NuFunk Concerts, Activate and Make it Funky Present

Saturday, Sept 27th, 2014

9:00 PM Doors

The Lost Art of HipHop

featuring DJ Grandmaster Flash & Afrika Bambaataa

with special guests Soul Motivators & more

The Phoenix Concert Theatre – 410 Sherbourne Street Toronto, ON M4X 1K2

Tickets available at Soundscapes, Rotate This & Play De Record

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A rare pairing of founding fathers of Hip-Hop: Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre….

The Lost Art of Hip Hop explores the development years of Hip-Hop that including art, dancing, toasting, boasting and above all DJying.  Grandmaster Flash is the first DJ who put the genre on the map and was the first to discover that the turntable could also be used as an instrument is co-headling with Afrika Bambaataa, a NYC Gang leader turned Djying, Breakdancing and Graffiti into cultural movement in the late 70s and who also coined the phrase “HipHop” to the New York Times, borrowing a lyric from the Sugar Hill gang song Rapper’s Delight.

You won’t want to miss being a part of this legendary show on Saturday September 27th, 2014 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre

Brought to you by NuFunk Concerts, Activate, Make it Funky Collective, Strombo, Toronto Breaks, The Manifesto & Exclaim Magazine.

ULTIMATE HIPHOP PRIZE PACK:

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Grand Prize  - 1 winner (Total value $899*)

Native Instruments Maschine + Pair of Tickets to Lost Art of Hip Hop
Concert + Sol Republic Amps HD in ears headphones + Exclusive CD & Vinyl
from Afrika Bambaataa personal collection and a pair of Puma Suede Classics Shoes

Runner up – 2 winners  (Total value: $299*)
Pair of Tickets to Lost Art of Hip Hop Concert + Sol Republic Amps HD in ears headphones + Exclusive CD & Vinyl from Afrika Bambaataa personal collection and a pair of Puma Suede Classics Shoes

2nd Runner up* 7 winners (Total value: $219*)
Sol Republic Amps HD in ears headphones + Exclusive CD from Afrika
Bambaataa personal collection and a pair of Puma Suede Classics Shoes

*CD/Vinyl doubles from Bambaataa personal collection PRICELESS

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The event will receive promotional support from  The Manifesto that celebrates its 8th Annual Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture between September 17-21.  $2 from each ticket sold for this event will be donated to Manifesto and will support their year round arts and education programming.

Grandmaster Flash www.grandmasterflash.com

There are lots of stories about the birth of jazz and the beginning of rock n’ roll, but hip-hop has founding fathers: one of them is DJ Grandmaster Flash. In the early 70’s Joseph Saddler was living in the South Bronx and studying electrical engineering. However, Saddler, a native of the Bronx, had a much deeper passion for music; he had been experimenting with his father’s vinyl since he was an toddler. His knowledge of audio equipment led him to an idea that would revolutionize the way he Played music: the turntable would become his instrument.

The career of DJ Grandmaster Flash began in the Bronx with neighborhood block parties that essentially were the start of what would become a global phenomenon — the dawn of a musical genre. He was the first DJ to physically lay his hands on the vinyl and manipulate it in a backward, forward or counterclockwise motion, when most DJs simply handled the record by the edges, put down the tone arm, and let it play. Those DJs let the tone arm guide their music, but Flash marked up the body of the vinyl with crayon, fluorescent pen, and grease pencil—and those markings became his compass

He invented the Quick Mix Theory, which included techniques such as the double-back, back-door, back-spin, and phasing. This allowed a DJ to make music by touching the record and gauging its revolutions to make his own beat and his own music. Flash’s template grew to include cuttin’, which, in turn, spawned scratching, transforming, the Clock Theory and the like. He laid the groundwork for everything a DJ can do with a record today, other than just letting it play. What we call a DJ today is a role that Flash invented.

By the end of the 70s, Flash had started another trend that became a hallmark around the world: emcees followed flash to the various parts and parties to rap/emcee over his beats. Before long, he started his own group, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Their reputation grew up around the way the group traded off and blended their lyrics with Flash’s unrivaled skills as a DJ and his acrobatic performances—spinning and cutting vinyl with his fingers, toes, elbows, and any object at hand.

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five went Platinum with their single, “The Message.” Meanwhile, the single “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel” introduced DJing to a larger listening audience than it had ever known before; it became the first DJ composition to be recorded by a DJ. The group’s fame continued to grow with “Superappin,” “Freedom,” “Larry’s Dance Theme,” and “You Know What Time It Is.” Punk and new wave fans were introduced to Flash through Blondie, who immortalized him in her hit, “Rapture.”

The rock n’ roll hall of fame also recognized Flash with an honor no one else in hip hop has received: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five became the first hip hop group ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Flash is the first DJ to ever receive that honor.

By the time the 90s rolled around, Flash was hand picked by Chris Rock to spend five years as the music director for his groundbreaking HBO series, The Chris Rock Show. More recently, Flash has played for audiences as large as the Super Bowl and as elite as Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

On top of his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Flash has been the recipient of many awards, including VH1 Hip Hop Honors; The Icon Award from BET in honor of his contribution to hip hop as a DJ; The Lifetime Achievement Award from the RIAA; and Bill Gates’ Vanguard Award.

Although Flash has been in the business for many years, he shows no sign of slowing down: this year he has released a new album, and he will began his descent from the analog vinyl world of DJing to enter the digital world of DJing. His DJ application of choice is “Traktor Scratch” by Native Instruments.

Grandmaster Flash’s memoirs, The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash – My Life My Beats was released in bookstores worldwide. The book is penned by David Ritz, author of both Marvin Gaye’s and Ray Charles’ biographies. In this extraordinary book, Grandmaster Flash sets down his musical history, sharing for the first time his personal and difficult life story—along with no small amount of wisdom and experience.

The Smithsonian Museum of American History in honor of Black History Month has opened its exhibit RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture that Grandmaster Flash along with other hip hop artist such as LL Cool J, Erykah Badu and Common will be featured.

Afrika Bambaataa – The Ahmen Ra of Universal Hip Hop Culture

Named by LIFE Magazine as one of the MOST IMPORTANT Americans of the 20th Century, Afrika Bambaataa is a Musical visionary, DJ extraordinaire,living legend and founder of the Zulu Nation. Bam, as he’s affectionately known, has done more for the culture and music of hip-hop, funk and electro than most could dream of. In fact, he’s even the person responsible for coiningthe term “Hip Hop” in reference to the movement.

The man behind Hip Hop/Electro Funk classic ‘Planet Rock’ over the years has co-produced and performed with the likes of James Brown, George Clinton, Fortknox Five, Leftfield, Uberzone and Tribe Called Quest among many others.

Bam’s futuristic soundscapes became a major influence in the development of not only hip-hop, but have been instrumental in laying the foundation for Breaks, Electro, Freestyle, Techno and House music as well. “Planet Rock” has become arguably the most sampled song in music history, having been remixed and sampled by the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Westbam, George Acosta, LL Cool J and countless others. Bam’s track “Renegades of Funk” was also famously covered by Rage Against The Machine.

Still extremely active, Bam continues to record, tour and educate, maintaining his status as a living legend and forefather of the art. In 2006,Bam was honored for his incredible achievements by VH1 at the annual ‘Hip Hip Honors’ show. In 2007, he was nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In 2012 Bam accepted an appointment at Cornell University where he will speak to classes, meet with students, community groups and perform the music he helped create and expand.

 


The Soul Motivators
www.soulmotivators.com 

Spread the word – The Soul Motivators are here to restore your faith in funk. This tight 9-piece ensemble digs deep, mines a rare groove and elevates your soul. If you’re not nodding your head by the bar, you’ll be motivated straight to the dance floor by a visceral live experience.

Imagine a movin’, groovin’ record collection packed with funk nuggets – these guys hold the likes of James Brown and his associated acts in high regard, that’s for sure. But stay tuned and you’ll hear Fela and Budos inspired afro-funk and a wealth of classic hip-hop breaks. Chanking guitar riffs, crisp horns and a screaming B3 will recall 70s car chases, Blaxploitation soundtracks and the roots of acid jazz. Their explosive live show has moved crowds at theatres, clubs and festivals across Canada. A melting pot of influences has meant that these soul brothers – and sister – have been selected to open for acts across the spectrum such as Orgone, Escort, Lee Fields and Afrika Bambaataa.

more info: jay@nufunk.ca

 

 


Presents

Friday, April 25th, 2014 9:00 PM

KC Roberts & The Live Revolution

Parkdale Funk 2: Sides CD ReleaseMod Club – 722 College St.

Online Tickets / Facebook

$15 Advance + service fees or $25 at the door

The epic double album by Toronto’s PURVEYORS of FUNK, comes to live, Stings, Big Band, Special Guests and more!

2 Sets – 2 Sides of hard-hitting booty shaking, soul-grooving FUNQUE!

The time has finally come to announce the Parkdale Funk 2: SIDES CD Release Party! On April 25th, 2014 at The MOD Club in Toronto, we’ll be performing the entire record – yes, all 27 tracks – top to bottom LIVE with tons of special guests. It’s going to be the biggest, best show we’ve ever done. The first set starts early and you don’t want to miss a minute of this one! If you are a fund contributor, you know you already have a free ticket.

The show is 19+, but if you’re under 19 don’t worry, we’re about to announce a HUGE all ages event in late June.

Advance tickets are available here

Guests and DJ’s to be announced

If you don’t have the record yet, you can get it digitally here:
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/parkdale-funk-2-sides/id716618559
or get a hard copy at the show!

This is gonna be big y’all. Tell everyone you know it’s going down!

More about KC Roberts & The Live Revolution:
www.kcroberts.ca

After their set at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Artistic Director Josh Grossman called KCLR “scary good…a blast to hear and just as fun to watch.”  In February 2014, NOW Magazine called KCLR “one of Toronto’s favourite live bands”.  KCLR’s new double LP, Parkdale Funk 2: SIDES (PDF2) lives up to the buzz generated by the band’s live performances.

PDF2 features 27 tracks, 40 guest musicians and over 2 hours of music.  Although it’s a funk record on the surface, PDF2’s track list highlights KCLR’s strong jazz, rock and urban influences.  The album is a culmination of nearly 2 years of work that was made possible by a crowdfunding initiative to which KCLR’s fans contributed $26,000.  PDF2 sessions began in 2012, and included contributions by Toronto hip hop legends D-Sisive, The Airplane Boys and DJ Grouch, as well as a live strings section and big band.

Upon PDF2′s release, CBC Radio’s Errol Nazareth said that “there are no failed ideas here.  I dug every track.“  Exclaim! Magazine’s Matt Bauer praised PDF2′s “infectious, rhythmically virtuosic brand of funk [and] seamless detours into hip-hop, rock, drum & bass, reggae, Afro-beat and folk.”  Conrad Gayle wrote that PDF2 “could be THE Canadian album of the year.”
Throughout 2014, KCLR will be touring across Canada in support of PDF2.  The band also has plans to release videos for many of PDF2’s tracks, thus building the record into an even larger body of art and further recognizing the incredible support of their fans.

KCLR has regularly shared the stage with major international artists including recent events with DJ Q-Bert, Spectrum Road and Lee Fields & the Expressions, as well as a recent show with funk legends Lettuce.  KCLR has also become a jazz festival favourite around Ontario (TD Toronto Jazz, Beaches Jazz Festival, Aurora Jazz Festival, Jazz on the Mountain at Blue, Sudbury Jazz Festival).

CHECK SOME LIVE VIDEOS:

Beautiful Blast Off 

Lil’ Funky Thang

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Nufunk & House of David Gang Present
Friday, May 2nd, 2014 9:30 PM
17th Annual ORIGINAL WAILERS TRIBUTE
w/ House of David Gang & Friends
plus Jamaican Comedian Ronnie Edwards
The Rivoli – 334 Queen St. W.
Online Tickets
$10 Adv, $12 at the door w/ Food Donation, $15 without 

Turning Point Presents
Sunday, May 4th, 2014 10AM-4PM
Flipside Vintage Record Sale
Gladstone Hotel – 1213 Queen St. W.
$5

Live Nation Presents
Friday, May 23rd, 2014 8:00 PM
Morcheeba
Danforth Music Hall - 147 Danforth Ave,
Online Tickets


Live Nation Presents
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 6:00 PM
Jack Johnson with special guests
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Online Tickets / Facebook

2014 Dates Announced!
July 11,12 & 13
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
www.evolvefestival.com

Make it Funky Presents..

Friday, March 14, 2014 10PM
9 Year Anniversary with World Famous DJ Deekline (Hot Cakes, UK)
w/ Marcus Visionary, Farbsie Funk Vs. Marty McFly
and live performance by The Durians (Brooklyn, NYC)
Wrongbar – 1279 Queen St. W
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1dEpw5Z
Online Tickets: http://tktwb.tw/1gDqT3f

Get Physical Tickets at Soundscapes, Play De Record and Rotate This

Tickets also available through BNE Entertainment and 777 on Facebook.

Make It Funky celebrates 9 years of incredible funky bass music We have put together an incredible lineup to bring together people from all over the bass funk community. People who just love to get out on the dance floor and let loose to great music with great people. That’s why we started this adventure 9 years ago and why we are still bringing you interesting live acts pushing boundaries mixed with dis at the forefront of breaks/ghettofunk/hiphop/ funk/DnB/bass music and more.

In this special show Make It Funky is thrilled to present Deekline (UK Hot Cakes, Jungle Cakes), Deekline last played with Make It Funky Halloween 2009 at the docks where he layer down an incredible set of booty breaks.

Also joining us from Brooklyn, NYC come Durians! This 3 piece live electronic bass ensemble will get you moving with their unique brand of sound that is both cinematic, experimental and bass heavy.

Deekline (Hot Cakes, UK)
https://soundcloud.com/djdeekline

Deekline is that rare figure in dance music, the seminal producer who balances the cutting edge and the mainstream with effortless flair. Head of the London to Brighton-spanning Hot Cakes collective of producers, promoters and DJs, this bass music icon recently released new album Bounce ‘n’ Shake with studio partner in crime Ed Solo, an eclectic tour de force sent down with the kind of assurance one might expect from DJs who have sent bodies flying round the room at club venues across the globe for more than a decade.

A hero of the underground from the days of his Platinum-selling UK garage anthem I Don’t Smoke Da Reefer, Deekline oversees a range of Hot Cakes imprints (Hot Cakes, Sludge, Jungle Cakes and the legendary Rat Records) all of which work tirelessly to propel street level artists into the forefront of the electronic music scene.

On a live tip, the Hot Cakes parties have achieved the rare feat of blowing up clubs on both sides of the Atlantic, in Miami, Spain and London, where his flagship night sits pretty at the heart of Brixton at iconic underground nightclub Jamm. He’s also known to put on a rump-shaking boat party or two on the river Thames.

In the studio, Deekline is a bonafide musical shapeshifter, his impressive diversity having seen him rework the likes of Armand Van Helden, Old Dirty Bastard and The Prodigy. He is currently remixing the new Laidback Luke new single and earlier in 2013 his 2-step-flavoured reworking of Lethal Bizzle & Donae’o's Not A Saint anthem proved he’s still in touch with his UK garage roots at a time when the sound has never been hotter.

Fittingly for a producer whose Hot Cakes brand has become a byword for bassbin-shaking bravado, this is one artist who’s cooking up a storm right now.

Durians
http://www.duriansmusic.com/

“an ambitious and highly danceable experiment, recalling STS9 at their most electro, or perhaps Daft Punk at their most organic” – Dan Bolles, 7Days Magazine, Burlington, VT

The Durian, the spiny, stinky fruit, is both famous and infamous in its native home of South-East Asia. Eliciting emotions that range from respect to disgust to adoration, the fruit has earned the nickname, “King of Fruits,” and has been banned in many hotels and public areas due to its smell. No doubt this brash fruit is an appropriate namesake for the Brooklyn-based live Bass Music band, Durians. The trio’s powerful presence and sound are as impressive and unique as the fruit’s funky odor.

“…This is live-instrument electronic music on steroids, featuring dance-inducing break-beats and drum and bass amongst a psychedelic swirl of sonic delights.” – Ed Dufresne, Montpelier Times Argus

Although the group uses recognizable elements from the newest DJ-dominated Electronic Dance Music genres, Durians never sticks to formulas. Wobbly bass lines are played from Nick Kirshnit’s hybrid MIDI/Electric bass, which come out mean, dance-inducing, and compelling. Drum n’ bass and jazz-infused dubstep beats are played by drummer Ryan Ramirez, which further provides the crucial “live” element to their music. Melodies and sounds from Eli Chalmer are provided not just by synths and sounds produced by laptop, but by live trombone, keyboards, and unique original instruments such as MIDI-Theremin.

” …like Aphex twin and Squarepusher but they take it to the next level…” – DJ Lovelace, Brooklyn Radio

The band was formed in Summer of 2009 in Burlington Vermont by longtime musical cohorts Kirshnit and Chalmer. The two had been playing in jazz/funk bands together for years, but instead of listening to jazz/funk on their time off they would almost exclusively listen to the new electronic music they heard out of progressive electronica artists like Amon Tobin, Squarepusher, Bonobo, and others. In 2009 they decided to form a band that would somehow play such genres with live instruments. They worked on deconstructing the elements that go into the various Bass music/Electronica genres, and using a combination of Ableton Live and their hybrid electronic/acoustic instruments to play those elements for live audiences. The success of the project eventually compelled them to move to New York City, where they met drummer Ryan Ramirez, a recent transplant from North Carolina. Ramirez, an already accomplished session drummer with Soul/Funk ensembles, had been inspired by Electronica drummers such as Adam Deitch, Jo-Jo Mayer and KJ Sawka.

“…booming synths, heavy drums and instrumentals reminiscent of alien screeches — so bombastic that the floorboards shake.” – Lauren Harrison, Newsday, Long Island

After releasing two EPs, and a few singles, Durians have been growing in notoriety in the North-East. They find themselves at home in a variety of scenes, from EDM, to IDM, to Jamtronica, even picking up fans of jazz and heavy metal. They will be releasing their first full length album in March 2014 entitled “Synergy For Sadists”.

Marcus Visionary
https://soundcloud.com/marcus-visionary
www.marcusvisionary.com

Marcus Visionary has been a full time DJ, promoter and music producer for over two decades. Whether you find him playing Jungle Dnb, house or dubstep you can guarantee high quality as Marcus puts in a full time effort as both a DJ and music producer.

Signed to Shy Fx’s Digital Soundboy label and co owner of Liondub International, Marcus wears many hats as well as many production alias’s. Channel One will be an outlet for you to hear all of sides of Marcus Visionary, get ready!

Farbsie Funk vs. Marty McFly
https://soundcloud.com/martymcflythedj
https://soundcloud.com/farbsiefunk
Farbsie Funk has been a driving force behind make it funky since its inception 9 years ago! Marty Mcfly is one of the coolest funky breaks djs in the country and has been playing since funky breaks was coined as a term! Together these two breaks/bass/funky djs are set to throw down a back to back special set to open the night. This is not an opening set we go full on from the time the doors open to the time the lights come on! Booty Funk Breaks in full effect!

Founded in 2005, when like-minded heads in Toronto scene set out to create a party series that could help the city put the funk back in its rump. What has help set Make it Funky apart is the cutting edge DJs line-ups and positive, fun vibe. Make it Funky’s mission is to explore the funkier side of all things breakbeat. Make it Funky promises and always delivers an exceptional night of music, dancing and good fun, with a focus on bringing the best of funk, breaks, hip hop, and beat-driven live music to the masses. Just a few of Make It Funky’s many highlight performers include: Dub FX, Beardyman, Afrika Baambaataa, Z-Trip, Breakestra, Krafty Kuts, The Herbaliser, Fort Knox Five, Mat the Alien, DJ NuMark, Ursula 1000, Killa Kella, and DJ QBert and we are just getting started!

more info www.makeitfunky.ca or guestlist@makeitfunky.ca

 

 


Make it Funky & CirQlation Present
Friday, February 14th, 2014: Valentines Day 9:30 PM
Qdup Foundaton (of Fort Knox Recordings)
w/ DJs Farbsie Funk & MaddiQwikstepp
Round – 152 Augusta Ave.
$10 before 11pm, $15 After
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QDup Foundation (Fort Knox Recordings – Washington, DC)

http://ghettofunk.co.uk/tag/qdup/ https://soundcloud.com/qdupmusic https://www.facebook.com/QdupMusic

Jason Brown AKA Jayclue is Qdup, and has been making dance floors groove and butts move worldwide since late 2006. Over the years, Qdup has released top selling tunes and remixes on many well received labels including Bombstrikes, Fort Knox Recordings, Bombastic Jam, Goodgroove, Air, ESL Music, Royal Soul, MustBeat and his own Qdup Records imprint.

Having remixed the likes of Fort Knox Five, DJ Love, Thunderball, Basement Freaks, All Good Funk Alliance and Ursula1000 to name a few, Qdup has garnered a spot as one of the most in demand artists for remixing friends of funk and breaks. Also known for his party mashing exclusive edits and re-rubs, he has gained a following via some of the webs hottest blogs, dropping secret weapon DJ tunes.

As an established tastemaker, Qdup has been a contributor to the UK based Ghetto Funk blog since it’s inception and has produced several tracks on their Icons series remix albums including this years collaboration with BC’s top party rocking duo The Funk Hunters. With an original EP signed to Fort Knox Recordings and new collaborations in the works, 2013 is lining up to be a good year for Qdup.

Tosca

Music & Politics in association with NuJazz Festival Presents
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Lettuce with guests Kc Roberts & The Live Revolution, After Funk & DJ Sean Sax
The Pheonix Concert Theatre, Sherbourne
Doors 8:00PM, $32.50
Online Tickets / Facebook

From Montreal, Ottawa and Kingston to Hamilton, London and Windsor and all points in betwee, music lovers are gearing up to descend on Toronto for one of most exciting funk music concerts in years. On Saturday, February 22nd at the Phoenix Concert Theatre, the Nujazz Festival and Sebastian Cook’s Music & Politics are honoured to present the Canadian debut of legendary Brooklyn-based funk monarchs LETTUCE. This show is the culmination of a promotional dream that Sebastian Cook has been pursuing for eight years, and is shaping up to be nothing less than historic based on advance sales and community buzz. The Toronto concert is the finale of Lettuce’s 20-show 2013/14 Winter Tour.

Jazz-funk music connoisseurs in Toronto are already very familiar with two of Lettuce’s core members Eric Krasno (guitar) and Neal Evans (keyboards & Hammond B3) from their recent Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival shows with Soulive, the world-renowned trio who’ve opened for the likes of The Dave Matthews Band and The Rolling Stones. Joining Lettuce on the Phoenix’s famous stage are two of Toronto’s top funk bands KC Roberts & The Live Revolution and After Funk. On the wheels of steel is future-funk tastemaker DJ Sean Sax.

TICKET INFO:

ONLINE:  Eventbrite: on sale NOW => http://bit.ly/1aa4V7a  Ticketweb: on sale NOW => http://tktwb.tw/1hJYOMA

IN STORES: Soundscapes => 572 College St., Play de Record => 357A Yonge St., Rotate This => 801 Queen St. W., Where Heads Meet => 162 Ottawa St. N., Hamilton

“Blast Off” with Lettuce Live at the Brooklyn Bowl! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf63pZHO03w

“Star Children” (bonus track previously available only on Japanese release of Rage (2008) https://soundcloud.com/lettucefunk/15-star-children

Listen to tracks from Lettuce’s most recent album Fly + other live & studio recordings: https://soundcloud.com/lettucefunk


LETTUCE

Celebrating their 20th anniversary as modern day rulers of old school funk, the seven-piece Brooklyn-based juggernaut Lettuce drops their third studio album Fly — a decidedly raging slab of relentless groove, hyper-charged syncopation and psychedelicized soul anthems. Having blown up stages from coast to coast last year, ranging from The Fillmore in SF to Terminal 5 in NYC, Bear Creek Music Festival to Camp Bisco and all points in-between, Lettuce entered Brooklyn recording studio The Bunker this winter with a fresh batch of road-tested material and a revitalized sound honed razor sharp by a year spent on the road.  “We’re more together and set to crush than ever before,” says drummer and chief songwriter Adam Deitch of the all-star group that he and his accomplished band-mates cut their teeth with back in their Berklee School of Music days. That much history, along with the A-list crop of projects that each member has taken on away from Lettuce, gives the group a bottomless well of musical ideas and unrivaled chemistry—in fact, referring to themselves as a band of brothers. “I was in a practice room at 16 with Kraz, Zoidis, Shmeeans and Deitch and it all clicked,” says “lead” bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes. “We all felt rhythms in similar ways. We were all about the pocket from day one.”

On Fly, the pocket is deeper than ever. “People tend to look at funk as a one-trick pony, “ says Deitch, but the record smashes those limits by drawing on a range of styles that can be traced from the early ’60s through the early ’80s, incorporating plenty of modern hip-hop sensibilities—heavy bass, kick and snare—along the way.

The album’s one cover song, an all-instrumental version of War’s “Slippin’ into Darkness,” is a reminder of the genre’s vintage origins but from there on up, therack progression emphasizes the band’s ability to steer funk in a new direction. “I sketched out a bunch of ideas for songs that I felt would fit each musician perfectly,” says Deitch, leaving plenty of space for each to add their own style to the mix. As a rhythm section, Coomes and Deitch set the pace with a deep and wide pocket. Guitarists Eric Krasno and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff weave electrified six-string rhythms that summon the magic of The JBs’ Catfish Collins/Hearlon “Cheese” Martin dual guitar frontline, while Keyboardist Neal “The Hawk” Evans doubles up the low end as he simultaneously floats and stings with jabs of Hammond B3 organ. Riding along in lockstep is saxophonist Ryan “Zwad” Zoidis and trumpeter Rashawn Ross punctuating the Lettuce funk with blasts of big, bold and infectious horn lines, while guest appearances by Brian “BT”

Thomas and Cochemea “Cheme” Gastelum further solidify what is already one of the fiercest horn sections of this era. “We try to keep the horn lines simple and melodic, leaving plenty of space for our insanely funky rhythm section to shine,” says Zoidis. “We are always thinking about making people dance.” Soul vocalist Nigel Hall comes in on the Krasno-penned track, “Do It Like You Do” and Charles “Dawg” Haynes provides added percussion on “Let It GOGO.”

Look no further than Fly’s title track, though, for what sets these guys apart. The laid-back vamp, recorded all-analog to two-inch tape, gets full Jamaican studio treatment, dubbed out with vintage reverb and delay. That sort of thing is “only something that Funkadelic might have touched on back in the day,” says Smirnoff. Meanwhile, tracks like “Madison Square” and “Ziggowatt” (Deitch’s ode to legendary Meters’ drummer Zigaboo Modeliste) sound like futuristic cuts from the Stax back catalog. “It’s somewhere between old school and new school,” Zoidis says of the sounds the band was able to achieve with engineer John Davis.

Evans’ “Bowler” may be the best evidence of where this supercharged group is headed, with a tasty, stick-in-your-ear melody that continues through the track and begs to be ripped open onstage. “All these experiences as individuals have helped us grow in our own direction, be influenced by more things and have more things to bring to the table as a group,” Smirnoff says. “When you have that many variables, it’s a brand new project every time.” Having evolved and refocused since 2008’s Rage! without ever dropping the beat, Lettuce is getting ready to take audiences to the cosmos with Fly in the trunk and a high-octane tour on the horizon. “Lettuce is like a Learjet that wasn’t getting clearance from the tower,” says Jesus. “But we’re done just rolling around on the runway.” They’re not asking for permission, so put your tray tables in their full, upright and locked position. This plane’s itching for lift off.

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KC ROBERTS & The Live Revolution

New double album Parkdale Funk 2 out now!

After their set at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival in 2012, Artistic Director Josh Grossman called KCLR “scary good…a blast to hear and just as fun to watch.” In September 2013, NOW Magazine listed KCLR as one of Toronto’s 10 Local Buzz Bands Set to Break Big. And on October 15th, 2013 KCLR will release their fourth record, one that lives up to the buzz generated by their live performances.

Parkdale Funk 2: SIDES (PDF2) is a double LP featuring 27 tracks, 40 guest musicians and over 2 hours of music. Although it’s a funk record on the surface, PDF2′s track list highlights KCLR’s strong jazz, rock and urban influences. The album is a culmination of nearly 2 years of work that was made possible by a crowdfunding initiative to which KCLR’s fans contributed $26,000. PDF2 sessions began in 2012, and included contributions by Toronto hip hop legends D-Sisive, The Airplane Boys and DJ Grouch, as well as a live strings section and big band.

Throughout 2014, KCLR will be touring across Canada in support of PDF2. The band also has plans to release videos for many of PDF2′s tracks, thus building the record into an even larger body of art and further recognizing the incredible support of their fans.

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AFTER FUNK

Musical boundaries are something that After Funk is simply not afraid to break. Since its beginnings as a four piece funk experiment, After Funk has steadily grown into an eight member collective that is now known for bringing groovy dance music wherever it goes. Even with its constant evolution, the group has stayed true to its mission of bringing back the good vibes of yesteryear. With roots in London, Hamilton, and Toronto, the group is no stranger to travelling and can be found performing wherever people want to have a good time.

Entering its third year as a group, After Funk has played shows across Ontario and Quebec including opening spots for Walk off the Earth, Snarky Puppy, Dumpstaphunk, Five Alarm Funk, and Boogie Wonder Band. The group’s first EP, “Soul’d,” offers 5 tracks that range from the relaxing stylings of “Lay it Back” to the high energy funk of the group’s self-titled track “After Funk.

 

 

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Make it Funky & NuJazz Festival Presents
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
A.Skillz w/ KC Roberts & The Live Revolution, Keener & Farbsie Funk
Revival Bar – 783 College St.
Doors: 10 PM Tickets $15 Adv at Rotate This, Play De Record, Soundscapes, Kops Records.
Online Tickets  /  Facebook Link

On November 22nd we go back to one of our favorite spots REVIVAL with one of our favorite producers and DJs A.Skillz!
Thats right heeeeeeee’s BAAAAAACK!!

 

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Record label owner, producer and DJ extraordinaire, A.Skillz’ incredible deck talents fuse funk, soul and hip-hop with D’n’B, dub-step and breaks, all sliced, mashed and cut together with a unique style of scratching and mixing.

His reputation as a true party rocker has won him prime-time slots across the world at a who’s who of major events, festivals and music industry parties including FabricLive (London), The Hit Factory (New York), WMC (Miami), Shambhala (Canada), Field Day (Sydney) and Glastonbury. Whether he’s in a club or at a festival, A.Skillz always gets the place jumpin’…As a producer A.Skillz has established himself as one of the most highly regarded in his scene, releasing countless bullets, including the infamous Insane Bangers series, a host of impressive remixes for the likes of stadium rockers Queen, dance legend Don Diablo and Northern Soul Groovers Smoove & Turrell, together with singles on the legendary Finger Lickin’ Records and the now classic artist album ‘Tricka Technology’ with breakbeat heavyweight Krafty Kuts.

Alongside his globetrotting tours and hectic studio time, A.Skillz pulls the strings at the fresh and exciting new electro soul label Jam City. Structured on the foundations of the music he loves and with it’s first release unleashed very soon, Jam City is a towering prospect built to house the finest in party rockin’, road blockin’ beats.
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KC Roberts & The Live Revolution
http://www.kcroberts.ca/
http://vimeo.com/73058712

KC ROBERTS & THE LIVE REVOLUTION (KCLR) are proud purveyors of beautiful vintage music (funk, jazz, rock), with an artistic obligation to shift all that’s sacredly funky and soulful into the current phase of popular music (hip-hop, house, electronic, Drum n’ Bass). Essentially an original 7-piece funk band, KCLR is well-known for its energized live performances winning the 2007 Toronto Independent Music Award for best live act. torontomusicscene.ca writes, “Their live shows are absolutely mind-blowing; the band is something entirely unique and influenced by atypical genres.” Matt Bauer of Exclaim! Magazine writes, “If one needed proof of the vitality and authenticity of new Canadian funk music, they need look no further.”

KCLR’s third LP is a live-off-the-floor recording called Between the Cracks and was released on June 27, 2012 (see BTC for more info). In November of 2011, KCLR launched the Parkdale Funk 2 Initiative, a crowdfunding project for their upcoming double LP, Parkdale Funk 2 (SIDES), also known as PDF2. The initiative raised over $26,000 for the recording, mixing, mastering and manufacturing processes, more than three times the budget for KCLR’s two previous records combined. The success of the initiative was bolstered by a series of YouTube cover videos, which have amassed more than 100,000 views since November 2011.

Formed in 2004, KCLR have enjoyed consistent success both on stage and in the studio. In 2005, the band placed in the top 5 in Chartattack.com’s North by Northeast report card reviews. Later that year they opened for the Black Eyed Peas at Molson Amphitheatre, making such an impact that they were invited back in 2006. Since then, KC Roberts and the Live Revolution have established themselves as a high-energy live act and have become mainstays at large festivals including the TD Toronto Jazz Festival (2012), JUNOfest (2011), Distillery Jazz Festival (2007), Beaches Jazz Festival (2007, 2009-2012), Aurora Jazz Festival (2012), Sudbury Jazz Festival (2012) and Wasaga Beachfest (2009) among others.

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KEENER is a Producer/DJ based out of Toronto who’s goal is to bring the funk back and destroy all of the pretentious and boring fist pumping DJ’s who take themselves way too seriously.

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DJ Farbsie, founder of the Make It Funky Collective got deep into funk at Mo’ Gravy in london in 1996 prior to that his musical influences were formed in the jam band scene traveling to over 400 shows across North America. Having collected thousands of records over the years in 2000 He first stepped up to the decks and the formative years for the Make It Funky Collective began. In the years to follow Farbsie has been spreading the funk gospel and grooving dancefloors across the country. Fusing funky breaks with mowtown sounds, hiphop, calypso, reggae, and classic rock, Farbsie continues to push the boundries of where a dj can take you. Building a journey for the dancefloor that will have you smiling, shouting and singing along as you dance the night away.

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The NuJazz Festival’s goal is to celebrate the spirit of jazz in a contemporary musical and presentation context; with acts that cover an incredibly diverse range of styles. Utilizing the city’s best venues and backed by top-notch publicity & promotion that creates exposure and opportunity for all involved.
 
Past NuJazz Festival headliners have included: Roy Ayers, Mark Farina, Breakestra, DJ Shadow, Jazzanova, Aloe Blacc, Nickodemus, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Billy Martin & Wil Blades, Tortured Soul, King Britt, DJ Chuck Love, Krafty Kuts, Trombone Shorty, Jose James, Souljazz Orchestra, Elizabeth Shepherd, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Shuffle Demons, Heavyweights Brass Band, National Parcs, Toubab Krewe, Planet Earth, Sisters Euclid, and more.

www.Nufunk.ca & www.MakeitFunky.ca Present
Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Get Freaky: Halloween Funk Bash
featuring:
Lee Fields & The Expressions
w/ KC Roberts & The Live Revolution, Soul Motivators plus DJs Farbsie Funk plus Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene and so much more!
The Phoenix Concert Theatre – 410 Sherbourne St
Tickets Available at
Play De Record, Kops Records, Soundscapes, Rotate This

Online Tickets: http://tktwb.tw/Gzvbgj
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1fNsmW2

One of the leading voices in the resurgence of soul & funk, Lee Fields been spreading his musical gospel for over 4 decades. His international fame was solidified when the Brooklyn based Daptone Record Label and musical family helped Lee reinvent himself as the new voice of soul with the release numerous singles on Daptone Records and of two acclaimed album “My World’” (2009) & “Faithful Man” (2012) on Truth & Soul Records imprint. The revival of old-school funk and soul sounds continues on the streets of Toronto, inspired by Lee Fields, Sharon Jones & Charles Bradley, with two strong local bands KC Roberts & The Live Revolution and Soul Motivators and who joined by Farbsie Funk and special guests DJ Brendan Canning from Toronto’s Broken Social Scene spinning classic grooves.

Lee Fields & The Expressions
http://leefieldsandtheexp ressions.com/

There aren’t too many artists making soul music today who had a release in 1969, back when R&B was first beginning to give the drummer some. Lee Fields, however, is one such artist–or maybe he’s better labeled a phenomenon. Since the late sixties, the North Carolina native has amassed a prolific catalog of albums and has toured and played with such legends as Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, O.V Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal. With a career spanning 43 years, releases on twelve different record labels, and having toured the world over with his raucous-yet-tender voice, it’s mind-blowing that the music he’s making today with Brooklyn’s own Truth & Soul Records is the best of his career.

With a catalogue that ranges from James Brown-style funk to lo-fi blues to contemporary Southern soul to collaborations with French house DJ/producer Martin Solveig, Lee Fields has done it all. Today, with The Expressions–Truth & Soul’s house band, Lee Fields continues to evolve, enmeshed into the group’s sweeping, string-laden, cinematic soul sound. Their first full-length together, My World, released in June 2009 on Truth & Soul, was called “one smoking mother of an old-sound soul record” and a “throwback done right” by Pitchfork.

While drawing comparisons to groups like The Moments, The Delfonics, The Stylistics, and–of course–James Brown,My World has been able to create a space of it’s own due to the group’s desire to interpret and further the formulas of good soul music rather then parrot and imitate them. Chalk that up to Truth & Soul producers and co-owners Jeff Silverman and Leon Michels, as well as the high level of musicianship of everyone involved. These are the same individuals that wrote, produced, and played on Aloe Blacc’s global smash hit LP Good Things for Stones Throw Records, and have provided the back drop for records by El Michels Affair, Adele, Liam Bailey, Ghostface Killah, and Jay-Z to name a few.

“In a curious case of musical evolution, the older Fields becomes, the closer he gets to perfecting the sound of soul that he grew up with as a young man,” so said music writer, scholar, and DJ Oliver Wang about Fields in a piece for NPR in July 2009. The latest LP from Lee Fields and The Expressions, titled Faithful Man, is the next step towards this perfection. A step that may find Fields, The Expressions, and Truth & Soul as a label, finally being bestowed the contemporary soul music crown.

Lee Fields releases Let’s Talk It Over
A Reissue of Lee’s 1979 first full length album

Lee Fields released his very first full-length LP in 1979 entitled, “Let’s Talk It Over”. It featured his most successful song of the era, “She’s a Lovemaker”, which was at one time licensed and promoted by London Records. Mint copies of “Let’s Talk it Over”, which was self released by Mr. Fields and mostly sold at shows and out the back of his car, can fetch four digit numbers on eBay. Even the bootleg version from the early nineties sells for up to four hundred dollars. Truth & Soul is proud to present the deluxe re-issue of Lee Fields’ “holy grail” album, “Let’s Talk it Over”. The CD and double LP also features songs from his singles catalogue including “Funky Screw”, “We Fought For Survival”, “Bewildered”, “Meet Me Tonight”, “The Bull Is Coming”, “Everybody’s Gonna Give Their Thing Away”, and many more. The deluxe re-issue is also repackaged with a new cover and never-before-seen photos of Lee Fields.

Listen to the lead single “Let’s Talk it Over” on Youtube;
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Recently used in Suits episode 14 season 2

KC Roberts & The Live Revolution
http://www.kcroberts.ca/
http://vimeo.com/73058712

KC ROBERTS & THE LIVE REVOLUTION (KCLR) are proud purveyors of beautiful vintage music (funk, jazz, rock), with an artistic obligation to shift all that’s sacredly funky and soulful into the current phase of popular music (hip-hop, house, electronic, Drum n’ Bass). Essentially an original 7-piece funk band, KCLR is well-known for its energized live performances winning the 2007 Toronto Independent Music Award for best live act. torontomusicscene.ca writes, “Their live shows are absolutely mind-blowing; the band is something entirely unique and influenced by atypical genres.” Matt Bauer of Exclaim! Magazine writes, “If one needed proof of the vitality and authenticity of new Canadian funk music, they need look no further.”

KCLR’s third LP is a live-off-the-floor recording called Between the Cracks and was released on June 27, 2012 (see BTC for more info). In November of 2011, KCLR launched the Parkdale Funk 2 Initiative, a crowdfunding project for their upcoming double LP, Parkdale Funk 2 (SIDES), also known as PDF2. The initiative raised over $26,000 for the recording, mixing, mastering and manufacturing processes, more than three times the budget for KCLR’s two previous records combined. The success of the initiative was bolstered by a series of YouTube cover videos, which have amassed more than 100,000 views since November 2011.

Formed in 2004, KCLR have enjoyed consistent success both on stage and in the studio. In 2005, the band placed in the top 5 in Chartattack.com’s North by Northeast report card reviews. Later that year they opened for the Black Eyed Peas at Molson Amphitheatre, making such an impact that they were invited back in 2006. Since then, KC Roberts and the Live Revolution have established themselves as a high-energy live act and have become mainstays at large festivals including the TD Toronto Jazz Festival (2012), JUNOfest (2011), Distillery Jazz Festival (2007), Beaches Jazz Festival (2007, 2009-2012), Aurora Jazz Festival (2012), Sudbury Jazz Festival (2012) and Wasaga Beachfest (2009) among others.

The Soul Motivators
www.soulmotivators.com

Spread the word – The Soul Motivators are here to restore your faith in funk. This tight 9-piece ensemble digs deep, mines a rare groove and elevates your soul. If you’re not nodding your head by the bar, you’ll be motivated straight to the dance floor by a visceral live experience.

Imagine a movin’, groovin’ record collection packed with funk nuggets – these guys hold the likes of James Brown and his associated acts in high regard, that’s for sure. But stay tuned and you’ll hear Fela and Budos inspired afro-funk and a wealth of classic hip-hop breaks. Chanking guitar riffs, crisp horns and a screaming B3 will recall 70s car chases, Blaxploitation soundtracks and the roots of acid jazz. Their explosive live show has moved crowds at theatres, clubs and festivals across Canada. A melting pot of influences has meant that these soul brothers – and sister – have been selected to open for acts
across the spectrum such as Orgone, Escort, Lee Fields and Afrika Bambaataa.

The Motivational sound has caught the attention of CBC Radio. Debut single “Gravy Train” received regular rotation and follow-up “Until The Sun Goes Down” was aired exclusively as Song of The Week on Radio 1’s Here and Now show.

So are you ready? Then get up, get into it and get involved – let yourself be Motivated!

About the Promoters:
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NuFunk Concerts is a Toronto and NYC based concert and festival production company. Specializing in online marketing, Nufunk works behind the scenes with Canada’s top promoters as well as producing their own events including the Toronto NuJazz Festival.

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Make it Funky is Toronto’s funky breakbeat parties series, who have for the past 8 years brought the most progressive breakbeat, turntablism and innovative artists to Toronto.

MRG Concerts Presents
Jurrasic 5′s Chali2na w/ Live Band!
w/ Kayo

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Adelaide Hall- 250 Adelaide Ave.
Doors at 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM / 19+
Online Tickets / Facebook

Tickets are $25 and available at Rotate This, Soundscapes
19+ Event

Chali 2na
http://chali2na.com/
MC. Musician. Actor. Painter. Renaissance Man.

Chali 2na has done it all. From his days growing up on the hardscrabble streets of Chicago’s south side, to his subsequent explosion onto Los Angeles’ burgeoning hip-hop scene, to his tenure as MC for seminal hip-hop group Jurassic 5, Chali epitomizes the portrait of a 21st century artist.

To be sure, with his unmistakable, beloved baritone, Chali has firmly established himself as one of the most distinctive, charismatic personalities not just in hip-hop, but music in general.

Only a select few can say they’ve rocked microphones in front of thousands at a sold-out arena in Tokyo with Jurassic 5, spit rhymes at Lollapalooza, painted professional caliber oil color paintings in their California home and lent their distinctive bass-heavy voice, to such mega-brands as Coca Cola and Sega Dreamcast.

Now, buoyed by the wide spectrum of socio-cultural and geographical influences that have shaped him—hip-hop’s Renaissance man is poised to release his first solo album Fish Outta Water on Decon Records in the spring of 2009.

Indeed, this deeply personal body of work reveals a side of the long time Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli front man that his fans have never seen, a story from start to finish of his life, loves, triumphs and let downs, weaving in a powerful selection of beats from the likes of Scott Storch and Jake 1 and memorable appearances from Damian “Jr. Gong” and Stephen Marley, Anthony Hamilton, Beanie Man and others.

“I wanted this album to expose who I am as an artist. The majority of people know me from Jurassic 5 and Ozo, but I felt like nobody knew me as an artist,” Chali says. “I want to show you all facets of who I am. Man. Husband. Brother. Father. Son. Painter.” Indeed, Chali’s diverse tastes—from the blues he was raised on to the political gangsta’ rap he loved to the graffiti art he sprayed as a teenager—flow from this album, like the oil colors Chali uses for his paintings.

There’s the Fury-produced,“Righteous Way,” an interpolation of Curtis Mayfield’s “Nigga,” where Chali tells the story of his life through the eyes of his father, his 17 year old son and himself. Or the Scott Storch driven “Love Is Gonna Get You,” where Chali offers up his own take on the fabled KRS-One song that inspired this 21st century version.
“KRS was talking about how love was going to engulf his brother. This song talks about how love makes you do the strangest things, how it infects your heart and changes you forever,” he said.

Of course, no body of work involving Chali 2na would be complete without his trademark, articulate, spitfire rhymes, the sort of fearsome battle raps which first caught the ear of so many back when he honed his skills in Los Angeles’ storied underground hip-hop scene of the early nineties.

On “Don’t Stop,” featuring the ever soulful Anthony Hamilton, Chali beckons everyone–from revolutionaries to thugs to dime pieces–to leave their troubles at home over a melodic, flute-infused hook.

“Getting sick of the bickering from my peers and such. Bringing lyrics to keep your ears in touch,” he rhymes, daring anyone to test his mettle while playfully requesting that you too take your body to the dance floor in the same breath.

Indeed, Chali’s debut features a seemingly endless litany of groundbreaking tracks, which touch on topics the veteran musician has never bared to his listeners before. Whether it’s the trauma he experienced from the shooting death of a childhood friend to the twists and turns of his own family lineage, to the resistance to injustice that has always been imbued in Chali’s music, Fish Outta Water, is quite simply, a life’s worth of songs in the making.

Says Chali: “I want to free people’s asses and let their minds follow. To not be preachy, but to make them aware of what I’m about. I want to enlighten, but I ain’t trying to be a bumper sticker either.”

No doubt, there’s still plenty of fire in Chali’s lyrical arsenal. His days of training at the legendary Los Angeles hotspot, the Good Life Café, have taught him well. Only now, he’s fused the bass-heavy bravado with his own life’s story, and in doing so, creates an album of work that’s not only superb, it’s important.

Kayo
http://kayomusic.com

He may have been born and raised on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, but Kayo Guevarra (né Filbert Salton) does not operate on island time. Now based in Halifax, the ambitious young rapper has big plans for himself, both professionally and personally. Signed to Classified’s Half Life Records imprint, the younger rapper’s upcoming full-length album, including the EMI-released current single “1 Night,” a club track about the beauty of women “and the insecurities they live with [that] ultimately destroy them. Look for Kayo’s upcoming album to include collaborations with Canadian rappers Quake and Shad, as well as Naledge from Chicago duo Kidz in the Hall. St. Lucian R&B singer Shayne Ross also appears on the record, providing the hook to a track called “Changes.”

Toronto Breaks & Make It Funky present:

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SUNSHINE SATURDAYSDaytime Patio Parties!
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Join us EVERY Summer Saturday afternoon as we take in the sun at the beautiful Pure Patio Club on the rooftop of Aria and the enjoy the secluded summer vibes with some of the best DJ’s the city has to offer. Whether relaxing in the afternoon, or warming up for a fun night out, SUNSHINE SATURDAYS is your destination spot this summer!

Rotating Guest DJ’s:
D-MONIC / DAVEY BOOM / DJ HI-DEF / DJ SPINZ / FARBSIE FUNK /
HANK MOOGY / JD MACK / KEENER / LUSH / MADDI QUICKSTEP /
MARTY MCFLY / MEDICINEMAN / MICKEY D / MUVA SOUNDSYSTEM /
NOSBIC / RICK TOXIC / ROLLIN’ CASH / SAM KLASS / SPIRITUALLY MINDED /
SPLATTERMONKEY / SUNPREDICTABLE / TASC / TERROR TONE /
THE DIRT BIKE KID /
AND MORE!

Cover: $5.00 (Except special events)
Buy a SEASONS PASS for only $25.00 at spinzcycle.com!

Location: PURE PATIO CLUB @ ARIA
108 Peter Street, Downtown Toronto

Every Saturday starting June 22, 2013!

Doors open at 3:30pm – RAIN OR SHINE – Patio has a retractable roof!

This is a 19+ event

More Info:
Toronto Breaks
Make It Funky

International live touring act, Tortured Soul, is living proof that modern EDM can be freed from the DJ booth and fused with the classic styles of Prince, Heatwave and Kool & The Gang.

NuJazz Festival & Solid Garage Live Present…

Friday, June 21, 2013
Tortured Soul (Live! NYC)
w/ DJs Groove Institute (Solid Garage) GaDJet & live percussion by Chico Pacheco
Wrongbar -1279 Queen St W Toronto
Adv. tickets via Ticketweb: http://tktwb.tw/188UAbI 
also at Soundscapes, Kopps Records & Play De Record

Hosted by United Soul, Pradeep & Let There Be House
in association with NuFunk.ca, Soulwhat, Dirt On The Floor Production,
Fusicolgy, Make it Funky, Kopps Records & 360 Degrees Artists
Be a part of the LIVE performance video recording!

“Tortured Soul is the future of house music.” – Gilles Peterson

Tortured Soul (NYC, LA, New Orleans)
www.torturedsoulmusic.com

Before DJs evolved into global superstars, musicians carried the
baton. The Brooklyn-based dance trioTortured Soul isn’t trying to
intently rewrite the logic of today’s EDM with the sweat of their own
musicianship, but they are living proof that the very same music can
be freed from the DJ booth. Influenced by the classic songcraft of
Prince, Heatwave and Kool & The Gang, the members of Tortured Soul are
three distinctive guys with three different backgrounds, united under
a groove-centered rhythm. The band’s frontman and principal
songwriter, John-Christian Urich, can be seen simultaneously drumming
and singing with effortless mastery, while the rest of the collective,
made up of keyboardist Ethan White and bassist Jordan Scannella,
virtuosically generate the pulsating accompaniment. It’s a striking
visual that’s feverously winning converts with each and every tour
stop, with them being likened to The Roots of house music. Inside the
group’s mystique, the acid jazz is reminiscent of Jamiroquai funk,
while deeply saturated in the contemporary freshness of house
purveyors like Joey Negro, Kenny Dope, Soul Clap and Jamie Jones. Even
the legendary tastemaker Gilles Peterson, dubbed them “the future of
house music.”

Tortured Soul’s origins date back to 2001 while Urich was steering
Cooly’s Hot Box, an acid jazz outfit also featuring under-the-radar
indie soul vocalist Angela Johnson. After putting Cooly’s Hot Box on
hiatus, Urichcomposed “Might Do Something Wrong,” which was quickly
picked up by New York-based deep house label Central Park Recordings,
and Tortured Soul was born. Thanks to the cool laidback mix provided
by Osunlade, the song quickly became an underground staple at the
iconic Club Shelter and helped jumpstart the development of a
full-length disc generating more soulful house. With the 12-inch
single in heavy rotation in the New York club circuit, Urich went into
overtime to restructure the band’s line-up: The session players on
“Might Do Something Wrong” were out; bassist Jason “JKriv” Kriveloff
and slick, jazz-honed keyboardist Ethan White – formally Urich‘s
bandmates in the rhythm section of NYC acid-jazz band Topaz – were in.
Together, the new trio forged a new cool sound by blending the
freewheeling New York house and classic disco beats with elements of
hip-hop, salsa and Roy Ayers-styled jazz-fusion.

From the very start, Urich secured himself as a power player,
composing the lion’s share of material, delivering thick
four-on-the-floor beats and using a smart vocal showcase fusing a
Maxwell styled falsetto with Justin Timberlake-tinted lower register.
But his bandmates were just as essential: White’s killer vibes on the
Wurlitzer and Kriveloff’s booty-shaking bass were neatly integrated
into the mix.

A succession of 12-inch singles followed “Might Do Something Wrong,”
including Alix Alvarez’s mix of “How’s Your Life” and the romantic
dance-pop of “Fall in Love.” Billboard dance critic Michael
Paolettalauded the latter track by calling it “a sterling,
soul-slammed house jam.” Each of the singles impressed the bevy of the
world’s dance halls, allowing the band to tour heavily with
appearances at clubs and festivals across the US. With 2006’s
Introducing Tortured Soul, the band was able to piece together their
first debut album using all their earlier singles while also
incorporating a few new studio additions. The follow-up album, 2009’s
Did You Miss Me, released on the band’s own label, TSTC Records,
ushered in a new wave of critical acclaim, climatically winning
accolades from various music publications like Blues and
Soul,SoulTracks and SoulBounce. “Home to You,” “In My Fantasy” and
“Your Dream Is My Dream” were all given the 12” and 7” singles’
treatment. Continuing their regimen for clubland rituals, Tortured
Soul employed an attractive A-list of DJs and remixers to carefully
handle the mixes for their latest batch of uptempo dancefloor fillers,
including Mark de Clive-Lowe, Quentin Harris, Jon Cutler, DJ Spinna,
Dimitri From Paris and remix pioneer Tom Moulton.

In 2010, Kriveloff departed the group to focus on his new record
label. After a tedious audition process, the void was filled when
talented New York bassist Jordan Scannella – dubbed “JORSCAN” for
short – was hired. His arrival ushers in the latest chapter in
Tortured Soul’s evolution as the group prepares to drop their third
album in 2013, along with even more groovy singles.

Today, their popularity continues to spread across intercontinental
boundaries as their touring schedules broaden with every single
measure. So far, the group has wowed audiences at some of the world’s
biggest music festivals, such as the Cape Town Jazz Festival, (South
Africa), Java Jazz Festival (Indonesia), Detroit Electronic Music
Festival (USA), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Big Chill Festival (UK) and
Montreal International Jazz Festival (Canada). Touring abroad has not
hindered them from making their bicoastal US rounds atBonnaroo,
Milwaukee’s Summerfest and at popular live venues like Hollywood’s
Vanguard, Chicago’sDouble Door, Atlanta’s Center Stage and Washington
D.C.’s 930 Club. Their prowess has even won the praises of Barry
Manilow and Lenny Kravitz.

AllMusicGuide wrote that Tortured Soul’s songs are unapologetically
poppy, explaining why their music has appeared on All My Children,
A&E’s The Glades, Showtime’s Huff and Canada’s version of So You Think
You Can Dance. Their music has become the soundtrack of retail
shopping in stores like Gap, American Eagle Outfitters and Hollister,
while even landing in a popular demo trial for Bose headphones. Over
the years Tortured Soul’s music has been documented on a wide range of
dance compilations and has been licensed to Universal Japan, Defected,
BMG Ariola, Dome and a host of other labels.

In 2013, now a decade strong with a new EP in the works, a flirtatious
lead single (“Dirty”) and a new album on the horizon, the band is
prepared to take Gilles Peterson’s aforementioned prophecy to task.
Topping things off, their commitment to hard work and travel has been
left unfazed. They are focused to reach as many converts as possible –
one tortured soul at a time.

Groove Institute (United Soul)

In 1995 YOGI, MARK & ANAND had their own radio show at the University
of Toronto called the Groove Institute Mix Show. The show’s name was
subsequently used by the DJ collective to signal their mission: to
educate and entertain people with the music that they loved. The
collective had paid their dues traveling around the U.S. digging deep
through the crates for rare old gems and immersing themselves in the
underground warehouse scene of the late 80s/early 90s. They learned
their lessons well and began putting their knowledge to work by
establishing their premier night Solid Garage in 1998. In their quest
for the perfect beat, the Groove Institute cover a wide selection of
music, dropping soul, jazz, latin, afro, disco, garage, techno and
deep house into the pot for a constantly evolving musical flavor and
richness …. the true garage vibe!

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Friday April 26, 2013
Make It Funky presents
Our 8 Year Anniversary
The Funky Throwdown
A full on funky costume ball
DOOR PRIZES T-SHIRTS, FREE MIXES, FREE TRACKS FOR THOSE IN THE BEST FUNKY COSTUMES

Facebook Link: http://on.fb.me/Yv1bHI

Krafty Kuts (Finger Lickin’, Instant Vibes)
Multi- award winning DJ Krafty Kuts is the hands down King of Breakbeats. His electrifying sets spanning breaks, electro, dnb, and hiphop represent mashup in its truest form never failing to get the floor bouncing!

&

KJ Sawka (Pendulum, Conspirator, Destroid)
As a member of some of the top electronic music acts in the world KJ Sawka has made a name for himself as a live musician making waves in the DNB, Breaks and Drumming world. We are thrilled to have him on board to let you witness the spectacle.

with support from:
JD MACK (Opulent Temple)
Mr BROWN (Prophecy Radio)
FARBSIE FUNK (Make It Funky)
And MC FREQUENCY

Video Artistry by NUID
Art Direction: Kyleidoscope Designs
Hosted by: 777, Kyleidoscope Designs, BNE, Mark C, Chris Sommerville
Dylan Slim, Coma Cozer
Flyer by Jay Tripper

DOOR PRIZES T-SHIRTS, FREE MIXES, FREE TRACKS FOR THOSE IN THE BEST FUNKY COSTUMES
Advance Tickets $25 available at:

Ticketweb http://tktwb.tw/WWha3f
Shanti Baba – 546 Queen W- (416) 504-5034
Rotate This – 801 Queen St. W – (416) 504-8447
Play De Record – 357 Yonge St – (416) 586-0380
Soundscapes – 572 College St – (416) 537-1620
GRAB YOUR TICKETS EARLY TO AVOID DISSAPOINTMENT
Bottle service & Group enquiries Guestlist@makeitfunky.ca

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Krafty Kuts (Fingerlickin’, Instant Vibes) www.kraftykuts.com

Multi award winning DJ Krafty Kuts, started 2011 with an audible bang. Collecting THREE Breakspoll awards (including Outstanding Contribution) has only further cemented his legendary reputation in the global DJ scene. Now with his schedule firmly packed out until next year, things are only going to get crazier for one of dance music’s most in-demand and highly revered artists

Effortlessly maintaining hierarchy status in every genre across the breaks, electro, dubstep, drum & bass and hip hop spectrums, Krafty’s music represents mash-up in its truest form. His high octane sets never fail to boost his fanbase and his regular teaming with Dynamite MC and obsession with only the biggest new tracks and remixes keep his show fresh and exciting with every minute that passes.

His ability to rock even the most diverse crowd will see him hit every major global festival throughout 2011, and with a Canadian and Asian tour completed and more mapped out in Australia, New Zealand and North America it’s clear to see this is set to end as one of his biggest years yet. For anyone a little closer to home, keep your eyes peeled for upcoming ‘A Night With Krafty Kuts’ events and a university tour plus his second iPhone app which is currently under construction.

Those who know this highly skilled DJ will agree that his incredibly warm nature and passion for the scene sets him apart time after time. This, coupled with an unfaltering ability to deliver the finest, most eclectic and endlessly inspiring beats to his fans, will ensure Krafty continues to sweep the board and inspire a global scene for 2011 and beyond.

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KJ Sawka (Consirator, Pendulum, Destoid) www.kjsawka.com

Seeing Kevin Sawka on the drums is the only way to believe the hype. He can play the most complex of jungle, drum’n'bass and breakbeats utilizing no loops and no extended samples -only his two hands and two feet. If you can catch him in the right moment –live, at a show, or in a studio session- you’ll witness him perform each and every 808 bass kick, snare slap, and compressed highhat tick himself, in real-time.

Live and in the dj scene, Sawka is pushing the envelope with his one-man balls-to-the-wall dancefloor show, which now does include a laptop, samplers, loops, and a rack of gear to produce a full-on production -plus projections, live-action cameras, and intelligent. For many live music venue gigs, Kevin also employs a full featuring ethereal female vocals, a keyboardist, and a cellist performing similar material in an in-your-face way that only the reverse-engineering, seemingly bionic Mr. Sawka can bring.

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Mr. Brown (Soul In Motion / Heavyweght / Junglist Movement / Prophecy FM)

Mr. Brown has been in the game over 21 years and is a well-respected member of the Toronto Drum n Bass community. Originally playing ska, reggae, and house for the first 8 years then made the transition to dnb; but this early music preference is still transmitted through his sets today. In 2002 he started a production company known as Soul In Motion that throw events that promote the best local and international DnB producers and DJ’s around. Mr. Brown isn’t just local to Toronto, as he’s played all over Canada, the US as well the UK. Not to mention, he’s been played alongside talent such as: Netsky, Sigma, Brookes Brothers, Shy FX, Fabio, Andy C, and Break just to name a few. Currently, aside from working on a series of side promotional projects; Junglist Movement and Heavyweight Productions, he is a rotating host on Canada’s longest running DnB radio show “The Prophecy. Mr. Brown’s high energy behind the decks are pure crowd pleasers and he has no sign of stopping anytime soon.

Mixcloud: http://www.mixcloud.com/djmrbrown2/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dj_mrbrown

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Farbsie Funk (Make It Funky)

DJ Farbsie, founder of the Make It Funky Collective got deep into funk at Mo’ Gravy in london in 1996 prior to that his musical influences were formed in the jam band scene traveling to over 400 shows across North America. Having collected thousands of records over the years in 2000 He first stepped up to the decks and the formative years for the Make It Funky Collective began. In the years to follow Farbsie has been spreading the funk gospel and grooving dancefloors across the country. Fusing funky breaks with mowtown sounds, hiphop, calypso, reggae, and classic rock, Farbsie continues to push the boundries of where a dj can take you. Building a journey for the dancefloor that will have you smiling, shouting and singing along as you dance the night away.

Farbsie Funk Down The Rabbit Hole Mix March 2013:
http://soundcloud.com/farbsiefunk/farbsie-funk-down-the-rabbit

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JD MACK (Opulent Temple)

A man of many words and mighty basslines, JD Mack has emerged as Toronto’s go-to guy for in your face breakbeat funk. He has held a residency at Burning Man’s legendary Opulent Temple stage for the last five years, alongside heavyweights like Carl Cox, DJ Dan, Felguk, MANDY and D. Ramirez to name a few. He has rocked dancefloors from Bangkok to Bondi Beach, and if you have been to one of Toronto’s many Burning Man themed events of the last few years, chances are you’ve seen him break beats with the best of them.

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/jd-mack
Featured mix: https://soundcloud.com/jd-mack/jd-mack-live-at-toronto-decomp
Opulent Temple podcast mix:http://podbay.fm/show/357581543/e/1333171910

MC Frequency

Dave Vance, aka MC Frequency, has been moving crowds and tearing up stages for over a decade now. His smooth flow and discernable delivery has made him a crowd favourite in Toronto among promoters and party-goers alike. In 2001, Freq began writing and performing, heavily inspired by oldschool hip hop. His debut performance at Big Bud’s Urban Music Festival helped him quickly gain notoriety.Soon after, he hooked up with some oldschool Toronto veterans and earned a spot as part of the Chronic Sound System crew where he helped run the long-standing CSS Thursdays @ Down One Lounge for over 5 years. Frequency has performed for virtually all of the city’s large promoters, hosting sets for Fabio, Benny Page, Phantasy, Rene LaVice, Total Science, Dub Phizix, Marcus Visionary and countless others. A marathon 8 hour long performance at the World Electronic Music Festival (WEMF) earned him a spot on the main stage lineup next to many of Canada’s elite veterans.

 

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