Welcome! We are so excited to launch our new site, and our first official blog post! Eastside Confectionery Records is an artist collective focused on supporting artists and events in Toronto’s East end. We formed the label to coincide with the launch of my debut album “Small Town Dreamer” by Eric & The Soo. We have a great community of artists here in Toronto’s East end and we thought it would be fun to build on that community. I grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, and also lived in the East end of that city. There was a corner store I used to hang out called ‘Eastside Confectionery’ on the corner of South Market and Eastern Avenue owned by the family of my good childhood friend Jason Schultz. I thought it would be cool to call the label ‘Eastside Records’ in honour of that store. Good friend and label-mate Jerry Leger took it a step further and insisted we christen the label ‘Eastside Confectionery Records’ which I thought was brilliant. The actual store had been shuttered due to economic hardship just the year prior, so I called up my old friend Jason, and asked if we could use the name. True friend that he is, he not only agreed, he also offered to design the logo (and it’s a beauty!). Jason is now on-board as our ‘in-house’ graphic designer!
The very first album released on the label was “Don’t Lose Your Beauty” by The Bop Fi’s on November 16, 2016 and since then we’ve released “Small Town Dreamer” by Eric & The Soo (11-30-2016), “Low Moon” by Andrew James Barker (1-31-2017), “Crowd Pleaser [re-release]” by The Del Fi’s and “Out Of The Blue” by Eric & The Soo (3-9-2017). Expect more new releases from the likes of Jason Kenemy, Craig Lindsay Robertson and Andrew James Barker in 2017!
We’ve got lots of good stuff happening here at Eastside Confectionery Records including a monthly podcast on the topic of songwriting hosted by our artists, bi-monthly artist showcases happening at Gerrard Art Space, and now this blog which will feature a mix of content, art, album reviews, musings and poetry from our fine collective artists.
Come along and join us for the ride, we’re so glad to have you all aboard!
(Eric & The Soo, The Del Fi’s)