Turbo Street Funk defy convention; whether they’re playing a festival, pub, concert hall, or busy street corner, their infectious sounds always sound at home. With a performance style rooted in the New Orleans horn band tradition, they combine Top 40 hits with top notch originals in an incendiary show guaranteed to get people moving.
Formed in 2011, Turbo Street Funk started as buskers, performing on the streets of Toronto while members of the band attended university, gaining high praise from local journalists: “Takes Toronto busking to a new level”(BlogTO); “...A fixture on Toronto’s sidewalks (that) gather(s) crowds wherever they go.” (Torontoist)
Drawing the attention of Canadian jazz legend, Richard Underhill (Shuffle Demons), the group met fellow “Demon” and music producer George Koller. The band’s Koller-produced debut album, To The Street came out in 2014 and saw tracks featured on JAZZ.FM91 and CBC radio programs across Ontario. The album features unique artwork and design from JUNO Award Winning graphic artist, Michael Wrycraft.
Since To The Street's release, Turbo Street Funk has grown from a street savvy busking crew to
a collection of dynamic showmen. Performance highlights include the Mariposa Folk
Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Toronto International BuskerFest, Hamilton
Blues & Roots Festival, Sudbury’s Northern Lights OktoberFest, Cultura Festival, Creemore
Springs Copper Kettle Festival, and many more.
In spring 2015, Turbo Street Funk was invited to perform at JAZZ.FM91’s Jazz Lives at Toronto’s
Koerner Hall. Later that summer, the band opened for Terra Lightfoot, Boris Brott and
the National Academy Orchestra at the PANAM Supercrawl and Cultural Showcase in
Turbo Street Funk is Casey Van (vocals/guitar/harmonica), Juan Manuel Arce (alto
saxophone), Joel Eric Szabo (French horn), Trishul “Trix” Sharma (sousaphone) and Camilo