The Port Union Summer Concert Series has wrapped up another successful year. With our ongoing mandate to provide entertainment for all ages at no cost to our community, we invited a trio of performers who have received much positive feedback from their concerts in previous years.

The series started off on July 7th with an excellent performance by the Scarborough Concert Band. They played a diverse selection of orchestral pieces, from classical to Broadway and Hollywood show tunes. The second evening on July 14th was headlined by local pop/rock/reggae/funk band Port United whose very name was selected in honour of their home base. They had many in the audience up dancing and generated the high level of energy that we’ve come to expect of them from the many shows they’ve played for our community events over the past few years.

On July 21st, the third and final evening was headlined by the renowned Climax Jazz Band delivering a solid set of traditional Dixieland Jazz tunes as only they can. Among many fascinating tales of their 45+ year history, was one of particular interest where bass player Chris Daniels recounted the acquisition of his almost 100-year-old classic upright bass in London, England, by his father. This valuable and historic instrument was abandoned by its original owner.

The weather was perfect and we had record audiences on all evenings, and we look forward to another exciting Concert Series next year!

Many thanks to the volunteers who helped to plan and run the concerts, as well as our sponsors – West Rouge Community Association, CCRA, West Rouge Sports & Recreation, Port Union Seniors and the City of Toronto Parks & Recreation. Without the support of all of these groups, we would not be able to provide the community with these popular events, and we truly appreciate their ongoing involvement.

Photography by Ishmam Rahman

Scarborough Concert Band

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Port United Band

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Climax Jazz Band

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