Rotary club presents Big Band on May 8

The Rotary Club of Fergus Elora is excited to present a “charity ball” on May 8 at the Sportsplex in Fergus.

Starting with a sit down dinner at 7pm, the event will feature the sounds of The Toronto All-Star Big Band, which is famous across Canada for reviving the spirit, style and sound of music from the 1930s and 40s.

Tickets for the semi-formal evening event, which will also feature a dance demonstration, door prizes and silent auction, are $60 and can be purchased through any Rotarian, including Russ Spicer (519-843-1632) and Scott Giddy (519-831-2537).

About the band

The Toronto All-Star Big Band pays homage to the golden age of the “big bands.”

Its programming, choreography and cultural nostalgia, has earned its cast of young talent a great reputation throughout Ontario and in the U.S..

The band has played far-reaching theatrical engagements and gigs that have included the Port Hope Jazz Festival, Port Elgin Big Band Celebration, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Art Park in Lewiston N.Y. and Toronto’s famed Palais Royale and Casa Loma.

The Toronto All-Star Big Band provides one of the most intense and stimulating youth music programs in Canada. Behind its extraordinary entertainment, it engages cream-of-the-crop young musicians from across the GTA in a rigorous regime of rehearsals, workshops and performances with international stars such as Buddy deFranco, Eddie Daniels, Larry Elgart, Clark Terry, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth.

The band has also worked with Canadians like Peter Appleyard, Tommy Ambrose, Phil Nimmons, Oliver Jones, Ranee Lee and the great Jackie Richardson. In June of 2009 the band even worked with the legendary Benny Golson.

For more information about the band and its performances, call 416-231-5695 or visit