Turbo Street Funk
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Turbo Street Funk

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF | AFM

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2011
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"Mixing it up, Mariposa Style"

"You haven’t lived until you hear Turbo Street Funk do The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." - Orillia Packet & Times

"Artist Profile: Turbo Street Funk"

"These guys are exuberant, highly entertaining and loads of fun. You don’t want to miss them." - Mariposa Folk Festival

"One of the best bands that I have seen in my life: Turbo Street Funk"

"If you are a fan of live music or considering booking this incredibly talented group of young men, please do yourself a favour, DO IT, you will be richer for having done so."

"Out of all of the bands that I have booked for the Hamilton Bulldogs, none have ever had a more appreciative and attentive crowd than these boys. CD’s were flying off of the merch table and people were clapping and whistling throughout the performance. I actually had people asking me to bring these guys back after only the first couple tunes..." - seeAliveband.com

"Turbo Street Funk Explained: Local busk-funk heroes talk about how they started, how they pick their songs, and what happens next."

"...Turbo Street Funk have become a fixture on Toronto’s sidewalks. They gather crowds wherever they go."

"...It’s not just a way to pay tuition, it’s also a sort of public service." - Torontoist


“...When you do come across them, it’s a real treat.” - INDIE88

"#58: Turbo Street Funk – Toronto’s best buskers?"

"...One of the most fun street musicians I’ve come across in Toronto, and gathering by the crowd they always seem to attract, I’m not the only one who thinks so." - 1000 Things Toronto

"Turbo Street Funk takes Toronto busking to a new level"

"...A group of York University music students are proving there's a place for the brass instrument at King and John, Queen and Spadina, and other downtown spots, while still managing to garner pretty impressive crowds standing by."

"In short, they were charming, but more than that--they sounded incredible." - BlogTO

"Rock Your Campus Review: Episode 4"

“If Turbo Street Funk seem familiar, it might be because you’ve seen them busking in the streets of Toronto. When they’re not at Yonge & Dundas Square, you’ll find them playing at festivals around Ontario, or hanging with the Shuffle Demons--no big.”​ - CBC

"We want the funk, gotta have that Turbo Street Funk"

"The moment you start tapping your toes or moving your hips is the moment you turn from a fan, to a family member...The best part is they invite you along for the ride." - Excalibur

"Turbo Street Funk opens Ontario tour in Timmins"

"...I witnessed an excellent six-piece band with horn players, busking with a sign that read “Tuition fund."...These guys were hard to miss. The band was jazzy, fusion-fed and funky. I’ve witnessed a lot of busking, but a kind of jazz fusion with horns, no way." - Timmins Press


Momentum by Turbo Street Funk (2016)
Producer: Chris Birkett
Composers: Juan Manuel Arce, Ian Feenstra, Camilo Gallon, Joel Eric Szabo, Casey Van, Alice Sellwood

To The Street by Turbo Street Funk (2014)
Producer: George Koller
Composers: Camilo Gallon, Joel Eric Szabo, Casey Van, Daniel Walsh



Turbo Street Funk is a New Orleans-inspired brass-rock quintet from Toronto, ON, Canada. Whether they’re playing a festival, pub, or concert hall, the infectious sounds of Turbo Street Funk always sound at home. 

Formed in 2011, Turbo Street Funk started as a professional busking band while members of the band attended university. The band received high praise from local journalists for their fresh sound and popularity with Toronto audiences: Turbo Street Funk takes Toronto busking to a new level,” (BlogTO).
 …Turbo Street Funk have become a fixture on Toronto’s sidewalks. They gather crowds wherever they go,” (Torontoist). 

The band quickly drew the attention of Canadian jazz legend, Richard Underhill, who introduced the group 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. 

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 from across Canada.

With over 100 performances across Ontario, Quebec and New York State, Turbo Street Funk has gained a reputation for explosive live shows and has graced staves at festivals such as 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 (2016), 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 (alto saxophone), Joel Eric Szabo (French horn), Ian Feenstra (sousaphone) and Camilo Gallon (drums). 

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