About Organic Funk

Toronto based band Organic Funk launched their latest CD entitled “Speak Now” on February 10, 2011 at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Canada to an enthusiastic crowd. The first single from the album entitled “For Today” was prereleased to radio and the immediate reaction was excellent garnering airplay coast to coast in Canada. The band has been compared to “a pre-popular Maroon 5”. The comments from radio have been very encouraging… “There is something very pure and raw about them…” “They may be on to something…” “Definitely a winner…” “Absolutely love it“. Their new album, entitled “Speak Now” features 10 great tracks and is available on Trilogy Records which is distributed world-wide on the web by The Orchard.

The funk/rock quartet is made up of Michael Costantini, Lead Vocals & Guitars, Shawn Rompre on Drums, Jim O’Brian on Bass, Sax and Vocals and Alan Zemaitis on Keyboards and Vocals. The band composes, produces and performs music that has been described as “contemporary rock with a funky groove and a hint of retro”. Although the group aspires to perform their own original material, they win approval for their original songs by interspersing well known musical titles that blend with their originals, elevating their songs alongside the classic hits. They have built a strong following in their home territory and have an excellent web presence through their profile on My Space.

Their summer tour schedule saw them playing on average 3 shows a week in small to medium size clubs with a sprinkling of Festival appearances in key Ontario markets. The band will officially release their second single, the title track of their CD “Speak Now”, together with the video on September 15th, 2011. To support the release the band will be performing tour dates in Ontario and Quebec. And if that’s not enough, the band will follow this up embarking on their first European Tour which will kick off in Paris, France at the highly acclaimed Euro Disney Theme Park with several shows scheduled at the prestigious Billy Bob’s concert venue located at Disney Village. The band currently enjoys receiving airplay on the NRJ Digital Radio Group’s platform where the show will be supported on NRJ POP.

Perhaps Canadian reviewer Ryan Stephenson Price sums it up best in a recent review of an Organic Funk concert in Toronto – here is an excerpt:

“…If you’ll take anything away from this review though –see them live if ever given the opportunity: they have a way of playing off each other that really emotes to the crowd. You can tell just how much fun they’re having, and they want you to join in too. They’ll leave you grooving in your shoes all night long, you’ll be singing along with their covers, and you just might get an invite to a party from some random attractive Europeans that were enticed to enter the venue from off the street because they heard some funky tunes as they happened to be walking by. What, that doesn’t happen to everybody? Well, clearly you were at the wrong concert that night…”


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    Backstage Productions International Canada Wins Accolade Competition

    Toronto, Ontario, December 4, 2013 – Steve Thomson of Backstage Productions International is pleased to announce that the company’s most recent Documentary “Being a Musician in Today’s World”, has won a prestigious Accolade Award of Excellence in Two Categories for Documentary and Direction from The Accolade Competition. The awards were given to Backstage Productions for its exciting new Documentary, “Being A Musician In Today’s World”, which explores surviving in a business that is somewhat saturated with talent… that tends to blur the lines between the serious and novel, overlooking the minstrels of our time and the societal condition, all through the eyes of Toronto Band, Organic Funk.

    Producer/Director Steve Thomson had this to say, “We are thrilled to have received the Accolades and on behalf of Tony Wannamaker (DOP, CSC), Sandy Coles & StoiQ (Editors), Michael Costantini and his band, Organic Funk and everyone who worked on and supported this production, we would like to thank the Accolade Competition for the recognition. We would particularly like to thank Holger Petersen for his contribution and everyone who helped to make this production a success. We hope musicians everywhere will benefit directly or indirectly from the story and music fans will come to appreciate more the challenges today’s musicians face particularly in our changing world and why we count on them to support creativity – after all, musicians are the minstrels of our time.”

    The Accolade recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the Accolade and a list of recent winners can be found at http://www.theaccolade.net.

    In winning an Accolade, Backstage Productions International joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award. Thomas Baker, Ph.D., who chairs The Accolade, had this to say about the latest winners, “The Accolade is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world. The Accolade helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptionally high quality of entries. The goal of The Accolade is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”

    Watch Trailer go to: https://vimeo.com/81448404

    For more information contact Steve Thomson (416) 291-4913 or visit us at http://www.backstageproductions.com.

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