It's two Jays and an Arthur, and many others in between for the holiday Sunday Jam which will be held late afternoon and evening, Sunday, December 27 at the Seven 44 Restaurant & Lounge in midtown Toronto (Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton Avenue). The Sunday Jam features two of the hottest Caribbean & African Canadian comics in the business along with Toronto’s king of reggae and a talented guest artiste!
Comedians Jay Martin and Arthur Simeon will perform on stage as will Canadian reggae pioneer Jay Douglas and his All Star Band. Its laughs. Its reggae, ska, soul and R&B. Its for everyone (over the age of 19).
Jay Martin is the most sought-after comedian in Toronto. With the ability to engage and entertain audiences with his clean yet hilarious comedy routines, Martin has carved a niche that no other comedian can fill quite like him. His skill and range in a number of areas has coined him the nickname of Canada’s Renaissance Man, and he wears it well.
Martin has had the opportunity to host & open for a number of top acts such as Russell Peters, Kirk Franklin, Jamie Foxx, and Cedric The Entertainer. He has also produced a number of successful shows over his 10-year career like the Jay Martin Uptown Comedy Series, the Trinidad vs. Jamaica Mother’s Day Show, and Three The Hard Way.
Arthur Simeon is a stand-up comedian based in Toronto. The 32-year was born and educated in Uganda. He moved to Canada as a teenager where he turned to stand-up comedy to make a living. In June 2007, he headlined the Nubian Disciples of Pryor comedy showcase at Yuk Yuk's in Toronto. Two years later he made his debut appearance at Just for Laughs as part of the Homegrown Comedy Competition. In 2010, he was featured as the cover story of NOW in Toronto. He has appeared at the Halifax Comedy Festival for CBC Television, as well as the Winnipeg and Cottage Country Comedy festivals.
He is a fan favorite on the CBC Radio hit show The Debaters and in the summer of 2011, he was invited back to Just for Laughs to appear on the HBO Canada TV show Funny as Hell.
His album of music and comedy, Born and Raised dropped in 2014 and continues to chart well on I-Tunes.
Toronto audiences know Jamaican born Jay Douglas as a founding member of The Cougars and as the man with the golden voice. A dynamic singer and animated performer, Jay Douglas commands the stage with a wide-ranging arsenal of R&B, Soul, Top 40, Motown, popular hits from the past four decades, contemporary big band classics, blues and Caribbean traditional favourites.‚Ä® Douglas has shared the stage with a veritable Who's Who of major stars, including R&B legends Fats Domino, Joe Tex, Percy Sledge, Freda Payne, Dorothy Moore, Cissy Houston, bluesman Roscoe Gordon, The Manhattans, Peaches & Herb, reggae legends Freddie McGregor, Burning Spear, Toots and the Maytals, Sly & Robbie, Ziggy Marley, Ernest Ranglin, The Blues Busters, calypso king The Mighty Sparrow, Arthur Conley, Edwin Starr, and, Millie Jackson.
Also singing on the bill is Toni Anderson. A gifted gospel singer she has song with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Patty La Belle, Sting, Paul Anka, Tom Cochrane, Gregory Isaacs and Barrington Levy. She is also known for her roles in Da Kink in my Hair (UK), and Disney’s The Lion King in Toronto. Toni also released her soulful, jazzy, reggae, album “You are the One” that was nominated at the Canadian Reggae Music Awards for best album of the year.
Jay is bandleader of the All Star band, which is backing the show. The M.C for show is Danae Peart, station manager of Toronto’s ---Vibe FM and DJ Henry of Henry’s Records will provide music for the after-party.
The Sunday Jam: The Comedy Edition Show is produced By SWA Associates in partnership with JN Money Transfer. Tickets are $35.00 in advance and $40 at the door.
Seven 44 Restaurant //744 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, (416) 489-7931