Seniors swinging to the big band sound June 9 in Pickering


Published May 31, 2024 at 4:52 pm

Big Bands
George Lake Big Band

If Duke Ellington, Guy Lombardo and the swinging sounds of the pre- and post war dance halls are your thing, the Chestnut Hill Development Recreation Complex will be the place to be next weekend.

The big bands are back in Pickering and they’re bringing the music of a bygone generation to mark Senior’s Month.

The afternoon of music, dancing and social fun will be held at the community centre in downtown Pickering Sunday June 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pickering’s Senior of the Year will also be announced at the event.

George Lake Big Band will be providing the musical entertainment, with tickets on sale now at East Shore Community Centre (910 Liverpool Road), George Ashe Library and Community Centre (470 Kingston Road), and at the Chestnut Hill centre on Valley Farm Road.

Big bands originated during the early 1910s and dominated jazz in 40s when swing was most popular morale needed boosting during World War II. The genre was also the springboard to success post-war for legendary performers like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra and even inspired contemporary rock acts like Chicago and Canada’s own Lighthouse.

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