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This is the official site of the Barn Dance Historical Society & Entertainment Museum. Browse this and our other pages to learn more about the Society and find out about Recent News and Upcoming Events.

With our Final Jamboree May 26-28, 2023, the focus of the society is changing. Our newsletter is now online only (including all past issues), but we will continue reporting on the Barn Dance Band events . As well, a new feature will be reporting all the jams occurring in Ontario. Click here.

And Now: Our Farewell Concert

Grand Finale at Country Heritage Park, Milton (Oct 2001)

The Barn Dance Master of Ceremonies, Jim Swan, has a special way of opening the Barn Dance shows to link them back to the style of the original Barn Dance live broadcasts. (Click here to see a video of the opening of the show in Milton, October 2001)


Aims & Objectives of the Society:
  • To preserve the memory of the builders, the musicians and entertainers who were featured over the years on the CKNX Barn Dance, and on the radio and TV shows -- Serenade Ranch, Western Roundup, Circle 8 Ranch, Good Time Country and others, which were broadcast from the CKNX facilities over the years.
  • To preserve the memory of the builders, other musicians and entertainers who performed in southwestern Ontario in years past.
  • To establish and maintain a museum for the display of photos, artifacts and memorabilia relating to the builders, the musicians and entertainers from this area.
  • To support, in any possible way, new musical and entertainment talents in the area, particularly in the country music field.

It is with regret that we will be presenting a motion that Tthe Barn Dance Historical Society be disbanded as of the next Annual General Meeting (April 2, 2024).

However, at our final Jamboree in 2023 we had the opportunity to introduce more young talent.


Memphis Marier at the Final Barn Dance Jamboree (May 2023)

The Barn Dance Master of Ceremonies, Jim Swan, introduces Memphis Marier to the crowd in the Blyth arena (Click here to see the video of Memphis Marier)

Recent & Upcoming Barn Dance Band Events:

Event Name
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Sunday, May 5, 2024
Barn Dance Show - 2:30 p.m.
Purple Hill Country Hall
Sunday, June 23, 2024
Farewell Barn Dance Show
Wingham Town Hall Theatre
Wingham, ON
Details to follow


See some highlights from the Hepworth show in 2017. What a Barn Dance Show is all about!

Our museum is now closed, and many of the artifacts have been returned.

If you know how we can contact the family of Clare Adlam or Mel Lavigne, please send the information to the webmaster


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