Heavyweights Brass Band w/ Special Guest Jay Douglas

Fri Jun 21 6:00pm
Ticket Price: 
Free Admission

The Heavyweight's are a meeting of five of Canada's finest up and coming musicians. With collective experience as sidemen in almost every facet of Toronto's very diverse music scene, they formed The Heavyweights to bring you the funkiest brand of feel-good New Orleans inspired Jazz. As likely to play a neo-soul tune as a jazz standard, Caribbean rhythms as well as second line drum grooves, the group approaches this music through a modern lens with heaping portions of heart and soul.

John Pittman - Trumpet
Paul Metcalfe - Tenor Saxophone
Christopher Butcher - Trombone
Tom Richards - Sousaphone
Lowell Whitty - Drums

Jay Douglas first appeared on stage in Montego Bay, Jamaica when he was a youth.

In over 45 years of entertainment, Jay has developed a wide-ranging repertoire of American Blues, West Indian Rhythms, Jazz Standards combined with fancy footwork and incredible on-stage charisma.

In the early '60s, Jay fronted the R&B group "The Cougars" who with their skill and verve lit up the city of Montreal as well as Toronto's Yonge Street nightclubs in the late '70s with Soul Funk and Reggae.

Over the past 10 years, Jay has performed around the world, and at annual Toronto events such as the Beaches Jazz Festival, Jerk Fest, Canadian National Exhibition, Yonge and Dundas Square, and a Taste of Lawrence.

Jay was proclaimed winner of NOW Magazine's Toronto's "Best R&B Act" in 2006, and "Male Reggae Vocalist of the Year" at the Annual Toronto Reggae Awards in 2007. During this time Seattle, Washington-based promotions company, "Light in the Attic", made Jay their band leader for the "From Jamaica to Toronto" concert launch at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto in July 2006. This successful show was successfully lead by Jay in both Vancouver and Montreal.

Recently, Jay was nominated for "Reggae Recording of the Year" at the 2012 JUNO Awards and was the recipient of the "G98.7 FM Entertainment Award" at the Harry Jarome awards that same year.

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