“These guys are exuberant, highly entertaining and loads of fun. You don’t want to miss them.”
— Mariposa Folk Festival, 2015
Turbo Street Funk
Turbo Street Funk is a New Orleans-inspired brass-rock quintet from Toronto, Canada. With over 200 performances across Ontario, Quebec, New England and Canada's East Coast, Turbo Street Funk has gained a reputation for explosive live shows, opening for artists such as Terra Lightfoot, Five Alarm Funk, The Lost Fingers, The Shuffle Demons, Rita Chiarelli, The Soul Motivators andEmmanuel Jal.
Formed in 2011, Turbo Street Funk began 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:
“Turbo Street Funk takes Toronto busking to a new level.” - BlogTO
“[Turbo Street Funk] gather crowds wherever they go”. - Torontoist
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 stages at the Algonquin Theatre(2017), Moncton's Mosaiq Multicultural Festival (2017), Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival (2017), Orillia Jazz Festival (2017), Niagara Jazz Festival(2017), Beaches Intl. Jazz Festival (2017), Small World Music Festival(2017), Kingsville Folk Festival (2017), Tremblant Intl. Blues Festival (2016), Blue Skies Music Festival (2016), CAN-AM International Festival (2016, 2017), Sound of Music Festival (2016), Jazz Sudbury (2016), London Bluesfest (2016), Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival (2016), Lighthouse Blues Festival (2016), Mariposa Folk Festival (2015), Cultura Festival (2015) and many more.
Turbo Street Funk is Casey Van (vocals/guitar/harmonica), Juan Manuel Arce (saxophone), Ian Feenstra (sousaphone), Joel Eric Szabo (French horn), and Camilo Giraldo Gallon (drums).
"These guys are exuberant, highly entertaining and loads of fun. You don’t want to miss them."
– Mariposa Folk Festival
"I am enchanted by this band, their humour, their talent and their intoxicating energy."
– Spill Magazine
"I saw these boys perform this summer; it was a riot!"
– Errol Nazareth, CBC Radio
"[Turbo Street Funk] gather crowds wherever they go.”
“...When you do come across them, it’s a real treat.”
"Momentum captures [Turbo Street Funk's] infectious energy neatly."
– FYI Music News
“They're funky (hence the name), they're charismatic, they're young, and they're playing atypical instruments..."
"They're having so much damn fun it’s impossible NOT to listen."
– John Kereiff
"You haven’t lived until you hear Turbo Street Funk do The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."
– Orillia Packet & Times
"Turbo Street Funk takes Toronto busking to a new level.”
– Robyn Urback, BlogTO
"...Like Chicago or Lighthouse if they were to really loosen up and have some fun."
"If you are a fan of live music or considering booking this incredibly talented group...please do yourself a favour, DO IT!"
"The moment you start tapping your toes or moving your hips is the moment you turn from a fan, to a family member..."
– The Excalibur
"Turbo Street Funk - The Fast & The Furious of music."