Ernie Victor

From the 1930’s to the 1970’s, if you enjoyed live entertainment at one of Peterborough’s legendary ‘hot spots,’ chances are you were charmed by the multi-faceted talents of Ernie Victor.

Beginning his career with the Salvation Army Band at the ripe age of seven, Ernie wowed audiences with his ability to play a duet on two horns at the same time. As leader of his own group, a member of Graydon Sheldon’s Oldtimers, or as a soloist, Ernie delighted an entire generation with his musical virtuosity.

In the 1950’s he added magic to his repertoire, and subsequently became one of Peterborough’s most prolific booking agents. He brought countless big name entertainers to the Peterborough area and booked grandstand shows for the region’s major fairs and exhibitions. Achieving distinction as musician, conductor, arranger, vocalist, magician, comedian, and booking agent, he could well have been called the “Mr. Everything” of Peterborough entertainment.

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