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!!
During the Pandemic measures period, Swing Shift Big Band is in complete compliance with Ontario government policies and directives.
All our engagements in June, 2020 have been cancelled. All future scheduled events are being monitored in light of developments.
Please check our Events calendar for the up-to-date status of any Swing Shift event that is of interest.
End of an Era - Norm Stewart Passes
Our Good Friend JW-Jones' New Album
Fresh off the heels of winning "Best Guitarist" at the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Jones was stoked for a huge year before COVID-19 hit and halted his tour schedule. He had been working on an EP - so he decided to dig deeper and produce a full-length album. “Earlier this year, I had just started working on an EP featuring my 'big band' of 17 musicians featuring a 13-piece horn section - a textbook big band with five saxophones, four trombones, and four trumpets. Jim John and the Swing Shift Big Band horns were on fire, and what an INCREDIBLE feeling to play with such an enormous band!!” said the JUNO-nominated Jones, whose searing axemanship has been praised in recent years by legendary blues artists Buddy Guy and Robert Cray. Get the whole story first-hand here:
From original music to previously unreleased songs, "this album sounds bigger and wider-than-ever” says Jones. As well as the Swing Shift Big Band, the album features additional tracking of vocals, guitars, and studio effects that led to the perfect album title, Sonic Departures.
Now JW needs some help from his friends - you may have heard his exciting collaboration with Swing Shift last year, and want to give him a hand getting this exciting recording out. Check his Kickstarter campaign here:
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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