The George Lake Big Band

Steve Pettafor

Steve Pettafor

Band Leader, Trumpet

In 1997, Steve started a “rehearsal” band.  It soon became clear that the music they were making was too good to keep to themselves.  His leadership has created one of the hottest big bands working today.  His vision of blending classic and contemporary styles has produced an award-winning sound.  Inspired by Steve’s enthusiasm and sense of fun, these accomplished players clearly enjoy themselves.

Rena Gaile

Rena Gaile


Rena is no stranger to the Toronto music scene.  She has delighted audiences with her singing for almost two decades. She has performed with her band all over Toronto in clubs, shows and at hundreds of weddings, parties and corporate events and is well known for her rich vocal styling. She performed with world renowned Flugel horn Maestro Guido Basso for fifteen years, creating musical groups to perform at Toronto’s most high profile events and fundraising Galas. Her recordings and videos received extensive airplay across Canada in the 90’s and garnered her many nominations recognizing her as one of Canada’s top female vocalists.
Vincent Wolfe

Vincent Wolfe


Canadian jazz crooner Vincent Wolfe has spent the last decade carving out a reputation as one of the most original and promising interpreters of song on the recent music scene. His captivating warmth and vocal expressiveness have been described by Manhattan Transfer founding member Laurel Massé as “somewhere between Chet Baker and Mel Tormé… a wonderful place to be!” According to jazz legend Marlena Shaw, Vincent has been “blessed with a golden sound”. With three critically acclaimed albums (Trust the Vibe, Until Tomorrow, Weaver of Dreams) and hundreds of club, concert and festival dates under his belt, Vincent has built a reputation as a charismatic performer with a fast-growing fan base. In late 2010 he released his long-awaited third CD, “Weaver of Dreams” that features a hip, chilled-out mix of jazz standards, pop tunes and lesser-known gems mainly from the 40s and 50s. Presently, Vincent is making waves in the swinging big band scene, as lead male vocalist with the renowned Bob Cary Orchestra and frequent guest singer with the fabulous George Lake Big Band.

Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith


After graduating from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Performance, Sharon embarked on a performance career that included musical theatre, nightclubs, family and corporate parties, radio and television commercials, live television appearances and liturgical Jewish repertoire in the synagogue. With the birth of her children, she became interested in early childhood music and trained to become a teacher. Sharon is currently very active as a professional singer, teaching children music using the Orff method for the Toronto District School Board, and running her own private music classes for young children.


Note!  October Date Change

Whistler's Grille


As a family-owned and operated business, Whistler's is known for its popular casual dining, seven day brunch, lunch and dinner menus and its excellence in hosting special events.

Hear the band live!


23oct7:30 pmWhistler's Grille upstairs at the McNeil RoomThe George Lake Big Band Live


04nov7:00 pm12:00 amMusic to Remember Two bands Two stages non-stop Dancing!

20nov7:30 pmWhistler's Grille upstairs at the McNeil RoomThe George Lake Big Band Live


03dec2:00 pm4:00 pmPoinsettia Tea Dance Pickering Recreation ComplexSunday Dancing

18dec7:30 pmWhistler's Grille upstairs at the McNeil RoomThe George Lake Big Band Live

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John Chaplin
Dave Locke
George McCormick
Noel Methven


Ron Robbins (Arranger)
Scott McGonigal
Jill Morrison

Rob Tilley


Gary Magill
Paul Schofield
Dave Coules
Diana (Dee Dee) Roy
Chris Szydlowski


Ken Cory (Piano)
Chris Burrell (Drums)
Martin Traynor (Guitar)
Bruce Griffin (Bass)
Paul Catalano (Percussion)