Toronto, Canada (July 1, 2015) –Heavyweights Brass Band, Canada’s leading feel-good horn music ensemble, has decided to up its game by signing with industry leaders Cuza Agency and Slammin Media in an international agency representation deal.
Says Christopher Butcher, Trombonist with the Heavyweights Brass Band: “We are extremely pleased and excited to be working with Cuza Agency and Slammin Media. Joining their artist roster that is packed with some of the finest artistic talent in the Americas can only be described as an honour.”
A leading online, digital and social media marketing company in the music industry, Slammin Media specializes in representing artists and bands, allowing them to keep their focus on their music by taking care of all their promotional and representational requirements. For show requirements, Slammin Media has entered into a partnership with Cuza Agency, (an accomplished booking agency with over 20 years of industry experience) who has worked with a large, varied roster over this period. Cuza Agency is dedicated to bringing authentic, rich, high quality acts to their audiences.
The band is currently embarked on a Canadian Tour including stops at top Jazz festivals, in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Halifax amongst others.
The Heavyweights Brass Band is all set to perform at the prestigious 2015 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, the world’s largest jazz festival in Quebec July 2-5, 2015. The alliance with the two industry leaders comes on the back of an overwhelming response from their audiences for more performances across the continent.
The Heavyweights Brass Band debuted to great appreciation and admiration in 2009 and saw much success at the release of their highly acclaimed album Brasstronomical in 2014, which featured original compositions that brought out their unique sound and style. The band is composed of trombonist Christopher Butcher, Tom Richards on sousaphone, Paul Metcalfe on saxophones, Lowell Whitty on drums, and Jon Challoner and John Pittman on trumpet.
TOUR LAUNCH @ LULAWORLD FESTIVAL JUNE 4TH IN TORONTO!
with dates in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Montreal, Halifax and more!
TORONTO – THE HEAVYWEIGHTS BRASS BAND kick off their summer cross-Canada tour with a special concert featuring the legendary Jamaican-Canadian vocalist Jay Douglas, and performing both their classic and new compositions. “Not since the Shuffle Demons bopped into the limelight has a young Toronto jazz band had as much impact on the local scene as the Heavyweights Brass Band.” ~ Exclaim.After coming out swinging with their debut album in 2011, followed by the highly acclaimed Brasstronomical in 2014, the Toronto-based collective will bring their kickass brass stylings to Canada’s top jazz festivals. With dates in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Montreal, Halifax and more, the fun begins as part of Toronto’s Lulaworld festival at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. Weston Thursday, June 4th. Doors open at 9:00 pm and show starts at 10:00 pm. For more information visit www.heavyweightsbrassband.com.
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This country’s greatest purveyors of feel-good horn music burst onto the Canadian jazz scene with their energetic brass band covers of contemporary pop hits. With their latest album Brasstronomical, the Heavyweights Brass Band also offers a unique sound with emphasis on their original compositions. They delve deep and eclectically into each musical direction implied on the first release Don’t Bring Me Down and the band’s remarkable progress over the past few years is clear; their music is stronger, bolder, ballsier, funkier and more mature than ever before.
While the Heavyweights remain inspired by the New Orleans tradition – they cover the dirty, gritty “St. James Infirmary Blues” – they’re a product of their local Toronto environment and skillfully reference the incredibly diverse, multicultural music scene for which the city is known. The band lithely moves between funky modern originals like the title track and “Hypnosis” to hot-burning material like “I Think I’m Going Crazy”; from the neo soul of “Telephone” (written by Erykah Badu and two members of hip-hop royalty, The Roots) to a wild cover of the RUSH prog-rock anthem “YYZ” (a nod to their hometown Toronto); and from an especially sweet version of R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” – which the band members can recall from their childhoods – to the pulsating Afro-Cuban jazz of “Misterioso.”
In fact, “Misterioso” offers a perfect example of the sort of respect that the band has earned from some of the world’s most exceptional musicians. The song features iconic national treasure and frequent collaborator Jane Bunnett, playing off of the propulsive rhythmic drive of legendary percussion master Giovanni Hidalgo – who’s performed and recorded with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Paul Simon, among countless others. Hidalgo also joins the band live at Koerner Hall on the explosive, incendiary album finale “Float.” Jamaican-born, Toronto-based, JUNO nominated R&B singer Jay Douglas – something of a mentor to the band members – soulfully sings on the traditional New Orleans-style “Booze Hounds.” In further distinctive acknowledgements, the band received props from The Roots on Twitter after opening for them, and have been championed by influential British DJ and tastemaker Gilles Peterson.
The band is composed of trombonist Christopher Butcher, Tom Richards on sousaphone, Paul Metcalfe on saxophones, Lowell Whitty on drums, Jon Challoner and John Pittman on trumpet.
We are super pumped to be playing Sept 13th at The Great Hall in Toronto with the old timey swing band The Double Cuts. It will be a great night of music in a beautiful room and we really hope you can make it out to this one!