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Backstage Productions International Canada Wins Accolade Competition

Toronto, Ontario, December 4, 2013 – Steve Thomson of Backstage Productions International is pleased to announce that the company’s most recent Documentary “Being a Musician in Today’s World”, has won a prestigious Accolade Award of Excellence in Two Categories for Documentary and Direction from The Accolade Competition. The awards were given to Backstage Productions for its exciting new Documentary, “Being A Musician In Today’s World”, which explores surviving in a business that is somewhat saturated with talent… that tends to blur the lines between the serious and novel, overlooking the minstrels of our time and the societal condition, all through the eyes of of Toronto Band, Organic Funk.

Producer/Director Steve Thomson had this to say, "We are thrilled to have received the Accolades and on behalf of Tony Wannamaker (DOP, CSC), Sandy Coles & StoiQ (Editors), Michael Costantini and his band, Organic Funk and everyone who worked on and supported this production, we would like to thank the Accolade Competition for the recognition.  We would particularly like to thank Holger Petersen for his contribution and everyone who helped to make this production a success.  We hope musicians everywhere will benefit directly or indirectly from the story and music fans will come to appreciate more the challenges today’s musicians face particularly in our changing world and why we count on them to support creativity - after all, musicians are the minstrels of our time.”

The Accolade recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the Accolade and a list of recent winners can be found at

In winning an Accolade, Backstage Productions International joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award. Thomas Baker, Ph.D., who chairs The Accolade, had this to say about the latest winners, "The Accolade is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world. The Accolade helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptionally high quality of entries. The goal of The Accolade is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve."

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Toronto based band Organic Funk launched their latest CD entitled “Speak Now” on February 10, 2011 at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Canada to an enthusiastic crowd. The first single from the album entitled “For Today” was pre-released to radio and the immediate reaction was excellent, garnering airplay coast to coast in Canada. The band has been compared to “a pre-popular Maroon 5”. The comments from radio have been very encouraging… “There is something very pure and raw about them…” “They may be on to something…” “Definitely a winner…” “Absolutely love it``. Their new album, entitled “Speak Now” features 10 great tracks and is available on Trilogy Records International which is distributed worldwide on the web by The Orchard.

The funk/rock quartet is made up of Michael Costantini, Lead Vocals & Guitars, Shawn Rompre on Drums, Jim O’Brian on Bass, Sax & Vocals and Alan Zemaitis on Keyboards and Vocals. The band composes, produces and performs music that has been described as “contemporary rock with a funky groove and a hint of retro”. Although the group aspires to perform their own original material, they win approval for their original songs by interspersing well known musical titles that blend with their originals, elevating their songs alongside the classic hits. They have built a strong following in their home territory and have an excellent web presence through their profile on My Space:
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Band Electronic Press Kit - English

Band Bio - English

Band Bio - Français

Reviews / Articles:

The Indie Machine

L'action - Montreal 8 Septembre 2011

Press Releases:

Press Release Joliette Quebec

Cafe Campus Montreal September 16th

Organic Funk Live at Disney Village

Midem 2012 - Organic Funk Strikes Chord at Disneyland 2012 Jan. 28


Billy Bob's - Disney Village October 15th


People United for Global Change Interview with Michael Costantini of Organic Funk (17-10-2011 Part 1) Monte-Carlo Doualiya (Radio France International) Interview in Arabic

People United for Global Change Interview with Michael Costantini of Organic Funk (17-10-2011 Part 2) Monte-Carlo Doualiya (Radio France International) Interview in Arabic

Organic Funk Interview Paris, October 15, 2011 Monte Carlo Doualiya


Organic Funk HD Interview Paris, October 15, 2011 Monte Carlo Doualiya


Speak Now
In Concert From Disneyland-Paris

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