For the third year running we’ll be bringing it to the Beaches Jazz Fest. Catch us at prime location The Gull & Firkin @ 1943 Queen St East. 3 sets. 3 nights. July 24-26. 7-11pm.


How about a power-packed 90-minute Motivators set at The Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival at Sugar Beach?? FREE ADMISSION!
We’re part of a killa line-up of Toronto acts reflecting the best of funk, soul, jazz and RnB. Join us, alongside good friends Julian Taylor Band and Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils

Check the schedule below and here for further details



We’re teaming up with Footprints and United Soul for a huge night of dance floor grooves. The summer officially starts here – June 7 at Revival.

Footprints DJ’s Jason Palma and General Eclectic bring their long-running, all-inclusive dance event to the proceedings. Funk, Soul, Latin, Reggae and Hip Hop – these guys connect the dots between them all. For open-minded and adventurous music lovers who want something beyond the usual ‘club hype’, this is THE party to attend.

From United Soul, DJs Yogi, Mark and Anand have been promoting and supporting soulful dance music for over 25 years. They have worked with some of the biggest names in deep house, garage and techno – and their sets reflects their desire to educate and entertain. Their rich blend will also include soul, jazz, afro, latin and disco. It’s all in the quest for the perfect beat.

Don’t miss out on this jam of epic proportions. RSVP to the Facebook event HERE to pay $10 b4 11pm ($20 regular)

Revival, 783 College St - $10 b4 11pm with RSVP, $20 reg – June 7, 10pm-4am




Just two more days to go until we hit the stage at Lee’s Palace alongside legendary NYC ska/reggae band The Slackers and Halifax NS electro-pop outfit Tupperware Remix Party. Collective Concerts in association with Canadian Music Week have put together this eclectic Friday night line-up that will have you on the dancefloor whatever your tastes! Grab your tickets here



An ‘on the road’ interview with DJ LP for 93.3 CFMU (McMaster Campus Radio), a roller derby after party…and a wealth of slick new joints from our bad selves.
This all added up to a stellar Saturday night at This Ain’t Hollywood.
We held it down for two sets with some new-and-exclusive tracks as well as the usual dose of rare grooves from the soul spectrum.

The Hammer always hits the nail on the head when it comes to good vibes and an in-the-know crowd.
And View Magazine knew somethin’ outta-sight was on it’s way…



There’s one chance left to catch acclaimed Hot Docs entry ‘David & Me’ featuring two Motivators classics – ‘Snakebite’ and ‘Your One Last Chance’.
Critics have described Ray Klonsky and Marc Lamy’s feature as “Impassioned…thrilling”. It also features a spellbinding score by our good friend Solitair. Check below for further information.

David & Me


May Dates: Hamilton and Canadian Music Festival!!

The 2014 dates continue in full force!! After March’s trip to Montreal and Kingston, we return with another two hotly anticipated shows for May.

Following the success of our show at Hamilton’s This Ain’t Hollywood in January we are back again by popular demand! Join us on May 3 with DJ LP for a full-to-the-brim funkathon.

We’re also set to open for legendary NYC band The Slackers as part of Canadian Music Festival. Expect a great evening of ‘Jamaican Rock n’ Roll’ from the ska/reggae/soul/rock/RnB collective plus a killa set from our bad selves.

Check the Shows section for further details.

March dates in Montreal and Kingston

Following the huge success of our Toronto and Hamilton shows, we take the Motivational review to Montreal and Kingston next month.

We’ll be joined by two special guests in Montreal; The Franco Proietti Morph-tet and DJ Brad Slyde.

While in Kingston our very own MJ Shaps and Voltaire will be holding things down between sets.

Grab your tickets fast! – See our Shows section for more details.


Kicking off 2014

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Hamilton and Toronto shows – helping us kick off 2014!

Last night, over 400 people braved the adverse weather conditions to groove with us at The Horseshoe Tavern. We were excited to join forces with Julian Taylor Band and The Heavyweights Brass Band for an unforgettable night of jazz, soul and deep funk!


Photo courtesy of Solitair

Horseshoe solitair


The Soul Motivators set to get KNEE DEEP with BERNIE WORRELL!


Yes indeed, The Soul Motivators are more excited than we’ve ever been before – we’re opening for the mighty Bernie Worrell when his tour rolls through Toronto.

He’s the legendary keyboard player for Parliament-Funkadelic, the synth-master for Talking Heads and the originator of countless hip-hop samples.

Join us on September 28th when we’ll be tearing the roof off Adelaide Hall and getting P-funked up!

“Everybody’s got a little light under the sun…”