Dods & McNair Memorial March With Turbo Street Funk

June 3, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Royal LePage Main Stage

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Please join us in Celebrating the lives of Dedicated Blues & Jazz Volunteers who have passed away.

The traditional New Orleans funeral march is a celebration of life. Our March is a memorial to our past volunteers. Live music gives tribute to a loved one. This traditional musical sendoff symbolizes life’s journey and lifts the spirits.

A typical Dixieland Jazz funeral begins with a march by family, friends, and neighbors, led by a Jazz band. This is called the “First Line”.
Onlookers are most welcome to join in to celebrate the lives of the deceased. Those who follow the First Line just to enjoy the music are called the “Second Line”. In their freestyle dance, they often twirl a parasol, wave a handkerchief or hand fan in the air which can be very energetic. We have a limited supply of parasols, sequin fans & scarves to loan out as part of the event. Please bring your own items if you wish.

Our march begins from the Festival Main Stage and proceeds west along Broadway to First Street. Throughout the outbound march, the band plays somber songs and hymns. A change in the tempo of the ceremony takes place after the departure of the lead car (an antique Ford sedan) and the March changing to an eastbound direction, signifying family members have said their good byes to their loved one. After this the music becomes more upbeat, often starting with a hymn or spiritual number played in a swinging fashion, then going into popular New Orleans favorites, while returning to the Festival Main Stage.

Turbo Street Funk

Turbo Street Funk is Toronto’s hottest New Orleans-inspired brass-rock quintet. With over 100 performances across Ontario, Quebec and New York State, Turbo Street Funk has gained a reputation for explosive live shows, opening for artists such as The Lost Fingers, Terra Lightfoot, The Shuffle Demons, Rita Chiarelli, The Soul Motivators and Emmanuel Jal.

Formed in 2011, Turbo Street Funk started as a professional busking band, performing on the streets of Toronto four days a week each spring and summer while members of the band attended university. The band received high praise from Toronto journalists for their fresh sound and popularity with Toronto audiences:

“Turbo Street Funk takes Toronto busking to a new level.” – BlogTO

“[Turbo Street Funk] gather crowds wherever they go”. – Torontoist

The band quickly drew the attention of Canadian jazz legend, Richard Underhill, who introduced them to fellow “Shuffle Demon” and music producer, George Koller. With George at the helm, Turbo Street Funk released their debut album, To The Street, in May 2014 at Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern.

In July 2016, Turbo Street Funk released their sophomore album, Momentum, a nine track initiative that “captures their infectious energy neatly” (FYI Music News). Produced by Chris Birkett (Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sinead O’Connor), the album received 2x Toronto Independent Music Award nominations in the categories of “Best Jazz Vocal” and “Best Jazz Instrumental.” Momentum debuted at #8 on earshot!’s National Jazz Chart and is frequently found on CBC Radio, JAZZ.FM91 and campus/community radio charts across Canada.

Turbo Street Funk has graced festival stages at the Beaches International Jazz Festival (2015, 2016), Tremblant International Blues Festival (2016), Blue Skies Music Festival (2016), Mariposa Folk Festival (2015), CAN-AM International Festival in Sackets Harbor, NY (2016), Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival (2016), Jazz Sudbury (2016), London Bluesfest (2016), Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival (2016), Lighthouse Blues Festival (2016), Cultura World Music Festival (2014, 2015), Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival (2016), and many more.

Turbo Street Funk is Casey Van (vocals/guitar/harmonica), Juan Manuel Arce (saxophone), Ian Feenstra (sousaphone), Joel Eric Szabo (French horn), and Camilo Gallon (drums).