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.

2018 Practices

January (8, cancelled due to snow), (22, cancelled due to icy roads)

February 5, 26

March 5, 19

April 9, 23

May 7, 28

June 11 (this last practice is cancelled)

September 17

October 1 (CANCELLED), 15, 29

November 12, 26

December 10 (tentative)

2019 Practices

January 7, 21

February 4, 25

March 4, 18

April 1, 15, 29

May 13, 27

June 10 (tentative)

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.

 

2018 - Shows & Activities

Saturday, February 17, 2018: Rexdale Presbyterian Church - Highway Terrace Seniors, 2314 Islington Ave., Etobicoke, Ontario M9W 5W9.  Valentine's Day celebration. Time: 7 PM to 7:50 PM, and 8:15 PM to 9:00 PM. Two sets with a break.

Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, April 28, 2018: North American International Banjo Convention, Dearborn, Michigan at the Double Tree Hotel.

Saturday, June 9, 2018: 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.

Thursday, June 14, 2018: Park Place (Chartwell) Retirement Residence. 15055 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 6T4. Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm (or a bit longer if requested).

Thursday, June 28, 2018: Woodhall Park Retirement Village, north building basement, 10260 Kennedy Road North, Brampton, L6Z 4N7. Time: 2:00 pm, one set for one hour.

Wednesday, July 11 through Saturday, July 14, 2018: All Frets 2018 Convention, Buffalo, NY, at the Millennium Hotel.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018: Credit River Retirement Residence, 175 Rutledge Rd., Streetsville, Ontario, L5M 0X7. An Afternoon Entertainment. Time: 3:00 PM start.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018: 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.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018: Christie Gardens Apartments and Care, 600 Melita Crescent, (east side of the complex is on Christie Street) Toronto, Ontario, M6G 3Z4. Afternoon entertainment. Time: 2:30 pm, one set for one hour.

2019 - Shows & Activities

February, 2019: Rexdale Presbyterian Church - Highway Terrace Seniors, 2314 Islington Ave., Etobicoke, Ontario M9W 5W9.  Valentine's Day celebration. Time: Date and time to be determined.

 

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