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 rock 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 album "Mosaic Fish", indie 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 in 1986.
In 1991 he started his funk, rock & jazz collective Brainfudge as the ringleader, vocalist and songwriter, performing his original songs with a stellar bunch of guys that now includes Rich Underhill on Alto Sax and Effects, Donne Roberts on Guitar and Vocals, and Great Bob Scott on Drums.
The spirit of the group is rooted in a collective open minded approach to taking the music wherever it can go each night, in an energetic performance unhindered by musical form.
Past festival performances include The Beaches International Jazz Festival, Electric Eclectics Festival, Toronto Distillery Jazz Festival, The Small World Jazz Series, Jazz by Genre Summeriest, Welland Concert Series, Junction Arts Festival, Nathan Phillips Square Summer Fest, Ossington Festival, PS Kensington, Kensington Festival of Lights, Toronto TD Jazz Festival, Come Together Festival, Skydome Spring Break Festival, NXNE, CMJ (NYC), Heart of Texas Quadruple Bypass Festival, Kensington Harvest Festival
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
Rich Underhill’s Funk Explosion
The MoFunk Collective
Andru Branch & Halfway Tree
House Of David Gang
Bright Eye Day
Tangles & Spoils
Tulpa, Live at CBGB’s
Tulpa, Mosaic Fish
Stolen Land Songs of Bruce Cockburn Intrepid Records
Come With Me House of David Gang
2012 Toronto Arts Council
2013 Ontario Arts Council
2005 Unisong International Song Contest
Song "Belize City Bakin" World/Reggae Category
Top 20 Finalist Unisong International Song Contest
Song "Where Our Hearts Belong".
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"