Eric & The Soo Celebrate the Permanence of Love with “We Will Stay The Same”

Introducing a song about the permanence of love in an impermanent world: “Things will change and time will pass, but we will stay the same” proclaims the latest breezy single from Toronto song-crafters, Eric & The Soo. Recorded in Toronto by John Dinsmore at the band’s favourite studio, Lincoln County Social Club, “We Will Stay The Same” features the talents of Ken Yoshioka on lead guitar, Tim Bradford on bass guitar and harmony vocals, Dino Naccarato on drums, along with Juno award winning blues artist Julian Fauth on electric piano, and James McKie on the violin. As usual, band leader Eric Brombacher does his part on vocals and acoustic guitar.

Celebrating a job well done at Lincoln County Social Club, Toronto (clockwise from top left: Julian Fauth, James McKie, Tim Bradford, Dino Naccarato, John Dinsmore, Eric Brombacher, Ken Yoshioka)

“This one is really special to me as it is the first co-write between myself and our beloved guitarist/harpist Ken Yoshioka.” says co-songwriter Eric Brombacher. “Ken came by and he had all these great musical ideas, we took his music and my words, and this is the first of which I hope are many such collaborations to come.” The band really got behind the song each adding the magical elements that contribute to the joyous pop-rock energy behind this ditty. “I think it might be our catchiest song yet!” says Eric.

Released on May 31st, 2022 “We Will Stay The Same” is accompanied by a homegrown video featuring behind the scenes footage from the band’s day at the studio along with imagery from a visit to the beach. Enjoy the shimmery upbeat vibes as you glide into summer with Eric & The Soo!

A breezy video to accompany a breezy tune!

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Recorded on March 5th, 2022 at Lincoln County Social Club in Toronto, Canada.

released May 31, 2022

Words & Music by Eric Brombacher & Ken Yoshioka

Eric Brombacher – Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Ken Yoshioka – Electric Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Tim Bradford – Bass Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Dino Naccarato – Drums & Percussion, Harmony Vocals
Julian Fauth – Wurlitzer Electric Piano
James McKie – Violin

Produced by Eric Brombacher

Recorded in Toronto by John Dinsmore at “Lincoln County Social Club”
Engineered and Mixed by John Dinsmore
Mastered by Jeff ‘Fedge’ Elliott at “Union Sound”

Cover Art & Design by Eric Brombacher
Cover Photo by Jessie Poh

(c) 2022 Eastside Confectionery Records
(p) 2022 Eric Brombacher Songs


New Single “Goulais Bay” by Eric & The Soo


Eric & The Soo“Goulais Bay”
A summer song of love and beauty brought to you from Goulais Bay on the northern shores of Lake Superior!  Enjoy, and have a great summer!

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Eric Brombacher – Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Ken Yoshioka – Rhythm Guitar & Harmonica
Ted Pruce – Lead Guitar & Harmony Vocals
Tim Bradford – Bass Guitar & Harmony Vocals
Dino Naccarato – Drums & Percussion
Julian Fauth – Organ

Words & Music by Eric Brombacher

Produced by Eric Brombacher
Recorded in Toronto on June 19th, 2019 by John Dinsmore at “Lincoln County Social Club”
Engineered and Mixed by John Dinsmore
Mastered by Jeff ‘Fedge’ Elliott at “Union Sound”

Cover Art & Design by Jason Schultz
Cover Photo by Eric Brombacher

(c) 2019 Eastside Confectionery Records
(p) 2019 Eric Brombacher Songs

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)!

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.


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
All artwork by Andrew James Barker

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

Andrew James Barker: Gunslinger Part 3

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.
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.
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:
Gunsinger poster
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 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.
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.
Back cover roland
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:
Gunsinger poster

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)


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.

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).