Formed in 2011, Turbo Street Funk started as a professional busking band, performing on the streets of Toronto four days a week each spring and summer while members of the band attended university. The band received high praise from Toronto journalists for their fresh sound and popularity with Toronto audiences:
The band quickly drew the attention of Canadian jazz legend, Richard Underhill, who introduced them to fellow “Shuffle Demon” and music producer, George Koller. With George at the helm, Turbo Street Funk released their debut album, To The Street, in May 2014 at Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern.
In July 2016, Turbo Street Funk released their sophomore album, Momentum, a nine track initiative that “captures their infectious energy neatly” (FYI Music News). Produced by Chris Birkett (Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sinead O’Connor), the album received 2x Toronto Independent Music Award nominations in the categories of “Best Jazz Vocal” and “Best Jazz Instrumental.” Momentum debuted at #8 on earshot!’s National Jazz Chart and is frequently found on CBC Radio, JAZZ.FM91 and campus/community radio charts across Canada.
Turbo Street Funk has graced festival stages at the Beaches International Jazz Festival (2015, 2016), Tremblant International Blues Festival (2016), Blue Skies Music Festival (2016), Mariposa Folk Festival (2015), CAN-AM International Festival in Sackets Harbor, NY (2016), Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival (2016), Jazz Sudbury (2016), London Bluesfest (2016), Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival (2016), Lighthouse Blues Festival (2016), Cultura World Music Festival (2014, 2015), Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival (2016), and many more.
Turbo Street Funk is Toronto’s hottest New Orleans-inspired brass-rock quintet. With over 100 performances across Ontario, Quebec and New York State, Turbo Street Funk has gained a reputation for explosive live shows, opening for artists such as The Lost Fingers, Terra Lightfoot, The Shuffle Demons, Rita Chiarelli, The Soul Motivators and Emmanuel Jal.
Casey van Gorkom – Guitar/lead vocals/band leader
Juan Manual Arce – Alto sax/vocals
Joel Eric Szabo – French horn/vocals
Camilo Gallon – Drums/vocals
Ian Feenstra – Sousaphone
DATE: Saturday, July 20th, 2019
TIME: 6:15pm – 7:00pm (Full Event: 4pm – 11pm Parade starts at 3pm)
EVENT: NEW ORLEANS of the NORTH: Niagara’s Summer Mardi Gras
VENUE: Henley Grandstand
ADDRESS: Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines
TICKET PRICE: $15 Local Niagara Residents / $35 Regular Price Tickets / $149 VIP Dinner Tickets (includes VIP Seating, Dinner and Concert)
DATE: Sunday, July 30th, 2017
EVENT: Jazz on the Rise – Turbo Street Funk
STAGE: Megalomaniac Winery
ADDRESS: 3930 Cherry Ave, Vineland
TIME: 11:45pm – 12:45pm
TICKET PRICE: FREE