Ottawa’s The Commotions have sidestepped the lightweight pop craze and taken the back roads straight into the hearts of their loyal followers, earning unwavering support from the true lovers of genuine, unsullied soul music. This 12-piece, sharply dressed, original throwback to the days of Motown is an evolved collection of Canada’s top funk & jazz players.
This band originally united to provide a Canadian contingent to Funk Brother’s (Motown Records) lead vocalist Delbert Nelson as “Delbert & The Commotions”. The band’s Musical Director, Brian Asselin honed his skills performing with acts such as The Funk Brothers, and his original music has been featured on HBO’s Looking and ABC’s The Fosters in the U.S.
The Commotions are currently working with Canadian soul hero Jarvis Church of The Philosopher Kings, JUNO Award winner Steve Marriner of Monkey Junk, Steve Berndt of the Jivewires, JUNO-Nominated saxophonist Petr Cancura, and jazz hero Mark Ferguson. The band features vocalists Jeff Rogers (Silver Creek and The Cooper Brothers) and Rebecca Noelle (The PepTides, Rumours, La Voix and David Gogo.) With a sonically monumental performance and an energizing visual display, The Commotions command every room they play, drawing in audiences with their sizzling brass section, thumping backbeat, and sensitive ballads.
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