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, 7-10 p.m., Immaculate Conception School, 500 Aberdeen Ave., Woodbridge, Ontario, L4L 5J4.
Rehearsals are in the school Staff Room. The Staff Room can be accessed from the south parking lot via the southern set of school doors. The Staff Room is to the right along the main floor hall. Bring music stands as they are not provided.
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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.
2017 - Shows & Activities
Saturday, February 11, 2017: Rexdale Presbyterian Church - Highway Terrace Seniors, 2314 Islington Ave., Etobicoke, Ontario M9W 5W9. Valentine's Day celebration. Time: 7:00 to 9:15 pm. (2 sets-20 minute break between sets).
Saturday, March 4, 2017: Fidelity Chapter of the Eastern Star, 1100 Millwood Road (almost on the corner of Overlea Blvd. and Millwood Road), East York (Leaside/Toronto), Ontario. Time: Setup prior to lunch, so arrive by 1:00 pm to 1:15 pm. Entrance music and O Canada at 1:45 pm, then lunch, then our show from around 2:30 pm. One set for one hour and fifteen minutes.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017: Burlington Bapist Church, 2225 New St., Burlington, Ontario, L7R 1J2. Afternoon luncheon and entertainment in the church sanctuary. Time: Lunch at 12:00 p.m. including TBB members. Show begins immediately after lunch (approx. 12:45 p.m.). One set lasting from one hour to one and a quarter hours.
Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29, 2017: North American International Banjo Convention, Dearborn, Michigan at the Double Tree Hotel.
Monday, May 15, 2017: 150th Anniversary for CIBC and Canada. 1 City Centre Dr., Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 1M2. (Adjacent to Square One Shopping Mall on the east side of the Mall at the CIBC offices). Food and drink available for TBB members. Time: 11AM to 1:30PM, 3 sets of 45 minutes each with intervening 15 minute breaks.
Sunday, May 28, 2017: Toronto Banjo Band event.
Saturday, June 10, 2017: The Yonge-Lawrence Village BIA, Village Day. At our old spot at the Scotiabank, 3169 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 2K9. Back to Summer Uniforms starting with this gig. Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Performance: 3 sets of 45 minutes each.
Friday, June 30, 2017: Parkview Village, 12184 Ninth Line, Stouffville, Ontario, L4A 3N6. Time: 1:30 pm. One set for one hour to one hour and fifteen minutes.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017: Christie Gardens, 600 Melita Crescent, Toronto, Ontario M6G 3Z4. Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. One set of one hour.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017: Kingsway Arms, 145 Murray Dr., Aurora, ON, L4G 2C7. BBQ luncheon (outside adjacent to patio area, weather permitting). TBB members can partake of the BBQ. Time: 12 noon to 1:15 pm (could be from one hour to one hour and a half). One set.
Friday, July 28, 2017: Evergreen Retirement Community, 820 Scollard Court, Mississauga, ON L5V 0A1. Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (or slightly longer). One set.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017: Caledon Women's Probus Club, Luncheon at the Caledon Golf and Country Club, 2121 Olde Baseline Road, Caledon, Ontario, L7C 0K7. Time: 10:00 am. One set for one hour to one hour and fifteen minutes.
Sunday, August 13, 2017: Sunnybrook Veterans' Luncheon, Aurora Legion, 89 Industrial Parkway North, Aurora, ON L4G 4C4. Time: 11:30 a.m. (dependent upon bag pipe band's timing - the TBB may play prior to the bag pipe band playing while the veterans are brought into the main hall). Number of sets - likely two. Length of each set - varied. (Note: lunch will be served between sets).
Thursday, September 14, 2017: Salvation Army Conference Centre, 1890 Metro Road North, Jackson's Point, Ontario, L0E 1L0. Senior's Entertainment. Time: 7:00 pm. One set for one hour to one hour and fifteen minutes.Thursday, September 21, 2017: Woodhall Park - ALC (Specialty Care), 10260 Kennedy Road North, Brampton, Ontario, L6Z 4N7. Basement of north building. Time: 2 pm to 3 pm. One set, one hour.
Savoy Blues by the Toronto Banjo Band at the 2014 Markham Fair. Video on YouTube 25musical channel.