We welcome four-string banjo players at all levels to try out. Lead players normally pluck the melody single-string. Chord (or rhythm) players need to know basic chord patterns for starters. A conducted group; free-style playing is reserved for solos. The TBB would assist you in obtaining a tutor if requested.

Alternate Mondays, 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm., Royal Canadian Legion Branch 414, 60 Legion Court, Woodbridge, Ontario, L4L 1W3.

Directions: For those of you that come via 407, exit as usual and travel north on Pine Valley Road to Hwy 7. Turn left at Hwy 7 traveling west for 1.35 km. to Islington Ave. It will be at the bottom of a steep hill. Turn left and travel south for 250 metres to 60 Legion Court which will be on your right hand side. The entire building is on the ground floor with two entrances. The easiest entrance to use is at the side of the building adjacent to the parking lot. If it's locked when you arrive, the front door will be open.

2019 Practices

September 9, 23

October 7, 21

November 4, 18

December 2

Dave Robinson, Band Practices

NOTE: Practice dates are subject to change based on future gig dates and weather related cancellations ... Dave Robinson, Secretary.

Also, in the event of having to cancel either a practice or a gig, members will be notified by 10:00 am on the day of the event.

 

2019 - Shows & Activities

Wednesday, January 16, 2019: Amica Newmarket Retirement Community, 275 Doak Lane, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 0A2.  Time: 2:15 pm.

Saturday, April 13, 2019: Birthday Party Entertainment. At Glenerin Inn, 1695 The Collegeway, MIssissauga. Ontario, L5L 3S7. Time: 7:45 pm to 9:00 pm or so. End of show time may be extended by request.

Thursday, April 25, 26 and 27, 2019: North American International Banjo Convention, Dearborn, Michigan at the Double Tree Hotel.

Monday, July 1, 2019: Amica Newmarket Retirement Community, 275 Doak Lane, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 0A2.  Time: 2 pm. Back to Summer Uniforms starting with this gig.

Wednesday, July 10 - 13, 2019: All Frets 2019 Convention, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield, IL, USA.

Thursday, July 18, 2019: The Elden of Bradford Retirement Residence, 3131 8th Line, Bradford, ON, L3Z 4H2. Time: 3:30 pm. One hour (a bit longer if requested).

Wednesday, July 24, 2019: Kingsway Place Retirement Residence, 145 Murray Dr., Aurora, ON, L4G 2C7. BBQ luncheon (outside adjacent to patio area, weather permitting). TBB members can partake of the BBQ. Time: Approximately 12:30 pm. One set.

Saturday, October 5, 2019: Markham Fair. At the fairgrounds in Markham,10801 McCowan Road, Markham, Ontario, L3P 3J3. In the Entertainment Tent on Horse Drive. Back to Winter Uniforms: Black pants, long sleeved TBB shirts, white tie, black shoes. Time: First set at 2:30 pm, second set at 4:00 pm.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019: Chartwell Barton Retirement Residence, 17290 Leslie St., Newmarket, ON, L3Y 3E1. Monthly Birthday Party. Time: 2:30 pm. One hour to one hour and fifteen minutes.

Thursday, December 12, 2019: The Elden of Bradford Retirement Residence, 3131 8th Line, Bradford, ON, L3Z 4H2. A Christmas Show. (Bad weather backup date Thursday, December 19, 2019). Time: 3:30 pm.

2020 - Shows & Activities

Tuesday, January 7, 2020: Amica Newmarket Retirement Community, 275 Doak Lane, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 0A2.  Time: 2:15 pm.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020: The Roxborough Retirement Residence, 1 Roxborough Boulevard (at Davis Drive), Newmarket, ON L3Y 2P9. Time: 2:30 pm. Approximately one set for one hour to one hour and fifteen minjutes.

 

The Toronto Banjo Band

Savoy Blues by the Toronto Banjo Band at the 2014 Markham Fair. Video on YouTube 25musical channel.

The TBB's Dave Robinson sings I'm Confessin' that I Love You at the Sunnybrook Hospital Veterans' BBQ. Video by John Heninger.

The Toronto Banjo Band at the Toronto Yonge-Lawrence BIA Village Days playing Five Foot Two (2011). Video by Jo Christie.

The TBB with Jim Hindorff plays Carolina in the Morning at the 2016 Markham, Ontario, Fall Fair. Video by Don Yuill.

The TBB with Bob Armstrong plays Bill Bailey Medley at the 2016 Markham, Ontario, Fall Fair. Video by Don Yuill.

The TBB plays Stephen Foster Medley at the 2017 Markham, Ontario, Fall Fair. Video by Eileen Jensen.

The TBB plays Sweet Georgia Brown at the 2016 Markham, Ontario, Fall Fair. Video by Don Yuill.

The TBB plays Creole Belle at the 2016 Markham, Ontario, Fall Fair. Video by Don Yuill.

The TBB plays Five Foot Two at the 2016 Markham, Ontario, Fall Fair. Video by Don Yuill.

The TBB plays La Vie en Rose at the 2017 Markham, Ontario, Fall Fair. Video by Eileen Jensen.

The TBB, with Barb Jordan, plays I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter at the Capitol Banquet Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Video by Eileen Jensen.

The TBB, with Jim Hindorff, plays Wooden Heart at the 2017 Markham, Ontario, Fall Fair. Video by Eileen Jensen.

The TBB plays Bye Bye Blues at the 2017 Markham, Ontario, Fall Fair. Video by Eileen Jensen.

Some Favourite Banjo Players

Tim Allan - William Tell Overture

Maurice Bolyer Tribute - Canada's King of the Banjo

Johnny Baier plays at the Arizona Banjo Blast 2014

Sean Moyses plays King Chanticleer

Ken Aoki is Waiting for the Sunrise

George Formby Plays for The Lads