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Sev’s Cellar – Chris Bottomley

theBorderline 20 October 2022 929 127 4

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The distinctive funk, rock, reggae and jazz stylings of bassist, percussionist, singer and songwriter Chris Bottomley have been vibrating through Canadian music lovers for over 40 years.

Bottomley first burst onto the Canadian music scene in the mid-80s with his post-punk rock band ​Tulpa​, who he formed with his brother John on guitar & vocals, and drummer Mike Severin. Legendary New York City club CBGBs’ owner Hilly Kristol described Tulpa as “one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen.” Tulpa’s 1985 album ​Mosaic Fish​ earned the band touring dates, radio and video play, and media attention all across Canada.

In the 90s, Bottomley was inspired by the fast-growing funk and groove scene in Toronto and started the Brainfudge collective that continues to this day.

Currently including Great Bob Scott (drums), Donne Roberts (African Guitar Summit, guitar) and Richard Underhill and Perry White (The Shuffle Demons, saxophones), Brainfudge’s illustrious alumni list includes a who’s who of top Toronto players such as Howie Beck (Mixed Feist, Communism, Buffy St-Marie) Odel Johnson (Messenjah, Mikey Dread), the late James Gray (Blue Rodeo), Eric St. Laurent, Bryden Baird (Feist) and many more. “The Fudge” lay Bottomley’s signature rock, Afrolatin and reggae-infused funk grooves thick and heavy, performing regularly at music clubs, festivals, and private events across Ontario. They’ve shared the stage with the likes of Adrian Belew, Grupo Fantasma, and Souljazz Orchestra.


“SEV’S CELLAR” // with Sev Micron

A classically trained musician with a penchant for the punk music. Sev has played in numerous bands, on keyboards, drums and voice. Tulpa, with John Bottomley, holds a special place and so do the rock punkers, Throbbin’ Hoods. Sneaking up on 40 years of experience in a variety of mediums, Sev Micron engineers Muzicare Productions and has produced a good number of indie artists. Songwriting is another of Sev’s many and considerable talents.

And it wouldn’t be right to not mention that Sev loves animals, dogs especially (hi Bela), and that cooking is a forte! Peace and love are big fans, too.

“Music is what tells us that the human race is greater than we realize.”

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Chris Bottomley & Tulpa

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