The Shuffle Demons
5:45 – 6:30pm, Friday 2 November, Blues stage
10:00 – 11:00pm, Saturday 3 November, WPAC Hall
The Shuffle Demons first broke onto the Canadian music scene with an electrifying musical fusion that drew in equal measure from Sun Ra, Charles Mingus, Run DMC and the Beastie Boys. The band was one of the first indie acts to break out on MuchMusic. This band was genre bending, highly visually entertaining, funny, and best of all, could really PLAY. All their eye catching, crowd pleasing stunts were backed up by incredibly solid musicianship and real ground-breaking playing.
Over the course of their illustrious career The Shuffle Demons have released eight CDs, two hit videos, won several music awards, done numerous tv and radio appearances and toured nationally and internationally including 25 cross Canada tours, 5 US tours, 16 European tours, as well as tours of Mexico, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, India, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Aruba and Cuba playing on big festival stages, theatres and clubs.
The band continues the tradition today with a great line-up of players that includes Juno Award winner Richard Underhill – sax & vocals, Matt Lagan and Shawn Nykwist – saxes & vocals, Michael Herring – bass & vocals and Stich Wynston -drums & vocals. 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. We are a crowd-pleasing, full-on musical group that backs up our stage antics with some phenomenal playing by some of Canada’s most talented musicians. We play a mix of funk jazz, hard bop jazz and jazz rap, wear spectacular hand-painted suits and love to parade through the audience, a perfect festival, theatre or club act.
Richard Underhill alto sax & vocals
Matt Lagan tenor sax & vocals
Shawn Nykwist tenor sax & vocals
Michael Herring bass & vocals
Stich Wynston drums & vocals
The Shuffle Demons remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.