Canadian Big Band weekend kicks off with Friday night Jazz

The Canadian Big Band Celebration (CBBC) kicked off Friday night (Sept. 20th) with the annual ‘pub-crawl’ where music lovers were able to visit several venues in Port Elgin and Southampton to take in the many styles of music.

From the big band sound of the Noodle Factory Jazz Project at the Queen’s Bar & Grill to the ‘old standards’ of the Howlin’ Dog Vintage Jazz Band at Chester’s and the blues sound of Bobby Dean Blackburn at the Wismer House in Port Elgin, there was a style for every musical taste.

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Port Elgin venues

Fortunately, Mother Nature co-operated with warm temperatures so that everyone was able to walk from venue to venue.  For many, who wanted to take in the music in both Port Elgin and Southampton, the free shuttle, the S.S. Trolley transported people throughout the evening so that no-one had to risk driving after imbibing a beverage or two.

                                  S.S. Trolley carried revelers between Southampton and Port Elgin

In Southampton, Sarah Jerrom & Friends entertained with jazz vocals while across the street at Duffy’s Fish & Chips, the Tyler Goertzen Trio of young musicians played jazz standards and more progressive jazz selections.


Without the many volunteers who were at each venue, it would be difficult to carry out the weekend Celebration.

      Carl & Penny Young with Marilyn Kyles (R) volunteered at the Queen’s

Visitors come from far and wide for the three-day festival weekend to take in the music of the Dance Pavilions that once graced the shores of the Lake Huron shoreline in the 1920s to the 1980s.

The Celebration continues throughout the weekend with the Big Events today, Saturday, at the Unifor Family Education Centre, when there will be two big shows.  The first is at 2:00 p.m. with dancing to the 17-piece Canadian Big Band featuring guest vocalists and the second show is at 8:00 p.m. with the popular Lulu’s Band, Men in Black Brass and featuring guest ‘Elvis’ (Peter Irwin).

On Sunday, the weekend winds up with the Sunday Jazz Brunch at Unifor centre with a gourmet brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and music by The Midnight Ramblers.