Big Smoke Brass Band

Big Smoke Brass has firmly established itself as a leading voice in the Canadian brass band landscape since its inception in the Summer of 2017. The band got its start playing on the streets of Toronto, and quickly garnered a strong following thanks to its ear-catching sound and strong group dynamic.

The band released their first EP, No Breaks in May 2018, with a subsequent tour of Canada’s East Coast later that year culminating in a headlining performance at the Pocologan Camp Party 2018. The year also included a featured performance at TEDxToronto 2018, an opening set in support of NYC’s The Lucky Chops, and the filming of the band’s first music video; a cover of The Jacksons Blame It on the Boogie.”

2019 saw the release of Big Smoke Brass’s second music video (a cover of Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next). The band was also featured at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and Canadian Music Week, and performed alongside France’s Ceux Qui Marche Debout.

In 2020, the band opened once again for The Lucky Chops, was featured on the new TVOKids program Backyard Beats, and performed for the TD Niagara Jazz Festival Online Summer Mardi Gras. 2020 also saw the band complete a “Parks Tour” of Toronto, bringing live music back safely to outdoor spaces in the first Summer of the Pandemic.

After successfully exceeding a fundraising goal of $15,000 and recording with Juno award-winning engineer Nyles Spencer in November of 2019, Big Smoke Brass released their debut album From a Block Away in June of 2021. The band also had a sold-out appearance at the 2021 Prince Edward County Jazz Festival.

Big Smoke Brass released their self-produced EP, “Bass Camp” at the end of 2021, accompanied by an original music video (“Underthink”) produced with the Drom Artists Collective of Drom Taberna, where the band has performed regularly since 2018.

2022 was in full force for Big Smoke Brass, with the band completing over 130 performances and releasing their newest EP, House Party (and accompanying music video, Lizzo) at the end of the year. 2022 saw Big Smoke Brass appear at TD Sunfest, Beaches Jazz Festival, and numerous other festivals & events.

In endeavouring to spread positivity wherever they go, Big Smoke Brass continues to foster a sense of community with their listeners while helping to spread their music through educational outreach. The band can still be found performing on the streets of Toronto in the Summer, as well as maintaining a busy schedule of shows & events throughout the year.

Photo: Mike Cowley

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