The Toronto Banjo Band at the 2023 Canada Day Celebrations in Clarksburg, Ontario. (Dillons Photos 705)

 

 

The Markham Fair, Markham, Ontario

September 30, 2023

We were back at the Markham Fair just north of Toronto after missing a year due to Covid 19. We almost had our full complement for the first of two sets ... Jeff and Barb made it for the last number. Set number two was fully staffed. The weather was perfect if a little warm (24C) and that brought lots of fair goers out to see the exhibits, animals, crafts etc. Our first set in the Entertainment Tent was the usual half hour, the second set was allowed to run a little longer, maybe 45 minutes. Bandmembers taking part were Direct Jim, Barb, Jeff, Glen, Bev, Patrick, Bob and Al. Our band is a little smaller these days, but we still all have fun and our audience seemed to enjoy the show with singing along and clapping to the rhythm. Hope to see you all next year.

The Billboard outside the Entertainment Tent showing our two sets at 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm.

Looking into the Entertainment Tent towards the stage.

Some of the band assembled in the 'wings' prior to the first set. Patrick, Glen, Jim, Bob and Bev.

Band view of our audience assembling for the show. That's the MC in the brown jacket whipping up the crowd.

 

Christie Gardens Apartments and Care, Toronto, Ontario.

September 27, 2023

The band returned to Christie Gardens in Toronto. Bev, our onsite reporter, said that "The gig went well and the audience sang along and many people came up to us afterwards and said that they hope we will come back" Good to hear. Friend of the band, Linda, took the photos below. Thanks for that.

Band Director Jim along with songstress Barb and banjo-mandolinist Bev.

The TBB at Christie Gardens: Jim, Barb, Bev, Glen, Jeff, and bassist Carl.

 

Kingsway Place Retirement Residence, Aurora, Ontario.

August 25, 2023

The band returned to the enlarged and very nice Kingsway Place Retirement Residence in Aurora. It used to be named the Kingsway Arms and we had several very pleasant shows there outside in the green space. This time we were inside and played to a good sized crowd, well spaced in these almost post Covid days. Once we started the audience jumped right in singing along and beating time to the stumming banjos. This had to be one of the livliest audiences in recent years. A pleasure to play for them. Jim and Barb sang some numbers and Bev and Al plunked some solos on a few choruses. The band members on the bandstand also included Jeff, Carl, Bob on bass and Glen. Refreshments were available for the band afterwards to set us up for the drive back home. Hopefully we will be invited back in a while for another visit. Snapshots by Al (calling them photos is too generous).

The Kingsway Place lounge and our bandstand setup.

Preparations for the big show.

Our singer Barb, banjo-mandolin player Bev and band president Glen.

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Carl on plectrum banjo. Our talented couple, Jeff and Barb.

Bob on bass.

Our leader Jim checking the sound system prior to the show. Nice bright acoustics in the room so individual instrument mics not needed.

 

Canada Day at the Marsh Street Centre, Clarksburg, Ontario.

July 1, 2023

The Toronto Banjo Band was invited to play at the Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg, Ontario. For those geographically challenged, Clarksburg is immediately south of Thornbury, Ontario on the shores of Georgian Bay. We were set up on the covered patio at the back of the centre. Refreshments were plentiful at the bar and on the BBQ. Our band alternated sets with the Bluewater Jazz Collectived in the afternoon. For our band singing duties were handled by Barb Jordan and Jim Groulx. Band folk in attendance were Barb, Jim, Bev, Al, Glen, Jeff, Bob and Bill. Fortunately Stuart Steinhart filled in for our bassist Bob for the first set when Bob was delayed in getting to the venue. Thank you Stuart. Ward Cornforth, our Clarksburg coordinator, made sure the band had everything we needed to get us settled for the viist and the show. Thanks Ward. It was a bit of a drive to Clarksburg but it was a fine day for all. Our audience was really great. When Barb sang the Canada song, they all joned in. Photos by Ward Cornforth, the Pounsett couple, Betty and Al, and Dillons Photos (705).

The patio at the rear of the Marsh Street Centre in downtown Clarksburg.

The Toronto Banjo Band. The weather was fine. The forecasted rain never really materialized. Nice crowd at the show.

The Bluewater Jazz Collective. A really fine group. Our man in Clarksburg, Ward, on drums. Stuart was our fill in bassist for the first set.

Barb Jordan singing one of her numbers.

The TBB during the first set with Stuart Steinhart filling in on bass.

Ward Cornforth, our Clarksburg contact, with bassist Bob and plectrum banjo player Bill.

Glen and guest bassist Stuart.

Barb Jordan on vocals.

Al, Glen, Stuart and Jeff.

TBB regular bassist Bob.

Florida's Snug Haven banjoist Bill.

Jeff.

 

Yonge Lawrence Business Improvement Association Village Day

Toronto, Ontario

June 10, 2023

Another return engagement at the Village Day put on by the Yonge Lawrence BIA. The weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold and mostly sunny. We were situated this year in the middle of the strip. In previous years we were at the ends. This meant more traffic and actually some audiences hanging around to hear the band. We saw some band family members and recognized some fans from previous years including, not so little any more, Maizie and her family,. The song Maizie was played for her as in the past. This all started when she was in her stroller nine years ago. Those in the band that took part were Jim, Glen, Barb, Jeff, Bob, Patrick, Bev and Al. Bob was on electric bass (electricity courtesy of Shoppers Drug Mart) and Barb and Jim were on vocals. Another fine but long day for the TBB.

Our spot under the pavillion tents in front of Shoppers Drug Mart. Barb sang a duet with an appreciative audience member. Jim and Bev looking on.

Our fine singer, Barb, and her husband Jeff.

Glen, Bob on bass, Jeff and Patrick.

 

Probus Club of Kingsway Islington,

Toronto, Ontario

May 23, 2023

After playing at the Etobicoke Probus Club, we moved on to the Probus Club of Kingsway Islington at the very beautiful Lambton Golf and Country Club. The audience was in a great mood for some banjo playing, and we did our best to satisfy. Those in the band for this gig were Jim, Glen, Barbara, Bev, Al, Bob, Jeff and Carl on bass. Several in the band had called in their regrets. Singing was handled by Barb, Jim and Carl, all did a great job. Banjo solos by Bev and Al, with song banjo introductions by Jim. We played for about an hour to a nice sized and welcoming group of Probusers (Editors spelling). Another fine day for the TBB.

The Lambton Golf and Country Club.

 

Grace Longfield

November 6, 1921 - March 11, 2023

Grace Longfield, tenor banjo player in the Toronto Banjo Band, passed away peacefully in her 102nd year. She joined the band many years ago and appeared in our gigs right up through 2019. Grace was aptly named as she was nothing but gracious in her interactions with her band mates, always full of positive comments and encouragement. As an older player taking part in gigs at seniors residences and long term care homes, she was an inspiration to the older folks in our audience. Grace was Just a lovely person to be around. Our band members surely miiss her presence at our practices and gigs. Our condolences to her children and family at this time.

At Grace's Celebration of Life her band, the Toronto Banjo Band, accompanied the hyms durining the service. Former members of the band attended which refreshed some memories. Thanks Tuba Tom and Banjo Bob.

Left: Grace with our leader, Jim G.and tuba player Tom. Right: Grace's sister was in the audience at a 2018 show.

Grace, second from the right in the front row, playing with the Toronto Banjo Band at the North American International Banjo Convention in Dearborn Michigan (2011).

 

Etobicoke Probus Club at the Weston Golf and Country Club,

Etobicoke, Ontario

March 16, 2023

The band played at a special meeting of the Etobicoke Probus Club at the lovely Weston Golf and Country Club on the west side of Toronto. There was a large audience of Probus folk in attendance, likely well over a hundred members. The band itself had been reduced in size to 5 members due to pluckers enjoying the March break and spring vacations in Florida. The bandmembers in attendance were Leader Jim, President Glen, Bev, Carl and Al. Carl did a great job playing his very nice Taylor acoustic bass guitar. Jim handled the vocals and the rest of us filled in with the occasional solos. The band sounded fine even with limited numbers. Members of the audience came up after and told us how much they enjoyed the band and hearing live music for a change. Coffee and excellent snacks were provided. This show had been postponed from the fall of 2022.

The Weston Golf and Country Club, Etobicoke, Ontario

 

North American International Banjo Celebration

April 27, 2023 - April 29, 2023

 

 

Sheila Dickinson

April 15, 1934 - August 18, 2022

Sheila Dickinson, a many year member of the Toronto Banjo Band, passed away last week. She will be missed greatly by the members of our band. We send our condolences to her family at the loss of their mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.

The service of thanksgiving and remembrance for Sheila's life was held at the historic St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Scarborough (Toronto, Ontario) where she and her husband attended. Her husband, Jim Dickinson, had passed away just last April. They had met in Grade 1, and had celebrated 68 years of marriage.

Sheila had played tenor banjo with the band. When Tom Elliot, our tuba player, was unable to attend a gig, Sheila would fill in with her skills on the electric bass guitar. She even sang a few numbers at gigs with that sultry voice. She was a positive force in our band. Sheila and her husband Jim had arranged for our band to play at several fund raisers at their church. Several of our Toronto Banjo Band parties were hosted at her condominium.

We were blessed to have her in our band.

 

Niagara-on-the-Lake Strawberry Festival

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Saturday, June 18, 2022

After a Covid pause, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church hosted it's Strawberry Festival on the church lawn. Carl and Diane Finkle, Carl a plectrum player in the TBB, recently moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake and were instrumental in getting us there. There was live music, all things strawberry, a barbeque, drinks, and of course the Toronto Banjo Band. A good number of bandsfolk made the drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake. For those of you from away, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a lovely small historic town on the Niagara River downstream from the falls. The War of 1812 was fought in these parts between the British and the Americans and the original church destroyed when the town was razed. The current building was built in 1831. Things are completely peaceful now between the two waring parties. The band reported they all had a great time at the Festival. Barb Jordan came with husband and tenor player Jeff to provide some fine singing. The pictures below were sent in by Jack Currie.

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church built in 1831.

The setup.

The band in place by the church.

That's singer Barb Jordan on the right.

A lovely audience.

 

The Yonge Lawrence Business Improvement Association Village Day

Toronto, Ontario

Saturday, June 11, 2022

After a multi-year Covid 19 hiatus, the Toronto Banjo Band was back on Yonge Street in Toronto playing for the local Yonge Lawrence Business Improvement Association Village Day. On a many block section of Toronto's main street the storekeepers are out on the sidewalk promoting their goods and services. There are live bands, clowns, face painters and inflated bouncy castles. This is an annual gig for the Toronto Banjo Band and a favourite of many of us. Playing on the street is fun. We had a good turnout from the band, but we did miss for sure Jim H. and Sheila who were not ready and able to attend. Barbara Jordan sang a number of songs with the band which we always thinks adds a bit of class to our show. Bob W. and Jim G. provided the rest of the vocals. The rain held off until our last number fortunately. Just a sprinkle until we got to our cars, then full rain. There was a very special guest in our audience today. Six years ago a toddler and her family came by and the little girl's name was given as Maizie. The song Maizie was in our repetoire and we played it for her and her mom and dad. This Saturday, a cute six year old little girl showed up at the bandstand and identified herself to Jim TBB leader as our Maizie. We played Maizie's song for her and her dad again. The photos below were taken by the Curries, Eileen Jensen and Barb Jordan.

We were playing in the Yonge Boulevard Parkette adjacent to Yonge Street.

The Yonge Lawrence BIA provided a pavillion tent for sun and eventual rain.

Left, Singer Barb Jordan and tenor playing husband Jeff, Right banjo mandolinist Bev.

Jeff and Al.

The TBB faced Yonge Street and were in a parkette in front of the Scotiabank branch.

Glen and Carl and the sound system setup.

Bob W. our bassist left, and John H.with his wife Eileen right.

Three of the back row boys, John, Patrick and Jeff.

The full back row, Carl, John, Patrick, Jeff and Bob on bass.

Maizie and Leader Jim.

Almost ready to go with Jim G., our illustrious Leader, taking position.

The TBB on Yonge Street, Toronto.

Ready to play.

 

North American International Banjo Convention

The Doubletree Hotel, Dearborn Michigan, USA

April 28, 29 and 30th, 2022

After being hit hard by the Coronavirus forcing cancellation in 2021, the NAIBC is scheduled for next April in Dearborn Michigan (suburb of Detroit). All the best for a successful convention in 2022.

 

Annual Toronto Banjo Band Golf Day

Timber Ridge Golf Course, Brighton, Ontario

August 10, 2020

The Timber Ridge Gof Course was open with the required restrictions brought about by the Coronavirus. It was time for the Annual Toronto Banjo Band Golf Day. We had six golfers taking part on Monday: Glen Midgley, Jack Currie, Bob Walton, Bob Musson, Jim Hindorff and Al Pounsett. Unfortunately two of our regulars from years past were not able to take part this year. The course was in good shape despite the local drought and the golfers were in good form. Once again President Midgley had the low score, and once again no prize was given. The Most Honest Golfer award (no actual prize awarded) went to Al Pounsett, likely again as well. It was a sunny, hot and humid day. A bit of a breeze helped a lot. After the game we retired to the Timber Ridge Golf Course patio for dinner and a refreshing drink to be served by Bev, our excellent waitress. Thanks Jack Currie for sending in some additional photos.

The golfers, left to right: Jim Hindorff, Bob Walton, Al Pounsett, Glen Midgley, Bob Musson and Jack Currie. Socially distanced.

Jack and Bob W. on the tee.

Bob Walton.

Al trying to not look up during shot.

The Dinner Party, left to right: Betty Pounsett, Jim, Glen, Bob M., Al, and Bob W. Photo by Jack.

The Dinner Party, left to right: Bob, Jack, Glen, Betty Pounsett, Jim and Bob. Photo by Al.

 

Toronto Banjo Band 10th Anniversary - Photo Album

January 28, 1996

Just prior to emigrating to Nova Scotia, Dave Robinson entrusted me with an album of photos taken at the TBB's 10th Anniversary shindig. For the oldtimers and graduates, and for the more recent members, enjoy identifying some of your old buddies from 1996. Some photos have a bit of an identification associated while other are group photos and have no identifications. Time was heavy on my hands today (as most days during the Covid-19 pandemic), so it occurred to me to scan the photos and put them on our website. Thanks Dave for passing these snaps along.

The Invitation and the attendees list.

Earl and Bob

Jamie with Sally and spouse Joy.

Joe V and Bruce Mc, Bob and Earl

Clive L and Doris P

Ernie and Jamie

John N on the right.

Mel C, another Mel C and Ray P

Roy Hill and another Roy Hill

Ted F and Bob A

Ted F

 

American Banjo Museum - Facebook Banjo Shows

March 27, 2020

As a diversion from the pandemic, the American Banjo Museum is putting on a series of shows accessible over the Internet. Their schedule for upcoming shows is below. They are accessible via the ABM Facebook page referenced at the bottom of the schedule.

 

The Roxborough Retirement Residence

Newmarket, Ontario

February 5, 2020

We had played at the Roxborough back in 2014 outside in their park area. This time, wintertime, we played inside in a very nice pub style room. Our audience was large and enthusiastic and seemed to have a good time. There were plenty of positive comments sent our way when the show was over about having us back, how much fun we all had and how great a banjo band sounded. Dave Robinson was back temporarily from the Maritimes and he, Jim Hindorff and Jim Groulx handled the singing along with Barbara Jordan who graces us from time to time. Thanks Barbara. Jim Groulx asked for volunteers from the audience to come up and sing with the band, and as always, he has a way to get them to the bandstand. Another enjoyable gig for the TBB.

The entertainment room at the Roxborough. We were set up in front of the fireplace. That's Jack and Maritime Dave in the foreground.

Left: Jim D., Sheila D. and President Glen. Right: Jim H.

Left: Director Jim encouraging more singers to come up and join the band. Right: Our volunteer choristers.

 

Sally Carroll

October 28, 1940 - January 29, 2020

Sally Carroll, a long time member of the Toronto Banjo Band, passed away on Wednesday, January 29th, in Toronto. Sally had retired from the TBB a couple of years ago to pursue playing with traditional/dixieland jazz ensembles. She became a member of the Lakeridge Dixie Stompers of Ajax, Ontario, and also played at the Legion near her home in Toronto. During her TBB days, Sally played lead plectrum banjo. She was a fine player and adventurous enough to work up banjo solos to be inserted into our repetoire. She loved to attend the North American International Banjo Convention held annually in Dearborn Michigan. At the convention she played in the concerts with the TBB, the Toronto Strummers and with the American band called the Banjo Busters. The Banjo Busters was made up of top flight international banjo players playing multipart arrangements, and Sally was right in there amongst them. When the Toronto Strummers would rehearse for an upcoming NAIBC convention gig, she would graciously host the practises ... lunch included. The members of the TBB have missed Sally since she moved on to other banjo pursuits, and now the missing is more poignant knowing that she has passed away. Our sincere condolences to her children and their families.

Sally Carroll

Sally with the Toronto Banjo Band

Sally with the Toronto Strummers

Sally with the Banjo Busters

 

Amica Newmarket Retirement Community

Newmarket, Ontario

January 7, 2020

We had played at this Amica back in January of 2019 and also in July 2019, and were back again for a return engagement. Thanks to Jim Hindorff for making the arrangements for us. Pictures by Jack Currie and Bev Cattle. Thanks Jack and Bev.

Director Jim Groulx.

Plectrum banjoists, Carl and Patrick.

Left: Jim Hindorff belting out a number. Right: Banjo-mandolinist, Bev, on camera.

The Band and Director Jim.

Left: Sheila on bass guitar. Right: Jim Groulx and Carl.

Left to Right: Sheila, Jim H., Carl, Patrick, President Glen, Earl and Jack.

 

The Elden of Bradford

Bradford, Ontario

December 12, 2019

We had played at the Elden in July and were invited back to do a Christmas show. We had a larger audience than back in the summer and they were up for some banjo interpretations of old favourites. We had a couple volunteer to do some dancing during one of the numbers and Jim cajoled some ladies and a gentleman up to sing Jingle Bells with the band. We had a lot of fun. With Tuba Tom's retirement, Sheila played bass guitar which she is great at. Al Pounsett, a multi instrumentalist, played the sleigh bells during some of the Christmas numbers. Members of the audience asked when we were coming back again when we were packing up. That is always a good sign. After the show we had a TBB Christmas Dinner at a local Swiss Chalet. A few pictures below by Pounsett and Bev. Thanks Bev for sending these in..

Left: Bulleting board notice of the upcoming Toronto Banjo Band show. Right: Al and his plectrum banjo.

Left: The only one facing the camera is Bev. Turned away: Sheila, Carl, Earl and Glen. Right: Sheila.

Bev, Jim H., and Carl.

Carl, Patrick and Jeff.

Director Jim Groulx at the controls.

Some brave members of the audience volunteering to sing Jingle Bells.

Left: The end of the show at the Elden. Right: Al and Earl comparing Santa hat terminations.

After the show the band retired to the Swiss Chalet down the road for Christmas dinner. Carl, Glen, Jeff, Earl and Sheila.

Jeff, Earl and Sheila.

Patrick, Al, and two Jims.

Carl, Glen and Jeff.

 

Remembrance Day at the Royal Canadian Legion

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 414, Woodbridge, Ontario

November 11, 2019

The Toronto Banjo Band has changed its practice site to the Royal Canadian Legion branch in Woodbridge this fall. We asked the Legion if they would like us to play at their Remembrance Day gathering. They thought it was a fine idea. We played some of the old wartime tunes along with our regular fare. Below are some photos provided by Jack Currie. Thanks for sending these along Jack.

Forming up on the stage at the RC Legion hall.

The bandstand.

Sheila tuning up her bass guitar. Band spouses Pat and Gail waiting for the show.

The scene at the Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day lunch.

 

The TBB Has Lost Two Long Time Banjo Players

Doris Potter and Borgy Borgerson

November, 2019

This past week saw the passing of both Doris Potter and of Borgy Borgerson.

Doris Potter

Doris was a long time tenor banjo soloist with the Toronto Banjo Band. Sadly, Doris passed away a short time ago. She was an excellent player and an inspiring addition to our band. We had played at Doris's residence a year or two after she had retired from the TBB. It didn't take much to get Doris temporarily back out of retirement and up on the stage to play a number or two. It's sad to know that our banjo playing friend has gone. This article on Doris was published by the Don Mills residence where Doris Potter lived.

Borgy Borgerson

Borgy passed away on November 4, 2019. He was a founding member of the Toronto Banjo Band and inducted into the Banjo Hall of Fame last year. The American Banjo Museum produced a YOUTUBE tribute to Borgy at his induction into the Hall of Fame. Borgy had a number of banjo playing friends across Canada as he had performed from Quebec to British Columbia and points in between.

In addition to the video tribute, the American Banjo Museum wrote the following: "It is with sadness that we report the passing of Alfred “Borgy” Borgerson on November 4, 2019 in his 94th year. He was a recent inductee into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame in 2018. Borgy was a true gentleman and did much to promote the banjo throughout North America. His career as an entertainer and banjoist extraordinaire spanned more than half a century. He will be sadly missed by his many friends and family across Canada and beyond. He was a founding member of the Toronto Banjo Band, a band that is still going strong since 1986. Borgy is survived by Eunice his bride of 70 years, an occasion that they celebrated in August, 2019."

 

Chartwell Barton Retirement Residence

Newmarket, Ontario

October 24, 2019

I think this was our third (maybe fourth) visit to the Barton Residence in Newmarket. A nice bright lounge area to play in at the Barton. The audience was appreciative of the older numbers we play and some came up to tell us that after the show. The band was treated to birthday cake when we finished as we were part of their monthly mass birthday celebration event. Sadly, this was likely long time band member, Dave Robinson's, final gig with the Toronto Banjo Band. Dave has been with the band for many decades as a tenor player, fine singer, board member and general mover and shaker. Dave was also the founder of the Toronto Strummers. The Strummers were a subset of the band, that performed at the North American International Banjo Convention in Dearborn Michigan. When the full TBB could no longer perform at the convention, the smaller Strummers took over. Dave's move to the Maritimes will leave a hole in our roster. All the best to Dave and his wife Beth on their new adventure.

Dave Robinson at the Barton.

 

Markham Fair

Markham Fair Grounds, Ontario

October 5, 2019

The band assembled at the Markham Fairgrounds for another rousing afternoon of big tent banjo playing. Quite a few members made the drive to north Markham for the show. Bob Armstrong made a guest appearance singing and playing after unfortunately missing last year. It was great to have him back at the Fair. Bob Kobe made the trek down from Bracebridge. We missed having Tom Elliot on tuba and Sheila Dickinson on tenor banjo this day. We played our two sets, at 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm. For once, it was a beautiful sunny fall day and the parking lots and fairgrounds were packed. Our early show had a near record crowd in the big Entertainment Tent. We followed the unicycle rider and juggling kids' comedian both times. We watch his act from the wings. The kids love him. The Markham Fair is an annual highlight for many of us in the band .. it's fun playing in the fall farm fair environment. This was one more in a long long string of appearances. We are grateful. Photos below by Pat Currie, Jack Currie and Al Pounsett..

The Markham Fairgrounds main gate.

Jim Hindorff singing Wooden Heart with the band.

The bandstand at the Markham Fair.

Left: Dave, Jeff, Bob W. and John in the wings. Right: Bandmember Patrick obtaining the name of the unicycle rider's haberdasher.

Waiting to go on: Al, Bob Armstrong, Bob Walton and Director Jim Groulx.

Bob W. on bass, Bev on banjo-mandolin, Dave, Glen on tenor and singer Jim H.

Jim H., Al (in MacLean tartan tam), Jack, Jeff behind, Patrick behind, Earl in white cap, Bob K., Bob A., and just a bit of Carl behind.

Putting on the moves, Director Jim Groulx, singer/solist Earl C. and singer/soloist Banjo Bob Armstrong.

Dave behind, Bev, Jim H. behind, Glen, Al, Jeff behind, Jack, Patrick behind, Earl and Bob A.

Left: Bev Cattle on a street by the same name. Right: the back bacon on a bun place that the band supports heavily.

 

New Practice Site for the Toronto Banjo Band

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 414, Woodbridge, Ontario

September 9, 2019

The Toronto Banjo Band is practising at a new location. We have moved to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 414 in Woodbridge from the Emmaculate Conception Catholic Elementary School in Woodbridge.

Another change, practices will now take place starting at 12 noon rather than at 7 pm in the evening. Jack Currie sent in a picture of the first practice. You can see it below. Thanks Jack.

The outside of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 414.

The first practice at the Legion.

 

TBB Banjoist Jean Jolliffe

July 19, 1921 - August 22, 2019

Jean Jolliffe, a long-time member of the Toronto Banjo Band, passed away on August 22, 2019. A tenor banjo rhythm player, she was a great asset to our band with her bright smile and enthusiasm. She was a friend to all the members. At her service of celebration and thanksgiving her family had arranged for Jean's banjo teacher and banjo hall of famer, Tim Allan, to provide the music. We will all miss Jean very much.

Jean Jolliffe at the Evergreen in 2017.

Tim Allan, Jean's teacher.

 

TBB Golf Day

Timber Ridge Golf Course, Brighton, Ontario

August 12, 2019

This was the 7th time the TBB Golf Day has been held. Every year we have played at the same course, Timber Ridge, just north of Brighton, Ontario. Those that took part this year were Jim Hindorff with his friend Bob Musson, Glen Midgley, Bob Walton, Jack Currie, and Al Pounsett with his long time friend and neighbour Alan Brewster. The weather cooperated with variable cloudiness and a nice breeze to lessen the heat of the day. No holes in one, in fact, there has never been a hole in one on this event. Glen Midgley and Bob Walton tied for lowest gross score. Congratulations to Glen and Bob. After golf, the group travelled a few kilometres to Al and Betty Pounsett's home for beer, burgers and berries. Hopefully we can all make it back in 2020. A few snapshots below by Jack Currie and Al Pounsett.

The golfers: Glen, Bob M., Jack, Jim, Al, Alan, and Bob W. pose for the now tradiional group photo in front of the Pounsett shed and ox yoke.

Glen watching the preceding foursome move down the 10th fairway.

Bob M. tees off on the 1st tee with Jim, Al and Alan looking on.

Glen, Bob W., and Jack.

Jim preparing to shoot on the 11th fairway. Alan B. in the golf cart.

Bob M. on the 11th.

Alan B. and Bob M. waiting for Al P. to get his shot off on the 14th.

Pounsett's patio scene.

Back at Pounsett's patio: Jim, Jack, Bob W., Bob M., Alan B., Alan's wife Maureen, Al's wife Betty and Glen.

Same people, different viewpoint: Maureen, Betty, Glen, Jim, Jack, Bob W., Bob M., and Alan B.

 

Jean Jolliffe's Birthday

Burlington, Ontario

July 2019

Sally Carroll sent along a note about Jean Jolliffe's birthday celebration at her retirement residence in Burlington. Sally along with Dave Robinson and wife Beth and Glen Midgley attended from the band. It was reported that Jean sang her signature song, Second Hand Rose as only she can. Jean retired from the TBB last year and we miss her very much. Jean played tenor banjo in our rhythm section. Happy birthday Jean and we all wish you well in your new Burlington home. Happy to have you back on old Ontario.

Jean and her huge birthday cake.

 

Kingsway Place Retirement Residence

Aurora, Ontario

July 24, 2019

We have played at the Kingsway in Aurora several times now. Kingsway Place has added a large expansion to their building which looks great but unfortunately eliminated the garden patio setting were have played before. This time we were inside, but a nice room to play in nontheless. The audience was in fine form and Jim weaved his magic in getting some of them to come up and sing with the band. Barb Jordan joined the band today and sang some of her great numbers to the plunking banjos. The residence fed the band before we played which was very nice. Some of us come from a long way off to play these gigs and somehow miss lunch. We are grateful to the Kingsway Place for looking after us. Before we left, the audience was calling for a return concert by the Toronto Banjo Band. Thank you. Some snaphots below by Pounsett.

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Our concert room including tenor banjoist Jack.

Bev tunes up. No mean feat on a banjo mandolin.

Our bandstand. We were given lunch in the dining room behind the bandstand.

Director Jim, band singer Barb Jordan and some of the singers that joined us from the audience.

 

The Eldon of Bradford Retirement Residence

Bradford, Ontario

July 18, 2019

This show was at a brand new retirement residence just west of Bradford. A very nice place. For this gig, bandmembers from Woodstock, Bracebridge, Greenville, Toronto, Trenton, Aurora, Brampton, Brechin and Schomberg took part. The audience was great and six or seven came up to sing with the band. The band singers included Sheila, the two Jims, and Dave. The accommodations for the band were fine with a green room for cases and a nice spot for the bandstand. Photos by Pounsett.

Setting up the bandstand at The Eldon.

Our Director, Jim Groulx, relaxing prior to showtime.

Left to right: Jeff, Bev, Bob K., Bob W., Carl and President Glen.

Left to right: Tuba Tom, Dave, Sheila, Jeff, Bev, Bob, K, and Carl.

 

Amica Newmarket Retirement Community

Newmarket, Ontario

July 1, 2019

Our return visit to the Amica residence in Newmarket, Ontario. We were here before back in January. This time we played outside in a really nice shaded patio area. This being Canada Day, we started off with O Canada. Our play list also included Bobby Gimby's Canada song from 1967. A really lovely setting for some banjo playing and listening. Some of the band's wives and sweethearts attended as the plan was to go out for an early dinner after the show in Aurora. Director Groulx was able to cajole a gentleman in the audience to come up and sing along with the band and three lovely ladies who also volunteered. Band singing was handled by Sheila, Dave and the two Jims. A little solo work on the banjo by Bev, Al and Jim Groulx. A fine day. Pictures by Pounsett and Midgley.

The shaded audience area at Amica in Newmarket.

President Glen, Secretary Dave, and Director Jim at the patio bandstand.

Pre-show hijinks.

The well trained and obedient band follows 'stand up' order. Carl and John on the right end.

The shady bandstand with Director Jim, Tuba Tom, Sheila, Bev, Glen, Al, Jim H., Dave, and Carl.

 

Special Birthday Entertainment

Glenerin Inn, Mississauga, Ontario

April 13, 2019

The Toronto Banjo Band was invited to provide the entertainment at Mr. Earl Fee's 90th birthday party at the impressive Glenerin Inn in Mississauga. Mr. Fee has been a champion senior runner, a holder of many event titles. Our president, Glen Midgley, pulled together many clips and photos of Earl and created a presentation board for him. It was very well received by Earl and the party guests. Photos were taken by Patrick Longhurst and Jeff's wife Barb Jordan. Details of the event were provided by Glen Midgley. Thanks Barb, Patrick and Glen.

President Glen making a presentation to Earl Fee.

The board of memories and achievements presented by the TBB to Mr. Fee.

Mr. Earl Fee on banjo. Another of his talents.

President Glen and Earl Fee.

Left: Director Jim leading the band. Right: Tom on tuba and the band front row.

Left: Sheila, Bev, Glen, Earl and Patrick. Right: Patrick, Grace, Jeff and Tom.

 

Amica Newmarket Retirement Community

Newmarket, Ontario

January 16, 2019

This is the first time we have played for the folks at the Amica residence in Newmarket, Ontario. The audience was very welcoming and I think I can say we all had a great time. We had a fine complement of band members in attendance. The room we played in was nice plus we had a 'green room' immediately behind it for coats and instrument cases. Our vocal soloists were Sheila Dickenson, Earl Craddock, Jim Groulx, Jim Hindorff and Dave Robinson. Banjo solosts were Earl Craddock (multi talented), Bev Cattle and Al Pounsett. A nice event for the band. Photos by Pounsett.

Jim Hindorff, Jim Groulx, Bev Cattle and Jack Currie setting up the bandstand.

Tom Elliot, Jim Hindorff, Carl Finkle, Bev Cattle and Sheila Dickenson in the Green Room.

Grace Longfield and Earl Craddock.