Pettafor, Bandleader and Trumpet
In 1997, Steve started a "rehearsal" band. It
soon became clear that the music they were making was too good to
keep to themselves. His leadership has created one of the
hottest big bands working today. His vision of blending
classic and contemporary styles has produced an award-winning
sound. Inspired by Steve's enthusiasm and sense of fun, these
accomplished players clearly enjoy themselves.
Rena is no stranger to the Toronto music scene. She has
delighted audiences with her singing for almost two decades. She has
performed with her band all over Toronto in clubs, shows and at
hundreds of weddings, parties and corporate events and is well known
for her rich vocal styling. She performed with world renowned Flugel
horn Maestro Guido Basso for fifteen years, creating musical groups
to perform at Toronto's most high profile events and fundraising
Galas. Her recordings and videos received extensive airplay across
Canada in the 90's and garnered her many nominations recognizing her
as one of Canada's top female vocalists.
Arlene passed away July 28, 2011
after giving breast cancer the fight of its life.
Click here or on her picture to read more
and see a slide show of pictures celebrating her life.
After graduating from York University with an Honours Bachelor of
Fine Arts degree in Jazz Performance, Sharon embarked on a
performance career that included musical theatre, nightclubs, family
and corporate parties, radio and television commercials, live
television appearances and liturgical Jewish repertoire in the
With the birth of her children, she became interested
in early childhood music and trained to become a teacher. Sharon is
currently very active as a professional singer, teaching children
music using the Orff method for the Toronto District School Board,
and running her own private music classes for young children.
Vincent Wolfe, Vocals
Canadian jazz crooner Vincent Wolfe has spent the last decade
carving out a reputation as one of the most original and promising
interpreters of song on the recent music scene.
His captivating warmth and vocal expressiveness have been described by
Manhattan Transfer founding member Laurel Massé as “somewhere between Chet Baker and Mel Tormé…
a wonderful place to be!” According to jazz legend Marlena Shaw,
Vincent has been “blessed with a golden sound”.
With three critically acclaimed albums (Trust the Vibe,
Until Tomorrow, Weaver of Dreams) and hundreds of club, concert
and festival dates under his belt, Vincent has built a reputation as a
charismatic performer with a fast-growing fan base.
In late 2010 he released his long-awaited third CD, "Weaver of Dreams” that features a hip,
chilled-out mix of jazz standards, pop tunes and lesser-known gems mainly
from the 40s and 50s. Presently, Vincent is making waves in the swinging big band scene,
as lead male vocalist with the renowned Bob Cary Orchestra and frequent guest singer with the fabulous George Lake Big Band.
The George Lake Big Band Performers
Ron Robbins (Arranger)
Ken Cory (Piano)
Chris Burrell (Drums)
Warren Grieg (Guitar)
Bruce Griffin (Bass)
Paul Catalano (Percussion)
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