This year's Funktacular Lineup:
Crack of Dawn
The band Crack Of Dawn started in Toronto, Ontario Canada in mid 1970 with Rupert Harvey and trombonist Trevor Daley. The two decided to strike out on their own, along with saxophonist Alvin Jones. The group then added Mark Smith, trumpet player Dwight Gabriel, Jackie Gabriel, Carl Otway Carl Harvey and Glen Ricketts.
Crack of Dawn’s self-titled album was released in 1976 and met with instant success. With radio embracing a long succession of singles that included “It’s Alright (This Feeling)”, “Keep The Faith” and “The Key”.
Fast forward to 2017 Crack of Dawn released their first album in more than 30 years. The band charted #1 song on the Sweet Rhythms Chart Solar Radio,UK #1, on the WAVE 94.7 charts and #1 on Hump Chart Montreal Canada, #8 Soul Music Chart UK. They are also the recipients of the Inaugural IMPACT Award (Inspiring Musical Pioneer and Canadian Trailblazer award) at the Toronto Funk & Soul Music Festival.
Once every blue moon, a band comes along that perfectly encapsulates what a genre is supposed to be about, and Crack of Dawn does exactly that. Honing their craft, the band has reached new heights in their career with the release of their latest album and single “Spotlight”.
Powered by Kamilah Apong and Jamie Kidd, Tush serves an intimate affair that travels deep into disco discourse. Trade your ego in for dancing shoes. More glitter than glam. First, we perspire – and then we glow.
Tush is currently in studio working on their debut album. Collaborators and include producers and DJ’s Mark Penner (Cyclist) and James Harris (Hemingway).
Love Wagon was formed in 2015 by 5 strangers from around the world who shared a strong passion for music. John Abou Chacra, Max Swiderski, Michael Osztertag and David Matta met at an open jam at Ryerson University. After seeing a VW Microbus outside of an open mic, John and Max decided to perform that night as Love Wagon and the name stuck. Not long after, Sam Ehsaei, a keyboard player and friend of John’s moved from Kuwait to Toronto and immediately fit in. Love Wagon have since played venues around Toronto such as The Horseshoe Tavern, The Opera House, Lee’s Palace and more, all the while perfecting their music and live performance.
The music itself borrows from genres such as jazz, rock, blues, and afro-beat, but the shows are about more than just the music. Using theatre, comedy, and improv, a Love Wagon show becomes a spectacle unlike anything usually seen on local stages. After a show at Lee’s Palace, Joe Taylor of Blast Toronto wrote, “Their groove was deep and rich and powerful. Love Wagon is a band that should be on your radar.”
In April 2017, the band released a recording of their song “Felatto“, a jam-band style study of afro-beats and Latin rhythms inspired by Fela Kuti. In February 2018, Love Wagon released their first official single, “Get on the Love Wagon”, a 9-minute epic and a highlight of the band’s live show.
CitySoul is a Toronto based Band since 2010. The band is made up of very talented and versatile musicians from various backgrounds and experiences. CitySoul Band is known for its DJ style continuous play by connecting songs of different genre, beat, style, etc. Our first priority is to deliver maximum entertainment value, we take pride in satisfying our audience and leaving something to be remembered.
City Soul have performed locally and overseas as individuals and collectively as a band. Each band member has a unique style and personality; so it’s always great vibes when we connect musically and communicate through our instruments and voices.
The band has played the Toronto Jazz Festival, Alleycatz, Swirl TO, Mod Club, The Thompson Hotel and many more venues across the city. They have also played at a number of weddings, corporate and other special events.
We aim to please; go above and beyond in every performance. CitySoul Band enjoys music and we enjoy being around each other. We are primarily a 6 piece band, however, we tailor our configuration based on requirements and we also provide DJ music during our live performance break.
Performing a tribute to Teddy Pendergrass
Levi Loblack is an award winning vocalist and music producer.
As a versatile vocalist he is known to perform in a wide range of musical formats including, Soca, Calypso, Zouk, Kompa, Funk, and Soul.
Levi has written a number of number one French-Creole songs with the creole band Levitasyon and performed alongside Kassav’, Third World to name a few. He has performed at numerous festivals including Caribana, Toronto Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival to name a few.
This year he will perform a tribute performance to Teddy Pendergrass.
Performing a tribute to Donna Summer
Jay Harmony’s beautifully crafted sound is a reflection of her many inspirations and her innate ability to master genres from R&B and reggae to house, jazz, hip-hop and soul. Inspired by artists like Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Beyoncé, The Beatles, Elton John, Bob Marley, Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, John legend, Etta James, R. Kelly and Prince; Jay recognizes that those artists have all had an impact on the music she writes and performs. Some by their ability to write hit songs, others for their performance styles, and their captivating vocal abilities.”
Jay Harmony continues to carve her own niche. She refuses to be relegated to any box. A singer and a songwriter, Jay Harmony’s talent is undeniable. She is a breath of fresh air and has the makings of a mainstream and international phenomenon. The winner of many music and entertainment awards, Jay Harmony is also the recipient of the “Raymond McKnight award of “Dedication and Excellence in Music”. She is one of Toronto’s most sought after entertainers and she is on a mission to share her talent with the world.
This year she will perform a tribute performance to Donna Summer.