Electronic Press Kit
Funk / Soul / R&B / Motown / Hip Hop / Pop
James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire
"It's the Phonix, not Phoenix," we said, grinning, to yet another client who thought our band was named after the legendary bird that rises from the ashes. Coincidentally, Phönix does mean phoenix in German... but we're not German. In fact, we are your live and local friendly neighbourhood Vancouverites who graduated with degrees in Jazz Music from Capilano University. This is how the band was formed.
Not so long ago, we held our music degrees in our hands and asked, "What on earth are we going to do with a music degree?" "Hey, let's form a band and see where it takes us!!" So we did. We put everything into recreating the well-known and timeless music that we grew up with. Music that everyone LOVES!
At that time, our goal was to provide our musical family with the means to make a good living through performance and simultaneously provide our fans with a great excuse to smile, laugh and dance. Little did we know that what started as a fun project would blossom into one of the best event and wedding services in Vancouver!
If you want to hear Top 40's popular music you simply turn on the radio, but if you want to see the Classics done right there is no other band but The Phonix! The Phonix are a 9-piece Canadian band from Vancouver BC that plays all your Funk Soul R&B classics. Since forming in June 2009, the Phonix has performed at nearly 600 events and festivals. They are a staple in the diets of thousands of funk-lovers thanks to their 8-year residency at the Arts Club's Backstage Lounge, where they have performed weekly from 2011-2018.
The band’s sound fuses heavy-hitting dance grooves with flashy horn lines, energetic instrumental solos and soaring vocals that will make you want to dance all night. Their music has been compared to the likes of Jamiroquai, James Brown and Tower of Power. “On stage, every single member is equally strong in their musicality and their delivery. This kind of chemistry from a band is a real, rare treat.” - Bill Kolter, Peachfest Entertainment Coordinator.
The original band members met in music school, where most of them studied Jazz. They all shared a love of artists like James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power and Earth Wind and Fire. The band currently consists of Jackie Nguyen (lead vocals), Red Janes (lead vocals), Reuben Avery (trumpet), Jens Christiansen (tenor sax), Eric Tsang (baritone sax), Jason De Couto (keyboards), Jeff Younger (guitar), Joseph Lubinsky-Mast (bass) and Justin James (drums).
Since 2009, the Phonix have always enjoyed performing their covers of classic 70’s soul tunes. Eight years experience as a house band has gifted them with flashy choreography, captivating stage presence and an ability to sustain a high energy, exciting and engaging performance. Their infectious energy has affected BC audiences as far as Kelowna, Penticton and Vancouver Island. They have headlined at the Vancouver Street Dance Festival as well as the Penticton Peach Festival, where they have also had the privilege of opening for iconic Canadian band, Trooper. Their vast list of performances includes venues such as the Fairmont, Sutton Place and Westin Bayshore hotels, the Red Robinson and McPherson theatres and just about every casino in Vancouver.
BIT OF THE OLD SCHOOL, BIT OF THE NEW SCHOOL
Did you know that artists such as Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Megan Trainer sampled a lot of their materials from the Old School? Hear those soulful vocals? The catchy horn lines? The drum and bass with heavy backbeats? That's the Old School! We pride ourselves in knowing a wide range of repertoire: Something from the Old School and something from the New School, but always something to keep everybody happy!
Peach Fest 2019 Highlights
Try A Little Tenderness
(Otis Redding cover)
(Amy Winehouse cover)
(Bruno Mars cover)
"Phonix definitely delivered for us this year at Peachfest 2015 with their special brand of energy and excitement. On stage, every single member is equally strong in their musicality and their delivery. For an audience to enjoy this kind of chemistry from a band is a real, rare treat. A crowd favourite for sure and we look forward to welcoming them back again for Peachfest 2016. Phonix is definitely one of the best groups I’ve ever seen and… I’ve seen a lot of good bands."
-Bill Kolter, Peachfest Entertainment Director
“The Phonix are energetic, entertaining and completely professional. We run a series of concerts for the City of North Vancouver and would highly recommend this group for any event . They have a great selection of songs , relate well to the audience and really get people up and dancing. They did a great job for us and we think they really can bring your event up a notch with the music they play. Great Job Phonix and we'll be looking to book you again!!”
-Sylvia Cromack, Event Planner - Twilight Events and Markets
“The attendees to our event loved you. We had Suburban Swing, a local dance club/school in attendance to encourage the crowd of all ages to get up and dance. Your music and energy made it easy. Within minutes, people of all ages, were dancing in the street. Thank you for an amazing show.”
-Tina Stewart, Berrybeat Festival
Sample Cover Songs
The Phonix Are:
Jackie Nguyen (lead vocals) / Brandon Thornhill (lead vocals) / Eric Tsang (baritone sax) / Jens Christiansen (tenor sax) / Reuben Avery (trumpet) / Joseph Lubinsky-Mast (bass) / Justin James (drums) / Jason DeCouto (keyboards) / Jeff Younger (guitar)
Bookings & Media
Eric Tsang, Manager
eric (@) thephonix.ca
Reuben Avery, Bandleader
reuben (@) thephonix.ca