Canadian Big Band Celebration

“Friday Night Jazz”

Board the S.S. Trolley for free shuttle to live Jazz concerts at venues throughout Southampton and Port Elgin!
Sept 20, 2019
Venues run from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. or 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Check each venue for specific times.
Your Wristband Passport provides admission to all venues

$20 in advance through Ticketscene
$25 at the door

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

1. Southampton Post Office, corner of Grosvenor and High St.

Port Elgin:

1. The lights at Subway (south end of Port Elgin) - 7pm pick up only - will return end of night by request.
2. CIBC, Hwy 21 & Green St.

Southampton Venues:

Duffy’s Fish & Chips 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Tyler Goertzen Jazz Trio
A musician and composer from Saugeen Shores, Tyler has had the privilege of studying with legendary drum guru Jim Blackley as well as the opportunity to work with some of Toronto and Hamilton’s finest musicians, such as The Nick Maclean Quartet, Brownman Ali, and The Koopa Troop. Tyler is joined by Toronto-based musicians Scott Hunter on bass and Steve Dale on guitar, performing jazz standards and songs from the Great American Songbook.
Walker House 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Sarah Jerrom & Friends (Jazz)
Sarah Jerrom is a Toronto-based vocalist, composer and arranger specializing in jazz and creative music who takes her inspiration from lyric-driven melodies, genre-defying instrumentation and experimental soundscapes. Joining Sarah is Richard Whiteman, piano; Rob McBride; double bass and Ted Warren, drums.
Richard Whiteman
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.

Rob McBride
Rob McBride has been active as a jazz bassist in the Toronto jazz scene for the last 20 years. He has played with Pat LaBarbara, Reg Schwager, Don Thompson, The Niagara Symphony, John Sherwood, John Neudorf, Sarah Jerrom, Carissa Neufeld, and Richard Whiteman amongst many others.
Port Elgin Venues:
Chester’s Bar & Grill 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Howlin’ Dog Vintage Jazz Band (Jazz & Blues)
For those who enjoy sizzling hot Jazz, the Howlin Dog Vintage Jazz Band plays a mixture of traditional Jazz styles including New Orleans Dixieland, Blues, and Swing. Musicians are Dave Schmalz, trombone; Ron Daniels, guitar; Mike Kelley, drums; Steve Hasbury, clarinet; Karen Weber, bass; and Al Mullin, trumpet.
Queens Bar & Grill 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Noodle Factory Jazz Project - Bruce County’s Original Little Big Band
This 10-piece band plays original arrangements and compositions in the jazz tradition but they are by no means traditional. Their music often blurs the lines between genres and draws its inspiration from many sources including classical, rock, funk, jazz and R&B. With some of the best musicians from Owen Sound, Southampton, Port Elgin, Kincardine, Chesley and Goderich, this band has plenty of great soloists to feature and is sure to entertain.
Wismer House 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Bobby Dean Blackburn & Sons
Bobby Dean Blackburn and Sons will present an entertaining evening of R&B, Blues and Soul. Enjoy Bobby Dean’s versatile, dynamic and soulful style as musician and vocalist, as he loves to interact with his audience!

“Saturday Big Event”

Get ready to dance and enjoy an experience reminiscent of summers at the shoreline dance halls of years gone by. The BIG EVENT celebrates the music and heritage of Dance Pavilions that once graced the shores of the Great Lakes from the 1920s-1980s. Dance the day away starting with Big Band music in the afternoon and Classic Rock and R&B hits in the evening. Between Saturday’s Big Event afternoon and evening shows enjoy LIVE "Saturday Dinner Jazz” from 5:30 7:30 p.m. presented by our restaurant sponsors.


Sept 21, 2019
UNIFOR Main Assembly Dance Hall
115 Shipley Ave., Port Elgin
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$25 in advance through Ticketscene
$30 at the door

Canadian Big Band with guest vocalists Sonja Gustafson and Ethan Salmon, and Aria 21

Get your dancing shoes on and let the Canadian Big Band, Sonja and Ethan take you back to the era of the Big Bands, performing some of the most cherished music of all time. Also joining the Canadian Big Band for a special performance is Aria 21, performing four top-hits of the Andrew’s Sisters.

Big Band music began in the 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.

Sonja Gustafson

"Sonja is an uncommonly versatile performer..." Whether crooning jazz standards with her band, singing with the symphony or performing on the operatic stage, Sonja's passion for music is evident in her presence and attitude. It is this passion coupled with her consummate musicianship, sparkling voice and versatility that make her a performer to remember and enjoy!

Ethan Salmon

Vocalist Ethan Salmon was born and raised in Saugeen Shores. Having lived out west for a couple of years, Ethan is making his third return as a crooner at the Canadian Big Band Celebration. His rich, mellow voice and his stage presence exude a sense of maturity beyond his years.

Aria 21

Classical Ensemble Aria 21 is comprised of Pianist Christina Edwards and Vocalists Meghan De Jager and Liz Coates. All three performers are post-secondary graduates of Classical Music programs who have found their homes along Lake Huron. Area 21 has a commitment to making Classical Music accessible and beautiful for all audiences.

Canadian Big Band - Who are they?

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

Andy Ballantyne, alto
Allison Young, alto
Tara Davidson, tenor
Charlie Bell, tenor
Kevin Gross, baritone
Steve Crowe
Alex Kundakcioglu
John MacLeod
William Sperandei
William Carn
Paul Tarussov
Scott Suttie
Colin Murray, bass
Andy Harasymczuk, guitar
Danny McErlain, piano
Jack McFadden, bass
Ted Warren, drums


Sept 21, 2019
UNIFOR Main Assembly Dance Hall
115 Shipley Ave., Port Elgin
8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. $25 in advance through Ticketscene
$30 at the door

The Lulu’s Band with Men in Black Brass, and special guest set by Elvis Impersonator, Peter Irwin
Be prepared to dance the night away with the best dance music from classic rock to R&B hits, and even a bit of kick-ass new country. And, back by popular demand, enjoy a special guest set by Elvis!

The Lulu’s Band

It is a guaranteed party everywhere The Lulu’s Band plays, keeping the dance floor hopping! 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.


Men in Black Brass

This talented group of local musicians include Ian Burbidge, Charlie Bell, Wayne McGrath, Peter Rissi and Cam Porter.

Peter Irwin (Elvis)

Elvis Tribute artist Peter Irwin won the Canadian Amateur Champion in the 1998 Collingwood Elvis Festival, and in 2006 he won the People’s Choice Award Competition in Hamilton, Ontario. Las Vegas travellers who have watched multiple tribute-acts rank Peter as the best they have seen.

“Sunday Jazz Brunch”

Sunday, September 22nd
UNIFOR Dining Room
115 Shipley Ave., Port Elgin
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
$40 in advance through Ticketscene
$50 at the door

Midnight Ramblers (Jazz)
The Midnight Ramblers will perform fun and lively jazz as you enjoy a gourmet brunch prepared under the direction of UNIFOR’s Executive Chef.

The Midnight Ramblers
Allison Young, sax
William Sperandei, trumpet
Andy Harasymczuk, guitar
Jack McFadden, bass
Ted Warren, drums