Since 2008, Big Tobacco & the Pickers have been bringing their unique brand of traditional country to bar rooms, taverns, halls and festivals around Ontario. Their ongoing monthly residency at Toronto roots institution The Cameron House, has gained them a loyal following of country music fans.

Regular appearances at legendary rooms like The Dakota Tavern and The Cadillac Lounge, have helped develop their gritty live show into what it is today – a glimpse back at the golden age of country music. Their renditions of the hard hitting classics, along with traditional sounding original material, will make you and your friends want to dance all night, drink too much, and leave you wanting more. 

From the rich tones of the pedal steel, to the hot licks of the Fender Telecaster, Big Tobacco & the Pickers deliver a new brand of country music, true to old school tradition. See Big Tobacco at The Cameron House, on Queen St W in Toronto - Second Saturday of every month, 6 to 8PM

The Band

Jamie Oliver - Lead Vocals, Guitar

Jason Blanchard - Lead Guitar/Vocals

Anne Werbitsky - Steel Guitars

Jay Mallany - Bass Guitar, Vocals

Blaine McKenzie - Piano/Keyboards

Derek Simpson - Drums


Our 2010 released, self titled album helped define us as a band and proved were not slaves to a genre. We assembled a collection of diverse music, rich with overtones of traditional, honky-tonk, and outlaw country flavors. The songs painted pictures of travels, heartache, outlaw stand offs and our experiences growing up in Canada.
On May 12th, 2015 we released our second album titled ' The King is Gone '.  The album has 10 original songs and one cover meant to be a tribute to George Jones who passed away during recording.  The Album was produced by Canadian rock legend Moe Berg and continues our tradition of making music that takes old school country music in new and original ways.