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Let's Dance
     

Let's Dance

by Peter Young
 

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Let's Dance: A Celebration of Ontario's Dance Halls and Summer Dance Pavilions is a nostalgic musical journey, recapturing the unforgettable music of youth and lasting friendships, the days when the live mellow sounds of Big Bands wafted through the air – Louis Armstrong, the Dorsey Brothers, Bert Niosi, Art Hallman, Johnny Downs, Mart Kenney,

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Let's Dance: A Celebration of Ontario's Dance Halls and Summer Dance Pavilions is a nostalgic musical journey, recapturing the unforgettable music of youth and lasting friendships, the days when the live mellow sounds of Big Bands wafted through the air – Louis Armstrong, the Dorsey Brothers, Bert Niosi, Art Hallman, Johnny Downs, Mart Kenney, Bobby Kinsman, Ronnie Hawkins ... Throughout the 1920s to the '60s, numerous legendary entertainers drew thousands of people to such memorable venues as the Brant Inn in Burlington, Dunn's Pavilion in Bala, the Stork Club at Port Stanley, to the Club Commodore in Belleville and the Top Hat Pavilion in North Bay – and the hundreds of other popular dance venues right across Ontario. From the days of jitney dancing through the introduction of jazz and the Big Bands era to the sounds of some of Ontario's best rock groups, people of all ages came to dance and some to find romance on soft summer nights.

Editorial Reviews

Mart Kenney
A job well done! ... a part of the lives of many families.
Elwy Yost
Here it is, everyone, and take my word for it, it's a humdinger! Peter Young's Let's Dance is an extremely well-written, well-researched and profusely illustrated sweep across a half century of Ontario's long-ago musical scene when dance halls and pavilions swayed and glittered with their unforgettable melodies, and the lives of people of all ages were touched by romance, dreams, and lost summer nights.
Big Band World - John Dimon
If you love music, dancing and Big Band history ... be sure to put this book on your must buy list.
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A job well done! ... a part of the lives of many families.

Here it is, everyone, and take my word for it, it's a humdinger! Peter Young's Let's Dance is an extremely well-written, well-researched and profusely illustrated sweep across a half century of Ontario's long-ago musical scene when dance halls and pavilions swayed and glittered with their unforgettable melodies, and the lives of people of all ages were touched by romance, dreams, and lost summer nights.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781896219028
Publisher:
Dundurn Press
Publication date:
09/25/2002
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,285,971
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"A job well done! ... a part of the lives of many families."

- Mart Kenney

"If you love music, dancing and Big Band history ... be sure to put this book on your must buy list."

- John Dimon, Big Band World

"Here it is, everyone, and take my word for it, it's a humdinger! Peter Young's Let's Dance is an extremely well-written, well-researched and profusely illustrated sweep across a half century of Ontario's long-ago musical scene when dance halls and pavilions swayed and glittered with their unforgettable melodies, and the lives of people of all ages were touched by romance, dreams, and lost summer nights."

- Elwy Yost

Meet the Author

Peter Young is a freelance writer and runs his own communications company. For many years he played Hammond B-3 organ with a number of Toronto-based rock bands and travelled extensively throughout much of Southern Ontario, performing in many of the province's popular dance pavilions. His first book, published in May 1997 – The Kee to Bala Is Dunn's Pavilion – was received with great enthusiasm in Muskoka and beyond. Peter's second effort in 1998 – Lake Huron's Summer Dance Pavilions: Sand, Surf and Music – chronicled the places and people who brought song to this golden coastline from the 1920s to the present. Let's Dance is the third book in this series and covers many more of Ontario's popular dance venues.

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