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ComPosition Music & Communications proudly presents

Chris Bottomley's Brainfudge

with special guest

Donné Roberts

Ainiké (African percussion ensemble)

DJ Chocolate (CKLN 88.1 FM 'Rebel Music')

www.chrisbottomley.com / www.myspace.com/chrisbottomleymusic

www.donneroberts.com / www.myspace.com/donneroberts

www.ainike.ca

www.scratchfree.ca

Thursday, March 1

@ Supermarket

268 Augusta Ave.

www.supermarkettoronto.com

Call 416-840-0501 to make dinner reservations, highly recommended to ensure seating

9:00 pm / $10 door

Since its inception in 1990, it seems as though just about everybody who's anybody in Toronto's funky groove scene has been part of Chris Bottomley's Brainfudge at one time or another. From current members James Gray, Great Bob Scott, Steve Donald and Jim Bish to occasional guest players & alumni such as Rich Underhill, Bryden Baird, Chris Gartner, and Odel Johnson; the list goes on and on through dozens of the city's best improv groovers. The one constant is the man with the funky bass groove Chris Bottomley; who first made his mark on the Canadian musical consciousness over 20 years ago with much-loved underground rock/pop bands Tulpa and the Look People, and has been playing an incredible diversity of music from the heart ever since.

Funk, jazz, rock, reggae, ska, dub, African, worldbeat – it's all there in the Brainfudge sound, and it's all good. No two shows are remotely alike, such is the chemistry of the musicians who've been playing together for as long as two decades. It's always changing shape and form, yet always tight as the skin on the djembe drum that Bottomley loves to bust out. And when Brainfudge is in full flight, it's as groovy as Toronto gets.

Making his first appearance with Brainfudge is one of our country's finest African-Canadian musicians Donné Roberts, whose pulsating mix of African soul & groove and European and North American rock, funk and blues guitar stylings make him a perfect new ingredient for "The Fudge". A member of the 2005 Juno Award-winning African Guitar Summit, Roberts released his own acclaimed CD 'Rhythm Was Born' in 2006 and will be touring across Canada with his band throughout 2007.

Ainike is a Toronto based percussion ensemble rooted in the polyrhythmic, highly energetic music of the Malinke people of Guinea, West Africa. Meaning "thank you" in the Malinke language, Ainike performs a repertoire of traditional rhythms infused with an original sound created through the diversity of its members' musical backgrounds, the addition of non-traditional instruments and arrangements, and the influence of a modern and urban aesthetic – one which incorporates varied influences, all the while maintaining respect for the tradition of Malinke music.

Spinning sweet global reggae grooves will be DJ Chocolate, one of Toronto's essential reggae DJs & party promoters; and host of 'Rebel Music' Monday afternoons from 2:30-5:00 pm on CKLN 88.1 FM.

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