Canadian Big Band Celebration 2023 a roaring success

It was Music, Music and more Music with some of the top musicians in Canada that, once again, made the annual Canadian Big Band Celebration weekend one of the most popular events of the year in Saugeen Shores.

The weekend began Thursday, September 14th, with the Night Guy Came to Town, a play about the famous band, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, who played in Southampton in 1935 … but that was only the beginning as the music continued into the weekend.

The next night, Friday September 15th, throughout Southampton and Port Elgin at nine venues, the music continued with some of the top musicians known in the industry.

Saturday was Big Dance Day at the Lakeshore Recreation Centre in Port Elgin. Afternoon performances by the ever-popular Lulu’s Band and Men in Black Brass drew hundreds to the dance floor.

                                                 Lulu’s Band with Men in Black Brass

The afternoon ‘danceathon’ was followed up in the evening with the SDSS Royal Big Band under the direction of music teacher Kerri-Lynn Boys and the Canadian Big Band featuring vocalist Sonja Gustafson.  It was a music extravaganza that again saw almost 200 take to the floor with non-stopping dancing.

SDSS Royals sponsored by Southampton Rotary and the Canadian Big Band – for larger view, Click on Image

For larger view, Click on Image

The weekend didn’t end until Sunday with the Sunday Jazz Brunch at Southampton Golf & Country Club that featured the incomparable Midnight Ramblers with their incredible Dixieland music and musicianship.

                                                               Midnight Ramblers

Throughout the venues the entire weekend, many visitors were already talking about next year’s event and planning to attend.