Delirium was formed in 2012. Inspired by the evolving “riot jazz” brass bands (e.g. The Soul Rebels
, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
, The Youngblood Brass Band
) the Calgary based musicians wanted to leave most of the jazz influence behind and push the genre further into ska, punk and party rock, focusing on high energy music like No Doubt and The Clash and strong female vocals.
Until 2017 the band was headlined by Margo Laing, with increasing emotional appeal through her expressive songwriting, voice, and stage presence.
In 2018 the band reformed for a Banff Wedding with more drums, more horns, and two vocalists: Kevin Waites, and Margo’s kid Jace. The show was so successful that the band hit the studio and the arranging software to bring together more great party brass tunes, releasing a retrospective CD in 2019, hosting an open Horn Jam, and making ambitious plans for the 2020 summer festival and busking season.
The COVID-19 Pandemic killed those plans, but opened up other opportunities. The best professional horn players and percussion players in the land became available, and as the pandemic waned and the vaccines arrived the public was hungry for outdoor pandemic-friendly music.