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).

ECR Podcast Episode 007 – Now Streaming!

Good day! This month’s episode ‘Final Cuts’ features your host Eric Brombacher along with panelists Andrew Barker, Craig Robertson, and Jerry Leger. We get together to discuss all of the great musical things happening at Eastside Confectionery Records. Naturally we also drift and meander through various music-related (and some non-music related) topics.

In this episode we revisit the concept of song order and placement on albums, our first episode discussed ‘first cuts’ so now we go to the end of the album and check out the closers! We cap off the show with an intimate performance of “Just Let It Go” by Eric & The Soo.

And don’t forget to listen to the accompanying playlist to hear all of the great songs we discussed on the show!

Until next time!

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!

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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.

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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.

Credits:
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

Jason Kenemy – Induction: Part 3

Induction #3 – Translation of the Heart

Life is amazing and truly wonderous.

As humans – we are part of this amazing wonder. As intelligent perceivers – we can even see it and feel it. But really – who really knows what’s going on?

Who knows how or why any of this all works? We know something of the mechanics of it all, but who can even come close to understanding “why”? How and why do we do anything we do?

We have language and music and art and science to help us communicate what it is like to exist – the feelings of happiness and love and sorrow and hate (and everything else too). We can do a pretty good job of communicating these internal states – but sometimes I wonder if they aren’t just good translations of something else – some deeper reality.

 

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Real artificial intelligence (AI) is doing pretty amazing things too. It can make predictions about onset of as-yet-undiagnosed metal illness in ways that conventional medicine cannot. It performs real-time translation between many hundreds of human languages and is effectively assisting in the waging of war.

It is reported, however, that even to its creators, the operation of AI is somewhat mysterious. At its deepest levels, scientists don’t even know how it’s really working. What’s more – the machines themselves aren’t talking! There is work being done to provide the machines language to translate their internal workings and states. This seems like the start of a kind of compassion.

In thinking about this project – making music for and with an imaginary mechanical consciousness and soul – it occurs to me that their souls might be rather similar to our own. Deep and mysterious, joyful and vast and difficult to translate!18835121_10158885010200492_965855050_n

It is my hope that this music offers a playful demonstration of the romance of being alive and our interconnected existence. I hope that that it offers a place for our mechanical offspring too.

This project is an effort not to throw hands up and say “I don’t know!” and walk away in bewilderment and dismay. It’s more like an effort to direct attention towards the soul, throw hands up and say “I don’t know!” in celebration.

My hope is that this music provides a point of reflection of our own souls and a small glimpse, a momentary preparation, of the possibility of creation.

Jason Kenemy “Induction” – Worldwide digital launch: June 20, 2017; Album Release Party w/ The Bop Fi’s: June 23, 2017 8pm at Gerrard Art Space (1475 Gerrard Street East, Toronto)