By Robert Hinz
We were fortunate to have the Port Union Summer Concert Series at the Port Union Community Centre once again run for three consecutive Sunday evenings in July. These popular and free concerts are enjoyed annually by hundreds of residents within our community.
The series featured the return of performers who have been well received in previous years: the Scarborough Concert Band (July 9), the Climax Jazz Band (July 16) and Port United (July 23). All took place at the Port Union Community Centre, 5450 Lawrence Avenue East,
The Scarborough Concert Band, founded in 1972, is a community-based volunteer group that performs several concerts each year around the east end of Toronto. They perform varying styles of music, from the classics to movie themes, show tunes to swing, contemporary to Latin themes and marches of all kinds.
The Climax Jazz Band needs no introduction. They have been active since 1971 and play British-style traditional jazz: marches, blues, spirituals, rags, Latin and popular songs. They helped pioneer Toronto's Saturday matinée scene, and have made over 30 recordings with more than 250 different tunes.
Port United Band is a pop, R&B and reggae cover band from the Port Union neighborhood. They are for the most part a family band that has been complimented on their multi-layered harmonies, timeless repertoire and knack for engaging their audiences, leaving them enthralled.
The Port Union Summer Concert Series is sponsored by the Centennial Community and Recreation Association, West Rouge Community Association, West Rouge Sports and Recreation Association, Port Union Seniors and City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation. A dedicated team of local volunteers plans and runs the concerts.
For more information, please call the Port Union Community Centre at 416-396-4031.
This year's Summer Concert 2016 bands from top are: Scarborough Concert Band, Climax Jazz Band and Port United Band.