It’s big and it Swings
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.