High energy virtuosic jazz and funk, and over-the-top stage antics have thrilled audiences for decades since their 1980s MuchMusic
hit “Spadina Bus.”
The legend of The Shuffle Demons is well known to Canadians. Beginning in September 1984 with veteran street sax player Demon Richard Underhill pleasing the pedestrian multitudes at the corner of Yonge and Bloor in Toronto, The Shuffle Demons quickly evolved into an immensely popular street band. In 1986, John Gunn and Rob Fresco directed "Spadina Bus," the video that became a MuchMusic
hit, and was quickly followed by the hilarious “Out of My House, Roach” (directed by Joel Goldberg). The Demons caught fire, sold more independent albums than anyone up to that point (15,000), were nominated for a Juno Award, won five CASBY Awards, toured like mad, and released their second album, Bop Rap
, which featured a very popular rendition of “Hockey Night in Canada.”
This band is genre bending, highly visually entertaining, funny, and best of all, their eye catching, crowd-pleasing stunts are backed up by incredibly solid musicianship. Over the course of their illustrious career The Shuffle Demons have released 10 CDs, four hit videos, won several music awards, done numerous TV and radio appearances, and toured nationally and internationally. The band continues the tradition today with a great line-up of players that includes Juno Award winner Richard Underhill (sax & vox), Matt Lagan and Kelly Jefferson (saxes), Mike Downes (bass), and Stich Wynston (drums). Expect the same exciting, no holds barred performances that feature wild romps in the crowd, free jazz moments, danceable funk, poetry, killer solos, and more.