It’s big and it Swings

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The 23rd an­nual Cana­dian Big Band Cel­e­bra­tion runs Sept. 15, 16, and 17 in Saugeen Shores, fea­tur­ing a stel­lar week­end of top mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment with out­stand­ing groups and per­form­ers from near and far.

The top five events in­clude:

Run­ning 7: p.m.-12 p.m., the SS Trol­ley and one other shut­tle bus will pro­vide trans­port be­tween the var­i­ous venues for those with a $20 pass­port to the “Fri­day Night Jazz” event.

The Port El­gin Jazz hotspots in­clude:

• Queen’s Bar & Grill with Noo­dle Fac­tory, a 10-piece lo­cal band with an eclec­tic mix of orig­i­nal takes on jazz stan­dards, rock and some R&B.

• Dance to the ever-pop­u­lar six-piece Howlin’ Dog Vin­tage Jazz Band at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion.

• Out­stand­ing Toronto en­ter­tainer and Juno Award win­ning pi­anist/vo­cal­ist Tyler Yarema will be per­form­ing a mix of jazz and blues at Ch­ester’s Bar & Grill

• The Wis­mer house has Bobby Dean Black­burn and Friends with R&B from the 50’s — 60’s.

Southamp­ton hotspots in­clude:

• the Southamp­ton Town Hall where a one hour mu­si­cal (7:30-8:30 p.m.) drama de­picts mem­o­ries of dance halls pro­duced by Per­form­ing Jazz Arts of Saugeen Shores.

• Duffy’s Fish and Chips has the James Ad­dis Trio, a won­der­ful trio per­form­ing a wide ar­ray of jazz styles and stan­dards

• Walker House presents the New Or­leans Jazz and Blues stylings of the pop­u­lar pi­anist/vo­cal­ist Roberta Hunt and her Trio.

• the Southamp­ton Le­gion fea­tures jazz pi­anist/vo­cal­ist Mike Lewis and his quar­tet, an en­gag­ing en­ter­tainer who will be per­form­ing jazz stan­dards for danc­ing.

• Vo­cal­ist Mary Cather­ine Paz­zano and her quar­tet, who have just fin­ished record­ing an al­bum, will per­form at a new venue for the fes­ti­val this year, the Southamp­ton Golf and Coun­try Club (for­merly Chippewa)

One time only-pick up at for­mer Lit­tle’s Fur­ni­ture at 7 p.m. will re­turn at end of night by re­quest. Other stops in­clude the Port El­gin CIBC at Goderich and Green Streets and Cathy’s Flow­ers on Goderich at Mill St.

The Southamp­ton stops in­clude the Southamp­ton Post Of­fice and Southamp­ton Golf and Coun­try Club.

Come out to the Uni­for Main As­sem­bly Hall for a dance party and the amaz­ing 50s-80s dance reper­toire per­formed by The Lulu’s Band with spe­cial ap­pear­ance by guest Ian Thomas.

The show runs from 1• 4 p.m. Ad­mis­sion • $20.

That evening, the dance party fea­tures the Cana­dian Big Band, a 17-piece pro­fes­sional big band per­form­ing some of the world’s best big band dance reper­toire from the 40’s through to the present day.

Spe­cial guest vo­cal­ists in­clude Heather Bam­brick and Ethan Sal­mon. The show runs from 7:30 -11 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $30

Af­ter all the danc­ing the Sun­day Jazz Brunch in the Uni­for din­ing room is al­ways a cor­nu­copia of de­lec­ta­ble plea­sures pre­pared by Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Paul John­ston. Jazz pi­anist Robin Rich will per­form a wide va­ri­ety of easy lis­ten­ing jazz to ac­com­pany the feast. Doors open at 11a.m. Ad­mis­sion is $40

The Uni­for main as­sem­bly hall will be trans­formed into a con­certhall­forthe­fi­naleventof the week­end. Sept. 17’s Canada 150 Con­cert be­gin­ning at 2 p.m. will fea­ture the Cana­dian Big Band and the Chantry Singers choir each per­form­ing a short pro­gram of Cana­dian mu­sic.

The grand fi­nale will fea­ture a work com­mis­sioned by the two groups “Cana­dian Folk Med­ley” and ar­ranged by Juno Award win­ning com­poser/ar­ranger John Ma­cLeod.

The “Cana­dian Folk Med­ley” in­cludes four First Na­tions folk songs and six English-French Cana­dian folk songs. Af­ter this de­but the mu­sic and record­ing will be made avail­able to all high school and com­mu­nity bands and choirs across Canada through the Cana­dian Mu­sic Cen­tre.

Doors open at 1:30 and the con­cert runs from 2 -p.m. — 3:15 p.m. Ad­mis­sion $20.

For more in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets call the Saugeen Shores Cham­ber of Com­merce, 519-832-2332, visit us on­line at www.cana­di­an­big­band.ca or on Face­book.

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