"Family and friends of mine have been following the big band Advocats and their outstanding lead singer Nina Richmond for many happy years. We always come away from their concerts with that feel-good glow generated by an evening of great old standards and modern, uplifting hits. Hey, even the young kids get a kick out of their orchestrations and have been seen heading for the dance floor. Can't wait till the next gig."
G.H. (January 2016)
"Couldn’t make it to the Advocats Big Band performance last night? It was a stellar show, actually a rehearsal but you’d never know. A really fantastic ensemble with lots of classic big band tunes. I’d highly recommend catching one of their performances. Here’s their website: http://www.advocatsbigband.com/events.html"
St. Matthew's Bracondale House (August 2015)
"As the Old Chick 'n Deli the place had a definite unique vibe and to a large extent it has been recreated in this reincarnation. When you look at the overall picture, namely food, atmosphere and an excellent big band, the Advocats, the sum is definitely better than the individual components. The atmosphere was remarkably last century and if retro is your thing, then this is the place. Having not been there for 20 years, it was surprising to find the layout the same. However when you add the performance of the Advocats, who are an amazing big band, the venue takes on a whole new character, and for a Monday night, was packed. A special shout out to the lead singer Nina Richmond who provided a perfect counterpoint to the melodious sound ... In summary, a lovely evening with the Big Band providing the high point."
B.E. (April 2015)
"Nina; we just finished listening to your performance on Jazz. FM at 6:05 PM tonight !!!!!!! Your performance was superb and it was easy to visualize how you would have performed this song live at Seven44 in front of a "full-house" !! A lot of swing !!!! great pace and feeling for the lyrics !!! ; but the ending was your best yet !!!!!! Oh yes, your band was excellent and confident !!!!! I don't want to over-state how much I enjoyed it but it is great to say that " yes, I've seen them / her live several times."
Cheers, N.S. (February 2015)
"What a way to enjoy a wonderful Saturday afternoon in TO, at the Rex Hotel listening to some wonderful jazz, big band. We were honoured to enjoy the Advocats, a 15 piece piece big swing band doing the 330 set...The music was truly incredible and I am not really a big band fan. Very intimate, a true Queen Street West Toronto institution."
TripAdvisor Canada (November 2014)
"On behalf of the executive committee for Eat To The Beat For Willow,we want to convey our deepest thanks and our most sincere gratitiude for the ongoing commitment of the Advocats to our event and this charity. As participants in Eat To The Beat since the inception of the event in 1996, the presence of the Advocats Big Band is a source of great enjoyment to the guests, new and old who attend each year."
Sincerely, R.L.H., CoChair, Executive Committee (May 2002)
"On behalf of the Angel Ball Committee and Providence Healthcare Foundation, thank you so much for a wonderful performance... The band was simply excellent... When the full compliment of 18-pieces took the stage, our guests were thrilled! As you know, they danced the night away - a direct result of the exceptional performance of the Advocats Big Band. It was our great fortune to have you as our entertainment at the Angel Ball."
Kindest Regards, L. C., President, Providence Centre (November 2001)