Canaille (“riff raff” or the “the mob”) was formed by multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Strachan in the Summer of 2008. The group’s current line-up features ex- and current members of Feuermusik, Woodchoppers Association, Muskox, and Fond of Tigers. In just over a year, Canaille has established itself as one of Toronto’s most creative and interesting jazz quintets. Their particular brand of bent-jazz might fall somewhere between the post-cool of The Lounge Lizards, the Sun Ra and Charles Mingus small groups, and what Jackie McLean interpreting Ornette Coleman interpreting Yma Sumac might sound like. Band leader and composer Jeremy Strachan has received numerous creative and academic grants for his music and research: Canaille is his newest attempt to make creative and “experimental” music more accessible to everyone.
Jeremy Strachan has been making creative music on the margins of Canada’s independent scenes since 1999. As the bass player in fabled post-hardcore trio Rockets Red Glare, and later Three Gut Records’ Sea Snakes, he toured Canada and the US. He has done session work on dozens of records by acclaimed Canadian artists, improvised with Canada’s most respected experimental musicians, and has collaborated with visual artist Kati Bond Pretti on the Heart of the Matter (2007). He currently co-leads the avant jazz duo Feuermusik, nominated for the 2007 SOCAN Echo Prize, and is pursuing doctoral studies in musicology.
Jeremy Strachan (leader): flute, alto & bari saxes, bass clarinet, guitar; compositions & arrangements; Nick Buligan: trumpet; Jay Hay: tenor sax; Jesse Levine: organ, Rhodes; Mike Smith: bass; Dan Gaucher: drums