Band NameMajor Funk and the Employment
“Make no mistake, Major Funk and the Employment is a big band with a big sound and big plans.” -Ken Bolton (What’s Up Yukon)
“Probably the most danceable band I can think of.” -Angela Drainville, AAMF Producer (Yukon News)
Major Funk and the Employment is a hard-working group of dedicated musicians whose collective ambition is to deliver high quality danceables to the people. Founded in Whitehorse in 2014 by bassist Etienne Girard, the band mixes a strong and steadfast rhythm section with a colourful collection of guitars, horns, keyboards, and passionate vocals. Major Funk’s big and unique sound has headlined the Dawson City Music Festival, Atlin Arts and Music Festival, and has gotten crowds grooving throughout two Western Canadian tours to date. What’s Up Yukon has characterized Major Funk as “quirky but really smooth”. In early 2016 the band recorded a live album and video entitled “Hot Off The Floor” to capture their live energy and showcase their eclectic style and musicianship. Gig by gig, Major Funk and the Employment continue to bring their tight, bass-driven tunes to enthusiastic audiences far and wide.
The Major Funk roster:
Etienne Girard- bass
Fiona Solon- vocals
Adrian Burrill- trumpet and vocals
Lee Campese- drums
David Dugas- guitar
Glen Emond- guitar
Olivier de Colombel- saxophone
Andrea McColeman- keys
Selina Heyligers Hare- keys and vocals
Fred Osson- saxophone and vocals
Together, Major Funk and the Employment take pride in making people dance, with their infectious and inimitable sound to create incendiary performances.