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!!
"Dancing Cheek to Cheek"
West End Jazz Gala - December 13th
Everyone thinks of Fred Astaire as a dancer. But you maybe surprised that, at this event, we will not be able to play all the hit songs he introduced… there just would not be enough time! Hits that Fred Astaire made famous include: "Cheek To Cheek", "Puttin' On the Ritz", "The Way You Look Tonight", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails", "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off", "Night and Day", "A Fine Romance", "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "Let's Face the Music and Dance", "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket", " Steppin' Out With My Baby" and many more. So come and enjoy all these beautiful melodies sung by five great vocalists in front of an 18 piece big band. And, yes… You can dance if you wish.
The New CD - "A Very Swing Shift Christmas"
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You heard the new tracks at the CD launch party at the Rex, now here it is...
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