Worst Pop Band Ever
With influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to Levon Helm to J Dilla, The Worst Pop Band Ever is a Toronto based quintet that tries to combine a love of improvisational jazz and modern popular music. Despite their name, the band features in demand, award winning Canadian musicians who have shared stages and/or recorded with such esteemed international artists like Feist, Ernie Watts, Adam Nussbaum, Brad Goode, The Bad Plus, Blue Rodeo, Quique Escamilla, Brandi Disterheft, Milosh, Shan Vincent De Paul, Tanika Charles, Amanda Martinez, Rich Brown, Sultans of String, Matt Dusk, Laila Biali, Elizabeth Shepherd, Aloe Blacc and the Shuffle Demons. Together, whether it be blending acoustic bass with turntables or analog synths with the saxophone, the WPBE sets out to twist and bend both originals and covers, straddling genres and butting heads with expectation.
They have filled festivals and clubs throughout North America from IAJE to NXNE; St. John’s to Chicago, New York to Vancouver. They were called “highlights of the festival ” on the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival’s own website, showcased in All About Jazz, the Toronto Star, Canadian Musician Magazine, Jazz FM and shortlisted in NOW Toronto’s Soundclash competition. Their music has also been used for film and videos for CBC, the National Film Board, the UN and even Disney.