Canadian Big Band Celebration

“Friday Night Jazz”

Board the S.S. Trolley for free shuttle to live Jazz and Blues concerts at venues throughout Southampton and Port Elgin!
Sept 7, 2018
7:30pm - 11 p.m.
$25 Pass provides admission to all venues

Parking and Shuttle Pickup Locations - 7 p.m. - Midnight

1. Southampton Post Office, corner of Grosvenor and High St.
2. Southampton Golf & Country Club, Hwy 21.

Port Elgin:

1. 7pm only - Pick up at lights at former Little’s Furniture store - will return end of night by request.
2. CIBC, Hwy 21 & Green St.
3. Cathy’s Flowers, Hwy 21 & Mill St.

Port Elgin Venues:

Chester’s Bar & Grill

Robin Banks and Richard Whiteman (Jazz & Blues) A master of tone and phrasing, Robin Banks has a vocal style that has been compared to Etta James and Dinah Washington. Comfortable with Jazz, Classic R&B and Soul, even Reggae, she's also known for her bold and brassy, classy but sassy, Texas and Chicago electric Blues style. Richard Whiteman is an extremely versatile pianist, fluent in styles ranging from the stride masters of the twenties, through Bud Powell and Bill Evans, to modern giants like Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock.
Toronto native Richard Whiteman is an extremely versatile player, fluent in styles ranging from the stride masters of the twenties, through Bud Powell and Bill Evans, to modern giants like Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock. As a leader, he has released five CDs (with a sixth on the way), and has received raves from as far away as Japan, where his “GROOVEYARD” disc was rated one of the Top 500 Jazz Piano Trio records of all time.
Dance Club at Port Elgin Royal Canadian Legion

Howlin Dog Vintage Jazz Band (Jazz & Swing) The Howlin Dog Vintage Jazz Band plays a mixture of traditional Jazz styles including New Orleans Dixieland, Blues, and Swing. For those who enjoy sizzling hot Jazz!
Queens Bar & Grill

Noodle Factory Jazz Project (Jazz) The 10-piece Noodle Factory strives to stretch the boundaries of what a Jazz band can be. Playing all original arrangements and compositions written by its members, you will notice influences from the likes of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, The Boss Brass, Oscar Peterson, Blood Sweat and Tears, and Tower of Power.
Wismer House

Bobby Dean Blackburn & Sons, with Special Guests (Rhythm & Blues) Bobby Dean Blackburn and his sons, along with their special guests, will present the Soul of Rock & Roll - an R&B tribute to Fats Domino and others of that genre. Bobby Dean’s sons were recently nominated for a Juno award for their 2017 release entitled “Blackburn”.
Southampton Venues:
Duffy’s Fish and Chips

Roberta Hunt Trio (Jazz & Blues) Roberta Hunt is an exhilarating jazz and blues musician. Hunt is a singer, piano player and songwriter with her musical roots in the jazz and spirituals of New Orleans.
Roberta Hunt Trio
Southampton Golf & Country Club

Non-stop music all night long with two bands, (Jazz & R&B) The Heavyweights Brass Band and Charlie Bell Trio & Friends.

Inspired by the New Orleans brass band tradition, The Heavyweights incorporate influences from pop hits of the day to original compositions, from R&B and funk throwbacks to the infectious rhythms of Latin America.

The Charlie Bell Trio with guitarist Andy Harasymczuk, bassist Jack McFadden, Charlie Bell, saxophone and a couple of special guests will be performing jazz standards inspiring sudden outbursts of singing, smiling and tapping!
Walker House

Mary-Catherine (MC) Pazzano Quartet (Jazz) Pazzano possesses a gorgeous, classically trained contralto voice as well as an uncanny skill with rendering the lyrics of current music, jazz standards and show tunes.

Local Arts Display

Saturday and Sunday at UNIFOR, local commercial artist Kenneth Thornburn, of Northern Flyer Designs & Promotions, will be displaying and selling images of the historic dance hall pavilions that once graced the Lake Huron shoreline.


“Saturday Big Event”

The BIG EVENT celebrates the music and heritage of the Dance Pavilions that once graced the shores of the Great Lakes, 1920s-1980s! Enjoy an experience reminiscent of the summer dances at the shoreline dance halls of years gone by.

Afternoon Show

Sept 8, 2018
UNIFOR Main Assembly Dance Hall
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. $25 Admission

The Canadian Big Band along with guest vocalists Rebecca Binnendyk and Dean Hollin launch the afternoon show with big band swing music!

This most cherished style of music began in the late 20s and lasted through to the end of World War II as THE popular music of the day. Big Band music continues to play an important role in the current music scene with the likes of Michael Buble, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga and Diana Krall as they sing the beautiful songs of the American and Canadian Songbook with big band orchestral arrangements by the greats, including John Clayton and David Foster.


Canadian Big Band - Who are they?

The Canadian Big Band includes many of the finest jazz and big band instrumentalists in Canada, including some members from Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass. With a wide range of experience, these musicians have performed with the world's best, including such notable talents as Michael Buble, Duke Ellington, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Tony Bennett and Diana Krill.

Evening Show

Sept 8, 2018
UNIFOR Main Assembly Dance Hall
7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. $25 Admission

Be prepared to dance the night away to non-stop music with Tyler Yarema and The Lulu’s Band & Men in Black!

The Lulu’s Band

The Lulu’s Band is a guaranteed ‘party’ everywhere they play, keeping the dance floor hopping with the best dance music from Classic Rock to Current Hits, Funk to Pop, and even a bit of kick-ass New Country. The band consists of Mike Oberle, leader, vocals and drums; Mark Wilmes, keyboard and vocals; Steve Hogg, bass and vocals and Jonathan Knight, guitar and vocals.


Tyler Yarema

Tyler Yarema is an award winning Piano Player, Singer, and Composer. He has played on over 50 cd’s ranging from Blues and Jazz, to Reggae and Pop. The Juno winner has been in constant demand for many Festivals, corporate functions, weddings, and theater concerts nation wide.


“Sunday Jazz Brunch”

Sept 9th, 2018
UNIFOR Dining Room
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $40 Admission

Enjoy performances by one of the most exciting jazz groups in the county, the Drew Jurecka Trio, as you sample a delectable brunch orchestrated by award winning Executive Chef, Jason Stewart.

View the Sunday Jazz Brunch Menu

Drew Jurecka

Drew Jurecka is a Juno-winning and Grammy-nominated jazz violin prodigy, saxophonist, vocalist, and a veteran of Jeff Healey and the Jazz Wizards. Alumnus of the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angelis, Jurecka frequently tours with Nicole Stoffman’s Jazz Boheme and leads his own gypsy jazz ensemble, with Adrean Farrugia on piano and Clark Johnston on bass.