In 2003 the Rex Hotel Orchestra made its debut performance at the Rex Jazz Club in Toronto. Under the leadership of veteran jazz trumpet player/composer/arranger John MacLeod, the RHO is a collection of the top jazz and studio musicians in Canada. All of the music that they perform is written specifically for them by the leader or other members of the band. In addition to concert and jazz festival appearances, they have performed once a month at the Rex continually since their inception. The band has been nominated twice for Juno Awards and their debut CD - OUR FIRST SET received the Juno award for Traditional Jazz Album of the year in 2011. Their most recent recording is being released by JazzFM and is a celebration of Toronto’s big band legacy - THE TORONTO SOUND.