Freak Motif


October 25, 2019


10:00 pm - 2:00 am


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Freak Motif

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Colin Carrier

Freak Motif were a group of strangers who met for a jam session in the summer of 2009, took off on a spontaneous parade, and haven’t stopped jamming since.

They started performing sets of 100% improvised music, drawing influence from Fela, Phish, Thievery Corporation and the energy of the audience at their shows. Those early shows led to the recording of their first album La Cash Blanca, an EP, and a 7” single funk 45.

Dubbed as “modern funk of the very highest caliber” by BBC’s Craig Charles, the Calgary-based 8-piece have just released HOT PLATE, their 2nd full length album on red hot red vinyl.

The album hit #1 on CJSW and top 10 nationwide. 8 groove heavy tracks, from four on the floor trance to afrobeat to disco to cinematic soul, featuring members of Busty and the Bass, Souljazz Orchestra and Toronto based singer Lady C.

"It’s heady, body-moving s*** that’ll get you up and on and off the floor, son." - YYSCENE

The Freaks bring the spirit of their first parade to everything they do, and have shared the stage with Five Alarm Funk, Garifuna Collective, and Antibalas.

Performance highlights include the Victoria Ska Festival, Red Truck Concert Series, Cirque de la Nuit, and Calgary Folk Festival.