Want me to tell you something better than good? The Queen of Funk has been added to the 2018 Halifax Jazz Festival lineup.
What does Sly & The Family Stone, Mama Cass, Kenny Rogers, Rick James, and The Viletones have in common? No, not a drug problem: this 1971 underground dance club hit written by Nova Scotia songwriter Bruce Wheaton, and performed by his funk rock ensemble Everyday People.
The Sidewinders were a seven piece deep funk n’ soul outfit from Halifax, NS who released a 1977 self-produced LP entitled Flatfoot Hustlin’. Collectors consider the release the holy grail of Canadian funk, with the original pressing selling upwards from $1-2,000 CAD, but little information is available on the group beyond the eight song LP.
TWRP (Tupper Ware Remix Party) started their colourful brand of intergalactic heavy funk in Halifax, NS nearly a decade ago. Since then they’ve relocated to Toronto, ON, released a slew of EP’s, and kept a steady tour schedule. Angela Sutherland gets the full TWRP story from synthesizist Doctor Sung.