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.


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.


The band has been active performing at various festivals, music series and in clubs and concert venues across Ontario. Currently the group is preparing to release their first full-length album of original music (with support from The Canada Council for Arts and The Ontario Arts Council). 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. “The audience was bobbing their heads along to the music, and afterwards, I heard one audience member exclaim, “Wasn’t that amazing, aren’t you glad you didn’t miss this show?” Thank the live music gods I was there.” - Adam Maue, The Ontarion, Guelph



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