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

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)!

Gunsinger poster

 

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

Welcome Sin City Boys to Eastside!

Eastside Confectionery Records are thrilled to welcome Sin City Boys to the family, especially as they celebrate 25 years of Rock n’ Roll! Sin City Boys were formed way back in 1992 by Kevin Jollimore and Gerard Popma. Bringing together influences from Hank Williams to The Rolling Stones with dashes of Gram Parsons, David Bowie, Spirit, Deep Purple and more, Sin City Boys have been delighting audiences across Toronto for a quarter century. During this successful (and continuing) run, they’ve recorded an impressive body of work, releasing 4 great albums in the process! Here at Eastside we’ve got big plans to re-release special 25 Year editions of each of these albums, and to ensure that all of their music is eventually available for all to enjoy online! We’ll also be digging deep into the archives to unearth previously unreleased and rare recordings from the bands extensive career … stay tuned!

To celebrate this important milestone (25 years!) as well as to welcome them to Eastside, we are dedicating this month’s podcast and playlist to none other than the Sin City Boys! Listen in as lead singer Kevin Jollimore and lead guitarist Gerard Popma walk us down memory lane and share with us how this great rock n’ roll journey began…

Kevin met Gerard in 1984 when Gerard was playing in the Toronto band “The Dice” and Kevin was busking on the corner of Yonge Street and Dundas. Both had moved from small towns to the “Sin City” to pursue their rock and roll dreams.
When Kevin and Gerard put together Sin City Boys, it was as a vehicle to play original music that the two had developed over many sessions with a four track tape recorder and a couple of guitars.

After countless gigs at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern and across southern Ontario, and two successful CD releases, Kevin decided, in 2000, to refocus his musical energies, and Sin City Boys broke up. In 2003, after a chance phone call from an old fan, the guys decided to get back together, on a smaller scale, and play a one- off reunion gig. The gig went so well, they have reunited for good. The result is what we have today, the critically acclaimed, much beloved Sin City Boys, doing what they do best, for nothing other than the love of music.

And now in 2017, Sin City Boys begin their next chapter: things change, nothing stays the same, but rock n’ roll prevails! Kevin and his wife have pulled up stakes and moved back to Nova Scotia but his rock n’ roll heart still beats, and he’s busy re-establishing himself as an artist and performer in his childhood hometown. Sin City Boys live on, but now with a less frenetic pace, looking towards doing 4 ‘special event’ shows over the next year, and hoping to continue that trend as Kevin plans to make regular visits back to his beloved Toronto streets and barrooms. Gerard meanwhile has plans to sort through his massive catalog of written but un-recorded songs with an eye towards releasing an album (or two) of his own … and we here at Eastside are eager to help and be a part of that! So stay tuned! We’ve got much to share about the Sin City Boys in the coming months, and we’re working hard to get Gerard’s music out there as well! And Kevin’s always writing, and he’s got a few more tricks up his sleeve for sure, so we anticipate some more exciting news on that front as well!

So join us in saying “Congratulations!” to the Sin City Boys on 25 years of rock n’ roll!

It’s here! “The Art Of You” by iSpy

Announcing the release of “The Art Of You” a 3-song EP by gypsy jazz quintet iSpy — now available on iTunes, Spotify, AppleMusic, GooglePlay and more!

This EP is the first in a series of recordings for the Toronto based group and features 3 original gypsy-jazz songs written by Toronto based songstress Rebecca Everett and arranged and performed by her band iSpy.

Preview the album here on Spotify:

Recorded and produced in Toronto at Bluesound & Music by Russ Mackay (Iron Maiden, Gowan) and mastered by Peter Moore (Bob Dylan, Cowboy Junkies), the three song EP was recorded entirely live off the floor using mostly vintage analog equipment to capture the live, organic sounds that define the gypsy and hot-club genres of music.

This Friday July 14th 2017 iSpy will be celebrating this release with a live performance at La Rev in the Junction (2848 Dundas St W).

Kicking off the EP release performance will be Eastside’s own Andrew James Barker who will be playing songs from his album “Low Moon” and previewing music from his upcoming release “Gunslinger” (7pm) followed by two full sets of iSpy (8-10pm).

iSpy EP Release – Friday, July 14th at La Rev!

Eastside Confectionery Records is excited to announce our next musical celebration!

On Friday July 14th 2017 iSpy will be celebrating the release of their debut EP “The Art of You” with a live performance at La Rev in the Junction (2848 Dundas St W). This EP is the first in a series of recordings for the Toronto based group and features 3 original gypsy-jazz songs written by Toronto based songstress Rebecca Everett and arranged and performed by her band iSpy.

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Recorded and produced in Toronto at Bluesound & Music by Russ Mackay (Iron Maiden, Gowan) and mastered by Peter Moore (Bob Dylan, Cowboy Junkies), the three song EP was recorded entirely live off the floor using mostly vintage analog equipment to capture the live, organic sounds that define the gypsy and hot-club genres of music.

Kicking off the EP release performance will be Eastside’s own Andrew James Barker who will be playing songs from his album “Low Moon” and previewing music from his upcoming release “Gunslinger” (7pm) followed by two full sets of iSpy (8-10pm).