Surefire Sweat is made up of a diverse and multi-generational roster of Toronto-based artists. The music, composed by Juno-nominated drummer, Larry Graves, draws on an amalgam of Funk, Jazz, Brass Band, Blues and Worldy rhythms. Inventive arrangements act as a vehicle for the all-star cast of musicians to engage listeners through improvisational explorations and danceable arrangements. Despite being dominantly instrumental in nature, each of the group's unique pieces is propelled by a narrative: colourful journeys that emote real time metaphors of the human condition.

"Cool compositions, captivating arrangements and powerful horn sections are part of this modern jazz album ...powerful and grooving..." -Wulf Muller, All That Jazz


In this age of electronic dance music and digital wizardry, Surefire Sweat forges ahead with an old-school music-making approach. Full of memorable melodic hooks and toe-tapping rhythms, listeners are carried along by a revolving door of Toronto finest, sweating it out on drums, percussion, guitars and various horns. Sometimes we even sing.

" ... references to traditional forms while continuously innovating melodically and harmonically around the sparkling and venerable rhythms that inform their eloquent music." - Raul da Gama, Toronto Jazz Report


The band released their first full-length album of original music (with support from The Canada Council for Arts and The Ontario Arts Council) in 2019. The music has been played on radio across the globe. The group is currently active performing at various venues across Canada in support of the new album. Recent highlights include appearances at The TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The Guelph Jazz Festival, Toronto’s Small World Music Festival and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre’s Jazz for the Soul Music Series.

" ... toe-tapping rhythms and powerful melodic lines delivered by a strong horn section, Surefire Sweat is a worthy addition to the world of world beats" - Jazz Journal, UK



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