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!!
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Where were you on April 20th?
Where will you be on June 11th??
On April 20th The Flato Markham Theatre presented Swing Shift Big Band and "Legendary Song from the Big Band Era", starring Heather Bambrick, June Garber and Larisa Renée. This fabulous trio of vocalists breathed life into the hits of jazz divas like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, & Peggy Lee - bringing their gorgeous vocal stylings to bear on the greatest standards of the big band age. The Flato Markham Theatre is intimate and comfortable - if you haven't been there, you're missing a great listening experience! This concert was part of the Theatre's Diamond Season Performances series.
On June 11th, the show will be reprised at the Old Mill in the historic and charming Dining Room. The Old Mill is one of the great venues in Toronto - steeped in local history, redolent of old world culture, with menus and service that sets today's standard and an atmosphere that you will love! Check it out...
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