Eastside: Our First Year AND Our Greatest Hits!

We are all extremely proud to be celebrating our first year  in music!  So many great artists, so many great accomplishments! And to celebrate, we are hosting a party/concert at our beloved ‘home turf’ Gerrard Art Space, this Friday, November 17th at 8:30pm … Please join us, and all Eastside artists for a great musical celebration!

Eastside One Year at GAS

There really is a lot for us to celebrate!  Here are some highlights of our first year’s accomplishments:

  • November 2016:
    • Eastside Confectionery Records is born!  The Bop Fi’s, Eric & The Soo, Andrew James Barker, The Del Fi’s and Craig Lindsay Robertson immediately join!
    • The Bop Fi’s release “Don’t Lose Your Beauty” The debut release from the Bop Fi’s and the very first Eastside Confectionery Records release!
    • Nov 30, 2016: Eric & The Soo release debut album “Small Town Dreamer”
  • January 2017
    • “Low Moon” by Andrew James Barker is released at Gerrard Art Space, which becomes our de facto headquarters for Eastside Confectionery Records events, and boy do we love the fine folks at Gerrard Art Space!
    • The Del Fi’s re-release their debut album “Crowd Pleaser” on Eastside Confectionery Records
    • We kicked off the very first episode of our monthly “Eastside Confectionery Records” podcast!
  • February 2017
    • “Family Name” by Craig Lindsay Robertson is re-released on Eastside Confectionery Records
    • Our second showcase features the debut performance of the Craig Robertson Band, and the very first live performance by the Bop Fi’s!
  • March 2017
    • Eric & The Soo release their two-side single “Out Of The Blue” backed with the live off the floor ‘jam’ Cool Mornings
  • May 2017
    • Jason Kenemy joins the label and we host our third (and loudest) showcase featuring Eric & The Soo and The Del Fi’s
  • June 2017
    • We celebrate the launch of “Induction” by Jason Kenemy with a transcendent live performance of the album at Gerrard Art Space
  • July 2017
    • Gypsy-jazz quintet iSpy joins the Eastside family, and launches the beautifully crafted EP “The Art Of You”
    • Legacy act Sin City Boys join the label and plans are put in motion to celebrate their 25 years of success and rock n’ roll magic right here in Toronto!
  • August 2017
    • The hottest week of the summer sees the Eric & The Soo crew head into the studio at Tim Bovaconti’s “Tim’s Garage” to commence work on the recording of their follow up to “Small Town Dreamer” (due 2018)
  • September 2017
    • iSpy headline their first Eastside showcase at Gerrard Art Space to much fanfare … what an amazing performance!
    • This same event sees an intimate performance and the release of “Fall and Timbre” by traditional folk artist Margaret Christl
  • October 2017
    • Craig Lindsay Robertson and band head into the studio to work with Mike Timmins (of the Cowboy Junkies) on the creation Craig’s third album (due 2018)
    • Andrew James Barker releases another beautiful album, this one is called “Gunslinger”.  It’s a moving instrumental journey inspired by characters and events from the Stephen King novel of the same name.  The album includes watercolor artwork painted by Andrew himself.  The CD release party was a smashing success and even included a showing of the vast body of artwork created by Andrew in preparation for (and inspired by) the Gunslinger album.
  • November 2017
    • We come full circle, and as we prepare to celebrate back at our home turf “Gerrard Art Space”, we are excited to announce the release of “Eastside Confectionery Records Greatest Vol. 1 (2017)” which includes selections from each of our artists with a focus on this past year’s releases!

These CD’s will be available at Friday’s show; featuring 16 songs from our family of 8 artists for the amazing price of just $10!

Order your copy today for just $12 ($10 + $2 S&H)!

Eastside Confectionery Records Vol. 1 (2017)

1. The Bop Fi’s – Just The Night Birds; 2. Eric & The Soo – My Hometown; 3. Andrew James Barker – Low Moon; 4. The Del Fi’s – Brigitte Bardot; 5. Craig Lindsay Robertson – Caledonia Rain; 6. Jason Kenemy – Static/Love Is Real; 7. iSpy – Aujourd’hui; 8. The Sin City Boys – Standing In The Rain; 9. The Bop Fi’s – The Piano Went Frantic; 10. Eric & The Soo – Out Of The Blue; 11. Andrew James Barker – Roland Deschain; 12. The Del Fi’s – Tabletop Jukebox; 13. Craig Lindsay Robertson – Hanging On; 14. Jason Kenemy – Upon Hearing; 15. iSpy – Fog & Dust; 16. The Sin City Boys – Oh! Sir Reginald

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November Podcast: Deep Album Cuts!

This month’s episode celebrates those deep album cuts that ‘some of us’ know and love … should we keep them ourselves? Or should we share these gems with the world? I think you know the answer!

As always we include a Spotify playlist containing all songs we’ve discussed during the show! Be sure to give it a spin!

And hey!  Don’t forget … this month marks our first full year as a record label … join us Friday November 27th for the celebration!

Eastside One Year at GAS

Available Now! Andrew James Barker – Gunslinger

Gunslinger by Andrew James Barker is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, GooglePlay and more!  Enjoy!

Gunslinger COVER ART

Inspired by the Stephen King novel of the same name. A sonic representation of the multidimensional western.

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released October 24, 2017

Music and Artwork by Andrew James Barker
(c) 2017 Andrew James Barker
Eastside Confectionery Records

From the Album “Gunslinger”
Music and paintings inspired by the novel ‘Gunslinger’ by Stephen King.

All songs written, recorded, and mixed by Andrew James Barker.

Guitar/Bass/Lapsteel/Keys – Andrew James Barker
Flute on tracks 3 4 7 8 – Ruhee Dewji
Flute on tracks 1 5 – Rob Piilonen
Trumpet track 5 – Ian MacGillivray

Mastered by Harris Newman at greymarketmastering.com
All artwork by Andrew James Barker

Also available on Eastside Confectionery Records:
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Andrew James Barker
Low Moon
Released January 2017
Eastside Confectionery Records

Andrew James Barker: Gunslinger Part 3

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Painting teaches me how to make music. Tells me how to use space, and how simplicity is 99.99% the best choice. Visual art also opens up horizons of possibilities otherwise unthought of. i.e: what if the main subject is half out of frame, and how does that idea translate to music? A lot of things come down to the mix.. if there was an inter dimensional element to a piece of art (an excepted component of modern art) how could such an idea translate to music? The song ‘the mystery zone’ by spoon is a great example of effectively conveying such a feeling. Verses cut out mid phrase as though they have vanished like an observed electron would do. Very cool.
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I think we are on the verge of music catching up with modern abstract visual art, and I am very excited to see it come into the mainstream. Kendrick Lamar is doing it. Frank ocean is doing it. Lots of people I’ve yet to discover must be doing it. Jazz and modern classical have been doing it arguably for a while now, but the people have not yet accepted it totally. Probably because we are by design more visually developed than aurally. For me, in regards to my future as a creative person, the visual arts and music will hopefully continue to inform each other in new and exciting ways.
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In anticipation of Saturday’s launch of “Gunslinger” I’m excited to share the debut of “Ocean Salt Breeze” from the album featuring paintings and artwork by Andrew James Barker:
Be sure to join us for the launch of “Gunslinger” this Saturday Oct 21st at Gerrard Art Space:
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Gunslinger launches digitally worldwide on October 24th, 2017 on Eastside Confectionery Records and will be available on iTunes, Spotify, GooglePlay, Deezer and more!

Andrew James Barker: Gunslinger Part 2

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With painting nothing is ever ruined. Even after the ink or paint has spilled and bled all over the place, once it’s dry you can pick yourself up where you left off and make the best of it.
It’s actually in those times when the stakes are at their highest, or when you’ve already kinda failed, that you can throw the risk of failure out the window and get on with it. It’s also that tightrope of anxiety and abandon  from which the best work originates.
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Of all things to bring me back to considering making art again, the first inklings came while refurbishing pipe organ components (lots of leather pneumatics and little mechanical parts). Being in a shop gave me access to a lot of materials similar to an artists studio, and a lot of tools. Working with my hands on those components is a very craft like occupation . While in idle time waiting for something to dry (or in the case of hide glue, warm up) I’d often find myself doodling , or arranging scraps of leather into artful images… and it felt great! Then the thought would gently seep into my head ‘maybe I should make art again’?
‘We’ll see’,  I’d reply.
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Then one strange day while my friend , fellow songwriter and indie label originator Eric Brombacher (of Eastside Confectionery Records) and I were scheming about my future album releases told me he wanted me to draw or paint for my next release I was immediately thrown into a state of dumbfounded joy. The medium for getting my art out into the world had just fallen into my lap and it felt profound.
Did he know that I used to love making art? How could he?
‘I used to draw and paint a lot’ I said, thinking to myself so did everyone and their grandmother. Well, I decided, I’m going to do it! And I’m going to show that I’m just not everyone and their grandmother!
Eric believed in me, and that was just the little push I needed.

I think paintings are like steak, better under done than over done. A revelation I hope I can remember and put into practice often.

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 Join us for the launch of “Gunslinger” by Andrew James Barker on Saturday October 21st, 8:30pm at Gerrard Art Space (1475 Gerrard Street East) — Special Guests: The Bop Fi’s!

Andrew James Barker – Gunslinger: Part 1

For me making visual art has a direct connection to expression, to ‘saying something’, and rediscovering this immediate expression has reminded me (after having studied the craft of music for such a long time) the importance of expression over craft in music.
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I think I stopped making art because there were people who were better at it than me, and that made me envious, and the envy took the fun out of it. Now, I try to just make art for the joy and self growth it provides me. Of course there is a part of me that hopes people will be able to relate to my work and discover something of themselves within it.
Painting and drawing was one of the first things I did as a child that gave me self esteem, but also one of the first things I did that got me into trouble. Apparently, while attending kindergarten, I painted a picture of a naked lady. The teacher thought this was unusual and told my mom. I still don’t see what’s wrong with painting a naked women? I guess all good things in this world come with their share of controversy.
Fast forward four or five years and there I am drawing on my desk. The best one I ever did was a portrait of a ninja I did in my grade 5 portapack. I remember this habit of mine being major source of conflict between my teachers and I. Drawing was much more rewarding to me than listening to the lesson, and I had the source of pride that when the class switched over to the next period, my desks next inhabitant would enjoy the fruits of my labor.
There is a transient element to painting that this memory brings to the fore. The fact that the painting wasn’t mine anymore after it was finished, and that I had to let it go in order to fulfill its destiny. One well meaning teacher tried to get me to tape paper down to my desk and draw on that, but it just wasn’t the same… years later I discovered a similar lack of connection with prophylactics. On a technical note, I liked the way pencil shaded into the desk top in a much more malleable way than it did with paper, and I didn’t like the stark white of the paper compared to the warmer desktop finish. I was indignant that the teacher thought the cleanliness of my desk took precedence over my artistic expression and development. Why couldn’t they see how important this was? Why didn’t they know how it was one of the few things that I felt I could do that made me unique and of value? Why would a so called educator want to take that away from their student? From a child? It still boggles my mind. My parents and sister were pretty supportive, and
I would be remiss to not account the few teachers who did encourage me. There were some, but mainly it was the impressed comments and looks that my peers gave me that kept me going. That is, until I stopped.
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Later there would be discouragement from friends, looking back I think it resulted from either envy or a myopic understanding of who I was as a person… to a degree, maybe I was responsible for that by misrepresenting myself to my peers out of insecurity.
This was after I’d pretty much stopped drawing or doing anything artistic other than music, and if I made an offhand remark that I liked art and had some talent, they’d laugh and say something like ‘ya andrew, the artist, haha!’
Being sensitive, this would make me crawl even further from considering making art again.
But art wanted to come out, and it would in bursts when given a chance. All it may take was a pen and a loading dock on a summer job and I’d lose my self for an hour here and there.
Join us on Saturday October 21st at Gerrard Art Space for the launch of Gunslinger by Andrew James Barker:
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October Podcast: Andrew Barker ‘Gunslinger’ & Album Art

Good day!  We’re excited to announce and celebrate the upcoming release of ‘Gunslinger’ by Andrew James Barker!  An album, a concept and lots of great original art:  Accompanying this album is a collection of original art created by Andrew himself, and we discuss this on the podcast, along with some exciting Eastside happenings … And given the significance of the cover art created by Andrew for this album, we decided to have a discussion on album art that we’ve known, loved and been inspired by …

As always, we have a Spotify playlist featuring the albums and songs we’ve discussed on this episode:

To celebrate the launch of ‘Gunslinger’ Andrew will be publishing a series of blog posts describing the genesis and inspiration of the project.  The first blog post will launch on Thursday October 5th.

And mark your calendars!  The release party happens October 21st at Gerrard Art Space (with special guests The Bop Fi’s)!

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Eric Brombacher of “Eric & The Soo” featured on Campfire Chords!

I was excited to be featured on an episode of Campfire Chords, a new YouTube series produced by Todd T. Hayes that showcases singer/songwriters from Toronto and beyond and allows them to share their music and give instruction on how to play a song of their choice.  In this video I give step by step instruction on how to play “Listening To Neil” from the Small Town Dreamer album.

Stay tuned for future episodes featuring more artists from Eastside Confectionery Records!

Eastside Podcast – Ep. 009 – Welcome iSpy!

This month we welcome gypsy jazz quintet iSpy to Eastside Confectionery Records and discuss and celebrate their new EP release: “The Art of You”. The podcast finishes with an intimate performance by iSpy!

And hey if you’re digging the vibe, you can see the band “LIVE” at our next showcase on Friday September 15th at Gerrard Art Space! (See Event Details Below)

link: soundcloud.com/user-64591847/episode-009-welcome-ispy

As always we include a Spotify playlist containing all songs we’ve discussed during the show! Be sure to give it a spin!

Catch iSpy ‘Live’ on Friday Sept. 15th:

ISpy + Maggie Christl Live at GAS

We are excited to announce our next showcase event! It’s “Ladie’s Night” and we are celebrating the beautiful music of two amazing ladies that we are so proud to have in the family. Kicking things off is Margaret Christl, a seasoned and storied traditional singer who has recently also focused on writing and composing music of her own. This will be Margaret’s first Eastside event and we are so excited to share her music with you. Closing the night is the multi-talented Rebecca Everett and her outstanding gypsy jazz quintet iSpy … hot off the heels of the release of “The Art of You” this band will keep you dancing in the aisles with their vivacious styling and revival of an era gone by!

Both acts will have new music (and new CDs!) available for sale at this wonderful event! See you all there!”

iSpy & Maggie GAS 2017

 

Each month Eastside Confectionery Records artists gather to talk about music and songs and the artists create them.

Credits:
Eric Brombacher (Eric & The Soo, The Del Fi’s)
Rebecca Everett (iSpy)
Tak Arakushi (iSpy)
Dan Mock (iSpy)

Host: Eric Brombacher
Announcer: Mark Brombacher
Produced by Eric Brombacher
Theme Music: “Listening To Neil” by Eric & The Soo