"Just how does a band, barely two years in business, convince such world-class talent to come all the way up to Toronto to record? Simple! They book some shows, jump in a van, drive to the southern states and show their heroes what a young Canadian band has to offer.”
- Chris Martin, CBC Music
Irene Torres & The SugarDevils came onto the Toronto music scene in 2011 and made a name for themselves interpreting the music of New Orleans. They wowed audiences with their versatility in playing blues, funk, r&b, jazz, latin & soul.
In 2012, they recorded their first self-titled CD in the cities of Toronto and New Orleans and received rave reviews and international radio airplay. With this first CD, Irene Torres & The SugarDevils were the recipients of a 2012 Sigy Born Award nomination and were the winners of the 2012 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search. In 2013 they won the "Road to Memphis" competition and as a result, had the honor of representing Canada at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN.
In January of 2013, Irene Torres & The SugarDevils had the privilege of collaborating with Hammond Organ legend Ike Stubblefield (The Motown Review, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Al Green), New Orleans bassist Cornell Williams (Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, HBO's Treme, The Gospel Soul Children, The Soul Apostles), and producer/engineer Matthew Drost on their new album "In The Details".
Irene Torres & The SugarDevils have toured internationally in both Canada and the United States as well as opening for, Ike Stubblefield and New Orleans piano giant, Jon Cleary; JW Jones, Jack DeKeyzer & Gino Vanelli.
The Sugar Devils has also played The 2012 Scotiabank Marathon, The 2013 Toronto Tedx Talks and The 2013 Canadian International Auto Show. They were also featured on the 2013 CBC “Sounds of the Seasons”. Their music can be heard regularly on 89.5 CIUT, 99.1 Toronto Jazz FM, and CBC National Radio.
The band has played some of Ontario`s biggest festivals including The Orillia Blues Festival, The Kingston Limestone Blues Festival, The Orangeville Blues Festival, The Kitchener Blues Festival, The Beaches International Jazz Festival, The Mississauga Rotary Ribfest, The Kincardine Blues Festival, Jazz On The Mountain at Blue, The Wasaga Beach Blues Festival, Toronto Ribfest, Toronto Waterfront Festival, Toronto Blues Waterfront Festival, Jazz on The Mountain. Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils has also played some of the most iconic venues in Toronto including The Orbit Room, The Reservoir Lounge, The Dominion, Peter’s Players, The Shargri-La Hotel(Toronto), Toronto Ribfest, Toronto Waterfront Festival, Toronto Blues Waterfront Festival, Jazz on The Mountain and the Jeanne Gordon Theatre.