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Free! Groovin in the Park w/ DJ Spinna's Wonder-Full Party + Soul Motivators DJ Jason Palma, Make it Funky DJs, DJ Yogi & RITMO Collective

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A meeting of Soul, Funk, World & House Music, Groovin' in The Park is a daylong event at Woodbine Park,
the perfect family friendly setting for this community focused dance party which includes delicious food options, beer garden, shaded seating and it's Free!

 

 

NuFunk Concerts, United Soul, Touch and Ritmo presents

Groovin' in the Park

Friday July 27th, 2018

WONDER-Full: A Tribute to the genius Stevie Wonder by DJ Spinna

Plus live guests: Soul Motivators (8pc Soul-Funk Revue, Do Right Music) & RITMO Collective (live Afro-House Collective) plus: DJ Yogi (Solid Garage), DJ Jason Palma (Footprints, Higher Ground CIUT 89.5fm), DJ Quesquecest (No Wahala DJs NYC), Farbsie Funk (Make It Funky) and live video scratching by DJ Tanner

Woodbine Park (Queen St. E & Eastern Ave. Toronto, Canada)

4pm to 11pm FREE!

Family Friendly, Delicious Food & Beer Garden.

RSVP link / Facebook link / Website link

 

Groovin’ In The Park brings together Toronto’s top soul, funk and house music DJs & live bands with world-renowned acts.

Last year Toronto's Top DJ crews synonymous with the city's club scene Make it Funky & NuFunk , Footprints, United Soul provide the perfect vibe for amazing live performances by Toronto disco act Tush and international deep soul collective Tortured Soul.  Join us again this year on Fri July 27th at Woodbine Park as part of the Beaches Jazz Festival summer program, as we are pleased to bring you WONDER-Full, a heartfelt Tribute to musician and activist Stevie Wonder by DJ Spinna who will spins Stevie Wonder exclusives, covers, samples and remixes.
 

In June 2018, one of most respected DJ/producers in modern music, Brooklyn native Vincent Williams aka DJ Spinna, sustained a ruptured appendix and required an emergency surgery.  With the help of an international music community a GoFundMe was set up to help pay for medical bills and lost wages raising over $60,000 US. The esteemed DJ, producer who has worked with the likes of Eminem, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Gilles Peterson, Jazzanova, Joe Claussell, Osunlade, Jazzy Jeff, Kenny Dope, DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist was told to cancel all upcoming gigs including this Toronto appearance.  Last week with the blessing of his doctors DJ Spinna has been given the green light to bring his world famous WONDER-Full party to Toronto.

 

“WONDER-Full™ - Tribute To The Genius Of Stevie Wonder
www.keistar.net
 

“WONDER-Full™ - Tribute To The Wonder Of Stevie” a concept honoring the legendary genius Stevie Wonder.  Stevie Wonder has expressed his gratitude by calling into the party on multiple occasions and on the 7th installment of the WONDER-Full™ event, the audience was treated to a special surprise with an appearance by Stevie Wonder’s daughter Aisha, who inspired the song “Isn’t She Lovely.”  Also adding on to the memorable evening, the crowd received a live phone conversation from Stevie Wonder himself. As he spoke, one could hear a pin drop as everyone was mesmerized by this incredible moment. Stevie Wonder made a very special appearance at WONDER-Full™ Tribute/Concert after party in November 2007 in New York City where he delivered a heartfelt speech to the audience. At the 10th series of the WONDER-Full™ event, Stevie Wonder treated WONDER-Full™ audience to a 'mini' live concert!   Always expect the best of the legendary Stevie Wonder at the WONDER-Full™ events as DJ Spinna digs deep in his crates to offer anything Stevie related to the audience, always giving them a memorable musical experience.

 

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DJ Spinna

www.djspinna.com


DJ Spinna is something of an anomaly in music.  A humbling example of what it takes to truly succeed within the framework of multiple fields.  With a steadfast work ethic, an obsessively extensive vinyl library and the willingness to pursue the full extents of his roots (Funk, Soul R&B and Jazz), foundation (Hip-Hop) and future (Electronic/Dance music) without any restraints.  A cornerstone of Hip-Hop’s late 90’s indie-uprise, DJ Spinna made much of his first impression on listeners as the musical background of his group The Jigmastas (having released an impressive slew of 12” singles on his then self-run label Beyond Real during this time) as well as providing the canvats for an array of that era’s lyrical giants including Eminem, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and De La Soul.

Turning heads throughout the industry, Spinna’s sonics soon infiltrated numerous genres. Tapped by everyone from Mary J. Blige, to Motown Records for his brilliant Michael Jackson remix of “We’re Almost There”. It’s here his production presence would flourish greatly, as Spinna would go on to revive and revise Jazz and Soul marvels like Donald Byrd, Eddie Kendricks, Betty Carter, Roy Ayers and Al Jarreau. Though it goes without saying his most memorable remix goes to his monumental version of Shaun Escoffery’s “Days Like This”, transforming it into a worldwide dance floor anthem.  Which in turn, catapulted Spinna into his now stately touted presence in the soulful house music scene. These releases resulted in the signing to BBE records in 2002 where Spinna released his cult classic fulllength production LP “Here To There” which crossed multiple genres and garnered the attention of serious music fans worldwide.

With so much studio work, it’s a marvel Spinna travels as much as he does.  The constant, globe trotting performances he’s become equally famed for have brought him as far as Iceland, Croatia, Australia, and South Africa as well as countless jaunts throughout England, and the U.S.  Also, his hugely successful tours of Japan, where Spinna is held in the highest regard throughout the country for his craft in music. Not always the lone crowd-controller, Spinna’s collaborated on stage alongside contemporary luminaries like Gilles Peterson, Questlove, Jazzanova, Dimitri from Paris, Joe Claussell, Osunlade, Q-Tip, Jazzy Jeff, Kenny Dope, Keb Darge, DJ Scratch, DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist.  He’s a true showman - versatile as ever.

Yet of all accomplishments, nothing compares to DJ Spinna’s celebrated Stevie Wonder inspired WONDER-Full DJ performances.  Garnering overwhelming fanfare each occasion done - whether NYC, LA, DC, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Japan or beyond - if a WONDER-Full event is booked at a club you can put money on a line around the block and hundreds of Stevie Wonder admirers joyfully rocking the house. The success of these events have led to several collaborations between Stevie Wonder and DJ Spinna including remixes for “My Love Is On Fire"  and “Sweetest Somebody” from Stevie’s 2005 “A Time To Love” release. Most notably, in October 2012 Spinna performed an opening DJ set for the “United Nations Message Of Peace Concert with Stevie Wonder” including appearances by Sting, Janelle Monae, Varlerie Simpson, and other luminary artists.
 

Visit New York City any given month and find a number of Spinna themed throw-downs in the city’s esteemed venues - each as memorable as the last.
 

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The Soul Motivators

www.soulmotivators.com The Soul Motivators are here to restore your faith in funk. A fresh take on a classic sound, they blend 1970’s funk and soul, psychedelic jams and hip-hop breaks. This nine-piece Toronto powerhouse brings explosive energy to stage; playing with greats like Grandmaster Flash, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Bernie Worrell and A Tribe Called Red. The Soul Motivators are now set to release their sophomore album in Summer 2018 on Do Right! Music, featuring the power-house vocal stylings of powerful leading lady Shahi Teruko. TSM stay true to their musical roots while bringing a fresh, unique, soulful energy to the table. It’s only up for here- so let yourself be motivated!
 

Also on the bill RITMO Collective (live), DJ Yogi (Solid Garage), DJ Jason Palma (Footprints, Higher Ground CIUT 89.5fm), DJ Quesquecest (No Wahala DJs NYC), Farbsie Funk (Make It Funky) and live video scratching by DJ Tanner

Edited by Jay Funk Dawg

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