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.

 

Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary School

Woodbridge, Ontario

December 10, 2018

For many years now the Toronto Banjo Band has held its twice monthly practices in Woodbridge, Ontario, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary School. This Christmas season we once again had the fun of playing for the students (435 of them) in the school gym. The kids were great, the teachers were great. Director Jim Groulx invited the teachers to come up and sing Jingle Bells for the kids which they did to the kids' delight. Everyone ended up singing along. The gym roof seemed to hold up OK. Thanks to Jim Hindorff for setting this up between the band and the school. Thanks to Jim Groulx for his leadership. Unexpectedly the band was graciously treated to some goodies by the school and its teachers; not necessary but appreciated. After the show, the whole band retired to the local Swiss Chalet for an early dinner together.

Setting up in the school gym.

Most of the band.

Our President, Glen Midgley, thanks Director Jim Groulx and the band as the year ends.

Dave Robinson and Bob Walton.

 

Christie Gardens Apartments and Care

Toronto, Ontario

November 7, 2018

The band was invited to play at Christie Gardens near the downtown Toronto area. Christie Gardens is a large complex and we played in the auditorium, a very nice venue. Adjacent to the auditorium was a lovely little coffee shop were some of the early arriving band members had refreshments or a light lunch. We had a great audience who quickly volunteered for Director Jim's conga line invitation with Creole Belle, We had a good turnout from the band members for this gig, but missed our tuba player, Tom. Sheila filled in on electric bass. Singing was handled by Director Jim Groulx, Bob (Mr. Blues) Walton, Jim Hindorff, Dave Robinson and Earl Craddock. Earl also did some great chord melody banjo numbers for the audience. Bev Cattle on banjo-mandolin and Al Pounsett on plectrum banjo handled a few solo breaks. Grace Longfield's sister was in the audience, Grace is a long time tenor banjo player in the band. Remembrance Day was honoured by Director Jim Groulx as he had the band play a couple of WWII numbers from our repetoire. Photos below were taken by Jack Currie and Al Pounsett.

The Christie Gardens auditorium with the TBB milling about before the show.

More milling.

Earl, Dave and Patrick.That's Dave displaying dues cheques from some bandmembers; and Grace with her sister.

Our long serving president and gig manager, Glen.

 

Markham Fair

Markham Fair Grounds, Ontario

September 29, 2018

The Toronto Banjo Band was invited again to play at the Markham Fair. This was the latest in a very long series of performances by the TBB at this large fall fair. We played twice on the Saturday afternoon; 2:30 PM and 4:00 PM. This gig is different from most of our other gigs with the excitement of the farm show and the midway in the air. We had a fine turnout from the band and were glad to see Bracebridge Bob Kobe and Earl back in the show. Director Jim had an upbeat set list for us which is great for the variety of ages in the audience. We followed Mr. Craig Douglas with his kid friendly unicycle and juggling comedy act for both sets. No wild animals onstage with us this time. Grateful. Some snapshots below by the Pounsetts, thanks Betty.

The show lineup in front of the Entertainment Tent at the Markham Fair. We are part way down the sign following Mr. Craig Douglas's comedy act.

Inside the Entertainment Tent before the TBB took the stage. Mr. Craig Douglas and unicycle.

Bev in the wings waiting to go 'on'.

The TBB and our audience.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Toronto Banjo Band.

 

American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

September 6 to 8, 2018

Canadian banjoist Borgy Borgerson was inducted into the banjo Hall of Fame this September. Canadian banjoist Roy Hill attended on behalf of Borgy to accept his award. Canadians Tim Allan and Sandy Perrotta were also there. Roy has sent in some snapshots taken at the event by his friend Carol Johnston. Thanks to Carol and Roy.

Tim Allan on stage (both photos).

Taylor Pfeiffer from Adelaide, Australia. Mummers Quartet.

Roy and Tim Allan. The Banjo Hall of Fame Award. Roy Hill and friends.

Jamming in the lobby. Bela Fleck and Carol Johnston.

Sandy Perrotta and Roy Hill. Sandy Perrotta, Roy Hill, Carol Johnston and Doug Parsons (President, ABM)..

 

Credit River Retirement Residence

Streetsville, Ontario

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

President Midgley reported that the Credit River Retirement Residence is a new mult-story retirement home in Streetsville, Ontario which was originally a mill town. Today, it's part of Mississauga. Although we played in the lower rotunda and it was fully packed with residents, the two adjacent hallways also had people sitting in them along with people listening in a room that joined into the rotunda. I would estimate that there were about sixty residents who attended and no one left until the concert was finished. The pictures below were taken by the residence staff and kindly supplied to our website. Thank you.

Jim left, Tom right, the TBB in the middle.

The bandstand at the Credit River Retirement Residence.

 

TBB Golf Day

Timber Ridge Golf Course, Brighton, Ontario

Monday, August 13, 2018

According to the records of the Toronto Banjo Band, the first TBB Golf Day was held in 2012. For some reason, the event was not held in 2015. The games played have all been contested at the Timber Ridge Golf Course just north of Brighton, Ontario. Attendance is limited to anyone in the band who would like to play plus a friend if desired. This year we had eight golfers, and as it turns out, the same group that played in 2013. The weather forecast for the day was possible thunder showers, but we only ran into one shower (non thunder) which lasted about 5 minutes. Other than that, not a bad day with some sun and some overcast. After the game, back to Betty and Al Pounsett's near Trenton for burgers and refreshments. This is a non-competitive event but, it must be said that President Glen Midgley had the Lowest Gross. The Most Honest Golfer award did not come up in the post game conversation. A few pictures of this year's event are below. Planning is already underway for the 2019 TBB Golf Day.

The 2018 Golfers: Bob Musson, Al Pounsett, Alan Brewster, Glen Midgley, Bob Walton, Doug Harper, Patrick Longhurst and Jim Hindorff.

Doug, Patrick and Alan, Doug and Patrick at the 18th tee.

Golfers and host Betty at Pounsett's patio.

Another patio action shot.

 

Borgy Borgerson Interview on CBC Radio

Borgy To Be Inducted Into the Banjo Hall of Fame

CBC Radio Interview from British Columbia. Click here for the interview.

"Borgy Borgerson is still picking at 92. The Vancouver Island got his big break on the banjo at Expo 67 in Montreal, and this year if being inducted into the Banjo Hall of Fame. He shared some of his memories with Gregor Craigie."

Borgy has had a long association with the Toronto Banjo Band from its very start. What an amazing banjo career.

 

Woodhall Park Retirement Village

Brampton, Ontario

June 28, 2018

Another return show at the Woodhall Park Retirement Village in Brampton, just west of Toronto. A good crowd with enthusiastic clappers and volunteer singers. Many of the audience said they look forward to our band coming to entertain them every year. Always nice to hear. Our President Glen declared it a 'good show' when it was all over. The residence celebrated all the June birthdays in the crowd and included our very own Dave in the mix. Happy Birthday Dave.

The bandstand setup at Woodhall Park. Minimal sound equipment was used due to the intimate setting.

 

Park Place Retirement Residence

Aurora, Ontario

June 14, 2018

This was our first time at Park Place. A nice venue for our band and a great singing audience. We had an almost full turnout from the band banjoists and we had a smooth running show. Once again we were missing Earl and Jeff in recovery mode. Our singers were represented by Jim Groulx, Jim Hindorff, Dave Robinson, Sheila Dickinson, and Bob (the Blues) Walton; lead banjo solos by Glen Midgley, Bev Cattle and Al Pounsett. Parking was a bit of an issue, but we all made it in time.

Setting up the bandstand. The audience was seated cabaret style. A nice facility.

 

Yonge Lawrence Business Improvement Association Village Day

Toronto, Ontario

June 9, 2018

Another engagement at the Yonge Lawrence BIA Village Day of sidewalk sales and live entertainment. We were set up again beside the Scotia Bank just north of Lawrence Avenue with a pavillion to shield us from the sun; the forecast rain never appeared. We had a good turnout from the band members and everything went smoothly; not always the case playing outside in a parking lot. Singing was handled by Music Direcxtor Jim Groulx, Dave Robinson and Jim Hindorff. Banjos solos by Bev Cattle and Jim Groulx. We seem to attract an older crowd on the street as well as little kids who make their parents stop to watch and listen. Little Maizie showed up again this year with her parents and new sister and the band responded by plaing Maizie for her once again. Little Maizie is getting bigger. We missed Jeff Hood and Earl Craddock today. A speedy recovery to both these gentlemen. The BIA look after us very well and we enjoy taking part in their blocks long event. We hope to be back again next year.

Jim and Jack at the Yonge Street bus stop.

Our pavillion set up beside the Scotiabank Branch near Yonge and Lawrence.

The Scotiabank charity hot dog and hamburger BBQ on the left. Lunch for some of us.

Yonge Street decked out for the Village Day sidewalk sale.

Jack checking out other lunch options on Yonge Street.

Tom with his Sousaphone. That's Director Jim over near the parking meter by the street. .

The scramble to start on time. Carl, Dave, Jack and Jim H.

Sheila on tenor banjo and Bev on banjo-mandolin.

John just back from Europe to play with the band.

The President of the Toronto Banjo Band, Glen Midgley.

 

Bandmember Jack Currie Visits the American Banjo Museum

Hall of Fame Induction of Canadian Borgy Borgerson Announced in ABM Quarterly Magazine

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

March 2018

Toronto Banjo Band tenor banjoist, Jack Currie, sent in some pictures from his visit to the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Thanks for doing this Jack. It looks like a great place to visit.

Original bandmember and top flight Canadian banjoist, Borgy Borgerson, is to be inducted into the Banjo Hall of Fame at the ABM later this year. Some bandmembers are planning on attending this event. Congratulations to Borgy from the band.

The entrance to the American Banjo Museum with TBB member Jack on the steps.

Left: Jack amongst the Vega banjos. Right: TBB original member and Banjo Hall of Fame inductee, Tim Allan, has a banjo of his on display (centre banjo).

Banjos and more banjos.

Are these Richelieu banjo resonators?

Banjo display.

Thanks Jack for finding this one. A lovely Weymann banjo in the centre of the front row.

 

Jack Currie sent along the American Banjo Museum Quarterly article on the new Hall of Fame inductees which include Canada's Borgy Borgerson. Once again, congratulations from us in the band Borgy.

 

 

Highway Terraces Seniors Valentine Party

Rexdale Presbyterian Church, Etobicoke, Ontario

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Our annual engagement for the Highway Terraces Seniors and their Valentine Party. The band played from Leader Jim's set list with singers Sheila, Jim H., Earl, Dave and Jim g. Banjo solos by Sheila, Jim G., Bev, Earl and Al. The seniors are always very welcoming which makes it fun for the band members. They got up to dance and even executed a magnificent conga line for a number. We were treated as always to dessert at the break which is appreciated. Back again next year.

The hall and bandstand at Rexdale Presbyterian.

Bill keeping an eye on Glen's setup process.

Dave working on one of the mics.

Tom, Leader Jim and Grace.

Glen, Bev, Tom, Jim G., Grace and Jim H.