One of the best-known, and most loved figures on Peterborough’s music scene: Bobby Kinsman was known as ‘Mr. Big Band’ for over 50 years. During the War years, Bobby did tours of duty with Canadian Army Shows overseas. Returning to Peterborough, he assembled a tight-knit big band that played to packed houses every night at Club Aragon (now The Trentwinds). Many of his Saturday night performances were broadcast ‘live’ across Canada on the old CBC Blue Network.
The popularity of the Big Band era began to wane as musical tastes changed. But Bobby Kinsman’s Big Band popularity, never waned. His group continued to perform at dances, concerts, and venues such as the Festival of Lights, as Bobby Kinsman kept the sound of the Big Band alive.