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Northstar Centre

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NYO 2007 Reunion
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CDCA 1934-1984
"Salute to 50" Years

CDCA Salute to 50

The Northstar Centre

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From 1977 to 1993 the Northstar Youth Organization operated their activities out of the Northstar Youth Centre which served as the home for the Dutch Boy and Cadets of Dutch Boy Drum Corps'. This unique facility was located behind the Dutch Boy Food Markets at 274 Highland Rd W. in Kitchener, Ontario.

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The space was leased to the organization by it's long time sponsor, Dutch Boy Food Markets which began it's sponsorship with the Dutch Boy Cadets in 1969. Although the Dutch Boy Cadets were named after the Flying Dutchmen, Corps Director Don Scott proposed a novel sponsorship tie-in to Frank Beresford, President of Dutch Boy Food Markets and a long lasting relationship was established. Eventually Barry Humphries would fill the role of sponsor on behalf of the supermarket and he became actively involved in helping run events and fundraisers for the organization.

DBC Truck

The centre offered a large second story hall that served as the common practise space for the corps'. Banquets and hall rentals were common activities held at the centre. Events were run by volunteers which helped to raise money for the organization. The facility was well laid out for food and bar service. Paul Stumpf, a tireless volunteer, served for many years as the bartender. Every one of his 6 children marched in one or both of the two corps' for a combined total of 71 years of marching and teaching with the organization.

On the far wall of the hall was a large 20 foot glass case that displayed many trophies, photos and achievements of Dutch Boy and the Cadet corps's over the years.

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Three rehearsal rooms and the corps director's office were located two levels down in the basement. Any musician who rehearsed down there will remember the horrible accoustics and the torture it was on their eardrums.

Outside, behind the hall, was the compound. A large fenced area that secured the corps equipment trucks and buses.

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In 1998 Dutch Boy Food Markets was acquired by Sobeys Inc. when it purchased it's parent company, the Oshawa food group and the Dutch Boy/IGA brand. This marked the end of the centre as a permanent home for the organization. The location now serves as offices for the Sobeys Food Market which resides in the front of the complex where the original Dutch Boy Food Market on Highland road once stood.