TORONTO – Two of Toronto’s finest musicians reggae star Jay Douglas and trombonist extraordinaire Christopher Butcher (of the Heavyweights Brass Band), team up for a real reggae feast every Sunday starting October 30th with a dinner at 5:30 pm and music starting at 6:30 pm for three sets. At The Emerson, 1279 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
Jamaican-born and Toronto-based reggae star Jay Douglas has been in the entertainment business for more than 45 years performing a wide-ranging repertoire of American blues, West Indian rhythms, and jazz standards.
Since the early ’60s, through to the late ’70s, Jay combined his fancy footwork and incredible on-stage charisma while fronting the R&B group “The Cougars.” They lit up the city of Montreal as well as Toronto’s Yonge Street nightclubs, with soul, funk and reggae.
Over the past 10 years, Jay has performed around the world, and at annual Toronto events such as the Beaches Jazz Festival, Jerk Fest, Canadian National Exhibition, Yonge and Dundas Square, and a Taste of Lawrence.
Winner of NOW award
Jay was proclaimed winner of NOW Magazine’s Toronto’s Best R&B Act in 2006, and Male Reggae Vocalist of the Year at the Annual Toronto Reggae Awards in 2007. Jay was nominated for Reggae Recording of the Year at the 2012 JUNO Awards and was the recipient of the G98.7 FM Entertainment Award at the Harry Jarome awards that same year.
Winnipeg-raised and now Toronto-based trombonist Chris Butcher is a musician firmly established as a representative of the global music village, transcending genre and cultural predisposition, and pleasing audiences across the world. As leader of the Heavyweights Brass Band Christopher has been behind one of the brightest lights to emerge on the Canadian music scene. Combine that with his extensive experience as a sideman – playing with some of the country’s most prestigious artists, including Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran, Archie Alleyne, Jay Douglas, and QuiQue Escamilla – his work as a radio host/producer, role as an educator/community builder, Christopher Butcher illustrates a promising portrait of an influential career in music.
On special occasions Christopher has recorded or played with some of the finest international artists like Quincy Jones, The Treme Brass Band, Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra, David Clayton-Thomas, Ernest Ranglin, and Giovanni Hidalgo. In 2015 Christopher was awarded Emerging Artist of the Year at the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and continues to run Street Brass with Uma Nota Culture, a community based ensemble that teaches and performs brass band music of the Americas. – CINEWS/SpeakMusic