She's Funny That Way is an inclusive musical collective based in Toronto, Ontario, founded by Alisha Oliver and Alisa Kanda Kovac. Focused on traditional jazz, SFTW features three female lead vocalists singing in perfect harmony. Influences include The Andrews Sisters, McGuire Sisters and Boswell Sisters.
SFTW prioritizes and practices inclusivity by featuring artists of colour, women and artists with disabilities.
She's Funny That Way offers a variety of jazz musical stylings of any ensemble size for your event.
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She's Funny That Way EP
She's Funny That Way is putting out their first EP, funded by Ontario Arts Council, of traditional jazz tunes rearranged for three part female vocal harmony. Focused on paying homage to female artists in jazz, SFTW brings new energy and modernization to your favourite jazz classics in the style of such artists as The Andrews Sisters, McGuire Sisters and Julie London.
She's Funny That Way EP was released June 1, 2022.
Toronto All-Star Big Band
I have been a part of the Toronto All-Star Big Band since 2016. I sang in the band full time for 2 years, and still continue part time. This organization taught me traditional jazz big band repertoire, performance skills, and provided me with many connections in the music community.
In 2020 I began working on development and marketing for TABB. I run their social media and online marketing, and I search for potential funding and fundraising opportunities including grant writing.
Piano, Guitar and A Microphone with Elliot Jarmain
A versatile musical duo, Alisha Oliver and Elliot Jarmain play a wide variety of music including: jazz, classic pop and R&B, country and modern hits. With over 4 years of playing experience together, Elliot and I find great passion in spreading the music we love to audiences. We collaborate with event planners and coordinators to find the perfect set list for your event. Both Elliot and I play piano, guitar and sing, so there will never be a dull moment in your setlist!
Vocal and Bass Duets with Robert Lee
Robert Lee and I first met in 2014 at Humber College, where we instantly bonded over our love of swing. We were inspired by jazz arrangements such as Lake Street Dive's I Want You Back, Esperanza Spalding and Gretchen Parlato's Useless Landscapes, and Peggy Lee's Fever. Our duo is perfect for more intimate settings, or if you are looking for a modern taste of classic jazz tunes at your event.