Welcome Margaret Christl to Eastside Confectionery Records!

Eastside Confectionery Records is thrilled to welcome Margaret “Maggie” Christl to the family!  A veteran of the folk festival circuits in Canada the US and abroad, with a career spanning over 40 years, Maggie is still going strong and has lots to say and sing about!  We recently met with Maggie to discuss some of the great records she’s recorded in the past, which we hope to be able to re-release in digital format.  Also, we’ll be releasing at least one, possibly two new records with Maggie this year, so stay tuned!


Maggie’s music comes out of a bittersweet life story.  Her childhood was a time of great hardship, but she was blessed with a singing voice and a love for music that would take her around the world singing the traditional music of Scotland, Canada and the British Isles.

Orphaned at an early age, Maggie was raised by various relatives in the mining communities of Scotland and Wales.  She immigrated to Canada at the age of 18 and she was soon involved in the Canadian folk music scene.  Over the next 40 years, she toured and performed extensively, playing every major festival and concert hall in Canada as well as World Fairs in Vancouver and Brisbane Australia together with the Calgary Winter Olympics.  She has sung our National Anthem for the NHL, and her most recent CD – House of Song, a compilation of both traditional and contemporary music has been published in Sing Out magazine – the largest folk music publication in the English speaking world.

Maggie and her husband, Michael have been playing music, both traditional and contemporary, together now for over 20 years.  They were Artists-in-Residence for the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Maggie was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her lifelong contribution to the preservation of traditional music in Canada.  She joins such Canadian luminaries as Stompin’ Tom Connors and Bruce Cockburn.

We’re really excited to continue with Maggie on her musical journey, and we can’t for you to hear what’s next!



Jason Kenemy – Induction: Part 6

Induction #6: The Machine Has Awoken

The machine has awoken … it’s a little groggy, a little confused, and perhaps a little shy.  Thankfully Jason is on hand to coax it to life, to an awakened life … perhaps he can make it speak?  Utter a phrase or two?

Join us this Friday, June 23rd, 2017 for the official launch party at Gerrard Art Space (1475 Gerrard Street E., Toronto) … doors at 8pm.  Special guests: The Bop Fi’s!

And hey! It’s here!  Follow the link, and hear the sounds a machine makes when a machine wakes …

Coming soon to iTunes, AppleMusic, Spotify, GooglePlay and Amazon!

Jason Kenemy – Induction: Part 5

Induction #5: A Sneak Peek

A sneak peek; The Machine Speaks — You need it … does it need you?

“Induction” launch date: June 20, 2017

Join us on Friday June 23rd for the album launch party at Gerrard Art Space (1475 Gerrard Street East) – 8:30pm.  Special Guest: The Bop Fi’s

Cover Art by Jason Kenemy!

Jason Kenemy – Induction: Part 4

Induction #4: Humour-Humility-Humanity

Sitting in a hot tub outside of Quebec City for far too long – I dunked my head in the water and let the sound overwhelm me. I listened as deeply as I could for as long as I could, with my head under the water, trying to hear a message in the chaos of the sound of the water jets.


I wondered, is there a message? And I wondered, what is it saying? And I wondered, what would its brethren say? And I wondered, what would I do with the message? And I wondered, who is the who that speaks? And I wondered, what is the “I” that listens? And I wondered, what is the difference?

Not long after, I ate ice cream with my family.

19198415_10158960122405492_2022374795_n“Induction” by Jason Kenemy launches digitally, worldwide, Tuesday, June 20th on Eastside Confectionery Records.  The album will be available for download and streaming on iTunes, AppleMusic, Spotify, Amazon, GooglePlay and more!

Please join us on Friday, June 23rd at 8:30pm for the album launch party at Gerrard Art Space (1475 Gerrard St. East, Toronto) where Jason will perform songs from the album and fellow Eastide artists The Bop Fi’s will also deliver their own special brand of improvised jazz and spoken word poetry.

ECR Podcast: Ep. 006 “Dark Horses” Now Streaming!

We’ve got a great show for you this month!  This one features a discussion on ‘Dark Horses’ — those songs, artists and albums that were not commercially successful or widely known but that we absolutely love.  Perhaps it’s the ‘hidden’ nature of these songs, or the joy of discovering your own ‘secret stash’ of music.  But now we’ve gone past wanting to keep these to ourselves and today we are sharing these with you.  Some nostalgia creeps in as we discuss how we came to discover these ‘under the radar’ songs, and we take some time to talk of some of our own ‘dark horse’ songs.  We close out the show with an intimate performance of “Night Terrors” by Andrew James Barker!

This podcast also comes with a playlist where you can listen to all of the music we’ve discussed during the show:

Bonus video: The Del Fi’s cover ‘dark horse’ song All I Need Is You by Webb Pierce

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

Eric Brombacher (Eric & The Soo, The Del Fi’s)
Andrew Barker (Andrew James Barker, The Del Fi’s, The Bop Fi’s)
Craig Robertson (Craig Lindsay Robertson, Eric & The Soo, The Del Fi’s)
Jerry Leger (The Del Fi’s, The Bop Fi’s, Eric & The Soo)

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

(c) 2017 Eastside Confectionery Records