Hillary House 1867 Ball

Thank you to all those who attended the Fifth Annual Hillary House Ball! Your support means a great deal and will go towards ensuring that Hillary House National Historic Site remains standing for future generation to enjoy. We are proud to announce that planning for the 2017 event has already begun, with a theme of Aurora in 1867, in celebration of Canada 150. Be sure to mark down Saturday, October 21, 2017 on your calendars!

The Aurora Historical Society is proud to present the Sixth Annual Hillary House Ball, a gala fundraising event in support of one of Aurora’s most significant landmarks, Hillary House National Historic Site. Proceeds from the Ball will aid in the ongoing preservation and restoration of Hillary House, which is nationally recognized for its architecture and historic value.

The 2017 Hillary House Ball will take place once again at the beautiful King Valley Golf Club. A sophisticated social event, the evening will feature fine dining, live entertainment, dancing, and a silent auction. Our aim is to offer the guests an unrivalled experience while enabling them to contribute to the preservation of their community’s heritage in a meaningful way.

Hillary House Ball
Saturday October 21, 2017
6:00 PM Arrival, 7:00 PM Dinner
King Valley Golf Club

Tickets for 2017 Available Now!
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We are available at 905 727 8991 or by Visiting Hillary House at 15372 Yonge Street, Aurora

Featuring Celebrated Toronto Pianist, Ellen Meyer;
and the After Hours Big Band

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Ellen Meyer is one of Ontario’s most in-demand collaborative pianists. Possessing a large and varied repertoire, she has performed across Canada, the U.S., including Carnegie Hall, multiple times in Germany, Italy and Spain, as a soloist and chamber musician.

Ellen has performed with notable artists such as Ricardo Morales, Julian Bliss, Peter Sheridan, David Hetherington and Peter Stoll, and collaborated with participants in masterclasses conducted by Karl Leister, Sabine Meyer, James Campbell and Christopher Millard, amongst many others.

She has been heard on upwards of 15 CDs, including Twelve By The Moon-dial and Foliage with the Riverdale Ensemble, several with Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir, and Mit Ausdruck with Ossia on historical keyboard.

Ellen has also recorded film scores for feature film and documentaries. She has been broadcast on CBC,CTV, MuchMusic, Bravo, TVO and WNED.

In her spare time, Ellen writes wryly about her unconventional experiences as a collaborative musician, on her page “The Life of Pi-anist.”




The After Hours Big Band has become a vital member of the York Region music scene.

Started some twelve years ago by Newmarket Citizens Band bandsman, Jack Savage, the band was originally a collection of NCB members who wanted to play jazz and swing repertoire after their regular community band rehearsals, hence the name. While still joyously celebrating the Golden Age of 1930s and 1940s swing the band has expanded its horizons and now also draws inspiration from the best of more contemporary composers and arrangers.


More recently, and with demonstrable success, the AHBB has added a vocalist and is working with its knowledgeable music director, trombonist and noted arranger, Dr. Michael Kearns. With steady contributions from its five saxophones, four trombones, five trumpets and a pulsating rhythm section, this dance band can make any occasion swing.

This band has appeared at such highly-rated events as the Aurora Jazz+ Music Festival, the Newmarket Riverwalk Commons Music in the Park, the Unionville Big Band Festival and numerous fund-raisers in York Region to universal and enthusiastic acclaim.

For more information call: Stephen Harper @ (905) 868-8460 or email : stephar1@sympatico.ca.