Here the Harmony 5 (L-R)
Herb Tebo, Stan Fallows, Scotty Hislop, Lyal McDermid, and H. Aston
take the bandstand so
Lloydminsterites can dance in the
New Year - 1924
Photo courtesy of the Doug Aston Collection
and now ... Lloydminster district native Laura Hastings is at the beginning of a promising musical career.
THE VISUAL ARTS
CLUBS, GUILDS, AND ORGANIZATIONS
"When the Barr Colonists made their trek across the prairies, they brought more than just the clothes on their back and the necessary food and supplies. Along with their furniture, the Barr Colonists brought violins, harps, accordions, band instruments, and even pianos. In the winter, the colonists would gather in neighbouring homes for musical evenings. There have also been several notes and articles mentioning drama productions, choirs and choral societies, as well as dances and formal balls. Military balls and Masonic Balls were held in those early years. They were formal events where community members gathered to socialize and dance to fine music. In 1914, the Masonic Ball in the Alberta Hall had 250 guests. In 75 Years of Sport and Culture, Libby Young wrote the following:
"The old dances ... were danced with dignity, charm, and enjoyment. Fashionable dress length at this time was almost to the floor, even showing a bit of ankle was considered a bit extreme, to say the least!"
Although the early events were held in tents, illuminated by coal-oil lamps, and heated by wood-burning stoves, they served to revive memories of a culture left behind. The military balls served as a venue for newly formed bands and orchestras. Church choirs became the basis for future music competitions and festivals, choral societies grew and drama presentations evolved into future theatre and dance groups."
From Bordering on Greatness: A History of Lloydminster's First Century