Meet the Band

Christopher Butcher
Christopher Butcher – Band Leader

Christopher Butcher is a musician firmly
established as a representative of the global music village, transcending genre and cultural
predisposition, and pleasing audiences across the world. As leader of the Heavyweights Brass Band Christopher has been behind one of the brightest lights to emerge on the Canadian music scene.
Combine that with his extensive experience as a sideman, work as a radio host/producer, role as an educator/community builder, Christopher Butcher illustrates a promising portrait of an influential
career in music.

Christopher moved to Toronto in his late teens and quickly built a solid reputation as one of Canada’s top trombone players in the most diverse musical scene on the planet, playing in the groups of many of the country’s most prestigious artists,
including Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran, Archie Alleyne, Jay Douglas, and
QuiQue Escamilla among countless others. On special occasions Christopher has recorded or played with some of the finest international artists like Quincy Jones, The Treme Brass Band, Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra,
David Clayton-Thomas, Ernest Ranglin, Giovanni Hidalgo, Broken Social Scene, Dubmatix, Nikki Yanofsky and Randy Bachman. In 2015 Christopher was awarded Emerging Artist of the Year at the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and continues to run Street Brass with Uma Nota Culture, a community based ensemble that teaches and performs brass band music of the Americas.