Versatile bassist & songwriter Chris Bottomley started his recording and performance antics in 1982 in post punk Toronto, performing along with his brother John and Sev Micron in the successful rock cirkus Tulpa. He started his funk/rock/jazz collective Brainfudge in 1991, a project that takes an anything goes musical approach to live gigs, ambling cheerfully between funk, rock, reggae and jazz. 

 The current incarnation of the band is all Toronto based musicians - drummer Great Bob Scott, saxophonists Richard Underhill and Perry White of Shuffle Demon fame, and Malagasy guitarist and Juno winner Donne' Roberts

 On the road, he’s played in backwoods bars, concert halls, music festivals, conferences, fundraisers, on the street, in circus parades, after hours clubs, private events, fashion shows, wrap parties, studios, on the radio, house parties and art galleries.

 Gig highlights over his career include opening live for Grupo Fantasma (The Horseshoe, Toronto - 2007) Adrian Belew Power Trio (Mod Club - Toronto, 2009) Michelle Shocked (with Tulpa - CBGB -1987) & Vernon Reid’s Living Color (CBGB -1988, Concert Hall – Toronto, 1991).

 As a sideman and bassist, he’s played with Mary Margaret O’Hara, Rich Underhill’s Funk Explosion, The Mofunk Collective, Asani, Wayne Lavallee, John Bottomley, Tulpa, Look People, Donne Roberts, Andru Branch, FreeDubStar, Gisto, House Of David, Sweden’s acclaimed Abjeez, Eccodek & Ainike

In 2013, Bottomley was fortunate to receive a recording grant from the Ontario Arts Council, right on the heels of a writing grant from the Toronto Arts Council, that spawned his current 14 song disc "Bright Eye Day" containing the funk of My Head is Spinning”, the rocking “Rattle My Cage”, sweet reggae vibes of “Where is the Love”. & the soulful gospel blues of “A Better Day Will Come”.

 Recently, his song “ A Better Day Will Come” appears in the film “A Masked Saint”. (2014)


Amnesty International Benefit



Toronto Street Festival

Toronto Distillery Jazz Festival

Beaches International Jazz Festival

Nathan Philips Square SummerFest,

Kensington Harvest Festival

Skydome Spring Break Festival

Kensington Festival of Lights

Heart of Texas Quadruple Bypass Festival

Come Together Festival

PS Kensington

Jazz by Genre Summerfest

Electric Eclectics Festival of Modern Music and Irritainment

Junction Arts Festival

Welland Concert Series

Gladstone World Music Series

Small World Jazz Series

Toronto TD Jazz Festival

Open Tuning Festival

With Mofunk Collective at Vancouver Jazz Festival

With Donne Roberts at Heatwave in Prince George, BC.

With House Of David Gang at Evolve Festival & Harvest Jazz & Blues 


Winner in 2005 of Unisong International Song Contest for his song “Belize City Bakin”

In world category.