Photo album of the Kitsilano Boys Band.
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Published by: Warfleet Press
Release Date: Copies available
When Arthur Delamont died in 1982 at the age of 90, it was thought the story of his band was soon to be lost to all, as no one had ever recorded all the successes and triumphs the band had achieved during its fifty-year history. Amongst the difficulties in piecing together the story after his passing, many of the original boys in the band had passed on as well, their stories lost to history.
Christopher Best investigates the story through those still living and through scrapbooks and archival photos accumulated from Montreal to Vancouver. As the story unfolds, it looks like a documented history
of the band is possible after all but then the question is whether
or not the quality of the archival material that survived is good
enough to include in a book! Christopher Best manages to piece
together the amazing story of the worlds most successful boys
band and through the aid of modern technology, edit the over 450
photos he accumulated into the only pictorial record of the band in
This is the only one of my books on Delamont and his band, that includes trip itineraries for all his fourteen trips to the old country.
PHOTO CREDIT: (TOP) 1936 Vancouver Girls Band, The Vancouver Girls Band only lasted a few short years. Delamont started it around 1930, when the sisters and friends of his Kitsie Boys wanted to play in a band. He did enter them in local music festivals and adjudicators remarks indicate they were almost playing at the same level as his boys band. The story goes that Delamont’s temperament was too much for the girls and they often went home crying.