Chris Bottomley BIO
Award winning songwriter Chris Bottomley started his recording and performance antics in 1982, in post punk Toronto, performing with the rock cirkus Tulpa. He started his funk, rock & jazz collective Brainfudge in 1991, a project that takes an anything goes musical approach to musical performance.
The current incarnation of his band is all Toronto based musicians - drummer Great Bob Scott, saxophonists Richard Underhill and Perry White of Shuffle Demon fame, and Malagasy guitarist Donne' Roberts.
On the road they’ve 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 Bottomley’s 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 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
"Tangles & Spoils"(1991)"Brainfudge"(1994) "Knotty Bits"(2004) "Cerebral Lubrication" (2004). “Bright Eye Day” (2013), “Tulpa – “Live From CBGB” (1987) & “Tulpa - Mosaic Fish”(1985) He has Guest appearances on albums by Eccodek, Boogiewall Sound System, John Bottomley, Astrogroove, Ainike, Sleeps Six and solo artist Laura Jean Manson.
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”.
Recently, his song “ A Better Day Will Come” appears in the film “A Masked Saint”. (2015)
Winner in 2005 of Unisong Inernational Song Contest for his song “Belize City Bakin” In the World/Reggae category.
"True to his reputation as one of the Big Smoke's best bass thumpers" - NOW Magazine