Canadian Big Band weekend all set to swing!

It’s back with all the jazz and swing music that brings back another era – a cherished period of music, friendships, summer breezes, dance and romance!

Rosemary & Brent Rogers a romance that started with ballroom dance

September 7-9 is the Annual Canadian Big Band Celebration (CBBC) now in its 24th year. The CBBC festival with four events, celebrates the dance pavilions that once graced the shores of our Lake Huron beaches. 

CBBC Weekend Events Sept 7-9, 2018

Friday Night Jazz 7:30-11pm with 8 jazz and blues bands at SEVEN venues in both Port Elgin and Southampton. Using the SS Trolley or Shuttle Bus, you can travel to any venue safely and in style with other patrons for FREE.

Port Elgin venues: Queens Bar & Grill with Noodle Factory Jazz Project (Jazz & Swing); Chester’s Bar & Grill with Robin Banks and Richard Whiteman (Jazz & Blues); Wismer House with Bobby Dean Blackburn & Sons (Rhythm & Blues); Port Elgin Dance Club at Royal Canadian Legion (Swing & Jazz).

Southampton venues: Duffy’s Bar & Grill with Roberta Hunt (Jazz & Blues); Walker House with Mary Catherine Pazzano Quartet (Jazz); Southampton Golf & Country Club with Heavyweights Brass Band (R&B, Jazz) and Charlie Bell Trio and Guests (Jazz).

Saturday’s Big Event – Afternoon Show 2-5 pm is a big band dance party at the beautiful UNIFOR Main Assembly (Dance) Hall. The Afternoon Show features vocalists Rebecca Binnendyk and Dean Hollin with the Canadian Big Band whose membership includes many of the finest big band and jazz players in Canada today.

Saturday’s Big Event – Evening Show 7:30-11 pm will be a continuous dance party also at the UNIFOR Main Assembly (Dance) Hall. This is NON-STOP dancing to Classic Rock, R&B, and a bit of kickin’ Country music featuring Lulu’s Band with the Men in Black Brassline. Trading sets with Lulu’s and the Men in Black is the ever-popular Tyler Yarema singing and playing up a storm of blues and jazz.

  Lulu’s Band and Men in Black Brassline                                are back

Sunday Jazz Brunch – 11am-1:30 pm features jazz violinist prodigy and Juno award winner Drew Jurecka, with Adrian Farugea on keys and Clark Johnston on double bass. UNIFOR’s Executive Chef Jason Stewart has created a complete gourmet brunch, bringing a few new twists and layouts to this popular event. Check out our website for a tantalizing look at the Sunday Jazz Brunch menu.

Tickets and more information at 

The CBBC has transitioned to online electronic tickets through Ticketscene which is working well and our volunteers are ready to take your electronic ticket at all venues! Also, cash admission at the door for all events.

The CBBC Volunteers and Sponsors hope to see you for a great weekend of music and fun!