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About The Heavyweights Brass Band:
The Heavyweights Brass Band is an exciting new group featuring five of Canada’s most promising young musicians. With collective experience as sidemen in almost every facet of Toronto's very diverse music scene, the band members are well on their way to stellar careers and have already earned individual national recognition, including a Western Canadian Music Award, a Galaxie Rising Star Award, and a Juno nomination.   Sharing a love for New Orleans-inspired jazz, they formed the Heavyweights Brass Band in 2009 to bring their fresh, modern take on this joyful music to a worldwide audience.

In their first year, the Heavyweights have gained a strong following in Toronto, playing regularly to packed houses at the Gladstone Hotel, the Painted Lady, and world-famous jazz venue The Rex Hotel, as well as raucous post-concert parties for visiting New Orleans legends Nicholas Payton, Allen Toussaint and Gregg Stafford. Their live repertoire features original compositions, neo-soul tunes, classic R&B songs, New Orleans jazz standards, and outrageous arrangements of Top 40 pop hits – a winning combination that never fails to get a crowd on its feet.

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Not since 1980s band The Shuffle Demons has there been such a fresh and fun take on jazz. Not your standard jazz fare, The Heavyweights Brass Band repertoire delivers a special brand of popular and diverse music with a punch and an enthusiasm that makes jazz accessible for everyone from eight to 80. They range from funk, soul, R&B, and traditional New Orleans jazz – complete with tuba – to tasteful retro throwbacks (including War and Michael Jackson) to artistes du jour Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

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