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Canadian Big Band Celebration a weekend of music and dance
by Sandy Lindsay

September 19, 2016
www.saugeentimes.com

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The Lulu's Band and Men in Black Brass had the the place hip hopping!

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Dancing is what most people came for



Elvis was in the house!

Canadian Big Band Celebration (CBBC)weekend held every fall in Saugeen Shores is all about the music and dancing.

The 22nd annual CBBC weekend began Friday, September 16th, with the annual 'Pub Crawl" that featured a wide variety of music ranging from the blues to old-time ballroom and jazz.

Almost all pubs in Port Elgin and Southampton had a musical style to suit every taste. 

The weather was perfect and everyone took advantage to sit outside on patios

 

The sultry tones of Bobby Dean at the Wismer House

Howlin' Dog Vintage Jazz Band at Port Elgin Legion ...

... featured smooth dance music

For those who wanted to hit all the spots during the night, the S.S. Trolley was the popular mode of travel that was free for those who purchased a $15 ticket to all the venues.

Elvis

(a.k.a. Pete Irwin)

In the past, Irwin has won the National coveted Collingwood, Ontario, Elvis Impersonator competition and also came in second at the World Competitions held in Nashville. 

"It's something I really enjoy doing," says Irwin.  "Everyone always told me I looked like Elvis so I decided to make a career out of impersonating him and, here I am, 20 years later."  Irwin, who has put together a show, 'Jailhouse Rock' will be performing at the Saugeen Golf Club in October.

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Saturday afternoon's big event was the 50s-80s music performed by The Lulu's Band accompanied by the Men in Black Brass.

Almost four hundred people turned out to listen to the toe-tapping music that had everyone up on the dance floor at the UNIFOR centre.

Rosemary and Brent Rogers came from Toronto ... they met through ballroom dancing and have been dancing ever since


The musical Sahar Hassanien always enjoys herself when there's music

When you wear a poodle skirt and saddle shoes, the last thing you want to do is ... not dance!




Sinatra-like Ethan Salmon had the audience swooning over his impeccable timing and style at the UNIFOR evening performance

The weekend with the special Sunday Jazz Brunch that in addition to a delectably delicious buffet also featured this year, the Dixieland music of the 'The Midnight Ramblers'.


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