This is the home of Canada’s Premier Big Band - Jim John's Swing Shift Big Band. From the band’s beginning in 1996 it quickly became apparent that this was a band intent on preserving the sounds and quality of the big band era - a band that has since been recognized as one of the top big bands in the country. With 17 talented musicians, male and female vocalists and optional dancers and female vocal trio, this band can entertain audiences of all ages. From dances, corporate galas, and jazz festivals to weddings, theatre shows and everything in-between, Swing Shift has the variety to suit any occasion. We can also provide smaller groups, ranging from solo piano, trio, quartet and right up to our very popular 11 piece group - a versatile band that specializes in music for all ages. Leader Jim John has twenty years of leadership experience - he knows how to make your event a big success!!
Please spend some time on our site, listening and looking at the band’s audio and video clips - and be sure to join our newsletter to keep you informed of our upcoming events...and please contact the band with any questions or comments.
Dance Up a Storm on June 3rd
It's our 26th Dance Café dance - our statisticians are working on it, but we're pretty sure that's the record!
It's at the Estonian House Grand Ballroom at 958 Broadview Ave. in beautiful downtown Toronto.
There will be a full band, it's a great price with food and free parking...so chalk up your calendar for June 3rd!
Click on the poster for their web site - you may want to sign up for some preparatory lessons, just in case!!!
Where will you be on June 11th??
On June 11th, the Old Mill presents Swing Shift Big Band and "Legendary Song from the Big Band Era", starring June Garber and Larisa Renée. These fabulous vocalists will breathe life into the hits of jazz divas like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, & Peggy Lee - bringing their gorgeous vocal stylings to bear on the greatest standards of the big band age.
The Old Mill is one of the great venues in Toronto - steeped in local history, redolent of old world culture, with menus and service that sets today's standard and an atmosphere that you will love! It's all happening in the historic and charming Dining Room... Check it out...
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