About Jack Hayes

John Castex "Jack" Hayes (1912-1993)

Jack Hayes was a Toronto square dance caller, fiddler and composer of tunes. I played guitar for him as dances and at square dance classes in the late 1970s and early 1980s. At that time he was known for a somewhat "gruff" calling style, (compared to others) but he was a great caller. The following is an excerpt from some correspondence to me from his son, John Hayes - Ian Bell

John says of him:

"In Dad's Early Years, living in Cabbagetown, (part of Toronto) he spent a couple of his formative years, living on the Farm of his Grand Parents. I have never been certain as to whether it was the Maternal or Paternal "Folks". Their farm was located in the North East Corner of Peel County. Yes, in the 50's and 60's, he'd combined Calling Square Dances with controlling the door {bouncing} at Playter's Hall, located at Broadview and Danforth. Yes it was called by many the "Bucket of Blood". Jack was an Amateur Boxer until the arrival of their 1st child, Elizabeth Ann, and had even advanced to the Provincial Finals, in his weight class, So he knew how to handle himself. The stories he told you were true as I've heard them from others, Musicians and Dancers, from the Hall. He named his music after Family Members, Sons, Daughters, Brothers, Sisters, Nieces, Nephews, Friends, Places etc.."

John also provided the photographs below.


Title About Jack Hayes
Subject Jack Hayes Tunes Reference Material Other Music, Dance & Entertainments George Wade and His Cornhuskers
Year 1912
Locale Southwestern
Keywords Playter Hall Square Dance Toronto


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