The sound of Big Band Swing music sounds especially sweet wafting over a vineyard. That’s what fans of Swing music and dancing enjoyed on Sunday afternoon (June 24) as the Stork Club Museum and Big Band Hall of Fame presented their Summer Swing Festival at Quai du Vin.
Featured entertainment for the afternoon included the Prime Time Big Band, Sahara Swing Band with Liam Issac, and Central Elgin High School Jazz Band.
Central Elgin Jazz Band with Director Richard Frank
The Stork Club Big Band Museum and Hall of Fame, in Port Stanley, Ontario, was set up to create a museum, exhibition and hall of fame dedicated to the history of the Stork Club, the display of Big Band memorabilia, and the revival and enjoyment of Swing Era music through ongoing events such as dances, concerts and festivals.
The Stork Club, on the shores of Lake Erie in Port Stanley, was one of the most famous dance halls in North America. Opened in 1926 as the London and Port Stanley Dance Pavilion, and later renamed the Stork Club, it quickly became a favourite venue for big bands, orchestras and singers from Canada and the US. The building was destroyed by fire in 1979.
Find out more at www.musicmemories.ca. Musical afternoons at Quai du Vin continue throught the summer - visit www.quaiduvin.com to check out the line-up.
Photos by Mark Girdauskas