Swing Era Music helped a couple of generations get through tough times – first the Great Depression and then the mayhem of World War II, so it is no wonder that Swing Era Dancing and Music have an enduring enjoyment and charm that truly helped sustain a population where commodities could be on short supply. As you listen to the tunes, you can soak in the upbeat resilience and hope for better times.
For Swing Music and Dancing fans there are two primary sources in Toronto – the HarbourFront Dancing on the Pier Program and the Beaches Jazz Festival packed with Fun all Summer long. Here are some photos from the Leslieville scene:
As you can see the Toronto All-Star Big Band brings plenty of brass to the Jazz festival. This group of players are featured throughout the year across the Ontario and also shows in Florida in January.
The Swing Songsters add the touch of some the best BigBand era – watch and see how they perform.
The audience joins in the fun … young kids come up and sway. Even the dogs perk up. And of course dancers young and old don’t pass up the chance to swing.
And there is More!
Later in July and early August there is the Woodbine Park series of beaches Jazz festival concerts. Again Big Band Swing Sound and Dancing are on full display.
Some of the dancing is passionately hot while the bands keep the sweet music glowing until dusk.
Again, Swing Sounds and Music not to be missed are part and parcel of the overall Beaches Jazz festival fun.