Big City All Star Band
"The Big City All Star Band was formed as a select group of Winnipeg’s best talent to provide a higher level of entertainment. They have quickly risen to become the area’s busiest and most sought-after high-profile entertainment group, playing nationally and internationally to various conferences, galas, weddings, fundraisers, and a variety of other functions. With a highly diverse repertoire of over 1400 songs covering all styles, the band has a reputation of going to great lengths to be accommodating, and always delivering a fun energetic show that's sure to get you dancing. "
Before his role as Musical Director for the Big City All Star Band, Carlin Lemon toured the world as MD, keyboard player, and front-of-the-house engineer with various award winning bands, spanning 12 countries, numerous concerts, festivals, TV appearances, talk shows and albums. He is best known for his meticulous synthesizer programming and sampling skills - replicating the sounds of popular music recordings, and his ability to play numerous parts simultaneously.
Ever since joining her first cover band at 17, TJ hasn’t stopped singing. From the studio to the road, to television & theatre, TJ has done it all. She has sung backgrounds in the studio and on stage for numerous recording artists, including Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Fred Penner, Jake Chenier, & Tom Jackson. TJ co-wrote and recorded the debut album with award winning Canadian duo McMaster and James. She has also performed in 4 theatre shows at Rainbow Stage, and has sung the national anthem for the Bombers, Jets, and Goldeyes.
Wes Rambo is a sought-after Winnipeg singer, actor and voiceover artist. After graduating from the U of M Desautels faculty of Music, he quickly transitioned from classical into musical theatre, and then from there to pop, rock and R & B. He has frequently performed with companies such as Rainbow Stage and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Wes has also performed at festivals and concerts across Canada as a member of acclaimed Winnipeg acapella group “Those Guys”
For over 25 years, drummer Rob has been an active participant in Winnipeg's jazz community. Over that time, he has played with many of the city's finest including Ron Paley, Knut Haugsoen, Larry Roy, Walle Larsson and The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra. Rob has also had the opportunity to perform at jazz festivals in Montreal, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Vancouver as well as tour across Canada and the U.S. in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's production of A Cinderella Story. Highlights of Rob's career also include sharing the stage with jazz legends Frank Foster, Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Watrous, and Clark Terry
Larry Roy has long been a fixture of the Winnipeg music scene. He is the first-call jazz guitarist in the city, he's a busy recording engineer with his own studio, and after completing his Master's Degree in Music at The University of Manitoba, he has formally joined the faculty of the Jazz Studies program at the University of Manitoba. Mr. Roy is a sought after arranger and composer and has been the musical director for over 150 live or pre-recorded radio and television episodes. Larry has performed extensively in clubs, sessions, concerts, workshops and master classes. In 2014, he was a Juno Nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album, along with Erin Propp for their recording Courage My Love.
Sound Tech/Background Vocals/Some Lead Vocals
Nolan Balzer has been an Audio Engineer/Editor specializing in post production for television and radio for over 15 years. He has arranged, recorded, produced or played on over 30 albums including 3 Juno award winners and one Grammy nominated album. He is also a professional vocalist and has sung on countless radio commercials. With enough arm twisting, he can occasionally be coerced into joining us on stage for a song. An ardent fan of a good single malt Scotch, Nolan has a fantastic ear for music, and always makes us sound our best.