CHRIS BOTTOMLEY

 

Award winning musician Chris Bottomley has been performing and writing music in Toronto, Canada, since 1982.

In the 80’s, Chris was known as one of the founders of Toronto’s progressive new wave band Tulpa..

 Slugging their way through the club and college circuit with their blistering performances, followed by self financed tours, and gigs with The Tragically Hip and the Payolas, Tulpa shot to Canadian media prominence with their self produced videos and appearances on The New Music. 

Along with short tours in the USA, Tulpa built a following in NYC with performances at CBGB’s, opening for Living Color, Michelle Shocked and others, culminating in their release Live at CBGB’s.

Since then he’s been fronting his band called Brainfudge, with one of the most powerful rhythm sections in the country; Bottomley on bass & vocals, legendary drummer Great Bob Scott and guitarist vocalist Donne Roberts, wowing audiences with their no nonsense psychedelic rock, funk, reggae and jazz.

 

PERFORMANCES AT FESTIVALS

 

Beaches International Jazz Festival

 

Toronto Distillery Jazz festival

 

Toronto Street Festival

 

Toronto TD Jazz Festival

 

Small World Jazz Series

 

Gladstone World Music Series

 

Welland Concert Series

 

Junction Arts Festival Jazz by Genre Summerfest

 

Come Together Festival

Heart of Texas Quadruple Bypass Festival

Kensington Festival of Lights

Skydome Spring Break Festival

Nathan Philips Square Summer Fest

Kensington Harvest Festival

PS Kensington

Electric Eclectics Festival

NXNE

CMJ

Toronto Chapter Amnesty International Benefit

Vancouver Jazz Festival (MoFunk Collective)

Evolve Festival (House of David Gang)

Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival (House of David Gang)

Heatwave Festival (Donne Roberts)

STAGE PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS (OPENERS)

The Adrian Belew Power Trio (The Mod Club - Toronto, 2009) 

Grupo Fantasma (The Horseshoe, Toronto - 2007)

Living Color (Concert Hall, Toronto 1991)

Michelle Shocked (CBGB 1987)  

Living Color (CBGB 1988)

The Tragically Hip (Diamond Club 1984)

 

PLAYED BASS with

Mary Margaret O’Hara

Look People

Donne Roberts

John Bottomley

Rich Underhill’s Funk Explosion

AINIKE

The MoFunk Collective

Wayne Lavallee

Andru Branch & Halfway Tree

House Of David Gang

 

PERCUSSION with

ABJEEZ

ECCODEK

KENSINGTON HORNS

 

SOLO ALBUMS

Bright Eye Day

Cerebral Lubrication

Knotty Bits

Brainfudge

Tangles & Spoils

 

BAND RELEASES

Ainike

Tulpa,  Live at CBGB’s

Tulpa,  Mosaic Fish

 

SONG RELEASES

Stolen Land  Songs of Bruce Cockburn Intrepid Records

Come With Me  House of David Gang

 

MUSIC AWARDS

2012  Toronto Arts Council

Composition Grant

 

2013  Ontario Arts Council

Recording Grant.

 

2005 Unisong International Song Contest  

Song "Belize City Bakin"  World/Reggae Category

 

Top 20 Finalist Unisong International Song Contest    

Song "Where Our Hearts Belong".

 

Honourable mention

2005, 2006 UK Singer/Songwriter Awards.

 

SONGS IN FILMS

"Events Leading Up To My Death" Director Bill Robertson Song "Seize The Day"

 

"The Dog" Director Thomas Care

Instrumental "African Head Dub".

 

"A Masked Saint" Director Warren Sonoda

Song "A Better Day Will Come"