DJ out of Albany NY.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

French-Canadian Pig Trough Dance

The French-Canadian Hog Trough Dance by Troy NY Disc Jockey, Kenny Casanova

In an earlier blog, I covered the odd tradition of the French-Canadian Ugly sock dance (click here to read) which is a strange wedding custom involving a bride's older sibling who is ridiculed at her wedding. I discussed how this tradition was making a comeback in Ontario Canada and other French-speaking parts, and bleeding into the states.

This seemingly odd tradition that punishes single siblings for not already being married by spotlighting them in an odd dance has trickled down into our states. Now I have seen a handful of French speaking Canadian-American brides and grooms who come from our northern neighbors giving these traditions a shot. This custom has moved into Upstate New York and even down around around Troy and Albany NY. Now another similar custom is on it's way.

Another odd Canadian tradition somewhat related to the Ugly Wedding Sock Dance is here, and it is called The Pig or The Hog Trough Dance.

The funny mindset behind this Trough Dance is still the same as making someone dance in ugly socks alone on the dance floor for public mockery. In the case of the hog trough dance, the idea is to punish your single older sibling at your wedding reception for not yet settling down. Here, the difference is the sibling dances barefoot in a pig trough or a wash basin in the center of the floor with hecklers laughing at their expense.

in the most extreme cruel and unusual forms of this wedding torture tradition, early on, this custom really was for punishment. Dirty old hog troughs were pulled right off their farms and placed in the center of the dancefloor for a barefoot dance. That is right; with mud, steaming fresh pig droppings.

You can bet that pig droppings would have really left some lasting impressions on the guests faceas sitting near the dancer’s piggies later on. This is all the reason more to make sure you are married before your younger brothers and sisters pass on the family name.

However, in today's more politically correct version of The Dreaded French-Canadian Trough Dance, we see a more forgiving version. Now we see relatives pushing victims into the Trough Dance in a clean trough purchased just for the occasion.

A few other variations to this odd custom exist. One variation to this tradition includes adding a mix of beer and other alcoholic beverages poured in the trough first, which are later drank by the dancer upon completion of the dance. And yet another variation includes the addition of food in the trough that needs to be eaten upon completion of the dance.

For additional information on French Canadian Wedding customs, read French-Canadian Ugly sock dance (click here to read)

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