Canadian Big Band Celebration

“Friday Night Jazz”

9 local venues hosting live Jazz, Blues and theatre to warm everyone up for Saturday and Sunday’s events
Sept 15, 2017
7:30pm - 11 p.m.
$20 Passport to all Venues and Free Shuttles

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:
Queens Bar & Grill
Noodle Factory

Noodle Factory is a 10 piece jazz ensemble. Their music is an eclectic mix of jazz including both original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards with some twists, also some cool fusion of R&B tunes with lots of improv. Ian Burbidge, Jason Hunter and Cam Porter on Saxophone, Al Mullin on trumpet, Brian Windross on trumpet and vocals, Kerrie Lynn Boys and Ron Code on Trombone, Mike Grace on bass, Fred Parsons on piano and Stephen Wood on drums.

Chester’s Bar & Grill
Tyler Yarema
Blues, Jazz, Reggae

Tyler Yarema is a Juno Award winning piano player, singer, and composer. He has played on over 50 cd's ranging from Blues and Jazz, to Reggae and Pop. His prowess at the piano, crooner's voice, and an absolute drive for people to have an unforgettable time makes him a must see performer.

Wismer House
Bobby Dean Blackburn and Friends
Rhythm and Blues

Inducted into the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame in 2016, Bobby Dean Blackburn is a legendary R&B artist who performed for three decades in the Toronto - Young Street scene from the 60s-80s. Rhythm & Blues roots came from jazz, old gospel and spiritual music primarily performed by African Americans appearing first in the late 40s. Bobby has an impressive R&B repertoire which includes some of his own original material plus the songs of Bill Doggett, Ray Charles, Fats Dominio, Fats Waller, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and more.

Dance Club at Port Elgin Royal Canadian Legion
The Howling Dog Vintage Jazz Band
Traditional Jazz and Swing

The band was formed in 2002 by members of the Lighthouse Swing Band along with a few friends, mostly from the Kincardine area. The musicians were seeking an opportunity to play some old jazz and standards that were becoming harder and harder to find for both the players and the people who enjoy listening to them. New Orleans Jazz and blues with a bit of swing and a few ballads thrown in for good measure have remained the staple of the band's repertoire over the ensuing years.

Southampton Venues:
Southampton Town Hall
Dance Hall Memories
Live Musical Theatre
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Start your night out with a theatrical journey to a dance hall pavilion of the 1940s. Let the lights and sounds of the beach atmosphere envelop you as you enter the hall. For added fun, 1940s dressing is encouraged, but not required! Presented by Performing Arts of Saugeen Shores (P.A.S.S.)

Duffy’s Fish and Chips
The James Addis Trio

The James Addis Trio excites audiences with its new brand of jazz. Swinging, appealing, sophisticated, and inventive, they draw from many stylistic influences - bop, blues, post-bop, funk, and more. With a vast and diverse repertoire at their fingertips, the trio has wide-ranging audience appeal, and is regularly asked back! They have great chemistry; they are an exciting and dynamic young band who bring something extra special to the stage. James Addis, piano; Peter Eratostene, bass and Chris Arsenault, drums.

Southampton Royal Canadian Legion
Mike Lewis

Performing as a jazz pianist and vocalist in the Toronto scene for decades, Mike Lewis has become one of Canada’s Jazz Treasures. Mike plays and sings his way into the hearts of his audience with some of the world’s greatest jazz repertoire. In addition to his prowess on the piano he is also quite a raconteur to the delight of his audiences. Mike will be performing jazz standards for dancing and will be joined by Andy Harasymczuk, guitar, Jack McFadden, bass, and Alan Halford, drums.

Walker House
Roberta Hunt Trio
Jazz and Blues

Roberta Hunt’s Trio reflect the spirit and music of New Orleans adding their own flavour to the musical gumbo they create together. Roberta Hunt’s sultry, saucy vocals and romping piano stir the pot. Roberta Hunt, piano and vocals; Toby Hughes, saxophone and Jack Zorawski, bass

Southampton Golf & Country Club
Mary-Catherine Pazzano Quartet

Described as a rising star of the Canadian music scene, Mary-Catherine (M.C.) is a jazz vocalist, voice teacher, and music educator based in Kitchener. She loves exploring the endless repertoire of The Great American Songbook, and making the sublime lyrics her own with a nostalgic, yet modern, flair. M.C. is joined by Don Buchanan on piano, Pat Collins on bass, and Steve James on drums.

Event Sponsor

“Saturday Big Event”

Afternoon Show
Sept 16, 2017
UNIFOR Main Assembly Dance Hall
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. $20 Admission

Celebrating the beautiful Dance Pavilions that graced the shores of the Great Lakes 1930 -1980 is what the BIG EVENT is all about! Participants will enjoy a Dance Pavilion experience reminiscent of the nights of summer dancing at the pavilions located along the Great Lakes shoreline. The afternoon show launches the 50s-80s dance repertoire performed by The Lulu's Band and special guest, the legendary Ian Thomas.

Local Arts Display

During the Saturday and Sunday events at UNIFOR local commercial artist Ken 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.

Ian Thomas – singer, songwriter, guitarist

Multi award-winner Ian Thomas’ first international hit was "Painted Ladies", launched in 1973. When he isn’t performing his own shows, he also records (four albums to date) and tours the country regularly with good friends Murray McLauchlan, Marc Jordan, and Cindy Church in a band called “Lunch At Allen’s”. This past year saw the release of a long awaited new solo album “Little Dreams” to strong reviews in both Canada and the USA.


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.

The Lulu’s Band

“Saturday Big Event”

Evening Show
Sept 16, 2017
UNIFOR Main Assembly Dance Hall
7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. $30 Admission

Celebrating the beautiful Dance Pavilions that graced the shores of the Great Lakes 1930 -1980 is what the BIG EVENT is all about! Participants will enjoy a Dance Pavilion experience reminiscent of the nights of summer dancing at the pavilions located along the Great Lakes shoreline. The evening show launches the big band swing music of the most cherished period of popular music which began in the late 30’s and lasted through to the end of the 2nd World War as THE popular music of the day. Big Band music however continues to play an important role in the music scene up to the present day 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

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 Krall.

The Canadian Big Band will perform some of the greatest big band dance repertoire and feature two wonderful vocalists, Ethan Salmon and Heather Bambrick.

Heather Bambrick

Talent, creative energy, and an engaging stage presence have propelled this award-winning singer to the forefront of vocal jazz in Canada and beyond. Also a respected educator and broadcaster, Heather is a favourite of listeners as a long-time host on Toronto’s JAZZ-FM.

Heather has performed internationally collaborating with artists such as Phil Nimmons, Fred Hirsch, Gene DiNovi, Guido Basso, Lea Delaria, Anne Hampton Callaway, Carol Welsman, Jackie Richardson, Ian Shaw, as well as the late Rob McConnell and Peter Appleyard. She is a founding member of the Beehive Singers (1994 – 2001) and Broadsway, a Jazz / Cabaret ensemble with whom she is currently actively recording and touring. Heather has been a guest performer with various Jazz ensembles, as well as with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Cathedral Bluffs Orchestra, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. She will make her debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2017.

Ethan Salmon

Vocalist Ethan Salmon was born and raised in Saugeen Shores making his debut as a crooner at the Canadian Big Band Celebration in 2015 to the delight of the large audience. He plans to launch a performance career in the business and is currently preparing to enter the Humber Jazz Program.


“Sunday Jazz Brunch”

Sept 17, 2017
UNIFOR Dining Room
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $40 Admission

Enjoy easy listening Jazz with pianist Robin Rich, as you sample the delectable and amazing brunch orchestrated by award winning Executive Chef Paul Johnston. Not to be missed!

“Canada 150 Concert Legacy Project”

Chantry Singers and Canadian Big Band

Sept 17, 2017
UNIFOR Main Assembly Hall
2:00 p.m. $20 Admission
Reception to Follow

The Legacy Project concert will feature the Canadian Big Band and the 70 voice Chantry Singers Choir each performing a short program of Canadian music. The grand finale will feature the two groups performing “Canadian Folk Medley”. This medley, commissioned by the Canadian Big Band Celebration Committee and Chantry Singers Choir, was arranged by Juno Award winning composer/arranger John MacLeod. The "Canadian Folk Medley" includes 4 vintage First Nations folk songs and 6 English-French Canadian folk songs.

 Chantry Singers Choir

The Canada 150th Legacy Project will include distribution of the "Canadian Folk Medley" parts, score and recording through the Canadian Music Centre to any High School or Community Band and Choir in Canada to mark Canada’s 150th Celebrations.

Event Sponsors

Saugeen Shores Celebrates
Canada's 150th Committee