Rex Hotel - March 2

Saturday, March 2nd, 2024
02:00pm - 04:30pm
194 Queen St W, Toronto


 Valentine's Day at The Palais Royale, Feb 10th

 Valentine's Day at Palais Royale

Join us for the Palais Royale's 17th Annual Big Band Dinner Dance.
Experience a touch of class with the Nostalgia of the Big Band Era
at the historic Palais Royale Ballroom where it all began in the 1930s.

Vocalists Glenn Chipkar & Vivianna Castell perform romantic duets, 
while Larisa Renée and the "She's Funny That Way" Trio take you back
to the golden age of swing - all of this backed by the full 18-piece Swing Shift Big Band!

Click for details and tickets...  

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Our Latest Video


From summer 2023, this is our small Big Band version (9 pieces plus vocalists), playing our "Chart Topping Hits" set. 

Featured vocalists are Shannon Butcher and Dave Statham...


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Our New CD - Full House

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 Full House is now available for delivery or download (click here)...


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Previous Swing Shift CD - Celebrations!

Read The WholeNote Review Here!


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Jim John’s SWING SHIFT BIG BAND with Strings

Featuring Larisa Renée and Dave Statham with special guest,

multi-award winner Jackie Richardson

Release Date: May 1st, 2021

"As we enter Swing Shift's 25th year, we Celebrate the musical contributions of band mates. We chose [a variety of tunes for this album], from the lush ballad 'Here's to Life', to the breezy 'Summer Samba', to the barn burner 'Let the Good Times Roll'. It's been an honour and a privilege to be part of this musical enterprise." – Rob Williams, lead trombone, Swing Shift Big Band

This 6-track EP-CD relies heavily on the arranging skills of Brent Turner, whose charts are tailored to the band’s strengths: clean section work and impressive vocals by Larisa and Dave.  Musical Director saxophonist Jeff Pighin ensures that the band’s tonal palette is tuned up to its optimum level.  And Celebrations! also introduces a new and sensuous dimension to the Swing Shift sound – strings an exciting first for the band!

Not to be missed is the wonderful Artie Butler anthem, 'Here's to Life' recorded by the incredible Jackie Richardson - a video of her deeply moving performance is available as a special bonus on our Celebrations! page.  “One of Canada’s foremost singers of gospel, blues and jazz, who has performed across the country and internationally, Jackie Richardson is also an award-winning actor who received a Gemini Award for her performance in The Gospel According to the Blues.” – CBC Media Centre

Celebrations! was expertly engineered by Humber's Andy Pryde and produced by Palais Records.



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