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Music Documentary: Thunder Soul @ Bloor Cinema

  • Mar 31, 2013 · 3:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

Phil D is hosting this event. If you need more information please post on the wall or email him directly through the link in his profile.

Per MAMM policy, cellphone use by members during a movie is prohibited. We request that you put away your phones once the previews start. If you need to check your phone for any reason, please exit the auditorium.


Documentary: Thunder Soul


Conrad “Prof” Johnson composed original funk songs and arranged fantastic stage antics with Houston’s Kashmere High School Stage Band. He became the first black high school band leader with an all-black high school band to win the Texas state championship in the 1970s. His “give it all you got” attitude made the group unstoppable, leading them to win 42 out of 46 contests over the course of the decade and establishing them as international funk legends with tours in Paris and Japan. *Thunder Soul* combines archival footage of the kids in action, showing off their James Brown showmanship, platform shoes, and Bootsy Collins-type rhythms, with the band members’ recent reunion. With nothing but love for the father of funk from their youth, they practise for the first time in three decades, hoping they “still got it” enough to perform a tribute show for the ailing 92-year-old Prof. Dannielle Dyson, Hot Docs


The tune that kicks off the trailer is called Kashmere. Here it is on Youtube, the drummer was only 16 years old.



Meetup Location: I will wait inside just past the ticket taker. Please have your ticket already purchased.

Meetup Time: 3:00pm

The movie starts @ 3:30pm

Movie Running Time: 83m

Cost of movie: $11 (you can buy a membership if you plan on watching more films there and enjoy their discount plan - check the bloor cinema website for details on membership privileges at

After The Movie: Paupers, a pub across the street, if people are in the mood.


***Please keep an eye out for updates or changes to the time and venue up to the day of the event. If you are unable to attend, change your RSVP ASAP.

I will start closing out RSVPs the night before the event, but you can still show up and I can add you to the attended list. Cancellations after the event RSVP closing time may be treated as 'No Show', unless you turn up for the film. In order to be marked as attended you will need to show up at the meetup time as indicated.

When you RSVP 'Yes' you are agreeing to the MAMM policy posted in this link:

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  • Robert

    This is a fantastic story. It was hard to hold back the emotions at times. Conrad Johnson is now a name added to my list of heroes. Thanks for organizing the meetup Phil.

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • Ruba

    Thanks Phil for a great movie and fun afterwards! I really enjoyed the movie on many levels. Conrad Johnson was a true inspiration!

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • Phil D

    Great movie, a wonderful tribute to the man who believed in these kids and turned them into a powerful funk music machine! An entertaining and many times moving documentary. Thanks for coming out to the film and the Paupers pub meal after!

    March 31, 2013

  • Kim

    I may join you but won't know for sure until Sunday morning. Will be in touch with you Phil

    March 30, 2013

    • Phil D

      Sure. Dont even worry about emailing me, just show up, it's cool. We'll be sitting in the usual seats if you miss the meetup time.

      March 30, 2013

    • James

      Hi Phil,

      March 30, 2013

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