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The Boxcar Boys

February 23 /3:00 pm 6:00 pm

The Boxcar Boys deliver a veritable gumbo of wild gypsy, Dixieland jazz, Klezmer, and folk music performed with a good time New Orleans spirit. The Boxcar Boys are the combined forces of clarinetist and tunesmith John David Williams (Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything, The Roofhoppers), jazz master Karl Silveira on trombone (The Lemon Bucket Orkestra), violin whiz Laura C. Bates (Trent Severn, Del Bel) soulful accordionist Ronen Segall and JUNO nominee Rob Teehan (Heavyweights Brass Band, Saidah Baba Talibah) on sousaphone.

With their first album Don’t Be Blue [2011] they caught the ears of critics across the country, placing on the Ejazznews list of Best Canadian Jazz of 2011, receiving 3.5/4 stars in the Toronto Star, as well as praise in Wholenote, and Canadian Folk Music magazines.

Their new album Rye Whiskey further explores their unique instrumentation as they delve deeper into both the jazz and folk genres. These 15 live-off-the-floor studio tracks showcase the band’s raw acoustic sound and lively performances. Their ability to effortlessly switch from a gritty sprawling blues into a tight western swing number or an emotive tango is demonstrated in compositions by all band members. Rye Whiskey also features charming vocal renditions of folk classics “Sam Hall”, “Rye Whiskey”, and “Freight Train”, a joyous instrumental performance of “You Are My Sunshine”, and a sentimental lullaby written by composer Joe Ernewein. The band is joined by bluegrass mandolin virtuoso Adrian Gross (Slocan Ramblers) on several tracks. Rye Whiskey captures The Boxcar Boys at their finest, musicians with appreciation for old jazz and folk music who have honed a sound that is undoubtedly their own.

Bandleader John David Williams reflects, “We had so much fun in the studio, and this comes across on the album. Rye Whiskey really captures the spirit of our live performances. It’s a celebration; musicians at play.”

The Boxcar Boys have preformed at The Beaches Jazz Festival, The TD Jazz Festival, the Scotiabank Marathon, Scotiabank Buskerfest, Blissfest Festival (Harbor Springs, Michigan), Rogers Tennis Cup 2012, Northern Lights Festival (Sudbury), Blue Skies Festival (Clarendon), Savour Stratford (Stratford).

Previous clients of the Boxcar Boys have included The Cambridge Club, The Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre, Ontario Place, SOCAN, and countless private parties, birthdays, garden parties, house concerts, weddings and bar mitzvahs.


February 23
3:00 pm 6:00 pm


C’est What
67 Front East
Toronto, Ontario M5E1B5 Canada
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+1 (416) 867-9499