The Amazing History of The Kee to Bala -“Where All of Muskoka Dances”

Gerry Patrick Dunn purchased the property in 1929 when there was only a small ice cream parlourand drugstore on the lot. He  started renovating the buildings in the second year of ownership in order to be able to host orchestras as an attraction in the small town. At the end of the 1930s, Dunn decided to tear down the old building in order to be able to host the bigger bands he desired, and provide more room for people to dance. The expansion was built by Gerry Dunn himself, “‘I designed the pavilion myself – no architect was involved,’ he said.  It’s been through a few owners and was renamed The Kee to Bala in 1962. The most recent owners  -a partnership – understood the importance that the venue had for many people and tried to hold onto the history in the building. They repainted it back to the original colours and even brought back Big Band dances where the band would use the original stage. A huge array of performers have played the Kee during it’s history,  from Louis Armstrong to Drake!

source: thekee.com

picture: explorersedge.ca

 

 

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