Winners of the Toronto Blues Society 2012 new talent search, Toronto’s fusion jazz / blues collective Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils are comprised of acclaimed and award winning artists from all over the world, bringing a wide variety of experience and multi-cultural musical influences to create an intriguing and eclectic sound. Presented by The Sault Ste. Marie Blues Society, their performance in Sault Ste. Marie is set for Saturday October 6 at The Canadian Hotel.
With their unmistakable jazz, blues and soul sound, Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils features the vocal styling of sultry Peruvian born singer Irene Torres, who sings in three languages. Her voice can also be recognized on commercial jingles for many large corporations. Her talents stretch beyond lyrics and singing, when it's time to perform she is one seductive lady to see and hear.
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The Sugar Devils are experienced musicians from all genres, including Drew Austin, an internationally touring drummer and percussionist who has worked with award winning artists in every genre. Drew transforms the band with his ability to play delicate or ferocious in any format. Bassist and guitarist Josh "Yoshi" Piche is a well-recognized musical director and producer in Toronto.
Their recent seven song EP release has been getting extensive airplay and reviews across Canada and the USA.
Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils
Saturday , October 6, 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 available at The Canadian Hotel Front Desk or at the door
The Canadian Hotel - 410 Pim Street (Highway 17 N), Sault Ste. Marie, ON
"The Devils make a joyful noise, a mix of jazz, blues and soul, touched by reggae- especially on the opening cut Without You. This short album (7 songs, just shy of 22 minutes long) is exhilarating. There’s a Latin thread that ties all of these songs together, making me wish there were more here than just the 7. If you walked into a bar and these guys were on stage grooving away, you’d be thinking you were in for the night of your life before even sitting down."
- Gonzo Magazine
"Shake up a batch of granizado de limón or maybe piña coladas, close your eyes and let this seven-track EP of originals transport you to Canal Street, Havana, the French Caribbean and beyond. Ms.Torres, ably backed by a core section on drums and bass -- augmented, on selected tracks, by electric piano, organ, sax, trombone and clarinet -- takes us on a melodious tour brushed by sensual breezes, romantic notions and rhythmic push-ups. Best tracks to skirmish with include "Criminal", "King of the Block", "Sticky Fingers" and the set's pièce de résistance, "Before You Go".
- David Farrell, New Canadian Music
"I have had the pleasure of hearing and hiring Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils on multiple occasions for our dance community in Toronto and they have always blown us away with their passion for deeply rooted music and kick-ass rhythms. I would describe Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils as super friendly, hard-working, and most importantly, they really know their stuff.”
- Randy Panté, Yonge & Bloor Blues Dance event organizer