Organic Funk

Being A Musician In Today's World

Set against the backdrop of the band’s Disneyland Paris Concert, this one hour documentary special features the music of Michael Costantini and Organic Funk. During the band’s first European, their Paris concert was filmed in anticipation of producing a documentary feature that would recap the band’s years of development and to what lengths a Canadian musical group must go to make it in the Twenty-first Century. The documentary was filmed at the Legendary Phase One Recording Studios in Toronto and includes performances from their Paris concert, along with some in-studio recording as the band recounts the European Tour experience. Music fans get an inside look at why the band plays what they play and writes what they write.

The special Documentary Feature is hosted by Holger Peterson, the host of CBC’s “Saturday Night Blues”. Holger guides the audience through the bands journey thus far and the band shares some of their trade secrets when it comes to song writing, song selection and the pitfalls of staging not only an international tour but 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.

The documentary was Produced and Directed by Steve Thomson who among his other credits also produced and directed the award winning documentary “Let It Rock at The Crossroads of Rock’N’Roll”.

For more information, contact: Backstage Productions Tel: (416) 291-4913
Email: info@backstageproductions.com

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Organic Funk

Steve Thomson PRO

"BEING A MUSICIAN IN TODAY'S WORLD" & "LIVE IN CONCERT FROM DISNEYLAND PARIS", FRANCE
TWO GREAT BROADCASTS WITH ONE COMMON DENOMINATOR - CANADIAN BAND ORGANIC FUNK! THE DOCUMENTARY WAS HOSTED BY HOLGER PETERSEN, HOST OF CBC'S SATURDAY NIGHT BLUES

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"BEING A MUSICIAN IN TODAY'S WORLD" & "LIVE IN CONCERT FROM DISNEYLAND PARIS", FRANCE
TWO GREAT BROADCASTS WITH ONE COMMON DENOMINATOR - CANADIAN BAND ORGANIC FUNK! THE DOCUMENTARY WAS HOSTED BY HOLGER PETERSEN, HOST OF CBC'S SATURDAY NIGHT BLUES

About Organic Funk Holger Petersen had this to say: "What a pleasure it was to spend a few days in the studio with Organic Funk - appreciating first had their playing, arrangements and material. And getting to know this hard working up-and-coming band with a great attitude! This insightful documentary follows the creative process of writing material, collaborating with fellow musicians (in one of Canada's most famous studios) and finally performing that material in front of an enthusiastic audience."

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Set against the backdrop of their Paris Concert, this one hour documentary special features the music of Michael Costantini & Organic Funk. The documentary recaps the band’s years of development and to what lengths a Canadian musical group must go to make it in the Twenty-First Century. The documentary was filmed at the legendary Phase One Recording Studios in Toronto and includes performances from their Paris concert, along with some in-studio recording and re-enactments, while the band recounts the European Tour experience. The documentary is a celebration of music and a definitive look at what it means to be a musician in today’s world. Music fans get an inside look at why the band plays what they play and writes what they write.The Documentary Feature is hosted by Music Historian and Broadcaster Holger Petersen, the host of CBC’s “Saturday Night Blues”. Holger in his affable style guides the audience through the bands journey thus far as they share some of their trade secrets when it comes to song writing, song selection and the pitfalls of staging not only an international tour but 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.

The documentary was Produced & Directed by Steve Thomson who among his other credits also produced and directed the award winning documentary “Let It Rock at The Crossroads of Rock’N’Roll”.

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Backstage Productions International Canada Wins Accolade Competition for Organic Funk Production entitled "Being A Musician In Today's World"

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 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 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: vimeo.com/81448404

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

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Toronto based band Organic Funk have come a long way since the launch of their CD entitled “Speak Now”. Their music was embraced by radio in Canada with their first single from the album entitled “For Today” garnering airplay coast to coast in Canada. The band has been likened to “a pre-popular Maroon 5”. The comments from radio were encouraging… “There is something very pure and raw about them…” “They may be on to something…” “Definitely a winner…” “Absolutely love it``. Their 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: myspace.com/organicfunk .

The band's management and production company headed up by Steve Thomson was so keen on the band that he arranged for the band to do a few dates in Europe kicking things off in Paris, France at the highly acclaimed Euro Disney Theme Park with several shows at the prestigious Billy Bob’s concert venue located at Disney Village. The shows were taped with the anticipation of producing a documentary on what it is like to be a musician in the digital age. Holger Petersen host of CBC's Saturday Night Blues liked the concept for the doc and the band so much he agreed to host the documentary. Holger had this to say: "What a pleasure it was to spend a few days in the studio with Organic Funk - appreciating first had their playing, arrangements and material. And getting to know this hard working up-and-coming hard working band with a great attitude. This insightful documentary follows the creative process of writing material, collaborating with fellow musicians (in one of Canada's most famous studios) and finally performing that material in front of an enthusiastic audience.

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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…”
RYAN STEPHENSON PRICE, THE INDIE MACHINE

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