Canadian Big Band Celebration comes to a close for 2019

The 25th anniversary of the Canadian Big Band weekend drew to a close on Sunday with the traditional ‘gourmet’ brunch at the Unifor centre.

Decadent desserts and dishes such as ‘eggs Benedict’, make it one of the most popular buffets of the year and, as in the past, it was sold out.  Without those who prepare and serve the guests however, the event would never take place.

                         Making it all happen behind the scenes
      Seen having a good time were the Smiths, the Cherries and the Holmes (back to front)
           Another fun-loving table was Mini Jacques (L) and her many friends
Of course, the young, debonair Max Menscher is seen at every important event

The brunch rounds off a full weekend of music that started Friday night with Jazz, continued throughout Saturday and then again on Sunday with the final entertainment by the  Midnight Ramblers.

(L-R) Jack McFadden (bass), Allison Young (sax) Ted Warren (drums),William Sperandei (trumpet) and                                                                              Andy Harasymczuk (guitar)

Plans have already begun for Canadian Big Band Celebration weekend 2020 to start off the new decade. All the numbers are being compiled but, according to organizer and founder, Charlie Bell, the numbers in attendance appear to be “way up”.

“We have to thank our many sponsors,” says Bell, “their support has made this one of the premier musical events in all of Southwestern Ontario.  We also cannot forget our many volunteers who come out every year to lend their support and expertise – without them the Celebration would never happen.  We are already looking forward to next year when we start a new decade of bringing music to Saugeen Shores.”