Last update - February 2024

The OFFBEATS play Rock, Rhythm, and Country

Welcome to The OFFBEATS website! We had a very successful 2023, and are already receiving enquiries for 2024. We would love to help you with your entertainment needs for 2024. Feel free to check back with us whenever you can. We'd love to hear from you. Thank you for visiting!

Our history

The OFFBEATS is a four piece band consisting of Chris Towells, Barry Johnson, Doug Collier, and Lee Batchelor. The band's key musical focus is to provide great dance music covering Rock, Rhythm, and a touch of Country with great artists such as Stevie Wonder, Hall & Oates, Smokey Robinson, Dwight Yoakum, Sam and Dave, Joe Cocker, Wilson Pickett, Chuck Berry, Vince Gill, The Four Tops, and The Mavericks - to name a few.

We have been performing across southern Ontario since 2016 and our audiences continue to grow. We hope you can come out and hear our band soon. To see where we are performing next, please browse the 2024 shows page on this website.

NINE x FOUR album

In September 2023, we recorded our first album entitled, NINE x FOUR. Please have Nine x Four album cover a listen on the Audio page. All audio clips are FREE for downloading. There are also some nice photos of our three day session on the Photos page.

Meet the band

Read what people are saying about The OFFBEATS

Please take a minute and read some testimonials from previous clients.

“A big thank you to The OFFBEATS for bringing their rockin’ music to the Cobourg Rotary RibFest 2023, Their mix of music was perfect for our attendees, it appealed to all age groups. The sound, tone, and volume were perfect and the bands professional appearance and demeanor were very much appreciated. We look forward to having them perform at our next event!”
Peter Dounoukos, Cobourg Rotary President
"I wanted to let you know the band sounded great and I loved the song choices."
(Sound operator, Cobourg Rotary RibFest 2023)
Dave Smith, President Little Big Sound
"I wanted a great rock and roll party for my birthday and The OFFBEATS delivered a fabulous music and dance event for 80 friends and family members, everyone dancing to so many great songs....and they made my lead-backup vocal group sound so professional. One of them emailed me to say it was a dream come true."
Jim Thomas
“Thank you so much for playing here!! YOU GUYS REALLY ROCKED IT!! ...would love to have you back for more upcoming parties. What a great night!!”
Michele Elliott, Manager and Event Coordinator, The Pilot Tavern, Toronto
“I really want to take this time to thank The OFFBEATS for their support at the Northumberland Big Beat Live concert. We really wanted to showcase some of the best music the area had to offer. Chris, Barry, Richard, and Doug, you guys really stepped up and put on a truly remarkable performance.”
Jim Glover, Program Director, Northumberland 89.7 FM, Truly Local Radio